The Grass Valley STRATUS platform has recently established a broadcast service oriented
architecture, including plug-in interfacing, for Russia’s NTV-PLUS and NZ Maori TV.
|Russian satellite broadcaster NTV-PLUS is planning to cover several major sporting events from London this summer. Working with Grass Valley, they have built an integrated production infrastructure based on the Grass Valley STRATUS Media Workflow Application Framework to control content workflows around server networks and editing facilities.|
|As the Russian broadcast rights holder for the Wimbledon tennis tournament and the upcoming Olympic games in London, NTV-PLUS had two goals for this project. First, the system needed to be fast, flexible and reliable enough to be repurposed after the summer to improve the return on their investment. Second, the system had to integrate with its existing Grass Valley EDIUS NLE workstations and Arendo media asset management system. Like sports content producers generally, they are anticipating high audience expectations for detailed consistent coverage of these events.|
|The Grass Valley STRATUS platform establishes a broadcast service oriented architecture, including plug-in interfacing to various Grass Valley and third-party equipment to create workflows. “The STRATUS has a service oriented architecture making it a good option for the workflow we are running in London and in Russia, using our current EDIUS NLEs with a new K2 SAN server for recording and playout,” said Oleg Kolesnikov, CTO at NTV-PLUS. The system supports 13 STRATUS workstations for viewing and simple editing by the editorial team and five Grass Valley EDIUS craft editors attached to the SAN to allow production of high volumes of HD content. Because the group is using all Grass Valley components and workflows, tighter integration is possible without the usual risks due to interface points of failure.|
|After the Māori Television Service in New Zealand replaced its central routing switcher platform with a Grass Valley Trinix NXT router at the end of 2011, they also implemented a STRATUS for its news and current affairs programming. The system is running on its Grass Valley K2 Summit and K2 Dyno media server network.|
With careful planning, MTS had managed to replace the previous central routing switcher with the Trinix NXT without impairing on-air and in-house operational performance. To achieve this, Grass Valley and MTS had designed a parallel installation in the equipment room and a concurrent training program in which the Grass Valley router referenced the same sources and destinations as the legacy routing switcher. In this way, when the time was right, MTS was able to switch over fairly easily to the new 256x512 HD Trinix NXT, under the control of a redundant Grass Valley Jupiter routing control system.
“Replacing hardware that is central to every single technical operation was a big challenge,” said Barry Russ, GM of Operations at MTS. “While having the Trinix NXT has been a benefit on its own, we also needed to plan the replacement with a view to integration with the STRATUS platform coming later.” www.grassvalley.com