News Production & Post

MOG ingest system for Bulgarian private broadcaster

21 April 2011

Fifteen mxfSPEEDRAIL units from MOG Technologies have been installed at facilities in Sofia operated by Bulgarian private broadcaster bTV for the purposes of SDI recording, file-based ingest and publishing of media directly from its editing islands.

MOG Technologies partner Bulcomp deployed the mxfSPEEDRAIL system and assisted bTV during the planning, integration and configuration process.

The new installation takes bTV’s archive and news production processes into tapeless and flexible operation. Moreover, as the first network channel to integrate the complete mxfSPEEDRAIL system, bTV has been able to accelerate its production processes, enabling a smooth transition to HD production.

MOG’s HD/SDI recorder mxfSPEEDRAIL S1000 allows bTV to digitise its tape archive into AVC-Intra high quality video codec, allowing the broadcaster to edit the media immediately while digitising. Working in parallel with the S1000, MOG’s mxfSPEEDRAIL F1000 file-based ingest system provides a centralized approach to automatically ingest any type of media file.

After the ingest process is completed, the files are normalised into Avid OP-Atom format, which enables content distribution for editing and archive systems. The ingested media is immediately available at the new Avid ISIS 5000, allowing collaborative editing among Avid editors. The system is also able to check-in directly into Avid Interplay Media Asset Management.

Upon editing in the Avid suite, the EDL sequences are directly stitched and published by mxfSPEEDRAIL O1000. Working in the background to free the editor, mxfSPEEDRAIL O1000 publishes the media directly to the playout video server as MXF OP1A, and to bTV’s website as MPEG-4/H.264 files.

With mxfSPEEDRAIL integration, bTV has also gained the capacity for remote control from the video editor stations, without the need to use any extra automation equipment. bTV is also using mxfSPEEDRAIL S1000 to digitise its DV25 tapes into non-linear content.

Peter Dimitrov, bTV technical director, commented: “bTV was looking for a turn-key solution able to cover all the main production workflow processes. With mxfSPEEDRAIL centralised solutions we were able to upgrade our facilities to a faster, flexible and reliable HD workflow system. MOG’s system covered all of our major needs: recording SDI feeds, ingesting all major formats and publishing the media files directly to our website. Besides covering all our technical requirements, mxfSPEEDRAIL also presented itself as the most cost-effective solution.”

“We are delighted that bTV has selected the whole mxfSPEEDRAIL product family to guarantee a high quality and seamless workflow integration with Avid, both in the news environment and archive areas,” said Vitor Teixeira, MOG Technologies’ marketing & sales director.

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