Get journalism students ready for the newsroom with Avid’s iNEWS and Interplay

Get journalism students ready for the newsroom with Avid’s iNEWS and Interplay

Looking to take your institution’s journalism courses to the next level? iNEWS and Interplay from Avid will help prepare your students for life in the newsroom, giving them access to the tools used by top broadcasters across the industry.

Created for broadcasters, journalists and news teams, Avid’s iNEWS is a Newsroom Computer System (NRCS) that will bring your students out of the classroom and into the fast-paced world of news. What better way to prepare for a career in the media and entertainment industry than by getting hands on with the same tools being used in newsrooms around the UK?

What is iNEWS? 

Working together with infrastructure such as Avid Interplay, the iNEWS server lets users create and deliver breaking news, unify entire newsroom operations, and engage audiences across a broad spectrum of TV, web, mobile and social media channels. iNEWS supports all standard wire formats such as ANPA, IPTC, and News ML and allows the consolidated ingest of wires and other sources via serial feed, telnet, email, or by monitoring directories. The iNEWS interface provides a multipurpose front end. Here users can preview videos associated with Avid Interplay sequences directly within iNEWS, perform forward searches across multiple iNEWS systems, and communicate with the rest of the news team.

Journalists can create, browse and edit stories while directly connected to the iNEWS system at the station, but can also work remotely, accessing news content and rundowns via a realtime Interplay Central browser-based interface or using the mobile workflow of Interplay Central native iPad and iPhone apps.

Avid NewsCutter, a news-orientated version of Media Composer, provides direct editorial control over media, cutting broadcast quality pictures and audio that are ready for transmission. The system also plays host to an audio, video, and script-editing tool for journalists, iNEWS Instinct. This is a visual storytelling tool that increases speed, control and creativity of the development of voiceovers/VOSOTs and accelerates newscast production using a script-based format. At the end of the chain is the iNEWS Command automation-assist system. This provides experience of playout of video and CG events, triggering their broadcast based on the order and timing of the events in the newscast rundown.

Why use iNEWS for education?

Unlike many other education solutions, Avid iNEWS isn’t a standalone product. The server software provides the heart of an entire collaborative workflow solution for news content creation and distribution in a broadcast environment, where each component further develops student skillsets.

Colleges and universities are typically using Avid iNEWS to anchor end-to-end Avid workflows. We’ve been working with Nottingham Trent University to bring their student newsroom up to scratch, and they found that having an advanced newsroom onsite allows students to interact with and use news feeds from professional news organisations such as the BBC and Reuters, and provide news services for their communities. Such collaboration and real-world experience furthers the skills and employability of students on iNEWS-based courses, putting them in prime of place when it comes to job-seeking in the news industry.

Want to find out more about how iNEWS can get your students industry ready? Give us a call on 03332 400 888 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews, follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24 and ‘like’ us on Facebook.

Pre-IBC: Avid to unveil latest innovations and new products at IBC 2016

Pre-IBC: Avid to unveil latest innovations and new products at IBC 2016

MediaCentral Platform innovations, new products and product enhancements will deliver unprecedented creativity, productivity and efficiency improvements to address the industry’s most pressing business challenges.

Avid today announced that at IBC 2016 (booth #7.J20), it will unveil several exciting MediaCentral Platform innovations, new products and product enhancements to help customers address their most pressing business challenges and stay ahead of the competition. This premier annual event for professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of entertainment and news content worldwide takes place on September 9-13 in Amsterdam.

“In today’s dynamic and rapidly changing media industry, we must push the limits of technology to help our customers stay ahead of the game,” said Jeff Rosica, senior vice president and chief sales and marketing officer, Avid. “At IBC 2016, we will continue to deliver on our Avid Everywhere vision with more innovations that will help our clients transform media production and distribution through unprecedented levels of creativity, productivity and efficiency.”

At Avid’s IBC 2016 press conference on Friday, September 9, Avid Chairman, President and CEO Louis Hernandez, Jr. will unveil new solutions and technology advancements including:

MediaCentral Platform and iNEWS innovations to help news organizations create powerful, story-centric workflows, while making complex multiplatform story creation easier, more effective and efficient

New product additions and major updates for the Avid NEXIS family, the industry’s first and only software-defined storage platform specifically designed for storing and managing media

Sports solutions that support Ultra HD/4K production, and offer powerful sports enhancements and new immersive experiences for viewers

New graphics solutions to help organizations better captivate their audience and define their brand using augmented reality, unique studio enhancements and awe-inspiring 3D data-driven graphics

Innovations in sound, with more connected, more affordable live-sound solutions

Unprecedented access and choice through the MediaCentral Platform, the industry’s most open, extensible and tightly integrated solution and ecosystem that enables more streamlined and efficient workflows

Avid will also showcase recent product innovations including:

MediaCentral | UX Connector for Adobe Premiere Pro CC – Enabling Adobe Premiere Pro users to connect into Avid’s production environment through the MediaCentral Platform, MediaCentral | UX Connector for Adobe Premiere Pro CC enables Premiere Pro users to collaborate with Avid users at an unprecedented level, enabling customers to mix and match tools to fit their workflow needs and budgets.

Avid Spark – A fast-turnaround live sports enhancement tool, Avid Spark enables on-air commentators to quickly draw and add graphics to video content in real time, adding captivating visual enhancements and giving audiences better visual insight into key plays, game flow, and analysis.

Avid PlayMaker – Offering advanced slow-motion replay and media highlights editing, Avid PlayMaker enhances productivity and speeds up turnaround times. The new version of PlayMaker provides streamlined collaboration with Avid NEXIS software-defined storage. When used with Media | Director, exported clips and consolidated playlists can be automatically checked into Interplay® | Production while maintaining all keyword metadata tagging.

4Designer – Graphics authoring software 4Designer provides a complete solution for creating captivating 2D and 3D motion graphics in a wide range of resolutions, with more power, speed, and new features in a more modern interface.

Avid Maestro – A complete on-air graphics solution that enables broadcasters to quickly and easily manage and play out stunning, high-resolution graphics and animations, Avid Maestro now includes the Maestro Media Engine, supporting video ingest and playout, native user rights management, rich graphics templates, and efficient repurposing of graphic content – all from an intuitive user interface.

To follow the action online, stay tuned to Avid’s IBC blog page.

For more on the latest IBC releases, take a look at our roundup post, give us a call on 03332 409 306, email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Avid welcome Adobe Premiere Pro users to MediaCentral

Avid welcome Adobe Premiere Pro users to MediaCentral

Premiere Pro users, your years of warring with your Avid-loving counterparts are over. The two editing giants have joined together to bring harmony to the NLE market and peace to our timelines (and/or do some cynical marketplace positioning, depending on your worldview).

Adobe have previously teamed up with Maxon to give After Effects users dynamic access to richer 3D tools, and now they’re doing their editors a similar favour. The update will allow Premiere Pro editors to connect to Avid’s production environment via Avid MediaCentral | UX.

How does it work?

You will need to head to myavid.com and download the MediaCentral Premiere Pro Connector and install it on each of your Premiere Pro-equipped machines. You’ll then be able to see the Avid MediaCentral | UX HTML5 user interface within the Premiere Pro interface, and use it to access the wonderfully named “Avid asset management realm”, which consists of Interplay | Production, Interplay | MAM and iNEWS.

What can you do? 

Once you enter the realm, you’ll be able to:

– Search for media assets using the central Media | Index.

– Chat with other MediaCentral | UX users.

– Navigate database hierarchies.

– See, add and modify metadata.

Will you be able to register Avid Assets to Premiere Pro projects for editing? 

Hell yes, friend. Not only that, but you’ll be able to check out master clips in Premiere-supported formats, check out simple sequences for in-place editing and send rendered sequences back to Avid.

If your Avid media is not directly supported in Premiere, you’ll still be able to access it via an optional conversion to MXF OP-1a and simple XML shortlists.

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