S4M Provides For Tapeless Production At NDR

One of the largest VPMS installations goes live at German public broadcaster in Hamburg

Cologne, (PresseBox) - With the implementation of the project “VPN” (Vernetzte Produktion NDR, translates “linked production NDR”) German public broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) put into operation one of the largest installations of S4M´s Video Production Management System VPMS.

Deployed by private and public service broadcasters throughout Europe, S4M’s VPMS supports the management of digital video assets from acquisition through production to playout, distribution and archiving.

The “VPN” system realized at NDR is an integrated solution that consists of several elements. In this context VPMS is a key module that integrates smoothly in other systems and connects them to a consistent overall system. For instance, Annova Systems´ newsroom system “Open Media” as well as several Final Cut Pro editing suites were integrated in the production system. This way, television editors can access and edit video material on their PC workstations and can easily send VPMS generated editing lists (EDLs) for fine-cut to the Final Cut Pro suites.

“VPN” supports a completely file-based production for NDR. From ingest over voice over to playout of TV reports, everything is accomplished without tapes.

Since all TV control rooms in Hamburg are connected to VPMS so far, and programs such as “DAS!” or “Mein Nachmittag” are accomplished without tapes, all newsrooms are supposed to access the system bit by bit. In the future, all television programs produced in Hamburg are supposed to be created tapeless with VPMS.

NDR – Norddeutscher Rundfunk
Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) is the joint regional public broadcasting agency of the German Federal States of Hamburg, Niedersachsen, Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Within Germany’s association of public broadcasters (ARD) the NDR counts amongst the three largest members. NDR’s broadcast region includes more than 87.000 km2 with about 14.3 million inhabitants. The broadcaster provides different radio programmes for the four covered federal states, four region wide radio programs (NDR 2, NDR Kultur, NDR Info, N-JOY) and “NordwestRadio”, a shared radio program with public broadcaster “Radio Bremen”. NDR and Radio Bremen also provide a joint regional TV channel (NDR Fernsehen) that includes VideoText service. Additionally, NDR delivers 17.5 percent of the program of nation-wide public TV channel “Das Erste”.

S4M - Solutions for Media GmbH

S4M – Solutions for Media GmbH
The Cologne based company S4M – Solutions for Media, a subsidiary of arvato systems and RTL Television, develops and distributes software solutions specialized on the broadcast- and newmedia industry. Today, S4M systems are used in 30 countries around the world. Whether commercial air time sales or video content management; whether program planning, rights licensing, ratings evaluation or production planning: S4M has got the solution. Furthermore, the S4M portfolio includes professional consulting services to pass along combined knowledge of media and IT to customers.

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