AT A GLANCE
WHERE: Sydney, Australia
WHAT: Tedial Evolution media asset management solution
• The WIN Network, the world’s largest privately owned regional television network and Australia’s largest commercial network reaching more than six million viewers across six states of Australia as well as the nation’s capital, was looking for a solution that would allow it to pull files from its remote locations across Australia, starting with Albury, Taralgon, Bendigo, Ballarat and Shepperton, to its central HQ at Wollongong, where it could edit and manage them for transmission.
• WIN began discussions with Magna Systems and Engineering and Tedial at NAB 2015. The WIN team discussed the many and varied options that were available with Magna and Tedial in terms of efficient file movement, transfer, storage and transcoding, all of which would create a better workflow for the broadcaster. They purchased a full Tedial Evolution media asset management solution supplied and installed by Magna Systems and Engineering.
“At NAB the WIN team were also able to discuss the benefits of a Tedial MAM solution with one of their most well established customers, Fox in LA,” says Barry Pegg, Magna Systems Group Engineering Manager. “Then post NAB, we went and did a Tedial demo at WIN with Magna’s digital solutions manager Dave Demmocks and Tedial’s David Abel and that’s where the project really began to take off.”
Tedial Evolution is an enhanced version of Tedial’s Media IT platform and significantly extends MAM functionality with advanced search and indexing tools, new services to surf and explore archives, and improved integration between archive and workflow engines to reinforce a collaborative environment. True multi-screen and multi-platform operations allow users to manage tasks, validate media or monitor workflows status from smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.
Following completion of the demos, the WIN, Magna and Tedial teams began creating a workflow based around Tedial bringing footage from all across the Eastern Seaboard to Wollongong.
• With the Tedial system in place, the news teams at the WIN Network can shoot and edit the story then add the metadata. From that point they can send the story back to
Wollongong via FileCatalyst fast file transfer where the closed captions are added and the file is processed. Tedial automates and manages the workflows, the files are then sent to HQ where, once editorially approved, they go straight to Pebble Beach, Neptune automation or through to the Ignite systems for studio automation and then on to the broadcast center, MediaHub in Ingleburn for playout.
Stevan Djokic, General Manager Television Operations at WIN Network, says, “The real benefit of the Tedial MAM is we can now create and automate what were previously manual processes and workflows including the transfer of files to and from WIN and the playout to all regional centers via MediaHub. We can also easily and efficiently view any part of the workflow, identify any errors or ‘choke points’ and correct them almost immediately. As a result, all our workflows are now running on a virtualized cluster. I must also make mention of Magna and Tedial’s flexibility and efficiency when we needed to make changes during the install as they were critical to its success.
“Finally, Tedial is not just an efficient working MAM system today but the way it has been developed it is completely flexible and particularly scalable, which means critically it can grow and accommodate WIN Networks future needs without any custom development.”
Additional technical points:
• As part of the overall MAM and news solution, Magna also supplied, installed and commissioned FileCatalyst fast data transfer, Caption Maker closed captions and an Oracle SL3000 deep archiving solution.
• The Tedial Evolution MAM system at WIN Network manages, automates and controls an Oracle SL3000 deep archive system, Telestream Vantage media processing platform, local disk storage, Telestream Caption Maker, ENPS news files, Pebble Beach Systems Neptune automation, FileCatalyst data transfer and Nugen Audio correction.