Working with Russian broadcast systems integrator Okno-TV, AmberFin will install its iCR intelligent content ingest and transcoding system at Channel One Russia’s production HQ in Moscow.
The investment will allow the former state broadcaster to migrate to file-based workflows without the need for extensive investment in baseband video transcoders and processors.
The selection of AmberFin follows an extensive evaluation of the various market options. “We were attracted to iCR because of the system’s high quality file conversion capabilities combined with an intuitive GUI that will help our operators in their day-to-day operations,” commented Igor Yadykin, deputy chief of technical department at Channel One Russia. “To provide such a sophisticated migration route to harmonised file-based workflows is great; to achieve it without major new investment in transcoding and processing infrastructure is fantastic.”
Initially, Channel One Russia has been running an evaluation project with AmberFin iCR operating on two workstations – one providing file-based transcoding facilities and another enabling SDI content ingest and transcoding operations. With this trial successfully completed, the broadcaster plans to integrate iCR into a corporate transcoding facility with a greatly increased number of servers used.
Mikhail Kalanchekaev, head of broadcast IT at Okno-TV, sees considerable opportunity for other iCR installations in the future. “Russia is a dynamic, fast-growing market and we see great potential for our partnership with AmberFin in the future,” he said.