Spanish national broadcaster RTVE has completed the digitisation of its newsrooms. The objective was to implement a file-based workflow capable of increasing flexibility, speed, productivity and quality.
It worked with Avid to implement solutions across diverse environments and locations, as well as incorporating remote access, media sharing and transfer. The Avid integrated solution includes Isis 7000 shared storage, Interplay Production asset management, AirSpeed Multi Stream servers, Interplay Assist, NewsCutter, iNEWS Instinct and iNEWS Command.
This new production infrastructure enables contributors to edit the most recently acquired video at their own workstations while the same material is made available across the rest of the organisation. It also allows locally stored content to be accessed from any production centre, including making media online at Torrespaña, the heart of the RTVE network in Madrid, available to regional centres around the country.
It also provides a link to the project being undertaken by Tedial to provide access to the deep historical archive. This currently stands at about 250,000 hours and will expand to approximately one million hours after the digitisation process is complete. Finally, the project aimed to eliminate the daily use of video tape through file-based workflows.
After converting the master control centre at Torrespaña to a file-based format, RTVE followed up with similar projects in its Mérida, Las Palmas and Sant Cugat Del Vallés (Barcelona) centres. Each of these included an Avid Isis 7000 shared storage system and Interplay production asset management system for ingest, archiving, coding, transcoding and transfer.
According to Pere Vila, director of planning and technological innovation, everything RTVE has done in this project has dramatically changed the way the group does business.
“It is comparable,” he said, “to the difference between working with a typewriter and a computer. We have achieved a huge improvement in the quality of the finished product, allowing us to have more material available within the same period of time, resulting in greater productivity.”