SRG SSI affiliates RSI and tpc, Switzerland's largest AV production firm, are migrating their existing production facilities to a file-based HD infrastructure using Grass Valley kit.
Both RSI and tpc are now deploying several Grass Valley K2 Summit production client servers for shared storage editing and playout activities as well as seats of Grass Valley Aurora Edit software for HD studio and sports production with different configurations. While tpc selects Aurora Edit, RSI includes Aurora Play and Aurora Ingest within its workflow.
tpc will begin using the new technology in January, while RSI will complete its move into the new production facilities in May 2010. The new agreement includes onsite training.
RSI provides television and radio programming for the Italian speaking part of Switzerland and in northern Italy. The company broadcasts two TV channels, RSI La 1 a full-service channel aimed at a broad audience and RSI La 2, a complementary channel with a focus on sports. tpc offers a full range of services for the production of television programming and other audiovisual projects.
"It is clear to us that the future of production lies in digital file transfers and Grass Valley provides high quality products for studio applications," said Marco Derighetti, technical director at RSI. "We hope to save on capital investments and provide lower cost of ownership, with a file-based workflow for the entertainment (and partially sport) studio productions. We're getting great support from Grass Valley, and we have big expectations towards the systems and technology we are now putting in place. We look forward to being on air in September 2010 (and in operation from spring 2010)."
With the significant new commitment by both organisations, Grass Valley now has most of the server market in Switzerland. The purchase order follows a similar decision by MSC (media service center) in Bern-Medienhaus (also an affiliate of SRG SSR) which recently installed Grass Valley K2 servers.