Sky Sports News first to buy Chyron’s new Axis
By: Andy Stout
Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 7:21 am

Sky Sports News has become the first broadcaster in Europe to implement Chyron’s Axis World Graphics cloud-based content creation platform. At Sky Studios, BSkyB’s new West London headquarters, the Axis World Graphics solution is being implemented within a BlueNet workflow that also features Chyron’s CAMIO graphics management servers, iSQ remote monitoring and playout application, and 10 fully configured HyperX3.1 systems which support streamlined graphics creation and playout for Sky Sports News’ on-air graphics.

“We decided to work with Chyron because we felt the company’s product was the best suited to a news operation working with a high volume of data,” says Darren Long, director of operations at Sky Sports News. “Our operators have found Chyron systems to be very user-friendly, and features such as integrated order management have made it very easy for our staff to order graphics from the desktop, view the graphics, and request or make any necessary changes. Immediately following implementation of the Chyron workflow, we saw a distinct and welcome change in the look of our broadcast product.”

The order management system within Chyron’s Axis World Graphics, known as Axis order, ensures a streamlined and efficient workflow, even though news and graphics teams occupy different floors within the Sky Studios facility. The Axis order module instantly creates clearly defined graphics orders within the iNews newsroom system that are accessible to the graphics staff for creation fulfillment. The CAMIO Cluster server then pushes the completed and approved graphic asset into the running order. In addition to automating a good portion of the workflow, the Chyron platform saves time in creating and taking graphics to air, improves communication between news and graphics, and provides a clear record of work from order creation through to playout.

The HyperX3.1 on-air graphics systems provide operators at Sky Sports News with a familiar, easy-to-use interface for on-air graphics playout, backed by fast, powerful processing capabilities. From a single GUI, Chyron’s iSQ software enables control of independent output channels, across multiple devices, of MOS-generated playlists to ensure that the correct graphic always goes to air.

“Sky Studios is a technology leader that not only runs one of the world’s most environmentally friendly broadcast centers, but also operates one of the industry’s more advanced models of file-based content delivery,” said Paul Glasgow, vice president of EMEA sales at Chyron. “In terms of graphics creation and playout workflow, Sky Sports News also has taken a flexible, forward-looking approach, leveraging Chyron to bring much greater efficiency to its operations and to empower its news and graphics teams to enhance the look and content of its on-air product.”

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