Solar TV - Media Asset Management and Newsroom Integration08 July 2016
This paper describes how Etere, a world-wide media management solutions provider for broadcasters, media companies, content providers and house, is able to provide a solution that will closely interact with the current News system as well as with the other sub-systems present in the station, from ingest to playout, allowing to search, browse, edit and deliver media files stored across the various sub-systems present in the global solution.
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Solar TV is a Philippine broadcast television network owned by the Government Communications Group; initially branded on 1960 as RPN (Radio Philippines Network), in October 2008 it changed its name to C/S 9 and on November 2009 the network re-branded again under its actual name: Solar TV.
Solar TV-9 Manila is one of the fastest rising Philippine TV market, it is the flagship station of the RPN network which studios and transmitters are located at Broadcast City. Its programming is managed by the Philippine media company Solar Entertainment Corporation, which provides the audience with News watch, Sport events, TV series, Reality shows, and many more.
The main content provided by Solar TV-9 Manila consists of local and national News, which are managed using an ANNOVA system, a software solution for the production of broadcast news able to be integrated with third-party systems including video production systems, automation and studio devices. Solar TV has requested the implementation of a tapeless news workflow system that interconnects the various departments of the station including Newsroom, Video Studios, Post-Production, Media Management, Playout system, as well as Archiving and Storage systems. In response to this request, Etere propose a distributed and scalable solution able to capture, edit, catalog and deliver SD/HD contents over a WAN network with high flexibility and speed for handling the essential processes of broadcast news management.
Etere will allow rundowns formed by news, program and commercials to be prepared in advance across an accurate schedule structure, supporting also the last minute changes that characterize the playout of News, all this, with maximum efficiency and minimum speed. Etere will allow centralizing the various tasks that form the news broadcast process while maintaining consistency between the newsroom, the production and the playout departments. This paper describes how Etere, a world-wide media management solutions provider for broadcasters, media companies, content providers and house, is able to provide a solution that will closely interact with the current News system as well as with the other sub-systems present in the station, from ingest to playout, allowing to search, browse, edit and deliver media files stored across the various sub-systems present in the global solution.
Etere Solution: Overview
The solution proposed by Etere, implemented as a “Media Asset Management and Newsroom integrated system” will be based in the distributed architecture of Etere, a key characteristic that will permit not only to tightly integrate the systems currently used by the station but also to support future scalable growth. One of the key aspects of the proposed solution consists in the use of ultimate file transferring technology for WAN networks; data movement operations will be managed via workflow and based on the EDT (Etere Data Transfer) protocol developed to increase up to seven times the transfer speed of large files compared to FTP technology.
The diagram above illustrates a rock-solid distributed system able to integrate into a single solution the key features of a Media Asset Management system empowered with a tight integration with the Newsroom Computer System used by the station. Additionally, Etere’s solution will permit to straightly connect ingest channels with Etere MAM to browse and edit media assets before their delivery.
The proposed system is intended to be the core of the global system, providing media archive management and delivery services including instant access and delivery of media files. Operations related to all contents present in the station are cemented on a file-based workflow framework featuring a wide range of function-specific workflows for ingest, production and playout. The modules that Etere will implement across the system are briefly described below:
■ Etere Ingest, the flexible solution for capturing contents from a wide range of sources,
■ Etere MTX, the most advanced, tightly integrated and cost-efficient driver to implement a video server based on the ultimate HD/SD Matrox digital video cards,
■ Etere MAM, the best solution for indexing and editing a huge amount of media assets, it provides tools for an easier metadata insertion and video cut and merge,
■ Etere MOS Gateway, a module to create EDL-based video segments and automatically register them as MOS objects that will be instantly available for attachment in a story,
■ Etere Automation, a fault-tolerant system to automate the playout of both programs and news with full rundown integration for planning and assigning resources,
■ Etere Media Manager, the enterprise workflow-based media manager that guarantees timing and effectiveness on media transfers between devices,
■ Etere HSM, an automatic tape-based storage system for long-term management archive
An Etere-based media management and news integrated system is able to interface existing systems such as newsroom computer systems and NLE systems, while maintaining the consistence of its wide set of characteristics including:
■ A distributed architecture managed via workflow to avoid any single point of failure
■ Transparent media transferring, the correct media format will be always delivered
■ Browsing features including preview, slow-motion, timecode, bookmarking and metadata
■ Robust editing functions including video cut, merge, overlay and restore
■ Quality preservation and high availability of archived and catalogued media content
■ Tight integration with Newsroom systems such as ANNOVA
■ Full integration support for NLE stations, including content uploading/downloading
Etere Solution: Architecture
Etere is based on a distributed architecture which allows different modules to run on different workstations interconnected via a local area network. All system configuration parameters, security roles, user data, and pre-defined rules are stored in a reliable SQL database supporting backup and redundancy operations.
A Distributed System
ETERE is a distributed, modular and fully integrated broadcasting system composed by a set of applications specifically oriented to efficiently perform each complex phase of the broadcasting chain synchronously within the same database environment, being all managed by suitable user-defined workflows that ensure an efficient overall system controlling.
Etere’s distributed architecture allows achieving a top-level availability of resources and reliability of operations across the entire broadcast workflow thanks to its redundant capabilities to improve the fault resilience on any hardware or software failure.