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EPTV Re-vamps Production Structure using Incite Editor and SAN Technology

(August 07, 2001)
Brazilian broadcaster EPTV, an affiliate of the Globo Network, is going to install 10 non-linear editing stations using Incite Editor at their television facility in Ribeirao Preto, one of four regional stations providing coverage to 292 cities representing an audience of over 9 million viewers. The installation marks the second time this year EPTV has chosen to implement an Incite Editor/Storage Area Network production model in one of their facilities.

EPTV first began using Incite Editor in February 2001 at their biggest station located in Campinas where they inaugurated their e-News system for news editing and play-out based also on 10 Incite Editor stations. "We are pleased that this first installation using Incite Editor and media browsing application, Incite Media Assistant, was so successful that EPTV chose the same configuration at another one of their TV stations", says Tony Rieder, president of Incite Multimedia Corporation.


EPTV was looking at upgrading their news processing and delivering capabilities with cutting edge technology. They selected a system from Floripa Tecnologia called e-News that integrates the play-out video servers (NewsWare) with the editing stations using Incite Editor and Matrox DigiSuite cards connected by SAN Fibre Channel shared storage. This system eliminates the need to record material back to tape, physically move it around the facility and digitize it again on the server for play-out. From digitization to play-out, the media captured by Incite Editor always remains stored in a SAN ready for editing, adding real-time effects and insertion of CG titles and graphics by any other Incite station connected to the shared storage. "This improved workflow not only saves time but also increases the quality of the programs" says Robert Noebauer, president of Floripa Tecnologia, "the added capabilities would have been risky or impossible before in this kind of fast paced environment".

The EPTV e-News system for news editing and playout, integrated by Floripa Tecnologia, uses 10 Incite editing stations, 2 redundant video servers and 2 redundant SAN’s for a completely reliable configuration where every item is backed-up. The 2 servers will simultaneously play-out the same material from both storage networks. However, Incite editing stations can operate in stand alone mode if the FC network experiences any problems, enabling them to play-out material using each station’s internal storage through a video routing connection. The reliability, quality, and agility of the system made the transition a success, and this counts heavily on the fact that Incite Editor is very easy and intuitive to use, especially when coupled with JL Cooper panels with Jog/Shuttle functions. "Even the editors used to the old linear VTR to VTR way of editing like Incite Editor very much, the transition being helped by the hybrid editing features. They would definitely have second thoughts about going back to the previous way of working" says Claudio Ghiorzi, Development Manager EPTV’s Campinas installation.

Incite Multimedia Corporation, IMC Inc. (Geneva, Switzerland), www.inciteonline.com, designs NLE software that delivers professional real-time video solutions used by independent editors, post houses and TV broadcasters around the world. Incite systems offer rapid and precise video and audio editing for delivery to tape, directly on-air, the web and to DVD. Incite partners with leading technological companies to provide versatility and scalability for the highest quality video in multiple formats, SAN networking, advanced audio features, graphics and fx plugins.

Floripa Tecnologia (Florianopolis, Brazil), www.floripatec.com.br, designs video servers and automation software for the broadcast market in Brazil and Latin America. The automation software controls any number of VTR, switchers, and video channels over any network. It imports the traffic data for export as run logs to any system controlling the configurable data fields like categories, date and time limits, groups, etc. The video servers are connected to the NLE stations through a SAN environment enabling news editing, programs and commercials to be played on the server directly from the shared storage.

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