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Issue No. 32     June 2009
                             Magna builds new Omnilab Broadcast Centre

                               Broadcast Asia and SMPTE 2009 details

                                    Magna Systems teams up with ASI

                                   Global TV chooses Telex and Magna

                                                              Global TV OB truck
MAGNA NEWS                                                                                                                                    

                                            Matthew Clemesha                                     Eric Chan completes his                    Magna Systems
     GM News                                celebrates 15 years                                  Master of Business from                    Andrea Martinez
David Bowers                                at Magna Systems and Engineering                     University of Technology Sydney            becomes a full time staff member
General Manager
                                            Matthew started                                      Magna Systems                              Magna Systems is delighted to announce
                                            working with                                         would like to                              that our receptionist / administration
 Greetings one and all.                     Magna Systems                                        congratulate                               assistant Andrea Martinez has become a
 You'll be reading this during an           and Engineering                                      our very own                               full time staff member.
 extremely exciting and busy time of        in 1994 and thus                                     Eric Chan                                  Originally from Bogota, Colombia Andrea
 year with Broadcast Asia and SMPTE         celebrates 15                                        who recently
                                            years with the                                                                                  spent 3 years in New Zealand studying
 both only weeks away. I'm delighted                                                             completed
                                            company this                                                                                    travel, tourism and business which she
 to say that, despite challenging                                                                his Master of
                                            year. Matthew                                                                                   loved but said the Kiwi climate was too
 times, Magna Systems is doing well                                                              Business in
                                            initially worked in the store for six years                                                     cold for her. Andrea moved to Australia
 and you can expect to see a major                                                               Accounting
                                            before moving into purchasing and                                                               with her fiance Kris in March 2008 and
 presence at both shows.                                                                         and Finance
                                            logistics whilst still managing the store.                                                      whilst looking for a warmer place to live
 Although attendance was down at                                                                 from University of Technology, Sydney      and work joined Magna Systems as a
                                            His current role is focusing on the financial
 this year's NAB the quality of project     side of the business and taking on an                (UTS). What was supposed to be a           temp, waiting for her permanent work
 enquiries are on the increase so,          administration managerial role.                      3 year part time course took Eric just     visa to be approved. We are very pleased
 if the amount of tenders we are                                                                 over 18 months as he was granted           that the bureaucratic formalities have
                                            Matthew has successfully completed
 responding too are anything to go                                                               some exemptions from his Macquarie         been completed and Andrea became a
                                            several courses undertaken part time
 by, the exhibitions and the rest of the                                                         University Bachelor degree and took        permanent staff member in March 2009.
                                            whilst at Magna Systems, these include
 year will be healthy. There are some                                                            into account previous summer courses
                                            Book Keeping, Accounting for non                                                                Welcome to warm and sunny Magna
 big moves across the Asia Pac region                                                            he has successfully completed.
                                            Accountants, Certificate III in Small                                                           Systems Andrea!
 in the broadcast industry and we like      Business Management and Certificate                  Eric began his Master of Business in
 to believe we are up with all the latest   III in Financial Services (Accounting) and           the Spring of 2007 spending 2 nights at
 developments.                              this year has started studying towards               university per week on average.
 Enjoy this issue of Magna News and         the Diploma in Financial Services
                                                                                                 Eric said, "I would particularly like to
 we'll see you at the shows.                (Accounting).
                                                                                                 thank and show my great appreciation
                                            Matthew has a love for all sports regularly          to all those at Magna who supported
 All the best.
                                            participating in swimming, soccer, rugby             me so fully, especially Robert. It was
                                            union, barefoot waterskiing, tennis and              invaluable to me and I am very grateful.
                                            golf (just socially with mates). His interests
                                            also include motor sports, gardening and             Well done Eric, we are very proud of
                                            spending time with friends & family.                 you - from all at Magna Systems and
 David Bowers                               Congratulations on your 15 years
                                            Matthew and thanks for all your efforts.

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Prime Media Group buys SeaChange                                                                                                          The new BML24000EX server will
                                                                                                                                          be used for the ingest and replay

server for new HD services from                                                                                                           of interstitial material and longform
                                                                                                                                          programme playout simulcast in HD &

Magna Systems & Engineering                                                                                                               SD. Cox added, “Automation control
                                                                                                                                          for the new server is the same easy,
                                                                                                                                          user friendly experience as we have
Replaces SD infrastructure                                                                                                                had in the past. The SeaChange
                                                                                                                                          Media Gateway also allows us to

        agna Systems and Engineering         was based on the new SeaChange                                                               import files in different codecs and put
        recently sold and configured a       platform with outboard codecs, OP42                                                          them seamlessly into the SeaChange
        SeaChange HD server for the          and OP47 software and RAID squared                                                           environment without re-encoding
Prime Media Group in Canberra.               architecture for storage. With all these                                                     them. This helps with efficiencies and
                                             positives, Magna’s SeaChange solution                                                        future proofing as we can now take
Prime Media Group’s Network Project
                                             immediately became our number one                                                            SeaChange files and re-use them on
Manager Lyndon Cox explained,
                                             choice.”                                                                                     other platforms such as editing and
“We (Prime) are replacing our SD
                                             The BML24000EX is a high-performance,                                                        ASI splicing.”
infrastructure with a full HD one as
we will be offering a wide range of HD       fault-resilient digital media library that                                                   With the new system recently installed
services in the near future which may        can scale from a single, 2.9TB node                                                          and configured Cox and the Magna
also include more HD channels.”              up to a 9-node cluster providing over                                                        Systems team are putting it through
                                             43TB of capacity. Nodes are equipped                                                         rigorous and robust testing.
After a comprehensive search and             with four (4) GigE IP accelerator cards.
                                                                                              SeaChange BML24000EX server
evaluation process Prime chose Magna                                                                                                      Cox concluded, “The new system allows
                                             The SeaChange MediaGateway (SMG)                 SeaChange BML24000EX can take an
Systems and their SeaChange based                                                                                                         us far more functionality and flexibility
                                             facilitates media asset exchanges                SD file with OP42 caption information and
solution to fulfill their requirements.                                                                                                   than before. We now have immediate
                                             between acquisition and production               replay it as an HD file with OP47 caption
                                             systems with SeaChange Broadcast                                                             access to HD ingest and playback, the
Cox continued, “Magna Systems have                                                            information and vice versa.”
                                             MediaLibrary™ storage systems. In                                                            ability to take in different codecs and
provided us with a comprehensive HD
                                                                                              With Prime’s requirements based on a        our entire operation is more file based
video server platform that includes          essence, SMG simplifies complex
                                                                                              significant growth plan, reliability was    thanks to the wonderfully efficient
a 3-node SeaChange® Broadcast                network workflow between SeaChange
                                                                                              key explained Cox, “We haven’t had          SeaChange Media Gateway. I have
MediaLibrary™ BML24000EX server,             MediaLibrary, SeaChange MediaClients™
                                                                                              any failures in the past with SeaChange     to also make special mention of the
SeaChange MediaGateway and 7                 and third party tools.
                                                                                              equipment which is a very big plus.” He     Magna Systems team. It has been very
mcl6004 MediaClients. We have                Magna Systems Group Manager                      said. “The new SeaChange architecture       rewarding working with them on this
always had a very good track record          for Systems & Digital Media Craig                is impressive and the RAID squared          project. Their knowledge and expertise
with SeaChange so we were keen to            Armsworth added, “The SeaChange                  storage further increased our confidence
                                                                                                                                          around broadcast environments is truly
continue with their solutions if possible.   servers are the only ones on the market          levels. We also needed a technology
This became an even more attractive          that can maintain Teletext caption data in       partner who we could rely on for service
proposition when Magna informed              SD or HD and the perform the conversion          and support, which was why we chose
us that the BML24000EX server                between both. To be more precise, the            Magna Systems.”

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Magna Systems wins contract to
                                                                                                                               The new broadcast operations centre
                                                                                                                               will initially manage and playout 4
                                                                                                                               channels with this number growing in

build new broadcast operations                                                                                                 the near future.
                                                                                                                               Hogg continued, “This substantial

centre for Omnilab Media at                                                                                                    investment came about after Omnilab
                                                                                                                               Media reinforced their commitment

The Playroom
                                                                                                                               as a major player in the broadcast
                                                                                                                               outsourcing market. Our success
                                                                                                                               with The Movie Network Channels
                                                                                                                               then further accelerated the promise
Major installation includes multi-channel, multi-media                                                                         we had already made to other clients
                                                                                                                               about building our new facility. I’m
playout centre and DR site                                                            Andrew Hogg                              delighted to be able to announce that
                                                                                                                               the new centre will handle HD, SD,

          agna Systems and                                                            Our multi-channel, multi-media, multi-   IPTV and all current formats from one
          Engineering has won the                                                     platform broadcast operations centre     central control room.”
          contract and is building                                                    will be the first non-network owned
                                                                                      facility that is able to deliver HD      Channels already confirmed for
arguably one of the most important                                                                                             management and playout from the
new facilities in Australia – the new                                                 content anywhere in the world.”
                                                                                                                               new broadcast operations centre
broadcast operations centre and DR                                                    The contract to build the new            include MTV NZ to the Sky TV
site for The Playroom and Omnilab                                                     broadcast operations centre and DR       platform in NZ and the Movie Network
Media.                                                                                site was awarded after a major tender    suite of channels including Movie One,
                                                                                      process and significant consultation     Movie Extra and Movie Greats on the
The Playroom is part of Omnilab
                                                                                      on system design and architecture.
Media, Australia and New Zealand’s                                                                                             Foxtel, Austar, Optus, SelecTV and
largest privately owned, vertically                                                   Hogg continued, “We chose a              Transact platforms.
integrated content development and                                                    solution designed and supplied
                                                                                                                               As part of the winning tender and
media service business. In 2008,                                                      by Magna Systems & Engineering
                                                                                                                               in addition to building the new
amongst other successes, The                                                          for this unique facility that includes
                                          Omnilab Media Yurong Street HQ                                                       broadcast operations centre, Magna
Playroom won the long-term                                                            Miranda presentation, multiviewers
                                                                                                                               Systems are repurposing The
                                                                                      and glue, iControl network monitoring,
outsourcing deal for the playout and post production of the Movie Network                                                      Playroom’s existing Artarmon playout
                                                                                      a Pebble Beach Neptune multi-
Channels. This win combined with Omnilab Media’s aggressive growth plans                                                       facility into a comprehensive DR site.
                                                                                      channel automation playout system,
will see The Playroom significantly enhance their infrastructure and technology
                                                                                      SeaChange Servers, Isilon storage,       Omnilab’s broadcast operations
business. Part of this expansion is the building of a new broadcast operations
                                                                                      Sun computer-based hardware              centre and DR site will have an
centre at their Yurong Street headquarters and also the repurposing of their                                                   immediate switch of signal, based
                                                                                      servers, Magna’s own MediaPilot
existing facilities in Artarmon into a comprehensive DR site.                         MAM and Front Porch DivArchive.          on an auto detect function Hogg
General Manager of The Playroom Andrew Hogg said, “What we have engaged               All fibre connectivity will also be      explained, “One of the really clever
Magna Systems to build for us is unprecedented in Sydney and indeed, Australia.       integrated by the Magna team.”           parts of The Playroom/Magna solution

MAGNA NEWS                                                                                                                             

was how efficiently we can transform
our Artarmon centre into a DR site.
                                                                                         transmission also houses large
                                                                                         format monitoring and a 2-tonne            Magna Systems
By replacing our current automation
with a Pebble Beach system and
                                                                                         multi-seat functional desk. The media
                                                                                         centre is designed with 4 operational
                                                                                                                                    teams up with ASI
upgrading the SeaChange servers
and Miranda monitoring to be HD
                                                                                         areas handling the ingest process
                                                                                         for all channels’ transmission and
                                                                                                                                    for major systems
ready, we will have one of the best
DR sites in Australia. Both Yurong
                                                                                         production requirements and the
                                                                                         Quality Control room also contains
                                                                                                                                    integration projects
Street and Artarmon sites will enjoy
synchronous working and streaming
                                                                                         Final Cut Pro suites.
                                                                                                                                    Significant addition of
                                                                                         Andrew Hogg concluded, “Our new
data over our fibre network. Our DR
site is the ultimate insurance and
                                                                                         Yurong Street broadcast operations         resources and expertise
                                                                                         centre has been completely designed

Magna have proved that if it’s cleverly
                                                                                         for HD. SD channels can immediately                 agna Systems and Engineering
thought out, it doesn’t have to double
                                                                                         be switched to HD upon request as                   recently announced that, due to
your costs.”                               Craig Armsworth                               our new SeaChange servers have up/                  significant growth, it is teaming
Hogg added, “In the event of any                                                         down codecs and all the Miranda kit        up with Australian Systems Integration on
kind of signal failure we will have        workflow and will contribute to a                                                        major projects throughout 2009.
                                                                                         is auto detect or switchable. Magna
immediate and unnoticeable transfer        much higher standard of channel
                                                                                         Systems have provided us with an           Australian Systems Integration (ASI) was
which protects all platforms and           presentation. We are also moving
                                                                                         easy, future proofed design and            established in 1988 by industry veteran
both sites. Also there is greater asset    away from baseband encoding
                                                                                         will manage all our current content,       Graeme Paech who has over 33 years
control with all lists and monitoring      content to file based content delivery
                                                                                         assets and data migration from our         experience in the broadcast television,
constantly updated in realtime. An         and have built-in automated quality
                                                                                         existing platform to the new one.          radio, theatre, conferencing and audio
added geographical bonus is that           control and an Anystream transcoding
                                                                                         As most people would appreciate,           visual industries.
while the sites are on opposite sides      platform. It’s a well used phrase these
                                                                                         the level of technical and systems         Magna Systems General Manager
of Sydney harbour which allows for         days however, this is a proper state-
                                                                                         expertise required to design and           David Bowers said, “Graeme and his
site diversity, they are only 15 minutes   of-the-art system.”
                                                                                         build a facility as comprehensive in its   team at ASI have significant design,
from one another and so are easily         The full turnkey solution designed,           service offerings and functionality as     consultancy and integration expertise in
accessible in person if the need           supplied and installed by Magna               this one, is substantial. I’m pleased      the installation of high-end professional
arises.”                                   Systems also includes room design,            to say that Magna Systems were             media and communications systems so
Magna Systems Group Manager                eight workstations, a technical               successful in their bid due to having      they compliment our in-house capabilities
for Systems & Digital Media Craig          equipment room and an operations              the best infrastructure and resources      perfectly. This teaming arrangement
Armsworth added, “This is an               equipment room that will house VTs            with which to complete the project,        strengthens the services we are offering
incredibly significant project for the     and other production equipment.               combined with their comprehensive          our clients and gives us significantly more
Australian market. The Yurong Street       The operations room has three                 understanding of Omnilab’s                 resources to handle major SI projects
broadcast operations centre is a real      distinct areas, a broadcast centre,           requirements and their previous track      throughout 2009 and beyond.”
first. The new technology we are           media centre and QC room. The                 record in designing and seamlessly         The teaming arrangement allows Magna
installing allows a far more enhanced      broadcast centre, responsible for             migrating an existing live platform.”      to concentrate on its core services of ▶
MAGNA NEWS                                                                                                                                 

                                            Magna Systems Presents Next Generation                                                      award-winning Lyric PRO 7 advanced
                                                                                                                                        3D creation and playback application,

                                            Solutions at Broadcast Asia 2009 Stand 7D2-01                                               HyperX³ includes an advanced feature
                                                                                                                                        set of software for easily creating 3D pie
                                                                                                                                        charts, bar charts and financial line charts.
                                                                                                                                        Also demonstrated will be Chyron’s

                                                     agna Systems Managing                 seamless database driven production          HyperX2, Channel Box, Lyric Pro and
                                                     Director Robert Clemesha said,        workflow.                                    ChyTV products. Chyron’s HD/SD, 2D/3D
                                                     “At this year’s Broadcast Asia        The Triveni Digital StreamScope range        graphics solutions are used daily by
                                            our key theme is ‘success in challenging       provides advanced yet cost-effective         broadcasters in over 40 countries.
                                            times’ and we will be highlighting our         DTV monitoring solutions and will be         Also on the stand will be Pebble Beach
                                            next generation solutions and extensive        demonstrated at Broadcast Asia on            automation and SeaChange video servers.
                                            systems integration experience. As             the Magna stand. Highlighted will be         Pebble Beach will be demonstrating
                                            such, the range of products and                the new StreamScope MT-40LCP, a              it’s Neptune, Neptune Light, Deckchair
                                            systems we are demonstrating is our            low-cost version of the award-winning        and Anchor multi-channel automation
                                            most comprehensive ever at the show.”          StreamScope MT-40 analyzer and
Graeme Paech                                                                                                                            and media management solutions with
                                            Arguably one of the most talked about          a user-friendly solution for real-time       SeaChange demonstrating their range of
                                            products of the moment, is Blue                analysis and verification of DTV transport   broadcast servers for SD and HD playout
system architecture and design with ASI
                                            Order’s Media Archive ® Media Asset            streams. The Magna booth will also           as well as their complete server based
providing professional services, drafting
                                            Management (MAM) System. With more             feature the StreamScope RM-40SE              ingest and production environment.
and design implementation.
                                            than 3,000 users every day at many of          which has been designed for unattended
ASI Managing Director Graeme Paech                                                         deployment at transmitter sites and          The Magna stand will also house full
                                            the world’s largest broadcasters, Blue
                                                                                           presents a low-cost RF/QAM monitoring        demonstrations of S&T’s TSBroadcaster,
added, “The new teaming arrangement         Order will be showcasing its flagship
                                                                                           probe that makes it easy and inexpensive     TSPlayer, TS Developer, MHEG Presenter
with Magna Systems is an excellent          Media Archive MAM system on the
                                                                                           to monitor DTV signals at the transmitter,   and MHEG ENG products, Front Porch
progression of the long and successful      stand and demonstrating how it delivers
                                                                                           ensure continuous service, and rapidly       Digital’s DIVArchive intelligent content
relationship we have already enjoyed.       on its promise of Enterprise Media Asset                                                    storage management system, BTS’
There are a number of large scale SI        Management - content made available –          debug issues when they arise.
                                                                                                                                        enterprise traffic management systems,
projects that we will be working on and     anytime, anywhere, in any format.              Shown for the first time last year on        Grab Networks’ Anystream Agility
our combined teams enjoy a formidable       Two new companies and firsts on the            the Magna stand at Broadcast Asia            2G transcoding platform and Velocity
combination of experience, expertise        Magna Broadcast Asia stand are Cinegy          and having achieved significant sales        on-demand management system
and high calibre solution solving.”         and Triveni Digital. Cinegy focuses            in the Asia Pac market since then, are       and Enensys Technologies’ digital TV
                                            on the research and development of             Blueshape the high quality professional      transmission systems including mobile TV,
David Bowers concluded, “With bigger                                                       Li-Ion and Li-Polymer batteries, chargers,
                                            media and television software and                                                           digital terrestrial TV, IP distribution, test
and better resources and an even higher                                                    and mounting accessories from Italy.
                                            technologies. Cinegy Workflow is the                                                        and monitoring solutions.
level of commitment our customers can                                                      Blueshape will be demonstrating their
                                            software platform which combines
continue to benefit from the personal                                                      full range at this year’s show.
                                            digital asset management, video
service that Magna Systems has been
                                            ingest and software based encoding,            Representing the latest in broadcast-
renowned for.”
                                            broadcast automation and playout,              quality graphics systems will be
Magna Systems and ASI’s new teaming         production tools, archive storage              Chyron. New for this year’s Broadcast
arrangement is effective immediately.       & retrieval - all integrated into one          Asia is HyperX³, driven by Chyron’s

MAGNA NEWS                                                                                                                                   

Global TV chooses Telex Talkback
                                                                                                                                         relationship with Global, we have
                                                                                                                                         been able to supply flexible and
                                                                                                                                         efficient systems that work very well

supplied by Magna Systems                                                                                                                and are ultimately reliable.”
                                                                                                                                         Global TV’s OB trucks and their Telex
                                                                                                                                         talkback systems have been used
Main communication system for OB trucks                                                                                                  at some of the most prestigious and
                                                                                                                                         memorable events ever broadcast

          agna Systems and Engineering recently supplied Telex talkback systems                                                          in Australia including the Summer
          to Global TV for its latest OB trucks.                                                                                         Olympics Games, Paralympic Games,
          Global Television was incorporated in 1987 and has grown into the                                                              Commonwealth Games, FINA
leading service provider to the Australian television and broadcast industry.                                                            Swimming Championships, federal
Global’s fleet of outside broadcast units incorporate the latest in digital technology                                                   elections, Rugby World Cup and
and are purpose-designed to handle the long haul between Australian cities. The              Telex talkback in action                    World Youth Day.
fleet consists of 3 HD trucks, 1 HD studio control, 2 HD portable, 5 SD trucks and                                                       Terry Manley concluded, “The Telex
1 SD Portable. All have Telex talkback, multi-camera control and an editing/effects          telephone interfaces, one 16 input 16       talkback solutions supplied by Magna
unit for on-line editing, digital video effects and instant slow-motion replays.             output relay interface with Ethernet        Systems is second to none. Magna’s
Global TV’s Chief Engineer Terry Manley explained the background to the recent               port, eleven KP32-RC-I: 32-position         level of sales, service and support
sale of Telex equipment from Magna Systems, “Our OB trucks have to be the best               key panels (RC- installed) and              is always satisfactory and their
on the market which means having the best kit installed in them as we have to                twenty KP32-CLD/RC-I of the latest          knowledge of the product and how
take care of the most challenging broadcast projects on a daily basis. When we               34-position key panels with full colour     it best suits our requirements is
were looking at purchasing talkback for our latest OB trucks quite simply Telex had          LCD – the first such panels in Australia.   always very good. We look forward
the most advanced and flexible system on the market. We have a long history with             In total we now have six ADAM               to the next project that Global TV
Telex talkback having initially                                                              systems, three CS ADAM systems and          and Magna Systems can work
purchased two 48-port CS                                                                     over 150 key panels.”                       together on.”
Adams and 18 key panels                                                                      Telex talkback is used as the main
in 1996. For our latest                                                                      communication system for each OB
purchase, after discussions                                                                  truck and the latest installations were
with Magna Systems, we
                                                                                             carried out by Global Television’s
bought one 128x128 ADAM
                                                                                             Engineering Department after sales
Matrix frame including
                                                                                             and support was provided by the
2xMC-IIe controllers with
                                                                                             Magna team.
Ethernet port, two RVON-
8: 8 port VOIP cards, two                                                                    Magna Systems Telex Product
RVON I/O: 8 port stand                                                                       Specialist Lucas Bohm added, “Global
alone VOIP interfaces, four                                                                  TV have the most sophisticated Telex
DSI-2008: 2 CH 2 to 4 wire                                                                   talkback systems in their OB trucks.
interfaces, two TIF2000A:       Global TV OB truck                                           Due to our close and long term              Telex talkback in action

MAGNA NEWS                                                                                                                                     

Magna Systems provides a seamless
workflow for CNBC
New Australian newsroom studio linked by fibre to
Singapore hub

        ccording to CNBC Australia             dedicated fibre optic cable to CNBC
        Presentation Director Andrew           Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore
        Tacon the Sydney newsroom              and its satellite uplinks. “iNews, CG
studio and workflow designed and               and talkback can all come out of our
installed by Magna Systems and                 Singapore bureau hub.” Explained
Engineering is ‘flawless’. “This really is a   Tacon. “It works so well it’s like they
very good system.” He said, “We have           are in the next room. The beauty of this
had no problems with it whatsoever and         system is that it was fully tested before
the workflow is seamless.”                     installation. It was so successful that
CNBC Asia Pacific began producing its          the Chyron graphics, Camio server and             CNBC Sydney studio
Australian programming from the Magna          iNews components have now been
built state-of-the-art studio in Sydney        installed into the Singapore hub.”                a For-A VPS 700 Vision mixer, Telex        directed. We also cut in live guests
late last year. Due to heritage listing        For editing CNBC Australia use Avid               talkback and Chyron.                       to anchors in our studios all over the
requirements of the Burns Philp Building       News Cutter to cut their required                 Micro-X CG linked to Miranda Glue and      world including Hong Kong, Japan,
where it is located, the set has been          sequences. A code and clip ID for the             Kaleido Multiviewer.                       Shanghai, India, Philippines, Europe and
built as an open box framed by vertical        sequence is generated in iNews and                                                           the USA. When we broadcast our live
stainless steel rods that sits inside four                                                       “Our seamless workflow is the real         local programmes, ‘Squawk Australia’
                                               then sent to playout. A very efficient            jewel in our crown.” Said Tacon. “As
large supporting pillars original to the       process according to Tacon. “The time                                                        and ‘Trading Matters’, we reverse the
historic Burns Philp building.                                                                   our iNews and Chyron systems are
                                               from writing to availability for playout is                                                  process with Sydney becoming the hub
                                                                                                 linked directly to the Asia Pacific hub,
“Despite all the tricky build requirements     very short.” He added. “We also use                                                          giving directions to Singapore and all
                                                                                                 much of our content can be obtained
the studio works perfectly.” Said Tacon.       tapeless XD decks that ingest faster                                                         other regional studios. I can honestly
                                                                                                 remotely from the CNBC main servers
“The centrepiece of the entire thing is a      than realtime so the whole process is                                                        say that all our systems work perfectly,
                                                                                                 in Singapore. We have some very clever
wall of Panasonic 102” plasma monitors;        very quick.”                                                                                 integrate seamlessly and it’s in large part
                                                                                                 processes including co-hosting shows
the largest ones Panasonic makes. These                                                                                                     thanks to the expertise and diligence
                                               The studio has three Hitachi Z-3500W              from different countries. We often
are seen behind the anchors on air. They                                                                                                    of the team at Magna Systems and
                                               cameras with robotic heads, allowing              have one anchor in Sydney and one in
display all the graphics and video that                                                                                                     Engineering.”
                                               the cameras to be controlled remotely             Singapore both running off the same
we use on air; created locally or fed to us    from a 4-man control room and a                   autocue that is updated in realtime        Magna Systems and Engineering
from CNBC Singapore.”                          wall-mounted DV-30 camera in its                  along with tape playlists and CGs. The     General Manager David Bowers added,
CNBC’s Australian studio is a widescreen       lighting grid for wide shots. Shows are           Singapore director can give instructions   “The CNBC newsroom studio was a
SD facility, sending its transmissions by      produced in the control room using                and we swap to our anchor when             complex project that took a great

MAGNA NEWS                                                                                                                                  

                                            Magna Systems wins tender to supply                                                          6-channel 4-wire buffer amplifier with
                                                                                                                                         balanced inputs/outputs, multi-function

                                            New Parliament House production                                                              remote assignment panels and a single
                                                                                                                                         line digital telephone interface for use
                                            intercom system                                                                              with ADAM, ADAMCS, ZEUS and
                                                                                                                                         CRONUS series intercom systems. The

                                            Replaces existing intercom system and covers                                                 solution also utilises the latest Telex 32
                                                                                                                                         position and 16 position key panels
                                            entire Parliament House complex                                                              with menus, programming keypad, DSP
                                                                                                                                         functions and fluorescent displays.

                                                     agna Systems and Engineering                                                        Once installed the new Parliament
                                                     recently won the tender to                                                          House production intercom system
CNBC Sydney studio control room
                                                     supply and install Australia’s                                                      will also incorporate a UHF 2-channel
deal of careful planning. I’m pleased to    Parliament House with a complete new                                                         wireless synthesized base station
say we were able to fulfill all of CNBC’s   production intercom system.                                                                  designed to operate in full duplex
strict quality requirements and the         Magna’s successful bid came after a                                                          communications with up to four users.
system is an efficient, state-of-the-art    comprehensive public tender process                                                          Its features include ClearScan frequency
example of great technology and a           issued by the Commonwealth of                                                                auto selection, stage announce output
good working partnership between                                                                                                         with relay closure, wireless talk around
                                            Australia, acting through and represented
CNBC and Magna Systems.”                                                                                                                 and wired intercom A4F. Working with
                                            by Department of Parliamentary
CNBC is the recognized world leader         Service (DPS), for the procurement of a                                                      the base station is a UHF 2-channel
in business news, providing real-time       comprehensive solution for the supply,                                                       wireless synthesized transceiver whose
                                                                                            Robert Clemesha
financial market coverage and business      installation, training and warranty of a                                                     features include lightweight cast
information to nearly 400 million homes     production intercom system for use                                                           magnesium casing with push-to-talk/
                                                                                            The new production intercom system
worldwide.                                                                                                                               push-to-transmit switching, wireless talk
                                            within the demanding environment of the         at Parliament House is based around
The programs produced in the Sydney         Commonwealth Parliament.                        the Telex ADAM Digital Matrix                around, stage announce, on-off volume
studio currently are:                                                                       Communication System with 176 x 176          control, low battery light and removable
                                            Magna Systems Managing Director
� ‘Squawk Australia’, a one hour                                                            ports using AIO-16 cards. The ADAM           antennas.
                                            Robert Clemesha said, “We are delighted
morning show                                to have won the contract to supply and          system is easily expandable to a 272 x       Robert Clemesha concluded, “We
�  ‘Trading Matters’ which provides         install the complete new production             272 matrix, is fitted with fully redundant   are very proud of the system we
Australian investors with real time,        intercom system at Parliament House,            power supplies and microprocessors           have designed for Parliament House.
actionable information on local share       one of Australia’s most prestigious and         and comes complete with AZedit               Installation is underway and the entire
and market performance, aired live at 5     iconic buildings. As would befit such an        software running under Microsoft             solution comes with comprehensive
pm (Mondays – Fridays)                      important installation, the new system is       Windows ® 2000/XP/NT.                        training, service and support performed
During the day there are numerous live      state-of-the-art in terms of technology         The new Parliament House production          and guaranteed by Magna Systems and
market updates.                             and functionality.”                             intercom system also integrates a            Engineering.”

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Magna Systems releases Media Pilot V2.2                                                       managing thousands of hours of video,
                                                                                              all on-line across wide public internets.
                                                                                                                                          MediaPilot 2.2 additional key features:
                                                                                                                                          �	 Native	integration	with	Front	Porch	
                                                                                              The evolution of MediaPilot is based        	 DIVArchive
New tailor-made log functionality                                                             upon feedback from end-users dealing        �	 Direct	connection	to	Pebble	Beach	
                                                                                              with the digital challenge.                 	 automation	data	sources

         agna Systems and Engineering                                                         Armsworth continued, “MediaPilot helps
                                                                                                                                          �	 Accepts	external	XML	job	requests
         has released MediaPilot V2.2,                                                        storage solution sales. It is an external   �	 Auto-restore	for	increased	workflow	
         the latest version of its unique                                                                                                 	 options
                                                                                              tool that helps clients manage their
online asset management system.                                                               content and add valuable metadata to        �	 Unlimited	extensible	Meta	Data
MediaPilot has been successfully                                                              assets very easily, thus adding value.      �	 Smart	and	simple	media	searching
utilised by companies across the                                                              MediaPilot 2.2 can be customised            �	 Proxy	browsing	for	WMV,	MOV,		
Asia Pacific region including Video-8                                                         to individual client requirements and       	 FLA,	MPG
(Media Factory), Sony Pictures and                                                            now also integrates with IMDB API           �	 Fast	video	stream	decoder	and	analyser
                                            MediaPilot V2.2
Omnilab Media as part of their digital                                                        for metadata. MediaPilot 2.2 has also       �	 Selectable	multiple	audio	tracks
media migration, storage and archiving                                                        evolved into a logging system for sports    �	 Native	web-based	browsing
solutions.                                                                                    statistics and Standards & Practices        �	 Partial	clip	streaming,	playback	and	
                                                                                              (S&P) editing. With MediaPilot 2.2 users    	 restore
Magna Systems Group Manager
for Systems & Digital Media Craig                                                             can now also tailor make logs and all       �	 Full	clip	restore	directly	from	search	
                                                                                              data is easily exportable so it becomes     	 results
Armsworth said, “MediaPilot 2.2 is a
cost-effective solution for any network,                                                      immediately usable.”                        �	 Web-activated	archive	delete
production house, playout or storage                                                                                                      �	 Clip	logging	for	S&P,	sports,	etc.
facility looking for browse and rich                                                                                                      �	 Off-Line	Library	management	for	
meta-data options across wide data                                                                                                        	 physical	and	virtual	stock
networks. MediaPilot has enjoyed                                                                                                          �	 Private	&	Public	bins	for	frame	
                                            MediaPilot V2.2                                                                               	 accurate	clip	assembly	&	EDL	creation
particular success with companies like
Video-8 who have used it as a key part                                                                                                    �	 On-Line	Meta	Object	storage
                                            Entertainment and the ThoroughVisioN
of their Media Factory solution.”           television channel (TVN) with MediaPilot
                                                                                                                                          �	 Group	and	individual	access	control
                                            a core part of their solution.” Added
                                                                                                                                          �	 Virtual	Screening	Rooms
Video 8’s Media Factory comprises
a Front Porch DIVArchive system,            Armsworth.                                                                                    �	 Supports	ShuttlePro		
Anystream Agility ingestion and             MediaPilot 2.2 is a natural progression
transcoding tools and MediaPilot for
                                                                                                                                          �	 Re-skinnable	for		
                                            from bespoke architecture to a full                                                           	 corporate	deployment
web-based library searching.                software platform from Magna Systems &                                                        �	 RSS	syndication	of	new		
“Video-8 have digitally migrated, stored    Engineering. Since first producing on-line                                                    	 content
and archived thousands of hours of          asset management solutions in 2006,                                                           �	 Visual	and	detailed		
content for organizations like Beyond       MediaPilot has grown to support sites             MediaPilot V2.2                             	 reporting	&	exporting
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The Museum of        DAS and Inter-M are                                                                                                              Magna signs new
Australian Democracy making a bit of a noise                                                                                                          principals
at Old Parliament House                          around Sydney Harbour                                                                                Magna Systems is delighted to announce
                                                                                                                                                      that we have signed two exciting
On the 9th of May 2009, Old Parliament           New audio upgrades at both Circular                                                                  new principals. These are Cinegy and
House became the Museum of Australian            Quay and Manly Wharf have been a long                                                                Interra Systems. Cinegy focuses on the
Democracy. The mission of the museum is          time coming but well worth the wait.                                                                 research and development of media and
                                                                                                    Manly Wharf
to encourage visitors to reflect this history    The successful tender was awarded to                                                                 television software and technologies.
and the part they might play in its future       Infonics Pty. Ltd., a Sydney company
Numerous exhibits are featured throughout        based in Wahroonga specializing in                 Magna Systems at                                  Cinegy Workflow is the software
                                                                                                                                                      platform which combines digital asset
                                                 digital video and digital audio. When it
the museum. The main entrance into the
museum is through the Kings Hall where           came to selecting the correct equipment            SMPTE 2009                                        management, video ingest and software
                                                                                                                                                      based encoding, broadcast automation
the installation company GPT Audio Visual,       for the installation the winner was DAS
                                                                                                                                                      and playout, production tools, archive
an ACT based company, selected DAS               and Inter-M and thus, Magna Systems.               on stands C41 and C45                             storage & retrieval - all integrated into one
Arco-24 loudspeakers supplied by Magna           DAS Factor-5 loudspeakers feature
                                                 throughout both Circular Quay and Manly                                                              seamless database driven production
Systems. These units and the Arco-4, are                                                            This year's SMPTE will be a very                  workflow. The mission of Interra Systems
featured throughout various displays within      Wharf with 94 units installed at Circular
                                                                                                    important one for the industry given the          is to assist designers in all areas of
the museum.                                      Quay and over 30 units throughout the
                                                                                                    current financial challenges in the market.       System Design to ensure rapid creation
                                                 Manly Wharf complex.
The Arco series were selected not only for                                                          As in previous years Magna Systems
                                                                                                                                                      of new solutions. As technologies
their quality performance but their state        The installation requirements called               will be demonstrating a wide range of
                                                 for a loudspeaker which would deliver                                                                migrate to newer sub-micron densities
of the art design. The Arco-24 features a                                                           products and solutions from many of
                                                 intelligibility, a point dramatically                                                                and market demands faster and more
2-way vented loudspeaker system, 2 x 4”                                                             our principals. These include, Baton,
                                                 missing from so many installations.                Blue Order, Blueshape, BTS, Chyron,               robust solutions, the need for automated
cone speaker and a 25mm neodymium
                                                 After assessment, the DAS Factor-5                 Front Porch Digital, Harmonic, Hitachi,           electronic design tools become even
dome tweeter with a power handing of
                                                 successfully delivered the quality                 Miranda, Pebble Beach, S&T,                       greater.
100watts RMS at 8ohms. The Arco-4 is a
single 4” 2-way 50watts RMS at 8ohms.            performance required for this installation         SeaChange, SysMedia and Telex.                    We are very excited to have two
                                                 in every aspect.                                                                                     innovative and unique new partners to
                                                                                                    Please come and see us at what promises
                                                 24 Inter-M QO-4480 Quad Amplifier                  to be a very interesting show.                    work with and you will hear more on
                                                 units at Circular Quay and 8 of the same           Appointments for                                  both soon. Baton is Interra's innovative
                                                 units at Manly Wharf delivered the high            demonstrations,                                   product for the automated quality control
                                                 performance required for the installation.         discussions and                                   of file-based content.
                                                 6 Inter-M PO-9106 program distributor              coffee can be
                                                 units were also used throughout the                made by e-mailing
The Museum of Australian Democracy               Circular Quay install.                   

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