Telesur International chooses VSN for its recently launched news platform

The Venezuelan channel´s ambitious news production project will be working on a modern platform based on solutions provided by the Spanish company. The production environment has 16Ch for ingesting, 15 MAM licences, 15 VSNIPTRANSFER licences and 48TB of storage integrated with the editors Avid News Cutter and the news system iNews.

The project consists on a modern news production environment based on the VSNSPIDER platform as its workflows management system, quick, easy-to-use, and integrated with social networks and streaming and VOD platforms.

The provided solution integrates with the news writing tool already owned by the client, iNews, with licences for 15 journalists, 5 Avid NewsCutter editors for a/v edition, and a centralized 48TB storage, that storages the raw and edited contents in a transparent way for the Avid environment.

Furthermore, an automated process for digitalizing contents from news agencies based on VSN AUTOREC DIRECTOR is included. This process controls two 2Ch VSNAUTOREC Capturer+, for a total of 4Ch bandbase recording in OPAtom format. This allows native integration with NewsCutter editors, one of the most powerful integrations with AVID edition environments in the industry. Additional 12Ch are included for ingesting from other news channels based in 6 VSNBROADREC servers, of 2Ch each.

VSNEXPLORER MAM - Media Asset Management Software

VSNEXPLORER MAM – Media Asset Management Software


A major challenge was managing the numerous correspondent offices that Telesur owns worldwide. For this, a contribution server for IP accelerated content was provided, VSNIPTRANSFER, with 15 floating contribution licenses, something that makes it possible, just by having Internet access, to send notes in native format to the production center, in both Quito and Caracas, from anywhere in the world. This solution solved Telesur´s need at an efficient and acceptable cost.

The platform also includes 2 dedicated VSNWORKER TRANSCODER servers for transcoding and normalizing formats from different origins, based on a Harmonic Carbon Coder platform. This servers are managed in a intelligent and transparent-to-the-user way by VSNSPIDER.

From the beginning, VSN was known for its open systems, at a time when the trend was to develop proprietary and closed ones. Finally, time has proved us right, and the market has followed our steps. Fortunately, we have gained a huge know-how for many years of working, so today we can guarantee a real integration with other platforms. In this particular case, with editors and Avid proprietary formats, with which we are fully compatible in all our platforms”, explains Mario Díaz, VSN´s sales manager for Latin America.

Eduardo Moreno, Telesur´s technological consultant for this particular project, declares that for them the speed of work and ease of use were crucial to choose the providing company. After studying in detail the architecture proposed by VSN and get to know in detail other installations made by this company in similar environments that have proven highly successful, Telesur made the final decision.

Pablo Romero, Telesur´s technical manager for Caracas, adds that that they emphasized the product´s features, its native integration with Avid editing system and the references of other installations. “We spoke directly to the clients that have it, we inquired about the level of support and post-sale attention, and we got very positive recommendations from other television channels”, explains the executive.

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