NAB 2012: Avid underlined its NAB focus on providing tools for newsgathering operations with the preview of cloud-based software Interplay Sphere.

Interplay Sphere, along with Avid’s NewsCutter and Media Composer video editing software, will allow journalists to access and edit video footage from any other Interplay Sphere-connected location.

“For news outlets, it’s all about being first to air with breaking stories,” said Avid vice president of Segment and Product Marketing Dana Ruzicka.

“Interplay Sphere gives broadcasters the edge they’re looking for. Now, journalists can create and edit complete stories where and when they’re happening by combining footage of breaking news at the scene with Interplay Sphere-connected assets back at the newsroom.”

Interplay Sphere is expected to be available in September.