VDS Provides Additional DirReCT Channels to Ascent Media Network Services Europe

VDS, has enabled four additional channels of operation in its DiReCT (Digital Resource Cataloging and Transfer) system at the Ascent Media Network Services Europe facility. DiReCT is a VDS suite of applications that manages digital assets in a multichannel broadcast cable operation from the point of
ingestion through playout.

With these new channels, the VDS DiReCT system manages over 50 graphics devices on more than 40 independent channels at that facility.

DiReCT manages video assets such as animations, bugs, templates and text as well as audio assets such as voice-overs and tags. At the Ascent facility, DiReCT transfers these assets to a combination of Miranda Imagestore and Intuitions systems, which are then triggered to air by the OmniBus Systems Colossus automation for the playback of graphic of audio branding elements.

DiReCT monitors the OmniBus automation playlist in advance to determine the schedule of utilization for each of the asset elements that have been ingested into the system. Based on the playlist, DiReCT transfers those digital assets to the Miranda edge devices and verifies that the correct assets are on the correct devices so that automated playout can occur. DiReCT also continuously manages disk space utilization on edge devices, as well as on the graphics storage server, according to facility-defined metadata and usage statistics.

DiReCT automatically assigns metadata such as ingest date/time, file size, and usage statistics to the digital assets. DiReCT also allows facility operators to assign additional metadata such as expiry date/time, description, and user-defined status (permanent, temporary, media needed, etc). Operators may define metadata fields at will, for a completely extensible system that may be used for order fulfillment, statistical analysis, and automated management.

We are very pleased with the market acceptance of DiReCT. It is an extremely efficient and cost effective system for managing assets in facilities with multiple channels , said Larry Mincer, President of VDS. Once the core DiReCT modules are in place, the addition of new channel asset management is virtually instantaneous as the system is fully scalable.

The DiReCT system provides multi-channel facilities like that of Ascent Media with the ability to manage digital assets with much greater accuracy, efficiency, and frequency. The system is easily integrated into existing equipment and currently interfaces to Harris ADC and OmniBus Colossus automation systems as well as a wide range of broadcast graphics devices.

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