Replacing tape and film archives with digital alternatives has obvious benefits and has led to the creation of a mature market for both the storage systems themselves and the software required to organise and exploit file-based libraries. Digital Broadcast showcases the burgeoning digital storage market.
The Omneon ContentServer provides the storage capacity for the company’s MediaGrid active storage system.
The ContentServer takes up 1RU and comprises four SATA disk drives with a total storage capacity of 1TB, 2TB, 3TB or 4TB.
As part of the Omneon MediaGrid set-up, the company says that each individual ContentServer can be networked to create a total system capacity of a few terabytes to multiple petabytes. MediaGrid also uses a Dynamic Data Redundancy (DDR) concept that immediately replicates content once it has been written to the system placing multiple active copies in different locations within the network. As well as speeding up the data recovery process the accessibility of files during normal use is also improved.
Audio-archiving specialist NOA offers radio and TV broadcasters a dedicated ingest system to digitise legacy analogue audio libraries.
The NOA Record ingest system provides for three parallel analogue stereo inputs. The system includes the NOA Record software, and the N6071 workstation (including high-quality A/D converters and re-player communication modules).
Users can view each ingest simultaneously on a single screen that displays the relevant record and playback parameters.
Quality assessment can be done directly through the capturing software or within the workflow system at a later stage.
NOA recently installed eight NOA Record systems for the Sudan National Radio Corporation.
FRONT PORCH DIGITAL
Front Porch Digital provides data tape library infrastructure and a range of software applications required to control them.
The company’s DIVAworks family is a group of entry-level products including 4RU, 9RU and 13RU options featuring between 24 and 50 slot LTO-4 tape libraries, either one or two tape drives and Windows-based CPU servers.
The Front Porch system allows tapes to be taken offline, removed, and stored externally allowing the library to be extended indefinitely, according to the manufacturer. If data is requested by a user that is stored on an external tape, they are prompted to install the correct one.
A number of extras are also available including Avid or Final Cut Pro interfaces for post-production and newsroom environments, nearline RAID protected storage allowing faster access to high-rotation or pertinent data.
IPV, an independent supplier of low bit-rate, frame-accurate video tech launched its Teragator relational metadata aggregation and management engine at IBC last year.
Teragator provides a platform to aggregate metadata sources and data mining services to identify and manage complex relational links between assets and provide a simple visually compelling graphical user interface to represent and interact with these links.
Users can browse through the contents of multiple libraries to identify related content, quickly and simply, driving improved workflow and cost-efficiencies in finding, retrieving and managing assets and associated metadata and maximising earnings from a media asset portfolio, claims the manufacturer.
With the advent of digital libraries and file-based workflows, metadata has become as important as the asset itself. Metadata that describes a single source may exist in multiple formats – plain text, an XML file or a relational database record – and be distributed across numerous locations. Teragator allows users to aggregate these elements extracting the semantic content from the aggregation.
MEDIAL LIBRARY 1G
VOD and digital advertising software and hardware manufacturer SeaChange offers broadcasters a nearline archive and a back-up play-to-air server via its MediaLibrary 1G solution.
The system is based on high capacity, enterprise class SATA disks offering customer anything from nine to 243 TB of storage.
SeaChange claims that this allows it to increase the productivity of broadcasters by offering faster and easier access to their archived material than alternative data-tape based systems.