German public broadcaster Bayerisher Rundfunk (BR) has implemented Marquis’ integration solution, Medway, as part of a major new Avid edit and interplay PAM and MAM system which has been installed at its Munich headquarters. Medway will be used to integrate the movement of media and metadata in and out of the Avid and other component systems.
“BR was one of the first installations to take advantage of Medway’s sophisticated software tool kit, delivering a seamless and cost effective integration between leading broadcast content applications,” explained Simon Fearn, Medway project manager, Marquis Broadcast. “Six years on and BR needed to upgrade. Following a detailed tender process, won by Avid at the end of 2011, Marquis was subcontracted to Avid to supply the latest version of Medway, along with bespoke developments enabling integration with other existing third party and legacy systems at the public broadcaster.”
BR’s workflow requires content that is still being recorded on a Video Server to be transferred into Avid, via intermediary storage, and editing to be able to start in Avid while the file is still being transferred into the Avid storage and while the original Video Server is still recording the initial source. The result is that the Avid users can start editing a recording within a few seconds of the live action.
Metadata is exported using the existing MAM system for smooth workflow, and BR will take advantage of genealogy asset tracking, which is also an essential part of the workflow for the broadcaster.
Fearn confirmed, “We have been delighted to be working in conjunction with Avid to support BR’s requirements on this major installation.”