TVONE PROJECT: An Enterprise Tape Library Management

TVONE PROJECT: An Enterprise Tape Library Management

08 July 2016

Etere, a worldwide leader in broadcasting and media solution, will provide TvOne with an “enterprise tape management system” able to capture and catalogue local/remote content, search and query video contents, assign used and empty tapes, loan and return requested tapes, locate tapes within devices and much more. In order to permit and improve a future migration of TvOne to a fully tapes workflow, the proposed system has been implemented combining digital and tape content management features.

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Introduction
TvOne is one of the Indonesia’s largest private television networks. TvOne is based in East Jakarta and it is owned by PT Visi Media Asia Tbk, an Indonesian media which focus on delivering news contents, providing contents especially sports and lifestyle through a wide range of platforms. TvOne programming comprises programs principally directed to A and B class, it includes sport, news and entertainment contents which are transmitted both via cable and satellite television.

At present, Etere and TvOne have a strong relationship based on many years of providing the best solution for the management and automation of TvOne’s media workflow, from acquisition and ingest to playout and archive, a robust solution with Etere as the core element of the system.

TvOne has requested an upgrade of its tape management system to a full Etere-based “Enterprise Tape Management System” able to capture, barcode, index, catalogue, store and transparently manage the station’s archived material through a robust tape management solution comprising the assignment of used and empty tapes, the loan and return of tapes as well as the location of tapes through a simple interface. The system will be a distributed solution which combines rock-solid reliability and high availability with increased bandwidth and storage, allowing operators to easily search, retrieve and browse any media from the archive. Among the several benefits derived from the upgrade to an enterprise tape management system, it can be remarked the fact that the upgrade will permit TvOne to be ready for moving its current and future valuable contents to a fully tapeless workflow supported by a Sony PetaSite digital library that will permit network clients to store, retrieve and deliver programs and news.
This paper will describe how Etere is able provide TvOne with an “Enterprise Tape Management System” which covers all aspects of ingest, catalogue, storage (online, nearline and offline), browsing, tape management and delivery of content. Etere will allow digitizing content stored on video tapes into hires and lowres files and thus made them available over a network. The supported barcode generation and recognition capabilities will permit TvOne to easily and quickly identify offline tapes before either loading them into the system or simply consulting their main information and contained assets.
Project Overview

Etere, a worldwide leader in broadcasting and media solution, will provide TvOne with an “enterprise tape management system” able to capture and catalogue local/remote content, search and query video contents, assign used and empty tapes, loan and return requested tapes, locate tapes within devices and much more. In order to permit and improve a future migration of TvOne to a fully tapes workflow, the proposed system has been implemented combining digital and tape content management features.

■ Capturing: Local content is acquired using Etere Ingest, a fail resilient system for capturing media from a wide range of feeds through multiples clients; it integrates tape loan and barcode printing capabilities as well as file-based acquisition for digital content (e.g. P2). Remote digital content is ingested via web through an Etere Tapeless Reception portal. Moreover, a low resolution copy is always generated for captured materials for performing an automatic quality control as well as for making them available (even if archived) for preview and browsing purposes.
■ Cataloguing: A user-friendly module allows operators to browse and catalogue captured content, this, by inserting predefined information (keywords, people, media pools) and user-defined information (description, notes and unlimited SMPTE metadata) to specific content segments which can be partially retrieved on-demand by the operator.
■ Archiving: Once captured and catalogued, content is stored into the nearline or offline storage according to the workflow assigned to their asset type. The nearline storage is based on a digital library managed by Etere HSM to perform archiving operations (launched via workflow) and restoring operations (automatically requested on-demand); furthermore, the offline storage formed by a large tape repository and used for long-term archiving is professionally managed to keep track of empty and partially used tapes in order to streamline the storage on barcoded tapes.
■ Searching: A robust search engine tightly integrated on all the modules related to the management of assets allows operators to quickly and easily search, preview and retrieve (either entirely or partially) media content. Offline content can be retrieved by loaning the original tape, generating a copy into a new tape or digitizing it into online storage servers; instead, Nearline content can be automatically retrieved to an online storage server.
It’s worthy mentioning that content retrievals are fully logged by the system including most relevant information such as the requester, operator, barcode, retrieved time codes, etc.
Furthermore, due to the importance of the tape management within the station, Etere provides a wide range of features for facilitating and improving the daily management of tapes including:
■ Barcode generation and recognition
■ Highly detailed tapes information
■ Standard and quick loan procedures
■ Automatic notification of requested tapes
■ Definition of permissions for retrieval operations
■ Simple location of tapes within physical racks
■ Easy dubbing for tapes copying
■ Periodical quality control of stored contents
■ SNMP monitoring of all system operations