NewTek And Vizrt Collaborate To Create IP News Systems

IP has already made a big impact on the way news and other live events are broadcast. Now two leading technology developers in these fields have teamed up to produce newsroom IP workflows. Under a new agreement NewTek is combining its range of live production devices with Vizrt’s VizMosart studio automation system.

During IBC 2016 Vizrt highlighted IP-based playout, while NewTek showed the latest version of its Network Device Interface (NDI) protocol alongside the IP Series production infrastructure. This provides a foundation of processing and switching functions through a video mix engine, which takes inputs from various sources, including call management systems, and produces a variety of outputs, with options for streaming.

Commenting on its development of IP techniques, Vizrt's chief technology officer Petter Ole Jakobsen said the company had produced an infrastructure based on the technology that enabled users to select the best workflow for their needs. "We designed our studio automation system to give broadcasters a flexible and easy way to deliver complex live productions," he added. Discussing the potential of working with NewTek products, Jakobsen commented, "By combining our studio system with the versatility of the NewTek line of live production solutions, media companies have a new native IP workflow for all aspects of the production."

NewTek's president and CTO, Andrew Cross, said the new agreement came from a long collaboration between the two companies. "We have been working to deliver a true IP-based workflow, taking advantage of the most exciting technology changes that our industry has seen," he explained. Cross observed that there were now great demands on broadcasters and producers to deliver up-to-date news and live sport coverage quickly and accurately to multiple outlets, including social media.

The combination of Vizrt Mosart and NewTek's IP products will be demonstrated at the Viz Mosart Summit in Frankfurt from 17 to 18 November. The event will take place at the headquarters of German broadcaster Hessischer Rundfunk (HR). Among those scheduled to speak are: Jonathan Spencer, creative director of BBC News, Tulla Onstad, project manager with NRK Strategy and Ali El Husseini, head of network operations standards for Al Jazeera Media Network.

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