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NY1 Relies on Omneon for End-to-End Field Production Solution at Democratic and Republican National Conventions

(August 21, 2008)

DMN Newswire--2008-8-21--NY1, New York City's 24/7 all-news station, is using an Omneon Spectrum?¢ media server as an end-to-end field production solution to support up-to-the minute, comprehensive coverage at the two U.S. political conventions taking place this month.

The Spectrum server employed by NY1 provides a single storage platform for ingest, editing, and final transfer of finished material back to New York headquarters. Material shot in DV25 SD 4:1:1 is ingested to the Spectrum server as file transfers from NY1's Panasonic P2 cameras and made immediately available to six AppleĀ® Final Cut ProĀ® workstations using ProRes 422. The edit-in-place capability provided by the Omneon Spectrum allows the workstations to share and edit material residing on the system without transferring or copying files. Completed stories saved on the Spectrum server are formatted as .mov files and then sent as baseband video via fiber to NY1's Manhattan facility for final transmission and Webcasting.

NY1 anticipates that simultaneous access to content stored on the Spectrum system will result in a 50 percent improvement in workflow efficiency compared with the station's experience at past conventions. That improvement will translate into more timely updates and more thorough coverage for viewers.

"From the technical standpoint, we expect these to be the easiest conventions we've ever done," said Michael Chan, NY1 director of technical operations. "The major reason is the Omneon equipment. For us, the ability to share clips and to secure them with no tape to misplace makes a tremendous difference. And as for setup, once the network with the FCP stations has been established, it's a matter of plugging it in, hooking up the wire, flipping a switch, and it's done. We are happy and confident going on the road with Omneon."

Omneon Senior Vice President of Products and Markets Geoff Stedman said, "A local station competing in 24/7 news in the discerning New York market has tremendous pressures. The decision by NY1 to leverage cutting-edge technology for efficiency gains, and to adopt the Spectrum system for its all-in-one solution for field production, helps the station address these pressures and deliver the high-quality content expected by its viewers."

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About NY1
NY1 News is Time Warner's 24-hour newschannel in New York City. Available on Time Warner Cable, NY1 covers the city's five boroughs with more than 25 full-time reporters. NY1 signed on in the fall of 1992 from its newsroom on Manhattan's West 42nd Street. As it approached its tenth anniversary, the station moved into a new state-of-the-art facility in the historic Chelsea Market building in January of 2002. With an integrated, all-digital production system and more than 600 hours of computer-based video storage, the facility represents one of the most advanced newsgathering operations in the world.

About Omneon
Omneon, Inc., is a leading provider of scalable media server and active storage systems that optimize workflow productivity and on-air reliability for the production, distribution, and management of digital media. Omneon is a pioneer in the use of advanced IT technologies and open systems for broadcast applications, producing a modular and expandable video server architecture in the Omneon Spectrum. The company's MediaGrid active storage system delivers centralized content storage that is scalable in capacity, bandwidth, and media-processing power. The company has an extensive global presence with customers in more than 50 countries on six continents. Omneon is on the Web at

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