EYE TO EYE by David Kirk Broadcast content management CONTENT ASSET MANAGEMENT is one of the fastest developing areas of the entire broadcast business. Its advantages over old-style film and videotape libraries are so widely recognised that they hardly need repeating. NAB provided an opportunity to look at new advances from some of the key players. for Mobile offers mobile TV operators baseband mixing, transitions and effects. These include video/audio transitions, logo insertions, voice-overs, two-dimensional DVE, insertion of advertising based on schedule time, cue tones, GPIs, SCTE 104 DPI or manual triggering, and support for a wide range of formats and bit-rates such as MPEG4, DV25/50, WM9, QuickTime? and MXF, with automatic up/down conversion. OmniBus iTX introduced a new module for its ENPS 6.0 and 7.0. Called the Digital Publishing Engine, it allows multimedia content to be delivered to air, online and to mobile devices using a single simple workflow. Dynamic feedback the user's public web site allows producers to see which stories are getting the most attention. The ENPS web client has been enhanced to give remote users more powerful editing capabilities. ENPS Mobile empowers journalists to work via out-of-the-newsroom browsers as well as on PDAs and cell phones. AP Pharos Mediator 4 content management platform mades its US exhibition debut at NAB. Mediator 4 delivers a new user interface with advanced search and browse at every desktop. It also improves workflow integration when using the optional Pharos Playtime playout or Pharos Pilot Studio and MCR control. PlayBox Technology's eFoxBox, developed in conjunction with Fox International Channels Italy, enables the full operation and monitoring of distant broadcast playout using the internet as the link for all content delivery, control and monitoring. PlayBox enables full localisation of content branding including commercials, station IDs, multilingual audio, subtitles and graphics, as required. This allows low-cost worldwide local playout from any network operations location. DAVID Systems has integrated its DigaSystem Content Management System with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server, enabling web-based content sharing. It also provides features such as searching, retrieving and editing in both browse quality and and high resolution without being connected to the production system. The SharePoint integration enables journalists to view or edit material via the internet. introduced new developments to its Neptune automation system. These include `floating lists', global timers and multi time-zone support, as well as further expansion of Pebble Beach's Anchor integrated media management tool. `Floating Lists' allows any channel to be played from any physical playlist, which is then automatically routed to the right output. The system is aware of the available hardware and can determine whether the broadcast equipment can support SD, HD or both. Global Timers provide timing information across all channels. Pebble Beach addresses the needs of organisations faced with the challenge of recording and monitoring audio and video feeds. Incoming feeds can be a single or multiple audio channels, with or without video, at various formats and bit rates. As soon as a recording is triggered on the network, content is immediately available for browsing and logging by any Dalet ActiveLog workstation. Dalet's ActiveLog Page 32 of 100