The WIN Network, the world’s largest privately owned regional television network and Australia’s largest commercial network that reaches more than six million viewers across six states of Australia and the nation’s capital, has purchased a full Tedial Evolution media asset management solution supplied and installed by Magna Systems and Engineering.
WIN Network General Manager Television Operations Stevan Djokic explained, “We were looking for a solution that would allow us to pull files from our remote locations across Australia starting with Albury, Taralgon, Bendigo, Ballarat and Shepperton to our central HQ at Wollongong where we could edit and manage them for transmission. So began our discussions with Magna Systems and Tedial a year ago at NAB 2015!”
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 workflows engines to reinforce a collaborative environment.
Tedial Evolution offers a completely new user experience designed to speed both manual and automated workflows. Built on the solid, tried and trusted Tarsys MAM platform, the new HTML5 User interface keeps frequently used tools on the screen for improved performance. 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.
Djokic and 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.
Magna Systems group engineering manager Barry Pegg said, “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. 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.”
With the demos and deal complete the WIN, Magna and Tedial teams began creating the workflow that would see Tedial at the core of bringing footage from all across the Eastern Seaboard to Wollongong.
Djokic continued, “With the Tedial system in place our news teams 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. With Tedial automating and managing the workflows the files are then sent to HQ where once editorially approved go strait to Pebble Beach, Neptune automation or through to our Ignite systems for studio automation and then onto our broadcast centre, MediaHub in Ingleburn for playout.”
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.
Djokic added, “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 centres 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 of having Tedial at the core all our workflows are now running on a virtualised 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 the need for any custom development.”
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.