Kazakhstan's 7 Channel, a new national channel based in Astana, is using an Omneon media storage and processing platform to support a highly automated tapeless news production workflow.
Representing one of the first applications of tapeless broadcast technologies in Kazakhstan, the deployment of the Omneon MediaGrid active storage system and the Omneon Spectrum media server systems allows 7 Channel to realise fast, reliable processing of media in a flexible model for news production and playout.
"We considered a number of alternatives and chose to build our operations on the Omneon platform because of its unique modular design, scalability, processing speed, and functional reliability in supporting a cost-effective tapeless workflow," said Sergey Stebnevskiy, technical director at 7 Channel. "Omneon customer support proved to be very professional and responsive, making it easy for us to integrate modern tapeless technologies into a highly efficient news production system."
7 Channel has installed its new Omneon MediaGrid system to provide centralised storage for all divisions of the facility, including the newsroom, archive, post production, and air control room. As 7 Channel continues to refine its operations, the new broadcaster will integrate the Omneon MediaGrid with Adobe Premiere Pro systems to enable edit-in-place functionality. This capability promises not only to streamline the production workflow, but also to reduce costs associated with tape and VTR purchases, maintenance, and repair.
The Spectrum video servers installed within the air control room provide two ingest channels and two playout channels. One playout channel supports 7 Channel's main broadcast, and the second serves as a source in the news production studio. The Omneon platform is integrated with a Media Alliance newsroom system, Pebble Beach Systems automation solution, Pixel Power CG, Sony XDCAM cameras, and IQ infrastructure modules from Snell. Moscow-based systems integrator I.S.P.A.-Engineering installed the Omneon systems.