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Quantel sQ Is Big News In Norway

Norwegian state broadcaster NRK returns to No. 1 with Quantel integrated news system (July 08, 2005)

Norwegian state broadcaster NRK has recently installed a fully integrated sQ News/Sport production system from Quantel. The system is based on four sQ servers, each with four video ports and with a total storage of 400 hours of IMX50. There are 124 sQCut editing packages on journalists desktops, eight sQEdit Plus systems for craft editing, and also a Paintbox, which is used for headline graphics.

NRK produces 18 television news broadcasts a day through its network of 12 regional offices in addition to its Oslo headquarters a vast campus that is home to 2,400 staff, encompassing not only all its central news operations, but also all production and post production facilities for both NRK television and radio.

While NRKs regional news operations have made use of standalone NLE systems, the Oslo centre has been for many years based around Digital Betacam technology. ?Weve really jumped two steps in one leap, going way beyond just non-linear into a totally integrated production environment, reflects Head of News Technology and project manager for NRKs entire digital news transition programme, Geir BÝrdalen.

At the outset BÝrdalen set up a project group to investigate all the available systems on the market. As well as engineering staff, the group also included a producer and journalist, which BÝrdalen saw as key to getting a system which would work at a creative as well as a technical level. The group looked at 14 systems integrators offering complete packages from 11 different manufacturers. In the end, only the Quantel sQ system, offered by system integrator 2MTV, was able to meet all the criteria.

System connectivity is via a dual fibre gigabit network, with a dual power supply to guard against power problems; ?The only way the entire system goes down is if there is a power failure that blacks out Oslo! jokes BÝrdalen. The sQ system is integrated with NRKs ENPS newsroom system (the second largest ENPS installation in the world with 1650 clients) via a dynamic MOS gateway, and the whole operation runs under Omnibus Columbus automation.

Speed to air was also high on NRKs shopping list when they specified the system. BÝrdalen reports that NRKs sQ system is ?the fastest news system out there. When time is really tight, NRK sometimes also plays direct to air from the sQEdit Plus craft edit stations. ?This also increases our backup, as does the fact that while the system has all the operational benefits of a central server system, it is also modular so the whole system doesnt go down if one server fails. NRK Resources has also started using the system for its sports coverage, with similar results.

?The sQ makes it fast and easy to capture and package highlights such as goals, and our sports editors are really beginning to push the system. Its a complex system, and now its really come together and were really pleased. Before we put the Quantel system in, we were struggling with ratings now we are number one in news in Norway, concludes BÝrdalen.

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