OmniBus Systems has created a special automation package for PBS stations based on the revolutionary OmniBus iTX intelligent transmission software system. “iTX is changing the way broadcasters approach content storage, automation, branding, and playout, and we’re pleased to be working with PBS in further developing this next-generation broadcast solution,” said Lorie Callahan, sales manager for […]
OmniBus Systems has created a special automation package for PBS stations based on the revolutionary OmniBus iTX intelligent transmission software system.
“iTX is changing the way broadcasters approach content storage, automation, branding, and playout, and we’re pleased to be working with PBS in further developing this next-generation broadcast solution,” said Lorie Callahan, sales manager for PBS at OmniBus Systems. “As a result of this collaborative effort, PBS stations now have access to a flexible iTX package designed specifically to enable simpler, more cost-effective operation of their broadcast channels and services.”
The iTX package for PBS stations comprises OmniBus software for iTX core services and backup iTX core services, as well as one standard SD output channel with a backup channel, one standard HD output channel with a backup channel, two master control effects and logo plug-ins for all included channels, two client workstations, and a traffic interface. Through its standard protocol, iTX can interface with traffic systems including ProTrack, Broadview, Scout and others.
The iTX system software takes on the role of video server, master control, graphics, and logo inserter with functionality including automation, ingest, editing, and basic content management. iTX says it “provides the tools required for sophisticated branding and smooth transitions between clips, all available within a single drag-and-drop interface that allows operators to monitor and control multiple channels and schedules on-screen simultaneously.”
As a format-independent and bit-rate-agnostic solution, iTX can mix DV, MPEG1 through MPEG4, AVI, and WMV formats freely, and will scale incoming media of any resolution to the appropriate output format, enabling SD and HD content to be mixed on the same playlist.
iTX is available with HP server systems, powered by AMD Opteron dual-core processors that effectively double the computing performance available to each motherboard processor socket. As a result, iTX is able to deliver fully featured editing and special effects functionality in addition to automation and master control.
Built on a forward-looking platform, iTX relies on Microsoft .Net connectivity and workflow technologies, Microsoft SQL Server data management tools and the Microsoft Office suite of productivity.
Service and support for this solution, as well as all OmniBus products for PBS stations, are handled from the company’s headquarters in Denver and regional engineering offices. OmniBus CEO Mike Oldham said, “Providing quality products and services to the PBS station community is a very important part of our growth strategy. We are excited about expanding our support for our growing PBS customer base.”