Since 1948, Hessischer Rundfunk has been the public broadcasting company for the state of Hesse and one of the founding members of ARD, the federal German broadcasting company. Today, it is the sixth largest member of ARD and produces six radio channels and its own independent television channel, hr-fernsehen. HR has been using AP ENPS, AP's news production system, for more than five years. HR's journalists perform multiple roles as assignment planners, reporters, and editors. AP ENPS allows themto log into the system from just about anywhere on their Frankfurt campus to perform any task.
In the increasingly convergent environment of news production, HR's radio division is using material captured by journalists on the television side. The easy access to enterprise level content that AP ENPS allows them keeps radio informed of what television colleagues are planning, and avoid sending multiple crews to cover the same event.
Ulrike Hoffmann-Heyden is HR's AP ENPS system administrator and is pleased with the AP system. "What first comes to my mind is its marvelous stability and reliability - setting AP ENPS up to work with third-party software and hardware such as graphics systems, prompters, and automation works well with the MOS interface."
With Avid NewsCutters, a PixelPower graphics system and automation from Aveco, HR has advanced MOS protocol integration, all through AP ENPS. "MOS, when implemented correctly in the third-party software interface, works reliably and fast. The MOS protocol is really good to work with, as it relies on open standard commands and XML notation."
HR's workflow relies havily on auto-created placeholders for video clips. When an AP ENPS running order is set to 'MOS Active', a request is automatically sent to the playout server which then returns the MOS ObjectID to AP ENPS with MOS status. The MOS Repeater then passes the running order to a non-linear editor. when a clip is completed by the editor, dragging and dropping transfers it to the playout server.
"The benefit is obviously that this workflow eliminates a lot of work and stress for the reporters, the director and the editors," says Hoffmann-Heyden. "The MOS ObjectID is never touched by a human being, therefore cannot be misspelled and is guaranteed to be unique and conforming to the naming convention of our site. The editor at the NLE station sees the shole rundown context. They don't have to bother with naming the clip and communicating it to the director. The placeholders have object slugs composed of story title and segment, so finding the right placeholder is a piece of cake. They just drag the material onto the right placeholder, and that's it. The other newsroom personnel never need to worry about finding or renaming the clip. It is automatically transferred to the placeholder, the MOS status column shows it is ready, and the MOS Object Time shows the actual length, at one glance."
Because of the features, ease of use, and extendable nature of AP ENPS in conjunction with the MOS protocol, HR is committed to AP ENPS and excited about the future, says Hoffmann-Heyden. "I am looking forward to the new Pocket PC version. I think this will initiate a revolution in reporting, together with SNAPfeed Mobile."
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