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Leitch offers an Opus

Master-control switcher provides 8:4:4 video processing 3/24/2002 07:00:00 PM Eastern

Colossus gets bigger

Colossus gets bigger

The OmniBus Systems Colossus multichannel, multiformat content-delivery system will get bigger this year, at least in terms of features.

The CacheManager allows users to track media across a large number of servers and provides such information as amount of space available on each server. The OmniBus Workflow and Task Management system can monitor an entire broadcast operation and handle real-time schedule modification. The Task Supervisor application tracks all jobs in the system and shows their status. Pricing varies with the configuration.

The Colossus system's most recent high-profile use was for the BBC's interactive content related to the Winter Olympics and two new digital children's channels. Ian Stubbs, head of playout services for BBC Broadcast and Presentation, says the multistream playout allowed the services to be added with minimum impact on existing transmission operations.

OmniBus has spent the past year working closely with Time Warner Cable to refine OmniBus newsroom and asset-management functions. At NAB, OmniBus will demonstrate those developments, including integration with Pinnacle servers, Vertigo graphics products, and improved integration of the MOS control protocol. The new Production Control application for automating news control rooms will also be demonstrated.

Leitch's new products this
year include the Opus master-control switcher and enhancements to the manufacturer's server system.

Opus master-control switcher offers 8:4:4 video processing (giving two times oversampling of the video signal) and eight channels of 24-bit audio. Features include standard full-program and preset-bus transitions, including mix, vee and fade-out. Also, "Program Special" allows the broadcast signal to be maintained while the switcher is used for other functions. Options include two-channel effects and key borders.

"The base price on the standard-definition Opus system is $50,000," says Don Thompson, director of marketing communications. "Loaded with all the options, which include dual-channel effects, border/shadow on both keyers and embedded audio, it's $78,000."

As for server improvements, 180-GB Fibre Channel drives give increased storage capacity. A new SNMP application allows system monitoring and maintenance; DVD archiving now includes archiving of long-form programming. Transcode functionality has also been automated, so that all major server file formats and even transcoding from JPEG to MPEG-2 are offered.

Connectivity between servers is always an issue, and another new product from Leitch aims to address that problem. The LG-400 LAN gateway allows connection between two VR video-server systems for mirroring or selectable file transfer. Users will be able to do a partial backup of programming at a remote site for security.

New gateway product Instant OnLine-II sits between proxy editors and a Leitch shared-storage system. It conforms low-resolution edit-decision lists to high-resolution video for editors capable of producing a CMX3600-type EDL.

DPS, the post-production products group of Leitch, will introduce a number of offerings. DpsVelocityQ multistream nonlinear editing system can handle real-time playback of four simultaneous video streams, six graphics streams and four channels of real-time 3-D DVE.

A new version of the dpsVelocity 8.0 dual-stream real-time nonlinear editing system will be shown. Upgrade price is $500, with complete software starting at $2,849 and a turnkey workstation at $10,499.

In the area of HD, DPS will introduce the dpsRealityHD dual-stream digital disk recorder with support for the Sony HDCAM format and Virtual Tape File System, allowing software to access frames of HD video without manual export or conversion. A turnkey system costs $24,995.

Colossus gets bigger

Colossus gets bigger

The OmniBus Systems Colossus multichannel, multiformat content-delivery system will get bigger this year, at least in terms of features.

The CacheManager allows users to track media across a large number of servers and provides such information as amount of space available on each server. The OmniBus Workflow and Task Management system can monitor an entire broadcast operation and handle real-time schedule modification. The Task Supervisor application tracks all jobs in the system and shows their status. Pricing varies with the configuration.

The Colossus system's most recent high-profile use was for the BBC's interactive content related to the Winter Olympics and two new digital children's channels. Ian Stubbs, head of playout services for BBC Broadcast and Presentation, says the multistream playout allowed the services to be added with minimum impact on existing transmission operations.

OmniBus has spent the past year working closely with Time Warner Cable to refine OmniBus newsroom and asset-management functions. At NAB, OmniBus will demonstrate those developments, including integration with Pinnacle servers, Vertigo graphics products, and improved integration of the MOS control protocol. The new Production Control application for automating news control rooms will also be demonstrated.

 

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