Onmibus to preview iTX News at NAB

A new end-to-end production newsroom and automation system
called iTX News from Omnibus that includes everything from graphics, to editing
software, and more and is designed for the news and sports markets will be
previewed at NAB.

“iTX NEWS consists of a wide-ranging suite of product
components that can be mixed and matched to provide solutions to suit large
network broadcasters, as well as smaller regional news operations,” says
OmniBus CTO Ian Fletcher. “It combines a high degree of efficiency, through
extensive automation, with the ability to react extremely rapidly to
late-breaking news. With built-in news-optimized editing facilities, and all
rendering done in real time, journalists can take edited sequences to air
immediately, making reaction times to unfolding events very rapid indeed.”

The system includes iTX Edit, a purpose-designed
multi-format editing system tailored for news and sports applications, with the
unique ability to take edits to air without prior rendering – iTX does this in
real-time, with graphics, audio and video effects, stills, captions and
voiceovers. EDLs can also be exported to Final Cut Pro or AVID for craft
editing if required.

iTX NEWS has multi-format capabilities, allowing users to
easily ingest and edit together SD and HD sources, and combine them in the same
playlist with non-broadcast material such as security footage and
user-generated content, with real-time format conversion and rendering of

The iTX architecture streamlines the output of multiple
versions of the same playlist for SD, HD, Internet streaming, mobileTV and
other platforms, with automatic transcoding and distribution of content.

iTX NEWS includes media acquisition, asset tracking and
logging tools, powerful browse capabilities and rapid Windows Media encoding
for news streaming. Content can be acquired from a wide variety of sources –
Avid, Apple Final Cut Pro, live ingest, digital news delivery services and
viewer-generated sources – and any mixture of formats can be combined in the
same playlist.

Fletcher says frame-accurate proxy streaming is available to
all users via the OmniBus SmartClient, which provides access to content and
metadata, either embedded within the journalist’s newsroom computer system or
via a Web browser at any Web-enabled location. Journalists can view material at
the desktop, cut it together into sequences for further editing, or send it
directly from the SmartClient for immediate transmission without the need for
transcoding, copying, or rendering.

iTX NEWS includes an optional, integrated, advanced 3D
graphics package; it can also control many of the industry-standard graphics
devices, allowing both graphics and video elements to be controlled from within
a single playlist.

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