Thai Global Network gets seamless with Harmonic
THAILAND: Thai TV Global Network (TGN), Thailand's first and only satellite TV broadcasting centre, recently invested in production and playout solutions from Harmonic.
TGN reports that it has built a ‘seamless workflow’, from acquisition to transmission, on a Harmonic media storage, asset management, and playout server platform. Installed along with an MXFserver production management system from FilmPartners, the solution has enabled TGN to optimise and streamline its broadcast operations from end to end.
TGN has installed Harmonic Spectrum MediaCenter media servers, the Harmonic MediaGrid 3000 shared storage system, the Media Application Server (MAS) asset management platform with ProXplore, and the ProDrive media server controller software. Used as an ingest server, the MediaCenter records VTR feeds under the control of ProDrive, which allows operators to capture content automatically according to a schedule or instantly specify a channel with the application's crash-record feature.
As feeds are recorded, the Harmonic ProXplore launches the transfer of growing files in the MediaCenter server system over to the MediaGrid 3000 shared storage system, which supports TGN staff working on Avid nonlinear edit systems.
Meanwhile, the MXFserver enables file sharing and project sharing across multiple Avid editors. The FilmPartners system makes it easy for editors, graphic artists, producers, and other users to find the materials they need for both private and collaborative projects.
Finished projects are exported, at which point ProXplore automatically transfers files to a second MediaCenter server dedicated to playout. ProDrive software allows TGN staff to create scheduled playlists and to control the server's playout operations.
‘By implementing tightly integrated solutions from Harmonic and FilmPartners, we have created a highly efficient collaborative editing environment with content stored at the centre of the workflow,’ said Col. Sarawut Karbdecho, director at Thai TV Global Network. ‘In day-to-day operations, this powerful pairing enables us to produce and deliver content with much greater speed and flexibility.’
‘The Harmonic media storage, asset management, and server systems installed by TGN enable a very efficient file-based workflow, with the benefit of optimised file transfers over a gigabit Ethernet network,’ said Andrew Thornton, vice president of Asia-Pacific sales at Harmonic. ‘Bringing speed, reliability, and flexibility to TGN's operations, Harmonic transforms the broadcaster's ability to create and deliver timely and compelling content.’