Canal Sur, the Seville-based regional broadcaster in Spain – has migrated to HD and is now on air under the control of a Pebble Beach Marina automation system. The architecture is unique in that it uses commodity IT storage for ingest, using MXF Speedrail encoders from MOG Technologies.
Marina also ingests direct from Canal Sur’s FTP site, automatically detecting new content and starting the transfer automatically as soon as files are available.
In the initial implementation, the Pebble Beach Marina automation is equipped with six clients: four for playout and ingest operations, and two for preparing content and clipping and trimming. It is linked to an asset management system from Tedial, and it provides full control of servers and routers from Grass Valley, branding and mixing from Miranda, Starfish subtitling and Orad graphics.
The network currently supports 15 channels: four main channels including the new HD service, three simpler channels and seven regional services plus a spare.
“In addition to meeting out technical requirements, Pebble Beach was the only vendor who offered full language localisation,” said Canal Sur Technical Manager José Enrique Zamorano. “Marina’s Spanish language GUI made commissioning and training very straightforward, much to the appreciation of our operators.”