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With Vizrt’s Newsroom Connect, TVE GALICIA Journalists Control Graphics with Avid iNews Commands

Bergen, Norway, Vizrt Ltd. (Oslo Main List: VIZ)

Vizrt Ltd., a leading provider of content production tools for the digital media industry, has completed the implementation of Vizrt’s “Newsroom Connect” ActiveX plug-in for Viz Content Pilot at TVE — Spain’s largest public television network. Viz Content Pilot is Vizrt’s core content control system.

Vizrt’s graphics creation tools are now fully integrated within the Avid newsroom environment of TVE’s GALICIA TERRITORIAL CENTER, making TVE one of the first broadcasters in Spain to implement this technology. TVE has used the system since December for its Territorial Journal.

Vizrt’s ActiveX plug-in allows users of the Avid iNews newsroom computer system (NRCS)—as well as many other NRCS — to create graphics for their news stories from within the NRCS. Newsroom Connect now goes a step further and interfaces with Avid iNews Command, Avid’s automation system that manages the “playlist” and playout of news stories in the rundown.

“The newsroom computer system, which is at the heart of any modern news broadcast operation, gives journalists all the tools they need to develop, write, and edit news stories without leaving a self-contained production environment. Now that Viz Content Pilot is fully integrated with iNews and Command, journalists, news directors, and producers can create, preview, control, and playout their Pilot graphics without ever leaving that workflow,” said Petter Ole Jakobsen, Chief Technology Officer at Vizrt.

Viz Content Pilot graphics can then be linked to specific news stories, along with their start/end timecodes and durations and dropped into the Avid iNews rundown. Once that rundown and the associated graphics metadata are loaded into Avid Command, the automated playout system generates a playlist that triggers playout from a Viz Engine real time rendering system, with video clips as primary and graphics as secondary events. The integration allows Avid Command automatically to see, request, and playout specific Viz graphics at the appropriate time during newscasts.

“With this innovative newsroom integration, our journalists who are most familiar with particular news stories can create their own animated graphics by adding elements such as text, lower third supers, data, images, and video into ready-to-use Viz Content Pilot templates, all from within iNews,” said Alberto Lema (Chief of Production and Media) at TVE in Galicia.

“This accurate, seamless integration between the Viz Content Pilot graphics system and Avid newsroom workflow enables us quickly to create visually rich graphics for our live newscasts,” Lema added. “For broadcast newsrooms, these are vital, empowering tools, and now they work seamlessly together.”

About Vizrt:
Vizrt’s content management system, Escenic Content Engine, manages media assets for websites and cross-channel publishing, allowing customers to publish online content onto numerous platforms. Content and page layout is be optimized and formatted to support the full capabilities of each individual device. The Widget Framework, a component of the Escenic Content Engine, is used to build and flexibly manage websites.

Vizrt’s product suite is used by the world’s leading broadcasters, publishing houses and telecom operators, including: YLE (Finland), TV 2 (Norway), The Sun, The Independent, The Telegraph, London Evening Standard (all UK), n-tv.de, Welt Online, Axel Springer (all Germany), The Globe and Mail (USA), and Aftonbladet (Sweden).

Vizrt is a public company traded on the Oslo Main List: VIZ, ISIN: IL0010838154.

Press contacts:

Martin Burkhalter Ofra Brown HåvardMyklebust
President & CEO CFO EVP Marketing
+41 22 365 75 01 +47 5351 8040 +47 9184 5602
mbu@vizrt.com ofra@vizrt.com hmyklebust@vizrt.com

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