Broadcast systems specialist VSC Design has been installing a broadcast system for Portuguese economic news media company Dirio Econmico. Based in Lisbon, the company is one of the most important sources of financial news in Portugal and the move into televising the company's news and advice is a major development.
Technical Director Antnio Rocha Lopes explained: "In fact here at Econmico TV we are developing not only a full HD cable channel but also a multi platform project. We're running a corporate channel as well, and developing the tools for a web-based distribution of content. http://economico.sapo.pt/ We're trying to innovate as much as we can in those fields and we've been quite successful.
We chose VSC Design for their proven work in systems integration. We needed an independent consultancy to supervise all third party manufacturers and suppliers. Our time schedule was quite ambitious as we started the project in May and wanted it delivered in September. At this stage we can say it was a good decision to involve VSC. They have been a great help in the process and I can affirm now that perhaps they could have had even a more important role regarding the integration. In future projects we would like to extend that collaboration even more."
As part of the installation, VSC delivered an Octopus Newsroom system, Apple XServe storage SAN and an Atempo ADA archiving solution. The system is based on the Building4Media FORK production software which offers the combination of a considerable cost advantage, by utilizing AJA SD/HD cards integrated into the Apple Mac platform, and a feature rich production to playout environment encompassing both tape and file based ingest. The Octopus Newsroom system communicates to the production system and the prompting system via MOS.,. In addition the company has supplied a Telestream Episode transcode engine and an Adder Technologies' KVM System.
Chris Nairn Sales Director of Building4Media says "Building4Media are very pleased to supply VSC and Dirio Econmico in this latest venture. Won against stiff competition, this exciting unique development has a very modern blend of IT and new Broadcast technology workflow with a very challenging timescale for install and On Air completion. The combined experience of VSC Design and the Building4Media Project team having recently completed a similar installation at TV Zimbo in Angola has once again been applied to full effect".
Nairn adds "VSC have a depth of knowledge and experience that adds excellent value to our product range. With increasing pressure on budgets it is a tempting decision to purchase off-the-shelf software and standard IT hardware, however finding a system integrator that can add consultancy, broadcast technology integration and consultation is a much harder challenge. We have no hesitation collaborating with VSC Design. Having developed an excellent working relationship with them, they understand our technology in depth and detail. We look forward to future mutual opportunities in Europe and World Wide."