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Interra Systems: WWE expands Baton installation

IBC attendees can catch demonstrations of file-based QC software Baton at Interra Systems’ stand.

Customers include World Wrestling Entertainment, which recently expanded its Baton installation. “Baton helped us by expanding our analysis capability,” said Jonathan E. Solomon, senior engineering project manager at WWE. “To achieve this we accelerated a hardware replacement schedule, installing additional cores on our Cisco UCS B200M3 blades. We saw an overall throughput increase of nearly five times. Baton’s reliability was paramount to processing time for the files. Most files had two transcode outputs, resulting in three outputs per file.”

WWE delivers original content that is broadcast in more than 150 countries and 30 languages and reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide. “We have been using Baton for nearly five years and continue to increase the number of files we analyse,” Solomon said. “Baton supports our internal production workflows as well as our file-based syndication distribution platform. We are increasingly leveraging the API to integrate Baton in the workflow management software.”

He related that once WWE content is edited, “the content is QC’ed and then transcoded and stored, where Baton picks up the different flavours of content and performs extensive QC. All of the operations are managed and controlled by central control room for digital media operations.”