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BBC picks MediaGrid for 2012 Games

BBC Sport will use a Harmonic Omneon MediaGrid active storage system as part of a file-based quick-turnaround sports workflow supporting its coverage of the London 2012 Olympics.

BBC Sport will use an Omneon MediaGrid active storage system at the International Broadcast Centre as part of a file-based quick-turnaround sports workflow supporting the broadcaster’s coverage of the London 2012 Olympics, writes David Fox.

Hyperactive, one of the UK’s larger equipment hire companies, is working with Dega Broadcast Systems to supply the MediaGrid, which will provide 3,500 hours of work-in-progress storage.

It will be installed as part of an integrated live production system. Events will be recorded on to EVS servers for logging, replay, and basic editing. Content will also be streamed to the MediaGrid via EVS XTAccess, with high-res and proxy files being stored on the MediaGrid. In addition to supporting numerous simultaneous ingests, the system will enable production staff to search and view a proxy version of footage using EVS IP Browse clients.

The MediaGrid system will also work in tandem with Avid ISIS and Media Composer editing systems for the creation of features, highlights packages, and news packages. EVS and Avid plugins will facilitate search, import, and export functions, so that finished content is delivered to the appropriate destination or EVS playout server.

“BBC Sport needed the efficient bandwidth that the MediaGrid storage system provides to support a fast-turn production workflow that will play a critical role in its broadcast of the 2012 Summer Games,” explained Geoff Stedman, Harmonic’s general manager for storage solutions.

“We’ve worked closely with the BBC to ensure that we are meeting its short- and long-term business needs, and we’ve brought on board other key players, including Hyperactive Broadcast and Dega Broadcast Systems, that will contribute to the overall success of this landmark broadcast event.”