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Quantel Wins Clean Sweep of Recent Dutch Broadcast Contracts

Three leading broadcasters choose Quantel sQ production systems for news and sports (March 15, 2006)

Dutch broadcasters Omroep Brabant, UBF and DMC Chellomedia have all chosen Quantel sQ integrated production systems to power their next-generation, server-based production needs.

Alexis Rowell, Quantel Area Manager, Northern Europe, said, ?We are delighted to have made a clean sweep of recent broadcast projects in Holland. All of these contracts were won in the face of stiff competition. Once again the speed to air, common user interface and expandability of our sQ technology have proven key differentiators in the market.

Omroep Brabant, the regional broadcaster for the province of Noord-Brabant in Holland, has purchased its sQ system to service its news and post production needs, the latter both promotions and longform work. The news system is being commissioned first. It is centred around an eight port sQ server with 110 hours of IMX50 broadcast and browse storage, supporting six sQ Cut and three sQ Edit desktop editing applications in the newsroom, as well as one sQ Edit Plus system for craft editing. Automation, asset management and the newsroom system are all being supplied by Dalet, which is also providing web publishing facilities and radio automation software.

The news system is scheduled to go on air in May, and in June will be extended to cover post production from the same SQ server. Storage will be expanded to 220 hours and one sQ Cut and two sQ Edit applications added, as well as a further three sQ Edit Plus craft editors, all located in the post production area.

Willy Bollen, Omroep Brabants Technical Manager, said, ?We needed a system which was easy to learn and use for our news journalists and yet would also satisfy the high-end post needs of our craft editors. The system also had to integrate closely with the Dalet newsroom computer system that our journalists have chosen.  We looked closely at systems from three major suppliers, and the Quantel sQ was the clear winner against all our criteria.

UBF provides both broadcast and post production facilities from its Hilversum headquarters. It has purchased a Quantel sQ system to create its Dutch football Premier league television coverage in conjunction with production company, Eyeworks Sports.

UBFs system, which has already gone on air, is based on an 8 port sQ server with 180 hours each of IMX30 broadcast and browse storage. It supports two sQ View, three sQ Cut and five sQ Edit desktop editing applications for journalists and producers, as well as four sQ Edit Plus craft editors and several Quantel Power Portal open network data interfaces. Quantels QRecord and QPlay applications are used to control ingest and playout to studio/air. Asset management has again been supplied by Dalet. The system delivers a fully tapeless MXF file-based digital workflow from ingest to broadcast to archive and back again, with faster than realtime delivery.

Peter de Vink, UBF Business Unit Manager Post Production, reports that the company carefully evaluated all the server-based production systems on the market before choosing the Quantel sQ system. ?We chose Quantel because we wanted a solution to do close-to-air post production better than any competitor; today, you simply have to show a difference, and the sQ has given us the edge we need. We are faster to air with better looking packages, and because of the openness of the Quantel solution, we have complete flexibility to interface with any and every other system, both up- and downstream. For example, the Talpa soccer web pages are also fed from the sQ system.

Another key factor for UBF was sQs common progressive user interface. ?All of the Eyeworks Sports production people immediately started viewing, selecting and cut-editing material for broadcast. And they have all quickly learnt more skills simply by watching the craft editors using exactly the same interface but with more sophisticated tools. It means we get better looking programmes, and faster too. Which is just as well; not only does UBF provide football coverage and highlights for three different broadcasters (Talpa, Tele-2 and RTL) with the sQ system, it also uses it to produce a half hour primetime news, sports and entertainment programme five days a week for Jon de Mols broadcast company Talpa.

Finally, Amsterdam-based sports broadcaster DMC Chellomedia has purchased a Quantel sQ system for its coverage of the forthcoming FIFA World Cup as well as its Champions League football broadcasts. The system comprises two sQ servers with a total of 420 hours of IMX30 broadcast and browse storage with 16 i/o ports. The system supports two sQ Cut and four sQ Edit workstations together with one sQ Edit Plus craft editor; it is also equipped with Quantels MXF Power Portal for archive interchange.

Looking to the future, and with an eye to the soccer world cup this summer, DMC Chellomedia also specified that the system must be fully HD upgradeable; this is a standard offering with all Quantel sQ systems.

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