Until not so long ago, news production required total human team control, which often lacked the technological equipment and resources to automate repetitive tasks or coordinate different playlists. Each department was strictly responsible for a part of the overall job, one very specific phrase of the production process.
Today, the landscape in modern newsrooms has changed a great deal from the past. The emergence of unified newsrooms and the generalization of user-level video editing systems have given rise to a new type of operator, capable of writing and editing video in direct contact with playout and archive, resulting in a collaborative rather than a linear workflow. In addition, thanks to modern Media Asset Management (MAM) systems, content is more easily retrievable and reusable in different news stories over time, facilitating the work of journalists, improving productivity and allowing greater use of assets.
Unified news production solutions or automated immediacy
However, one thing has not changed: the need to produce quality content in limited time is more pronounced than ever in news and live environments. That is why it is mandatory to have a solution that facilitates the operation as much as possible and gives the necessary assurance to directors, journalists and producers that technology will support them in achieving unique scoops. There is not a second to lose, so every process should be as seamless as possible. It is at this point that the need for an integrated news solution becomes indispensable. Processes such as planning and playlist creation, resource management, text processing, video source ingest, cataloging, archiving, and delivery to broadcast, second screens and social networks are typical tasks of these solutions, although not the only functionalities that must be taken into account. VSN has compiled other aspects that will undoubtedly help users in optimizing their daily work.
1. Taking care of all the steps of the news broadcasting process
Planning, resource allocation, playlist creation, production (text, video, audio and graphics), up to the synchronized and automatic playout with the graphics system (CG) and the prompter.
2. Integration with third-party systems
As an indispensable condition to make the first point possible, whether it is a non-linear editor, the graphics system of our choice, the studio automation system or the content management system, the solution we choose must be compatible with each and every one of the elements of our news solution.
3. Single interface
Making the most of the time available is essential, and accessing NRCS (Newsroom Computer Systems), graphics (CG), nonlinear editors (NLE), studio playouts and MAM from the same interface is one of the most practical ways to do this.
4. Web editing
The ability to edit sequences on cut, unify video and graphics files and even record voiceover in the same frame-accurate editing timeline from a single interface also significantly streamlines processes. In addition, depending on distribution needs, the functionality to consolidate and publish sequences in any video format directly to the associated news item and automatically to any destination and screen is highly valuable.
5. Cloud access
Empowering collaborative work and remote production is a palpable reality in the Broadcast and Media industry in 2021, so enabling multiple users to create and produce news and live from any geographical location simultaneously is more relevant than ever.
The best part? There is no need for all the selected systems to be from the same supplier or manufacturer. The technology allows us, through the use of a practical plugin like VSN NewsConnect -designed to make the work of professionals as easy as possible- to integrate the components of our choice via MOS. Discover these and other complete NewsConnect functionalities in this video:
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