News Production & Post

NOS prepares for HD in Netherlands

10 May 2007

The Netherlands Broadcasting Corporation (NOS) has chosen OmniBus technology for its CyberNOS project in preparation for high definition broadcasting in the Netherlands. CyberNOS involves the creation of two new studios equipped for SD broadcasting, and another ready for HD operations, writes Fergal Ringrose.

NOS produces live and pre-recorded news and sports programming for the three public broadcast channels in the Netherlands, and an online service providing 24/7 streamed video news.

The CyberNOS system encompasses a news operation supported by a central media management area where all incoming feeds are ingested simultaneously to Avid, Profile and IPV WM9 browse. The use of devices is dynamically allocated with up to 24 simultaneous lines being recorded at any time. Recordings are scheduled for recurring news feeds or can be triggered manually by the media operators. Once this feature is fully implemented, the system will allow journalists working at more than 200 workstations to create content and monitor the progress of associated workflows, such as graphics and subtitle creation.

Playout of news and sports programming is from three fully equipped studios managed by OmniBus Columbus automation, controlling Thomson Profile servers and additional broadcast hardware (Screen Subtitling, Inscriber Graphics and a Sony switcher). Rundowns are passed to Columbus via a MOS interface, with Avid iNews allowing editors to make live changes to the rundowns and have Columbus update automatically even during a live playout.

“NOS has created a world-class system that prepares the way for broadcasting in the Netherlands to enter the HD era,” said Mike Oldham, CEO, OmniBus Systems. “The CyberNOS project brings together the state-of-the-art in many broadcast technologies, and we are delighted to play our part in it.”

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