Newsroom system and "QStore" server provide a perfect solution for the University of Lincoln
Autocue, the leading provider of integrated newsroom automation and teleprompting solutions, has completed the installation of its QSmart newsroom computer system (NRCS) and QStore audio/video server as part of a program to further develop the award-winning journalism facilities at the University of Lincoln. The new system provides production planning, scripting and rundown management tools for the seven newsrooms plus storage and playout facilities for all of the radio and television presentation studios. The University was the first institution in Europe to be 'Recognised for Excellence' by the European Journalism Training Association (EJTA) and has won the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) award for Innovation in Broadcast Training, and the addition of this new Autocue system demonstrates a commitment to the continued provision of industry-leading facilities for their students.
Autocue's Chief Technical Officer Neil Hutchins said, "The unique element to this project is 'QStore' – Autocue's media server that provides shared storage with ingest and playout facilities. The University of Lincoln wanted a complete solution that would integrate with their existing editing software to provide shared access to source and completed material, enable that material to be played to air during both radio and television programs and allow news bulletins to be recorded back into the server for immediate review – all incorporated into an overall newsroom solution at a reasonable cost. No other product on the market exactly fulfils this requirement, so in QStore we have developed an innovative, flexible and cost-effective solution that complements the QSmart NRCS to meet the University's precise needs."
The version of QStore at Lincoln provides approximately 100 hours of storage for DV25 material and includes three ingest/playout ports for television plus one playout port for radio, although other configurations of storage are available and additional ports can be added as required. The QStore server is configured to allow access to the stored media from the main university network, which enables individual television and radio edit workstations to access and save material within a shared area. Once an audio or video package has been completed and saved to the server, it is added automatically to the media database and is then available within the NRCS to be associated with an item in the program running order. At that point students can play the clip to air from the QStore ports, under the control of the QSmart automation software. The process is identical for television and radio production, providing a common platform for students across both disciplines.
QSmart is an affordable NRCS software module based upon Autocue's proven, established and highly-successful QSeries platform, encapsulating the expertise and flexibility gained from ten years experience of providing a wide range of functionality for larger news operations. The system is now in use on a number of journalism and broadcast technology courses in the UK, including the University for the Creative Arts (Farnham), University of Salford and the University of Glamorgan.