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Some have Pinnacle, mostly crappy FCP
Depends on the department. We used to use AVID Newscutters for editing nightly newscast segments. The marketing department (that did not have nightly deadlines) used AVID MediaComposer or Media 100. However, I've trained some smaller newsstations where they use Premiere Pro to edit their own packages -- after all, for DV, it works quite good. That small station used the Creative Suite for the marketing department.
How about the computer hardware they use ?, these keyboards and jog dials on the tables are on what looks more like amplifiers, and sometimes I believe there are these jog dials on the keyboards ( from memory, they are about 3/4 the size of a hockey puck, and look like one also )
So this hardware is hooked up to regular computer systems in the end ?
I doubt that a major TV station is using a regular computer to do the evening news, would this not be some super computer, that has 32 gigs or maybe 64 gigs of ram installed ?
P.S. - I was just looking at the Avid website, - there are so many different pieces of software there, ( which one would they actual be using ? ) ( to edit the evening news segments for example )
And what do they all save the footage to? How do they archive?
A local all news channel in my area uses Avid.
A lot of time the hockey pucks you refer to are the tape jog/shuttle dials. Since much of a news stations video library is on tape sources like Betacam SP or SX, you'll see full decks in most edit bays. Most of the other buttons and blinking lights you'll see are patches that enable you to select among different sources, if you need to digitize from a live sat feed, for example, or if your edited video needs to be rolled live from your edit bay.
I was never on the technical side of things, so all I know is that we had a server room of rack-mounted SCSI hard drives in RAID setup (don't know which type of RAID). Most of our footage was digitized automatically from the satellite feed, or we would digitize what we needed from tape in our booth and render/save it to the server.
In master control, the system would copy the edited package/segment from the server to the local playback computer. It had to be loaded ahead of time, because there's no way they would trust playing back video across the network. Sometimes we had to roll locally in our edit bay if it was breaking news, because we didn't have time to save to the networked servers.
If a News organisation is still using Avids it's because they're waiting for their hardware refresh budget to come through so they can get something better.
There are companies out there these days creating hardware/software solutions that allow network lo-res desktop editing syncronised to rundown software that allows a conformed, full res finished edit to be sent straight to playback servers for broadcast. The newsroom of the future is going to be less and less about big, clunky dials and more about mouse clicks.
> The newsroom of the future is going to be less and less about big, clunky dials and more about mouse clicks.