The NewsForce digital newsroom workflow solution adopted by the Freedom Broadcasting CBS-CW duopoly in Schenectady, N.Y., includes a NEXIO browse proxy viewing and editing system.
Freedom Broadcasting’s Albany-Schenectady- Troy, N.Y. (DMA 57), duopoly of WRGB (CBS) and WCWN (CW) have selected a Harris Corp. NewsForce digital news production system for their shared newsroom infrastructure.
Based at the same Schenectady facility, the sister stations’ NewsForce platform includes five Harris Velocity ESX HD/SD editing systems and the new NEXIO Browse system, a family of products that enables desktop browsing and editing of low-resolution proxy clips throughout the news department.
The WRGB/WCWN browse network integrates a NEXIO Browse Server storage array, 12 Harris Velocity PRX low-res proxy editors and the NEXIO InstantOnline III conforming engine, which lets journalists and editors conform their low-resolution edits to high resolution.
The entire newsroom workflow is supported by a 7.8-Terabyte SAN (storage area network) comprising two Harris NEXIO AMP HD/SD servers equipped with two NEXIO PRX Transcoder servers for on-the-fly format conversion to low resolution. NEXIO Ingest Control Manager is used to acquire real-time footage and add metadata to the video.
The NewsForce solution was chosen because it interfaces with the stations’ existing NEXIO on-air SAN, which comprises five NEXIO transmission servers.
Another critical factor driving the stations’ selection of NewsForce, according to Harris, is its ability to interface with their existing Avid iNews newsroom computer system and Ross OverDrive newsroom automation system.
“Based upon our positive experience with NEXIO servers for playout, we decided to build out our news pipeline with the same server because it handles news and on-air tasks very well,” said Fred Lass, director of engineering for WRGB and WCWN. “By standardizing on a single platform, we simplified our configuration, reduced the learning curve, and maximized common parts, software and support. Because they integrate with the newsroom automation system we employ throughout our workflow, Harris products also enable us greater creative freedom and efficiency, which helps move news stories to air faster.”
WRGB produces a live newscast at 5-7 a.m.; news cut-ins throughout The CBS Early Show at 7-9 a.m.; and live noon, evening and late-night newscasts. The station also produces a one-hour morning newscast for WCWN and a 10-minute 10 p.m. evening newscast.
While the programs are broadcast in HD, each show is actually a hybrid of HD and SD elements, such as HD studio cameras and graphics; 16:9 SD video acquired in the field, and 4:3 SD news footage from CBS, CNN and other outside sources
“The Velocity ESX editing system allows our editors to mix video of different resolutions, formats and aspect ratios on the same timeline,” said Lass. “It automatically inserts graphical side panels around 4:3 SD video, while allowing 16:9 video to fill the screen. This saves our editors considerable time and increases control over the on-air presentation. And Velocity PRX has greatly streamlined our news workflow by giving our journalists, reporters and producers desktop access to low-resolution video, as well as user-friendly, desktop editing and conforming tools.”