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Digital Studio looks at some of the new features introduced by newsroom solution providers at NAB 2010.

Breaking news
Breaking news

Digital Studio looks at some of the new features introduced by newsroom solution providers at NAB 2010.

The buzzwords we hear around newsroom systems today are increasingly about integration and collaboration. An integrated newsroom solution that can help produce, publish and share content across all departments is the dream of every broadcaster. Besides seamless integration across the whole news chain, broadcasters today are also looking for collaborative platforms with extensive business management capabilities and built-in production tools.

As a result, most newsroom manufacturers today are constantly adding new features to their respective solutions and many of them were demonstrated at NAB. Digital Studio looks at a few. VSN

Spanish company VSN that has had several success stories in the Middle East unveiled its new Mac platform at NAB. 2010 editions of the company's vsnnews terminal, vsnnetsharer/macsharer and vsnarchive can now run on MacOS and/or Windows platforms even within a single network.

Besides this, the VSN solution now supports seamless integration with Apple's FinalCutPro. Features like drag&drop between different modules, specific plug-ins to assign editing projects to a playlist, and new attractive user interfaces, will provide clients with greater flexibility to design their production architecture. VSN will also introduce new client versions for the traffic & scheduling solution, vsncreaTV, and the vsnIPTransfer, the ultimate IP content exchange tool, both of them running on the Mac and Windows platforms.

Dalet

The latest Dalet Enterprise Edition that was showcased at NAB is an open Media Asset Management (MAM) platform designed to facilitate highly efficient and collaborative workflows for news, sports, programme preparation, and archives.

Delivered with the comprehensive Dalet Newsroom Computer System (NRCS), Dalet Enterprise Edition provides a fully integrated end-to-end solution that can be adapted to any newsroom operation.

"Dalet Enterprise Edition is recognised as a standard in News by many broadcasters. Today, Dalet Enterprise Edition is the only fully integrated solution that manages the end-to-end and production workflows with a MAM layer at the core. Many prestigious customers, including BBC, NBC, Time Warner Cable, France Television, and Canal + have taken advantage of Dalet to streamline their operations and better monetise their content," commented Raoul Cospen, Director of Marketing, Dalet."In addition, Dalet Enterprise Edition has all the features to manage the various needs of Media Asset Management. Centralised ingest, and manual and automated QC are integrated within the MAM framework. These easy-to-use tools perform everyday preparation and production tasks. The outstanding integration capabilities simplify connections of third-party systems such as traffic or automation into the Dalet workflow."

The new release expands the collaborative end-to-end News Production workflow to include News wheel playout and pre-production workflow, a concept initially designed for Time Warner Cable's 24/7 news production workflow. The new feature maximises playout automation efficiency of news clips across multiple channels, with different formats and languages. A comprehensive web-based NRCS, WebSpace, Dalet's Windows-based web client now includes a full-featured NRCS. In addition to video tools, newsgathering, planning, rundown management, and script editing are available to users from anywhere via web or PC clients. WebSpace runs on Mac and Windows platforms. ENPS

At NAB, AP's biggest announcement was that it would introduce new Twitter and YouTube integration for ENPS. Tight integration with popular social networking tools will enable journalists to quickly and easily monitor content from both Twitter and YouTube within ENPS using familiar workflows. ENPS users can also publish news updates to their station's Twitter feeds without leaving ENPS.

This new functionality will enable ENPS users to better engage with their communities and serves as a tool for enhanced newsgathering. The YouTube integration acts as a quick, simple method for viewers to submit their own newsworthy video content.

AP is also introducing the new ENPS Smartphone Client, which puts ENPS on mobile phones and lets users get more work done in the field and away from the newsroom. The smartphone client is part of an update to the ENPS Mobile Suite, which also includes enhanced script-editing capabilities in the ENPS Web Client and a new ENPS plug-in for Microsoft Outlook.

Other features include a new side-by-side multi-platform story editor; automated metadata enrichment; automated discovery of related content; the ability to easily link related stories; integrated story-based chat and enhanced contact viewer.

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