SGL provides ATN with integrated digital archive

4000-hour digital archive will help ATN cut costs substantially.
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Software Generation Ltd (SGL) has installed a fully integrated digital archive at Arab Television Network, part of the Arab Media Group (AMG).

SGL’s FlashNet, which manages the archive under the control of Snell’s Morpheus automation, interfaces with a Quantum Scalar tape library that is equipped with LT0 tape drives. The total library capacity equates to more than 4000 hours of programming.

ATN has four studios that are connected through Omneon’s MediaDeck for ingest of DV 25 and DVCPRO 50 (Panasonic’s P2 HD is used for outdoor shoots). However, 80 percent of ATN’s content is downloaded via ftp from MTV UK using a Signiant server.

All of the incoming files are transcoded to DV25 QuickTime for post and transmission playout. SGL immediately archives material sent to Omneon’s MediaGrid, which acts as a central repository for content preparation. ATN’s entire media management of storage (in and out) is based on watermarking with parameters set to automatically delete material on the central repository after 20 days. ATN also archives its rushes for future use.

Mariam Al Falasi, general manager of ATN explained that this was “an unusual step to take in today’s file-based workflow”.

“We did some research and discovered that it is more cost-effective to archive production rushes than to re-ingest, thereby minimising time, maintenance and library costs.”

Bernie Walsh, SGL’s Worldwide sales and joint managing director stated that more broadcasters “are realising the enormous cost saving benefits that a digital archive provides”.

“Valuable content can be repurposed and re-used; floor space is reduced and as Mariam points out, the money saved on maintenance and library costs significantly increases ROI. These figures are rarely taken into account,” Walsh added.

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