New Abekas Tria News Server from Ross

Ross Video expanded its newsroom production offering during the 2018 NAB Show by adding a new playout server to the Abekas Tria range. The Tria News is aimed specifically at fast-turnaround news broadcasting and features four individual PGM (Program) playout channels, which can be controlled from the newsroom automation system.

Abekas, manufacturer of video servers, disk-based replay systems and effects units, was bought by Ross Video in 2016. This added a new line of live broadcast equipment to Ross' portfolio, including the Tria server family. Tria News is based on Abekas video processing hardware that performs both ingest and playout functions. It has a dedicated HD-SDI base band input, allowing the unit to import and store live material that has been encoded using DVCPRO-HD.

Once ingested into the server, footage can be topped and tailed using integrated editing tools within the Tria News server. The prepared clips can then be played out with native XDCAM and AVC-I MXF files. The new product is designed to be connected to and controlled from the Ross Inception newsroom computer in conjunction with the Streamline media asset management system and OverDrive automated production controller.

Tria News is able to operate as part of a MOS-based newsroom, with stories sent from editing workstations on a connected network to a core NAS (network storage system). Up to four native XDCAM HD422 and/or AVC-Intra 50 MXF files can then be loaded into Tria News on commands from Streamline, ready for playout. It is possible to trigger all four clips from the NAS over a Gigabit Ethernet connection.

Tria News will go on the market during the second quarter of 2018.

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