WYCC Chicago chooses VENICE media production for workflow

Michelle Clancy | 10-12-2013

WYCC PBS Chicago has selected VENICE, the media production hub from Rohde & Schwarz to streamline its content acquisition workflow and enable more quality control (QC) process prior to content distribution.

A key part of WYCC's quest for greater efficiency is related to the combination of its outsourced master control and the lack of codec flexibility in the station's current server technology. Therefore any replacement server would, at a minimum, need to support Sony XDCAM, WYCC's codec of choice and be capable of transcoding content to meet the codec requirements of the master control provider. VENICE's mix of multi-codec capability, ingest and transcode functionality, and ability to support the QC process through playout of deliverables were the reasons WYCC chose it for its back-end workflow.

VENICE's interaction with WYCC's Avid-based workflow delivers files ready for editing while ingest was still occurring, while the system's record scheduler functionality streamlines after-hours acquisition – the station is not staffed 24/7 – without requiring a third-party application. VENICE's multi-format, multi-codec approach also supports flexibility in content acquisition along with the ability to adapt as the station's broadcast ecosystem evolves.

"For us, the integration of VENICE into our workflow will be a real game changer," said Brian Comerford, director of engineering and operations at WYCC. "The system's integration with our Avid-based workflow, edit-while-ingest functionality and transcoding capability gives us the ability to turn around material faster. And VENICE's multi-format, multi-codec support will enable us to use a broader range of available material."