Our Customers are Talking...
Vice President of Engineering
“We really liked what Video Technics was doing and
determined that the Apella™ HDS Server and their suite
of software tools best met our HD commercial playback
and automation needs.”
“What was really important was how reliable the video
server was and the added benefit that the automation
solution was integrated and supplied by the same company
as the server manufacturer; providing us with a simple,
single source solution.”
“Since the launch of VT Scheduler Pro automation we‘ve
been able to significantly reduce the man hours required
to prep our program content, and have even added five
more hours of program output a day!”
“This is file-based automation working as it should by
reducing overhead costs and improving revenue streams.
That’s a significant return on our investment and
certainly makes a positive impact on our bottom line!”
Citadel Upgrades Ops With Video Technics System
Dixon, Information Technology Director
“We wanted to update our news department from SD to
HD and to move away from tape to tapeless and at the
same time upgrade Master Control from partial-automation
to full automation."
"Video Technics was chosen because they met all criteria
by providing an integrated platform that is responsible
for all areas of the news production and playout with
ENPS, as well as end-to-end master control operations
for ingest, prepping, and play-to-air automation with
traffic interfaces to Wide Orbit.”
“With only a few small tweaks, the first run
implementation for the 5:00 and 5:30 pm news went
“Video Technics has to have the best technical support
team that I have ever worked with in my fifteen years in
WGXA Upgrades Station to HD with Video Technics
Reed W Wilson, Executive
"We are very impressed with
the Apella features and the scalability this server
solution offers in both news and master control
environments, but more importantly we were impressed
with the commitment Video Technics has shown by their
willingness to work with other vendors to perfect the
unique workflow requirements within the Belo group".
"With how the industry is trending
regarding revenue and in these tough economic times, we
believe that with technology there are more cost-effective
ways to do things. We are into partnerships as much as we
are to purchasing equipment. We want a longer term
relationship with our vendors."
Four Belo Corp. Stations Choose Video Technics
London Broadcasting Company, Inc.
Moe Strout, Director of Engineering
“One strong point of the Video
Technics system is its non-proprietary aspect. We were
making the push to HD and needed a system that was
capable of doing HD and offered up, down, and cross
conversion. We can use any archived SD video because it
up converts on the fly on playout.”
“Finding the right solution for our
workflow, at a competitive price point, was our primary
objective. With VT, we not only got that, but a highly
flexible, scalable system that works efficiently with
our entire news production”
Pair of smaller TV stations finds affordable ways to
transition to local HD news
Walcott Denison III, Director of Technology
“Other solutions were very expensive and had very
limited feature sets. I wanted something more feature
rich, scalable, and flexible.”
“We wanted the ability to easily upgrade to HD at the
right time for us. The Apella SDS offers an attractive
price point option that allows us to upgrade through a
software-only mechanism with no need for additional
Small Market Local News Find HD Affordable with VT's
City of Beverly Hills
Michael Forys, Programming Operations Specialist
“We initially wanted a video server for master control as a "band-aid" fix to keep our critical programming on the air in place of unreliable tape decks. After meeting with Andy Tuggle of Video Technics and hearing many "yes we can do that" answers to my pie-in-the-sky questions, I soon realized that the feature-rich VT products could actually become a complete workflow solution for our entire production and editing operations as well."
"The robust performance and networking capabilities impressed our IT team...we [are] especially thrilled with the fact that the Apella servers [can] play out mixed codecs and video formats back-to-back without a hiccup - MPEG2, DV25, it [doesn't] matter. Previously, we had to dub down all our different media sources to videotape with the attendant generational quality loss - now we [are] able to broadcast a wide variety of media via the Apella's available SDI and analog I/O without any quality loss whatsoever.
On the master control side, one 3RU Apella server replaced three racks of aging analog gear...[and] when we move to our new facility, our investment is not lost. The Video Technics system is able to add additional servers for news trucks, incorporate centralized storage via NAS or SAN, and support pretty much any type of NLE we choose to add to our workflow. So once we do finally shut the doors on our cable TV museum, our Video Technics gear will definitely not get left behind! ”
TV Technology: Beverly Hills Goes Digital with Video Technics
Director of Engineering
record and delay HD feeds coming from our network feed,
I’ve never seen something more reliable than the VT Time
Delay application running on the Apella HDS”
KGWN Manipulates Time in HD with New VT TimeDelay™
WSFA (Montgomery, AL) - Raycom Media
Morris Pollock, Chief Engineer
“We were looking for a lower cost HD server that would fit our budget, to support our news effort with opens, bumps, and day in/day out HD playback for news clips. When Andy Tuggle of Video Technics conducted a web-based demonstration of all of the capabilities and flexibility of the software and hardware, we were pleased by what was offered in the base system. After looking at competing solutions, we found the value VT provided to be refreshing."
"Support from VT has been excellent throughout our implementation process, and the interface with After Effects is working like a champ – our editor produces the content on the NLE with video and key, and then dumps a batch of clips into the folder for the VT Media Exchange Server and forgets about them – later, they’re available for playback in true HD. It makes our job easy.”
Raycom Media's Flagshop WSFA-TV Upgrades to HD Playout and Graphics Production with Apella HDS
Southeastern Channel - Southeastern Louisiana University (Hammond, LA)
Rick Settoon, General Manager
"The Video Technics solution gives us greater flexibility in the scheduling and playback process, enabling us to have fewer re-runs. The change will increase our efficiency in logistics and traffic as we move toward a tapeless environment, and we can already see an improvement in the quality of our footage on the Apella. I’m impressed with the ease and speed of operation with which we can move content from the editing workstation to on-air playback.
The new graphics will also improve branding for the channel and enable us to provide timely announcements, such as emergency weather bulletins, for our viewing audience. One reason we chose Video Technics is because we get to deal directly with the manufacturer rather than going through a third party – and we have already seen the benefits of that in the fast support, training, and personal service we have received to date."
Stephen Zaffuto, Operations Manager
"Video Technics was the only vendor we looked at which had integrated all on-air functions into its own system – all the others had to bring in third-party software, hardware, or both, which has created complications for us in the past. We like that it is scalable both in terms of future storage capacity and in the ability to expand our workflow to HD production. Previously, we spent a lot of time managing our storage capacity by manually deleting and moving content. Now with the new storage capacity, combined with VT’s import and export tools, we can keep more content accessible nearline, and easily bring it online whenever we need it."
Southeastern Louisiana University Transitions to File-Based Workflow with Apella Servers
KATV (Little Rock, AK) - Allbritton Communications
Allen Finne, Director of Engineering
overall experience with NewsFlow has been positive, and we feel it is advantageous to have a single vendor of newsroom systems for editing, play-to-air, and archive, minimizing the need to learn a different vendor's workflow for each function. By continuing to scale our solution with Video Technics over the past two years, operator learning curve and technical integration issues have been intuitive and incremental. Also, VT as a single vendor has always been very responsive and helpful with 24/7 support. It works well with Sundance automation, and the VT Proxy Browser embedded in ENPS is so intuitive that we don't even think about it - we just use it.
Regarding the VT Media Archive Library, our operators are excited by the ability to search the database for archived content, restore it, and drag it into a project within minutes without having to go find a videotape and ingest it. We archive around 400 clips/week that have been aired or are historically newsworthy. Since KATV has heavily archived for almost 50 years and has dedicated a large area in our facility solely to tape storage, we are pleased to be implementing such an elegant solution that integrates perfectly with our existing newsroom system. "
Allbritton Stations Expand with VT Media Archive Library
KTUL (Tulsa, OK) - Allbritton Communications
Roger Herring, Director of Operations
"VT offers a solution that fits our budget and provides a lot of features through their integrated design that we would not have been able to implement otherwise. The support from VT has been very consistent, and they are always ready to find solutions to any problems that come up. The Apella VDCP interface with Sundance automation is solid.
We produce four hours of news a day, and needed to archive the associated clips. We wanted something that would interface very well with our existing NewsFlow solution, and so a custom solution created by VT was the best possible fit."
Allbritton Stations Expand with VT Media Archive Library
KTUL Manages Assets with Video Technics
"WDAY TV’s on-air look has improved ten-fold – fewer
human mistakes and almost non-existent mistakes due to a
technical failure. The ratings will tell the ultimate story.
It is apparent to everyone that WDAY TV has much cleaner and
very tight, quick-paced shows. This would not have been
accomplished without NewsFlow, Apella servers integrating
WDAY (Fargo, ND) and WDAZ (Grand Forks, ND)
Sue Eider, WDAY Programming
What this conversion has done
is reduced stress and frustration with old tape machines in
the edit bays. Bringing the packages and content to air has
become very efficient, the packages are ready to air and
brought to air with minimal work.
One word describes the
technical support experience with Video Technics: Awesome!
The entire staff of WDAY TV believes that without VT’s
on-site commissioning and training, the aggressive timetable
set for our digital conversion, would have been disastrous.
VT’s knowledge and commitment to the project was what every
station hopes for during a conversion yet rarely
experiences. Video Technics delivered what was promised and
the service after the sale has been the best. I would highly
recommend Video Technics. They are raising the bar of
customer service and support!"
ABC Affiliates On-Air Look Dramatically Improves With
Video Technics Tapeless NewsFlow Solution!
WDAY, WDAZ Go Tapeless - News Technology Update
(Rapid City, SD)
Peterson, News Director at KOTA
Pathfire and VT integration increases newsroom production time and gives us
versatility we never had before. NewsFlow with the VT Proxy Editor and Pathfire
integration is a cost effective and practical solution that made it possible for
KOTA to DOUBLE the newscast production workload in the newsroom. We are
producing 12 more shows per week for our sister station, KDUH-TV. We couldn't do
it without the NewsFlow system and the VT Media Exchange server with Pathfire.”
KOTA-TV upgrades NewsKing News, adds Video Technics NewsFlow - Broadcast
Video Technics Integration with Pathfire Enables Newsrooms to Go Digital - VT
Primerica (Duluth, GA)
Mike Ziegenbein, Chief Engineer, Primerica
“We chose Video Technics for their flexible, open platform as
well as their extremely competitive price point. Primerica will use this
solution to replace our tape based recording and playback, in the production of
all marketing and training video material.”
Primerica Selects Video Technics to Provide an All-Digital Tapeless Solution -
VT Press Release
Community Television Center (Irving, Texas)
Kenn North, Chief Engineer, Irving Community Television
"We chose Video Technics’ Apella Video Clip Server (VCS) since it was
SAN-ready and directly compatible with our nonlinear editing system. The Apella
VCS is currently used as our playout server for promos and PSAs, and we find
it to be hardy and robust. Overall, the Apella VCS has been a cost-effective
solution to cutting-edge video disk editing, storage and playout."
ICTN Expands Services With Apella - TV Technology Article