News Production & Post

UTV invests in archiving

7 December 2010
UTV invests in archiving

Tyrell CCT has provided Northern Irish broadcaster UTV with an archiving system consisting of Marquis’ Parking archive and retrieval software and a MatrixStore cluster from Object Matrix.

Powered by Marquis Broadcast’s Media Highway Technology, the new system takes advantage of Parking’s easy to use edit sequence archive and restore functionality and MatrixStore’s secure, cost efficient near-line storage array enabling UTV to move forward rapidly with their transition to tapeless technology.
UTV needed fast, un-hindered access to its digital news packages whilst also requiring a large volume of archive material to be available at its fingertips. It wanted to avoid adding more capacity to its production storage network and consulted with Tyrell CCT to identify an archive solution that required minimal management, could scale quickly and be available across their entire Avid news production systems.

The integrated Marquis and Object Matrix solution allows UTV to move entire sequences, including edit decisions, subclips and metadata, from dedicated Avid ISIS storage to the MatrixStore environment in a simple one-click process. No specialist knowledge of storage or archive management systems is required. At any time in the future, sequences, together with all metadata including media and edit decisions, can be retrieved and dropped directly into the editing system.
The solution greatly improves workflow efficiency and resource management for UTV as valuable online edit storage is freed up. The process of archiving is fast and easy as Parking wraps the sequence elements and metadata into a standard TAR file as they are transferred to MatrixStore. Similarly, the process of file restore is also fast and efficient as Parking eliminates the need to re-ingest and conform media before editing can begin. The MatrixStore provides a self-managing near-line archive that compliments UTV’s online Avid workflows and manages the availability, protection and longevity of their digital content. This node-based clustered storage array will initially provide UTV with 33TB of near-line storage and combined with the unique object based architecture of MatrixStore, it provides an incredibly secure environment to build UTV’s digital archive.
“We see this as a perfect example of the synergies and cost efficiencies that can be achieved by combining key technologies,” commented Stuart Lawn, Technical Director, Tyrell CCT. “The joint Marquis and Object Matrix solution presents broadcasters and post facilities with a greatly simplified and flexible approach to the management of the ever increasing volume of digital content.”
“The combination of Object Matrix and Marquis gives UTV a robust and flexible solution that is easily scalable and allows us to accommodate and manage our rapidly growing digital news archive,” commented Sean Ferrin, Head of Operations, UTV Television. “The solution brings significant cost savings and efficiencies, freeing up valuable resources and greatly reducing the requirement for large quantities of tapes and associated physical storage. Content can now be moved with minimum effort and it is instantly searchable, easily retrievable and totally secure.”

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