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Associated Press Extends ENPS Deeper into Newsrooms

New features shown at NAB let users broaden their search for content (May 11, 2005)

The Associated Press demonstrated many new features in the latest version of ENPS, its industry leading news production system, at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas last month. APs continuing evolution of ENPS allows broadcasters to enhance their on-air product by keeping pace with the latest technological advancements in the industry.

"Our aggressive, non-stop development efforts deliver stations unmatched technical achievements," said Lee Perryman Deputy Director of AP's Broadcast division and Director of Broadcast Technology. "What that means, quite simply, is that journalists perform better using ENPS, taking fewer steps with less confusion for greater productivity for their news enterprises."

As broadcasters are feeding more and more content into their various output channels, they need streamlined access to daily production material as well as their archived media. Extended Briefing of Content Management and Story Send to Archive are designed to help them do that by feeding data to and retrieving from long term databases and/or content management systems.

Giving journalists more flexibility to do their jobs has been vital to the success of ENPS. As a continuation of that trend, there is a new detachable plug-in window. This will allow, for example, a user to run a non-linear editor in a window separate from ENPS. This is especially useful in newsrooms where editing is done in dual monitor mode. Though separate, the plug-ins are linked to ENPS so users can still drag and drop MOS pointers into the ENPS script, adding significant flexibility to a fully integrated ENPS workflow.

A core component of the Object Oriented News workflow in ENPS is the focus on assignments and planning as the first step in creating a story for broadcast. Now assignment editors have even more power to collate information related to a story with the ability to drag and drop Microsoft Word and Adobe PDFs into one multi-layered document. This extends the current drag and drop of background information (reporter's notes, etc.), URL's, logistics information, staff assignments, and links to media.

SNAPfeed, the APs store and forward video application has also been updated with a new version. Provided as part of ENPS, the enhanced user interface of SNAPfeed 3.0 guides journalists through a straightforward, non-technical, four step process to encode and transmit their video. Utilizing the power of the Windows Media 9 codec and a wide variety of transmission options such as DSL, cable, cellular, satellite phone and dial-up, SNAPfeed enables routine, quality field transmissions.

?For people in the field, weve reduced complex decisions to one question: ?Whats your deadline?, said Mike Palmer, Director of Broadcast Digital Distribution Systems and Strategy for AP. ?With just a few mouse clicks, your video is encoded and transmitted back to your newsroom.

Additionally, the AP continues its support for the Media Object Protocol (MOS). More than 50 products from 32 companies now integrate with ENPS via the MOS protocol, and the ability of ENPS to connect journalists with a variety of resources and systems is transforming the traditional news production process.

AP provides technology for many of the world's largest and most demanding broadcasters, and the ENPS system is now used by more than 500 radio and television stations in 42 countries. ENPS was designed to meet rapidly evolving needs in modern television, radio and network environments. Powerful, easy-to-use features include the industry's only fully-integrated search engine, scripting, program lineups, planning, contacts, messaging, news wire management, third-party device control, and off-line and remote access capabilities for field staff. ENPS also supports the AP-inspired MOS (Media Object Server) protocol, the industry standard for integration of media servers and editors, character generators, still store devices, and a variety of news production equipment and systems.

About AP
The Associated Press is the world's oldest and largest newsgathering organization, providing text, audio, news photos, graphics, video and technology to more than 15,000 news outlets worldwide. More than 3,300 television stations, radio stations and networks in more than 50 countries use its broadcast news software and systems, including ENPS, AP NewsCenter and AP NewsDesk. AP's broadcast division is based in Washington, D.C.

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