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Investigative journalism no longer a viable proposition









AMSTERDAM: Day three of IBC. The highlight was the screening of the 3D movie Monsters and Aliens in the evening. It was quite a sight to see techies queuing up to pick up their 3D glasses, don them and squat in the auditorium to watch the animated film. 2,000 of them took time out to watch the animated feature. And they went away more than sated. The idea behind the screening: reemphasise the fact that 3D is upon us and close to 10 per cent of all Hollywood films are being crafted in 3D.

The floor was also used pretty welll by companies which displayed their abilities to put together 3D broadcasts live. At the EVS booth 3Reality displayed a pretty competent image of their 3D initiative by making visitors don 3D glasses to watch live 3D broadcasts and see themselves on the screens. And the experience was worth it, with there being hardly any jitter. The experience at the Fraunhoffer Digital booth was not comparably as good with there being some jitter while showing people in motion.

 

The evening saw Hindustan Times editorial advisor Vir Sanghvi take part in a panel discussion which debated whether the broadcast journalist has a future. And the consensus was that change is upon us. Citizen journalism and the hard times print groups are facing have meant that investigative journalism is no longer a viable proposition with costs being cut. Journalists are also being forced to hog air time on TV - that is fill in with "bollocks" (as one panelist put it) and jabber away. With that increasingly happening and the internet offering a very good option to listners - but a non-paying one - journalists and journalism are being challenged.

"The current generation is simply not interested in either TV or print news," said Sanghvi. "For them it is the internet and it is instantaneous."


The consenus was that very definition of news these days is undergoing a change. "It has always been more about being local and community, but with the internet, this is further being emphasised," said one of the panelistis. "The internet is making that possible and how. This will definitely impact broadcast news."

Meanwhile, Chyron used IBC to announce that it has sold 11 HyperX graphics systems to support the launch of Sky News HD by next year. The HyperX systems is to be used in conjunction with Chyron‘s Camio Cluster server and Order Management System (OMS), and will be operational throughout the Sky News Channel architecture and full-frame graphics.

Then Dalet Digital Media Systems announced that Canal Plus has selected Dalet Enterprise Edition to modernise the production operation of their highly popular, France-based i>TELE 24/7 news channel. Dalet will design a fully integrated workflow and will also spearhead the comprehensive system integration which will include technology from DataDirect Networks, HP and Omneon. The Dalet Enterprise Edition system will provide i>TELE with a tapeless workflow that enables them to re-engineer their 24/7 news operation, rationalising media production by decreasing overall costs while improving programme quality.Omneon, on its part, announced that it was launching its new Media Application Server, a software platform that aims to provide centralised management of content by decoupling client computers and data storage operations from media management and application processing. Embedded within the Omneon Media Application Server is the Media Services Framework (MSF), a Web-services application programme interface (API) that third-party applications can use for managing content and processing media on Omneon systems. It is also displaying application based on the Media Application Server including: Omneon ProXplore, a new clip and metadata management utility, and new versions of the Omneon ProBrowse proxy application and the Omneon ProXchange transcode application.

Additionally, Grass Valley launched its new T2 Intelligent Digital Disk Recorder (iDDR), the next generation of its popular iDDR family of playout and record devices for file-based SD/HD production and A/V presentation environments. The new T2 iDDR brings improved efficiencies for live and staged production and expanded I/O support for all of the most common production formats. This allows the new T2 to operate seamlessly within any type of tapeless or baseband environment: as a standalone device or as part of a large multi-camera production.

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