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Ascent Media Simplifies and Streamlines With Omneon

Spectrum Server system used in its Singapore facility (May 31, 2005)

Omneon Video Networks today announced that Ascent Media Network Services Asia is using eight Omneon Spectrum media server systems in its Singapore facility, enabling a digital workflow for the origination of 30 channels and delivery of continuous multi-language programming -- sometimes in as many as 16 different languages -- for broadcast to Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, and Asia. The Omneon systems, which consists of two ingest servers and six transmission servers, allow operators to work with video and audio files independently and with greater flexibility, resulting in more efficient quality control monitoring, along with more streamlined and accurate playout in this complex playout environment.

"We selected the Omneon server for several reasons, including the ease with which the system can be expanded, the readiness of the Omneon Spectrum solution to meet our needs, and the strength of the system's underlying technology," said Tan Yee Tiang, vice president of operations and engineering, AMNSA. "Omneon's active participation in broadcast technology development and its open APIs allow for smooth integration with many other automation and software vendors."

Within Ascent Media's state-of-the-art cable and satellite broadcasting center in Singapore, all inbound tapes are ingested into the Omneon ingest server in MPEG-2 I-frame format, subsequently passed through quality control monitoring and then stored in deep archive for future production needs. The same copy is also transcoded to a MPEG-2 long GOP digital file and archived for transmission. Media is retrieved from deep archive and stored in the Omneon on-air server for playout as called for in the broadcast schedule.

Because the Omneon server handles video and audio files independently, operators managing multi-language broadcasts can match video files to corresponding audio in any number of languages. As a result, fewer copies of media are needed, and media storage requirements are reduced. Quality control is also simplified, as audio files are only checked once, after they are staged and language tracks have been tagged, where previously they were checked once after layback to tape and a second time after ingest.

By handling ingest of various formats, the Omneon system facilitates recording and event cutting for rapid program turnaround. The server system's support for the QuickTime wrapper makes it easy to interface the server systems with other equipment for file transfer in a tapeless environment. OmniBus automation controls the Omneon servers through an IP network connection. This configuration simplified installation and enables ease of remote monitoring and diagnosis. In the event that a disaster should occur, AMNSA can easily commence remote control of playout from a separate location.

More information about Omneon products is available at

About Ascent Media Network Services Asia
Ascent Media Pte. Ltd. is an Ascent Media Network Services company, strategically based in the Loyang section of Singapore. As a sophisticated network origination center, it delivers multiple program channels and pass-through services to diverse markets in the Pacific Rim and Asia, and a full complement of creative, technical, and support services are available for post-production and media management to regional and international program producers and distributors. Ascent Media Network Services, a global provider of broadcast solutions, is part of Santa Monica, Calif.-based Ascent Media Group, which provides a wide range of services to the media and entertainment industries.

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About Omneon
Omneon Video Networks is the leading provider of cost-effective and flexible networked standard (SD), high (HD) and mixed definition media server solutions for the broadcast and video industry. The company's unique strategy integrates a strong foundation in broadcast with the best practices of information technology -- giving its customers the best of both worlds. Because Omneon Spectrum media server systems are based on an open and advanced architecture, broadcast and video professionals are able to minimize both upfront and ongoing expenses, while gaining the flexibility to capitalize on emerging opportunities. Omneon pioneered the use of open systems in broadcast and, as a result, receives wide support from the application developer community.

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