Abu Dhabi TV Goes Tapeless with Harris

Harris broadcast technology will form the core of Abu Dhabi TV’s (ADTV) new fully tapeless, HD production and playout center. Migration to the end-to-end HD platform, which spans production, playout, and archiving, is scheduled to be complete by June 2010.

The new center will enable Abu Dhabi TV, which is owned by Abu Dhabi Media Company (ADMC), to become the first broadcaster in the Middle East to implement an end-to-end tapeless HD production platform.

“The technology in our new center will enable a streamlined, file-based workflow and a range of new operational efficiencies,” says Ahmed Al Menhali, director of broadcast technology, ADMC.  “By embracing new products and innovations, ADMC continues to be a leader in production and broadcast technology.”

The new center will employ a file-based, integrated Harris ONE workflow solution, including Harris Invenio digital asset management products, ADC playout automation and NEXIO server systems.  The Invenio system will form the core of the new center’s archive digital asset management system, which includes all content.  The ADC automation will work with the Invenio system to manage ingest, preparation, and playout of content.  Both the Invenio and ADC solutions will be tightly integrated with the Harris Broadcast Master scheduling and sales system that is already in-use at ADMC.  ADMC also is using Invenio and ADC software in its master control and transmission facility.

A NEXIO server domain, including NEXIO AMP and NEXIO Volt servers, will be installed at each of ADMC’s HD studios that comprise the playout center.  The NEXIO server system features global proxy file support for the creation of low-resolution files, a collaborative development between the NEXIO and Invenio product lines.

“From its master control and transmission facility to this new production and playout center, ADMC is building its networks around integrated Harris ONE solutions,” says Richard Scott, SVP, global sales and services, Harris Broadcast Communications. “ADMC was interested in collaborating with one principal supplier that had the expertise to provide an integrated solution across their workflow.  This order is a clear endorsement of Harris as a manufacturer that is trusted by customers to help them achieve operational efficiencies that provide real business benefits.”

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