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aQ Broadcast provides a new integrated server and storage solution for CHEX

CHEX, a Peterborough (Ontario, Canada) affiliate of Toronto’s Corus Entertainment, recently completed an overhaul of their control room largely based on video server and newsroom management solutions from aQ Broadcast.

The purpose of the upgrade was to replace an aging ingest, playback and storage infrastructure and to tie that new hardware into the station’s existing aQ Broadcast Newsroom Computer System (NRCS). The project’s hardware, provided by Applied Electronics and spearheaded by CHEX’s Chief Engineer Roger Cole, included a 4-port, 8TB model of the aQ Video Server (AVS), in addition to a 16TB block of aQ on-line storage.

Editors push news packages from Adobe Premiere to the video server for playout. Reporters and producers add these video events (in addition to graphics events) to their news scripts — all this done within CHEX’s existing aQ QSeries NRCS client interface. During their live newscasts, the video and graphics events are then triggered from aQ’s Automation Control Centre (ACC). Administrators can manage the movement of content between the two storage nodes and CHEX’s existing nonlinear editing systems via aQ’s MAM interface.

“aQ was able to provide high value functionality at an extremely low cost. Their video server hardware works easily within our existing upconverted HD workflow, but it gives us the power to playback and ingest full-bandwidth HD content at any time,” said Roger Cole. "The tight integration with our existing newsroom environment also meant that training up our staff was a smooth and easy proposition.”