Time For A Change?

The broadcast sector faces a maze of challenges as the entire media industry becomes increasingly competitive in a digital age.

The existing paradigm of different ‘appliance’ based products from multiple manufacturers creates layers of complexity which are expensive to purchase, difficult to maintain, hard to integrate and need specialist staff to operate.

It was due to the frustrations of these inefficient workflows that nxtedition was born, taking a rather unconventional route which utilises the latest in web technologies and re-purposes them within a broadcast environment. nxtedition virtulizes these ‘appliance’ products (prompters, newsroom control systems, automation, media asset management, transcoding, video playback/record, graphics systems, etc.) and creates microservices to provide virtual instances of these ‘appliances’.

The core ethos of nxtedition is to plan, write, edit, playout and archive productions within a single consolidated system where the focus is purely on storytelling and not the underlying technology.

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Time For A Change?

The broadcast sector faces a maze of challenges as the entire media industry becomes increasingly competitive in a digital age.

The existing paradigm of different ‘appliance’ based products from multiple manufacturers creates layers of complexity which are expensive to purchase, difficult to maintain, hard to integrate and need specialist staff to operate.

The core ethos of nxtedition is to plan, write, edit, playout and archive productions within a single consolidated system where the focus is purely on storytelling and not the underlying technology.

The nxtediton Concept...

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nxtedition has been specifically designed to put the story right at the centre of everything our users do. 

We provide the tools required to move from planning a story, to acquisition, to live on-air broadcast and also publishing to VOD, web and social media.

Our users work in a simple user interface for managing and organising media, writing stories and creating rundowns to be broadcast live or recorded in the studio. 

The real power of nxtedition can be seen in the organisation of workflows. nxtedition doesn’t dictate how you should work but fits around how you currently work and optimises it. 

Details for the studio automation, including graphics, camera cues, videos, prompter content, lighting & audio control, robotics, video walls, etc. can be introduced into stories which are then stacked into run-down sequences which control the automated playout of the entire production.

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What are you looking FOR?

Searching for what you need in a sea of media, assets and metadata can be a little like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

nxteditions utilises the same ‘fuzzy’ search technology as the big players on internet are using.

From the second a user starts to type in the search field, the system starts throwing up real time results based on everything the system has indexed, from scripts in stories to metadata and tags.

Users can easily organise their work in the nxtedition including importing, organising and browsing video material, searching and harvesting the web and social media for specific information to help them complete the entire script for a show.

Information and metadata for an individual story is added both automatically and manually. A user can add significant information including (tags, descriptons, stock photo usage, music credentials, etc.) and no-one will need to re-enter that data as it follows the asset through the workflow.

Senior staff can approve individual stories through nxteditions’ roles and permissions. Specific “sticky tags” for each role can be set up and then searches looking for those tags are saved in the bookmarks panel creating a cascading approval workflow system. 

The bookmarks allow users to immediately see which assets are ready for approval, which ones are approved and which are rejected by simply glancing at the bookmarks panel. 

The built in chat system allows users to collaborate and share assets without leaving their desks, whilst the collaborative editing feature allows multiple users to share and work on the same story concurrently.

 

What are you looking FOR?

Searching for what you need in a sea of media, assets and metadata can be a little like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

nxteditions utilises the same ‘fuzzy’ search technology as the big players on internet are using. From the second a user starts to type in the search field, the system starts throwing up real time results based on everything the system has indexed, from scripts in stories to metadata and tags.

Users can easily organise their work in the nxtedition including importing, organising and browsing video material, searching and harvesting the web and social media for specific information to help them complete the entire script for a show.

Information and metadata for an individual story is added both automatically and manually. A user can add significant information including (tags, descriptons, stock photo usage, music credentials, etc.) and no-one will need to re-enter that data as it follows the asset through the workflow.

Everything starts with the story...

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The driving force of nxtedition is the way we deal with scriptwriting. We wanted to create a way writers could be free to express their creativity without complex technical boundries.

Instead of complex spreadsheet tables we adopted a “blank sheet of paper” concept which allows journalists to write the story as they would in any word processor. Our central aim is to put the story at the heart of the system.

The automation, prompters, vision and audio mixers are all controlled from what a user enters into the story. Videos can be dragged and dropped from the browser into the correct order in the script as well as cameras, graphics and video wall events. 

These assets can be configured to playout on-air automatically or manually and also be routed to the touchscreen shotbox to be used anytime using just a touch.

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It's A rundown not a spreadsheet

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Once the story scripts are all written, they can be assembled in an order by drag and dropping them inside a rundown. This rundown displays each story and all the events that it contains, videos, graphics, cameras etc.

Stories can be re-ordered, deleted or added, even while live on-air. nxtedition also keeps track of all the timings, displaying expected on-air times for each story as well as VT countdowns and graphics durations.

Stories can be skipped if time is critical and if changes are required for text or assets, you can open the story directly inside the rundown . Using the rundowns auto-loop feature allows a “channel in a box” to be built.

Programs can be stacked up and played out at specific times with the system filling any empty durations with graphics templates such as weather or “coming up”.

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LIVE Production as it should be

Once the rundowns are created, a producer/director or presenter can move to the studio control room to begin playout live.

From here at the press of a button, nxtedition will follow the rundown triggering all media files, graphics, videos, camera switching, lighting, audio mixes, robotic moves, video walls, practically anything automatically or manually depending upon the parameters set in the stories.

nxtedition controls and displays the timings of duration and remaining on-air time helping you stay on time, to the second, during a live broadcast.
Tools are available within the rundown to allow editorial decisions and changes to the content and will update immediately to accommodate the changes across all the automation systems. New stories can be added to a rundown and existing stories can be reordered or removed while on-air.

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always live, always recording

nxtedition also features an ‘always live’ four channel ingest machine, recording video and audio in a loop for each channel for up to 48 hours.

These units are stackable, the more machines you add the more channels can be recorded. These channels are automatically added to the nxtedition UI without any user intervention. Ingest is fully integrated into the intuitive user interface and no extra training is required.

A scheduler asset allow automatic recording to be setup for particular days and times which are automatically subclipped into the system. Files can be imported directly into nxtedition by loading media files directly or using automated transfers via watch folders or FTP harvesting.

All the popular codecs are supported and all media including their associated metadata are stored centrally inside nxtedition on import and are thus available to all users instantly.

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if you want to be social, BE Fast...

The attention of audiences on social media is fleeting at best, you need to be fast posting your content as soon as it’s available.

nxtedition is integrated with leading social media platforms through ‘connections’ and ‘publishes’. They allow a fast route for publishing any video inside nxtedition directly to social media using just two mouse clicks, complete with tags and subtitles.

In live environments, nxtedition also supports streaming live and it’s also possible to subclip the ingest channels and post to social media extremely close to live. Once published nxtedition stores the ‘SO-ME’ publish as an asset so it can be updated or unpublished directly.

When the connection is two way you can harvest tweets, mail, RSS feeds, etc. into the system for story research or re-purpose them to graphics templates for use on-air.

The Story of KNR - Greenland

nxtedition recently completed a full nxtedition end-to-end installation at KNR (Kalaallit Nunaata Radioa), the Greenlandic Broadcasting Corporation for their broadcast solution.

KNR has been searching the international marketplace to find a future-proof work flow for streamlining all of their broadcast, web and social media production needs. nxtedition solved KNRs challenges with a ground-breaking approach that encompasses pre-production, ingest, media management, script writing, graphics, prompting, live studio automation, archiving and social media management.

On completion of training for 40 journalists, technicians and production teams - KNR went on-air with nxtedition one week earlier than planned and have enjoyed a far more streamlined efficient work flow in comparison to their past system.

In Summary...

Broadcast and media professionals are being forced by technological change to take a radically fresh look at how they deploy effective systems & work flows within their organisations.

In the past transitions across these areas took place over years, allowing broadcasters ample time to evolve from one production solution to another.

However, today’s move towards the converged development of traditional and new media services has led to cross-media storytelling. Broadcasters must now adapt to shifts in changing consumer preferences for media consumption or they risk becoming irrelevant.

How can broadcasters leverage storytelling & utilise it fully to engage an audience now fragmented across multiple devices? The answer to that question lies within nxtedition, a powerful storytelling system fit for the 21st century.