TVNZ goes tapeless with Omneon server system

TVNZ, New Zealand’s public TV broadcaster, has replaced its studio production tape-based playout systems with a multichannel Omneon Spectrum media server system with 4TB of shared storage. The server installation allows TVNZ to replicate its earlier playout functionality while implementing file transfers of content from the facility’s edit suites.

The project replaces Betacarts with new ingest, production and playout workflows using the Omneon Spectrum server system. In the near future, digital content prepared by the production team will be transferred from Avid edit systems onto the Omneon server system. Two Hi Tech active CartBox controllers, which mimic the operation of the familiar Betacart operator’s control panel, allow the studio team to cue and roll clips from the server, playing those clips out on specific channels or assigning clips to programmed shots.

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