Newsroom Requirements

Technical info

Operating system

Burli Newsroom runs on standard Windows PCs running either 32- or 64-bit Windows 7, 8.x or 10 connected via standard Windows networks.

Windows XP and Server 2003 are no longer supported, although they may still work for basic functions.

Computer hardware

Burli Software does not supply the computers for its systems, but virtually any current PC capable of running Windows 7, 8.x or 10 will run Newsroom with ease. This includes Apple hardware using Boot Camp or virtualization.

We strongly recommend that you consult with technical staff at Burli Software or your local reseller if you have questions about any non-standard equipment or configurations.

Audio over IP

Burli Newsroom works with IP-Audio systems from Axia, Wheatstone and GatesAir.

No sound cards required – just use the software audio driver provided by the manufacturer.

System requirements

 Workstation MinimumWorkstation RecommendedServer Recommended
PCWindows 7, OS minimum RAM, 10GB free HD space. Windows XP no longer supportedWindows 7, 8.1 or 10, OS minimum RAM, 160GB free HD spaceWindows Server 2008R2 or 2012 R2, Multi-Core processor (i5 or i7), 500GB free HD space. Windows Server 2003 no longer supported
Display17" 1280x1024 19" or larger widescreen15" 1280x1024
LAN Speed100Mb switched1Gb or faster to switch1Gb or faster to switch
Sound CardStandard Windows WDM sound card, or qualified AoIP driverProsumer or pro sound card, or qualified AoIP with WDM driverStandard Windows sound card or qualified AOIP with WDM driver. For audio ingest professional multi-channel card(s) or AoIP drivers recommended

Network configurations

Newsroom is designed to work within a network environment, enabling collaboration among newsroom team members. The following information will help you determine the kind of network architecture your newsroom is likely to need. Please keep in mind that these examples are only generic samples.

Stand-Alone Machine

A complete Burli Newsroom system can run on a single PC. Often that will be a reporter’s laptop, but it can also be a single PC that simultaneously handles data capture, text and audio editing, and broadcast/automation system integration. This configuration is ideal for bureaus or for freelancers working from a home office. A stand-alone installation includes full Virtual Newsroom tools and so can connect to other newsrooms or bureaus for manual or automated sharing of news data.

Modest Newsrooms

Newsrooms of fewer than a handful of workstations will benefit from Newsroom’s distributed data management capabilities. Data ingest functions (newswires, Twitter feeds, audio feeds, e-mail, etc) can be distributed so that each journalist’s workstation takes responsibility for some data management duties. This management happens transparently in the background and users can continue with text and audio editing at the same time. Due to limitations imposed by Microsoft, newsrooms of more than about eight workstations must run a Windows Server operating system on at least one machine, but capture functions can still be distributed across standard journalist workstations running standard versions of Windows.

Large Newsrooms

Many installations have thirty or more workstations and a great variety of data pouring into the system around the clock. Any newsroom of more than about 7 or 8 PCs will require a dedicated file server and, optionally, redundancy tools to ensure one or more back-up file servers are always available. Data ingest, news audio logging and data archiving generally take place across dedicated capture PCs (the main Server can often perform some of these functions as well). Large newsrooms that share a great deal of data with other sites or have many journalists working remotely may also find one or more dedicated Virtual Newsroom servers worthwhile.