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Omneon Spectrum Server Streamlines Production at KJLA

Omneon servers offer flexible multiformat playback and significant savings (October 13, 2005)

Omneon Video Networks today announced that Los Angeles-area bilingual television network LATV is using Omneon Spectrum media server systems for master control playout, live production playback of music videos, and in editing applications using Final Cut Pro. The facility's two Omneon servers provide a simple, reliable, and cost-effective foundation for digital media management, sharing, and playout as KJLA transitions toward a true tapeless workflow.

"Omneon's server systems appealed to us because they offer flexible multiformat playback and significant savings with a low cost-per-terabyte price tag compared with other systems," said KJLA Chief Engineer Ken Brown. "The server system is easy to use and extremely versatile, and it has greatly improved our efficiency in working with media. Support from Omneon has been excellent, and we look forward to a continued and successful relationship as we add to our system components and capabilities."

The first Omneon Spectrum server, KJLA's playout server, is controlled by BlueLine Technologies station automation, which manages the four broadcast channels in master control. Because Omneon server systems feature a scalable, distributed architecture, KJLA will be able to expand its playout system as future growth demands.

A second Omneon Spectrum system supports live playback of music videos and is integrated with Apple's Final Cut Pro 5.0 to enable direct editing of the QuickTime-based material. KJLA's edit bays are linked to the Omneon server via a Gigabit Ethernet network, so when an editor grabs a clip off the server, it is ready for editing work immediately. This streamlining of the production workflow helps keep the facility's edit bays running smoothly. A DNF Controls playback controller is being added to the installation to control playback on four of the Omneon Spectrum channels during production and to simplify ingest from a number of sources available in the tape room.

More information about Omneon and its server systems is available online at

About KJLA
KJLA provides Spanish- and English-language programming targeted to bicultural Latinos within the Los Angeles market. Broadcast on channels 57 and 33, KJLA is the first bilingual station in the city. It is also the home of "LATV Live," a program featuring live performances and videos from the biggest names in Latin rock, hip-hop, and pop (not to mention leading "Anglo" groups and celebrity actors). With a groundbreaking mix of English and Spanish language music and lifestyle programming, LATV has solidified itself as the leading network among bicultural Latinos in Los Angeles, America's top Hispanic market.

Learn more about KJLA at

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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