Annova To Showcase Openmedia Newsroom Version 3.5 At IBC 2008

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Demonstrating New Event Planning and Administration capabilities; Enhanced integration with Apple, Avid, Quantel and S4M

Last Updated: August 5, 2008 10:17 pm GMT
(Munich, Germany--August 5, 2008) Annova Systems, the developer of the enterprise newsroom system OpenMedia, will be demonstrating OpenMedia 3.5 at the IBC 2008 conference held in Amsterdam from September 12 through 16 on stand H10.D15.

Annova will showcase the robust capabilities of its OpenMedia system with a demonstration of core newsroom functionalities, the new event calendar and administration tools. The team will also demonstrate new integrations with solutions from Apple, Avid, Quantel and S4M.

IBC 2008 attendees can also see Annova’s OpenMedia solution on partner stands; Solutions 4 Media (H3.B10) and VCS Engineering (H10.D20).

“OpenMedia delivers total flexibility and reliability for newsrooms of any size.” says Michael Schüller, CEO, Annova Systems. “Beyond the essentials of wire ingest, scripting, rundown and on-air management, OpenMedia offers extraordinary integration capabilities that greatly expand customers’ choices for video production, graphics, and playout systems with a large network of partners such as Chyron, Dalet, EVS, HP, Orad, Sony, VCS, and VizRT.

OpenMedia Plug-in Integration The OpenMedia Interface Services (OMIS) provides a straight-forward plug-in interface for third-party systems. The OMIS integration with production systems from a wide range of developers including Avid, Dalet, Omneon, Quantel and Sony, providing a seamless workflow for journalists using OpenMedia to work with the desktop video browsing, video and voice-over tools within the same interface. All work and metadata created with these applications is saved and available from within OpenMedia.

Based on the latest standards with full support of the MOS protocol, OpenMedia has proven expertise in providing the most diverse and complete integrations available, including with the industry’s leading editing, graphics, playout, automation, and archive systems and hardware.

New Features and Functionality in OpenMedia 3.5 Event Calendar
This new module for date and event planning offers improved show planning capabilities for organizing and bundling events and related materials for stories or shows. With the capability of creating a container for any event, the Event Calendar allows journalists to identify, locate and access all contacts, sources, reference files, research, video and other useful data related to a particular event. This feature is particularly useful for large projects and coverage of major and recurring events. Calendar can be seen in day, week and monthly views. Items can be automatically entered from agency sources and assignments can be made directly from the event planning calendar.


New Administration Tool
OpenMedia 3.5 also includes a new administration tool that greatly simplifies the administration of multiple OpenMedia Connect systems. Administrators can manage user rights, permissions and other functions of multiple systems from a single interface. Microsoft Active Directory Service and Novell eDirectory are both supported to improve administration across distributed computing environments.

Windows Vista® Compliant
OpenMedia 3.5 is fully compliant and has been validated on the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system. In addition to Windows Vista, OpenMedia fully supports Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP operating systems.

OpenMedia Newsroom with Exchange Capability and Web Access
Already in use by thousands of users, OpenMedia can simultaneously support large numbers of journalists with tools to develop stories and newscasts from start to broadcast. Modules for sharing and exchanging information expand and maximize the resources of media organizations. OpenMedia Connect allows different OpenMedia systems to view and exchange materials. Regional sites can easily view, control and share materials. OpenMedia Web Client allows users to connect to an OpenMedia system via the Internet without needing OpenMedia software on their laptop or PC. Users can directly browse data and create documents.

OpenMedia provides full Unicode and multiple language support. Unlike other systems which dictate or restrict workflows, OpenMedia organizes work to satisfy customer preferences with fully customizable views and templates. In addition to supporting radio and TV production, the OpenMedia system is fully extensible to include new media platforms for web, mobile and on-demand platforms.

Paperless Gallery and Control Room
OpenMedia will also be demonstrating Gallery Control (known as eRegie in Germany), a specialized module that offers more precise and totally paperless rundown and playout management for gallery and control room operators. All the essential and upcoming elements of a newscast can be viewed on a single OpenMedia screen, eliminating cumbersome and error-prone paper handling in the control room. Designed for the most ergonomic and practical use, Gallery Control presents a clear, concise and easy-to-use interface for monitoring events and controlling playout. Essential information including title, status and pre-figured timing clocks are in easy-to-read views determined by the customer. The rundown pane includes all relevant information for the newscast including any linked stories and items. It also groups together and displays all the various, individual elements that are part of a particular story or piece (opens and closes video clips, CGs, etc.). Grouping ensures error-free repositioning, even during a newscast. Configurable columns present all the various data fields, including current scripts as well as upcoming device events. Gallery Control also extends the control capabilities of OpenMedia by including backward triggering, pause and resume control capabilities.

About Annova Systems GmbH
Annova Systems GmbH provides software, development, consulting and implementation services for the broadcast industry. With over 10,000 users, their flagship OpenMedia solution is considered one of the leading enterprise newsroom systems on the market today. The flexible architecture supports enterprise and complex workflows, incorporating leading broadcast technology.

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