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|Submitted by |
| ||Thomson Grass Valley |
|Design Team |
| ||Reinaldo Gilli, dir. eng. & oper.; Luiz Carlos Cardamone de Matos, news oper. mgr.; Anderson Moura, IT mgr.; Clóvis Itamar de Almeida Rabelo, editor in chief; Antonio Carlos Sobrinho, mgr. eng. |
|Technology at work |
| ||AP ENPS |
Front Porch Digital DIVArchive
IBM LTO library
Orad Hi-Tech Systems graphics and virtual studio
Thomson Grass Valley
Aurora Browse, Edit,
Concerto HD router
GeckoFlex modular line
Jupiter router control K2 HD media server
Maestro HD branding and MC system
In September, Brazilian TV network Rede Record launched its latest TV Record 24/7 news channel, originating from a new facility in São Paulo that features an impressive exhibition center and a digital, shared-storage infrastructure.
This tapeless production environment — complete with a large storage area network (SAN) and an extensive Thomson Grass Valley digital news system — enables the network to produce more news and entertainment content faster than it could with tape, and prepares it for HD broadcasting planned for the end of the year, when several TV networks in Brazil will begin broadcasting in HD.
Reinaldo Gilli, director of engineering and operations at Rede Record, led a team that designed and implemented the new facility. The equipment initially supports SD production, but is upgradeable to HD.
Tightly integrated with an AP ENPS newsroom computer system, the massive news production SAN with 11TB is linked via GigE to numerous seats of Thomson Grass Valley Aurora Edit, Ingest, Browse and Playout software. At the heart of the secure SAN is a Thomson Grass Valley K2 media server and media client system with the capacity for 20 input and 12 output channels. This enables Rede Record’s engineering team to be flexible in how it allocates bandwidth, both internally and for direct playout to air.
Working in a highly collaborative workflow, Rede Record’s producers and editors simultaneously have access to 850 hours of SD media clips from any desktop in the building. The system has been implemented with a media management and archiving system from Front Porch Digital, making the search and retrieval of content fast and easy. The system also includes an IBM LTO tape library with four drivers for more than 8000 hours of near online digital news archiving.
The network has also installed a full complement of 3-D graphics and virtual studio technology from Orad Hi-Tech Systems.
In addition to the complete DNP workflow, Thomson Grass Valley equipment is also installed in the master control room of the facility. This is supported by a Thomson Grass Valley Concerto Series HD (128 x 128) router, Jupiter router control system, a Maestro HD branding and master control system, two mirrored K2 HD media servers and a number of fiber-optic and signal conversion products from the GeckoFlex modular line.
The network is also using Grass Valley NetCentral software for SNMP-based facility monitoring, which allows it to diagnose system problems from any location on the facility’s digital network. Harris automation is the playout software used to control the HD master control and K2 video server.