Bavarian public service broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk has replaced its existing studio server network with a Harris Broadcast installation. The new network uses a combination of Harris Broadcast NEXIO video servers and NEXIO Farad storage network, together with an Isilon central storage system. All content ingest and playout functions are controlled by Harris Broadcast ADC automation.
At BR, the Harris Broadcast server-based workflow supports both live studio recordings and studio playout, supporting 56 and 60 HD channels respectively. The solution integrates NEXIO AMP video servers connect with NEXIO Farad RAID-601 online shared storage, providing the highest levels of content and system protection as is required in studio production environments. Also, NEXIO Farad enables the rapid movement of file-based content between studio production, ingest, editing, archive and playout.
The post production department delivers broadcast-ready content from its Avid editors to a central Isilon-based storage pool from where it is automatically distributed to the studio servers. This architecture enables high performance with extremely short time to air for live and fast-turnaround productions. Content is ensured with backup on an Isilon storage cluster, supplied and integrated as part of the Harris Broadcast contract.
On this project, Harris Broadcast worked closely with German broadcast systems integrator, VTS Studiotechnik.
“BR is a forward-thinking broadcaster that is committed to the concept of file-based production, management and delivery of content,” said Stefan Gnann, CEO at VTS Studiotechnik. “As a major German broadcaster, they need extremely good performance and bullet-proof redundancy. Working with Harris Broadcast, we have together demonstrated our capabilities — including an ability to simultaneously transfer 60 or more streams around the workflow whilst simultaneously recording and playing out content. After an intense test period which enabled us to optimize various system elements, we made the switchover without any hitches.”
“This was a very demanding project,” said Mathias Eckert, vice president, sales and services, Europe & Africa for Harris Broadcast. “BR needed high performance for live studio recording, absolute reliability for transmission, and seamless communication between operations, including the archive and the editing network. Our NEXIO server platform was built for this sort of no compromise application, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to replace a legacy system with a Harris Broadcast solution that ticks all the boxes.”