ABS-CBN: A Smooth Transition to a Tapeless MXF-Based Workflow

ABS-CBN: A Smooth Transition to a Tapeless MXF-Based Workflow

08 July 2016

ABS-CBN has requested to Etere, as a part of the overall transition to a completely tapeless MXF-based workflow, technical and operational support to migrate its current media workflow which works with SAF files (SeaChange Archive Format) to a new media workflow entirely based on MXF files (Media eXchange Format MXF) for achieving handling flexibility and essence preservation.

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Introduction
Founded in 1946, ABS-CBN (Alto Broadcasting System-Chronicle Broadcasting Network) is the largest integrated media and entertainment company in the Philippines, ABS-CBN broadcast also to the Filipino enclaves located in the USA and other geographical areas such as Australia, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Europe.
The ABS-CBN main facility located at Philippines, counts with an Etere system implemented to send on-air its more than 20 satellite channels, ABS-CBN has always renewed its preference for Etere every time they have planned to expand its existing broadcasting system, being always provided with rock-solid solutions empowered with a seamless integration.
In order to streamline its global production system, ABS-CBN began moving to a fully tapeless workflow back in 2008, since then the station has digitalized all areas of its production and now, three years later, is ready to take the next step up in terms of interoperability, and plans switching its whole workflow to MXF. Due to the sensitive nature of a full media migration process, the best of expertise and specific equipment is required, in these terms Etere will support the station on the introduction of a new Omneon server by providing an extreme modular solution that tightly integrates existing equipment with the new device, thus permitting to achieve a level of productivity that will consistently meet the expectations set forth at the beginning of the process.
This paper will provide ABS-CBN with the guidelines for a smooth media migration to a new tapeless MXF-based workflow, explaining how to implement an Etere Workflow able to support the migration planned by the station. The guidelines provided in this document will assure that the new implemented workflow will be compatible with all the elements making part of the current system, and also with any other elements introduced later on.
Overview
ABS-CBN has requested to Etere, as a part of the overall transition to a completely tapeless MXF-based workflow, technical and operational support to migrate its current media workflow which works with SAF files (SeaChange Archive Format) to a new media workflow entirely based on MXF files (Media eXchange Format MXF) for achieving handling flexibility and essence preservation.
The current media workflow uses a SeaChange BMC, a SeaChange BMLex and an Infortrend SAN solution for storing files encoded using either the SeaChange Archiving Format (SAF) or the Native SeaChange Format (DV, VIX and PD). Moreover, a SeaChange MediaGateway (SMG) converts SAF files into the Native SeaChange Format when they are moved into the archive, and files in Native SeaChange Format into SAF (18 Mb Long-GOP) files for playout.
The new MXF-based media workflow will be based on the existing SeaChange BMLex plus one Omneon Spectrum and two Etere MTX media servers, all these devices will be seamlessly integrated with Etere as an end-to-end MXF broadcast workflow, forming a streamlined, scalable and reliable storage infrastructure for ingest, archiving and playout.