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Trinity Church Picks Omneon Spectrum Media Server

Production facility supports Web and television broadcasting (September 29, 2004)

Omneon Video Networks today announced that Trinity Church of New York City is using the Omneon Spectrum media server system within its expanded television production facility to support a production area, two control rooms, and edit suites that include both Final Cut Pro and Avid Symphony and DV Xpress systems. Originally focused on dramatic programming, interview programs, and special theological events or conferences, the facility was upgraded after 9/11 to accommodate an increasing production of news and documentary programs, as well as webcasting for services and special events.

"We're only a few blocks away from where the World Trade Center stood, and as we rebuilt the facility, we added new cameras, hardware, and technology that gave us the production capability to focus on 9/11 and the spiritual issues that arose from that event, as well as to take on clients for other types of projects," said Bert Medley, director of Trinity Church Television & New Media. "We felt it was important to create additional edit facilities and establish webcasting, and the Omneon Spectrum media server, with its advanced architecture, ties all of our new and existing equipment together. Today we are a full-service, state-of-the-art digital operation, and the Omneon server system is the heart of our facility."

The Omneon Spectrum media server system at Trinity Church Television & New Media offers two-fold functionality: It streamlines the movement of material throughout the production facility, serving as a central core for media storage, and it also provides the means to record and play back high-quality digital content on a scalable platform that will remain current as time passes and broadcast technologies continue to evolve.

Trinity Church Television & New Media is located across the street from Trinity Church, and a dedicated fiber network connects the two. For webcasting applications, the primary output is acquired from four Sony DXC990 analog cameras positioned in the nave of Trinity Church. The cameras within the church, as well as three Sony BVP-E10 digital cameras in the production studio and all sources within the two control rooms, record to the Omneon server, which ties key equipment together in a smooth digital workflow. All media produced by the facility -- live and recorded -- can feed the Internet or, through a fiber connect to Ascent Media, get picked up by broadcast companies and networks.

The addition of an Omneon Media Tool called TransferTool AO allows operators to move material between the Avid editing systems and the Omneon server system as rapid file transfers. The same file can be used at any location at any time, eliminating wait-times for accessing or sharing of media. As a result, the facility is able to maximize its edit suites and increase efficiency significantly, saving both time and cost.

"The beauty of the Omneon server system is that we can go in and change bit rates at will, change our port configuration, or select a different format for material ingest, and we can perform any upgrade, including expansion of drive space, right here on site," said Barry Glasser, associate director of operations and engineering at Trinity Church Television & New Media. "We did a lot of research, and we saw how many facilities are going with the Omneon Spectrum server system. It seems to be the server of choice for the broadcast industry, and I think it will serve us well for a very long time."

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About Trinity Church
Founded in 1697, Trinity Church is a vibrant Episcopal parish, where 18 weekly worship services form the heart of its Christian identity. Trinity's identity is as complex as the world it serves, and part of the Trinity family is Trinity Television & New Media, which produces a wide variety of television programs for broadcast and parish study use.

From conversations with prominent theologians to documentaries, provocative dramas, a game show, and teleconferences, these programs translate Trinity's mission to "nurture spiritual formation" into television formats. Past productions include Pioneers of the Spirit, a biography series featuring Julian of Norwich, Teresa of Avila, Hildegard of Bingen, and others. Trinity Television also produced The Real Bottom Line, which brought compelling personalities such as Jesse Jackson and Michael Bloomberg to the nave of Trinity Church, where they shared their inspirational stories.

Trinity Church owns and operates a studio with full editing facilities that are used for in-house production. The studio and editing rooms are also available for rental; the studio is equipped for live broadcasts, viewer call-ins, and teleconferencing. Trinity's programs have won numerous awards, including four New York Emmys. Programs produced by Trinity Television have aired on PBS and ODYSSEY cable network.

About Omneon
Omneon Video Networks is the leading provider of cost-effective and flexible networked media servers 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. Visit Omneon on the Web at


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