KCSM-TV, located in Californiaâ€™s San Francisco Bay Area, has expanded its Omneon media storage and processing platform with the addition of a MediaGrid active storage system, MediaDeck server and additional HD/SD channels for an existing Spectrum playout server.
With increased storage, support for SD and HD, and tighter integration within the stationâ€™s production environment, the newly enhanced platform has allowed KCSM to migrate smoothly and cost-effectively away from tape-based operations and to establish HD broadcast capabilities without the need to invest in a new server system.
KCSM-TV originally was launched as a student training facility, and the station today broadcasts around the clock with a professional staff while serving as a learning laboratory for students enrolled in the College of San Mateoâ€™s Broadcasting Arts Department.
The station expanded its Spectrum system to accommodate eight HD/SD bidirectional channels and eight HD/SD playout channels, supported by automatic upconversion and operating under the control of Avid Sundance automation. A new MediaGrid active storage system provides 240TB of raw storage and enables ready access to stored content via a high-bandwidth Ethernet infrastructure.
KCSM also purchased a new MediaDeck system to support live production with four bidirectional channels and 3TB of storage, as well as a complete ProBrowse system with two proxy generators to speed and simplify media browsing and access.