ASTRA Solutions

ASTRA Solutions

The ASTRA Suite of Tools is a content management and automation platform that provides cost-effective solutions for Master Control, News and Studio Production Automation, Ingest, and overall Media Asset Management. It's built on a robust, virus-free, real time operating system (QNX.) The architure is highly scalable and enables various software components to be integrated into one seamless solution. The flexibility starts with systems that include basic redundancy and system expansion includes N+1 design, fully redundant design, or a design with the specific levels of protection required by an individual project.

Tailored solutions are easily put together with just the features needed for the following areas:

 

 

Master Control

ASTRA MCR provides frame accurate playout for master control with interfaces to most all traffic systems. By controlling new and legacy devices, ASTRA offers a clean migration from analog to digital based workflows. With ASTRA MCR, one operator can easily manage a large group of channels. Solutions are available for a single channel station or a large facility with many channels at one site or multiple sites.

ASTRA MAM manages all content on the video servers and centralized storage systems. It contains a rules-based file transfer engine that automatically moves content to the desired location. It can be extended to include archives and production storage systems to provide a comprehensive view of all content. Proxy generation and desktop viewing are also available as well as multi-site web viewers with inter-facility file transfers.

ASTRA Ingest automatically or manually ingests content from live feeds, video tape or files and provides a focal point for QA. Metadata can be automatically generated, loaded from traffic or added manually.

ASTRA News or ASTRA Studio 2 can be added to provide a fully featured solution for single operator control of news bulletins and newscasts.

News and Studio Production

ASTRA News provides a simple multichannel video server and graphics control in the production studio. Its MOS interface supports all popular NRCS systems and an ActiveX interface enables an ASTRA view from within the NRCS system. Placeholder workflows allow for quick and error free production.

ASTRA Studio 2 is a fully automated studio production system; where a single operator controls the overall look and feel of the newscast while all the studio technology is under ASTRA automation control.

ASTRA MAM manages all content on the video servers and centralized storage systems. It contains a rules-based file transfer engine that automatically moves content to the desired location. It can be extended to include archives and production storage systems to provide a comprehensive view of all content. Proxy generation and desktop viewing are also available as well as multi-site web viewers with inter-facility file transfers.

ASTRA Ingest automatically or manually ingests content from live feeds, video tape or files and provides a focal point for QA. Metadata can be automatically generated, loaded from the NRCS system or added manually.

Integration with ASTRA MCR delivers a highly automated workflow solution for 24 hour news channels and daily news programs to reduce the workload and stress in news studios and production control rooms.

Media Asset Management

Aveco's ASTRA MAM is a media management system that is more than just a database that tracks assets. it includes a comprehensive workflow engine that controls applications and the devices that make up the broadcast workflow.

Media assets are tracked in the ASTRA MAM regardless of how they were ingested or where they reside. Using both push and pull scenarios, ASTRA MAM syncs up with the internal databases of equipment used in a broadcast facility, such as video servers, NAS/SAN storage systems, archives, NLE, and production systems.

The rules-based ASTRA MAM file transfer engine automatically moves files based on user-defined criteria. That criteria is based on a file's metadata that is easily edited or created within the ASTRA MAM. The file transfer engine can also direct files to other applications to automate workflows, such as automatic proxy generation or transcoding for alternate distribution channels (iPads, mobile phones, Internet etc.), all without user interaction.

All locations and versions of a file are tracked and reported so when the time comes to purge content, all copies can be automatically deleted or a report generated for manual deletion. Metadata management can be done at the high-res level or from automatically generated proxies. Content can be archived and retrieved from a NAS or tape-based archive. With tape-based archives, ASTRA MAM will operate with archive managers (if available) or with certain systems that operate the archive directly, without the need for an archive manager.

Ingest

With everybody mainly operates tapeless for day to day operations, a cost-effective solution is needed to deal with the large archive of video tapes.

ASTRA Ingest provides manual and automatic ingest options including ingesting from cart machines, control of signal processors as well as Quality Control procedures to make the ingest workflows as easy as possible.

ASTRA MAM provides a single database managing the metadata of all assets, low res browsing and archive control. If there is an existing database of videotape library, that data can also be ingested into ASTRA MAM so you have a complete view of all your facility’s content.

Multi-site Solutions are accomplished in ASTRA including disaster recovery sites and regional ad insertion sites. ASTRA MAM provides a view of all assets in all sites and automates file transfer based on playlists, rundowns or user definable rules. With ASTRA Browse, all sites have web based views of all the content at all sites for all authorized staff.

ASTRA Solutions Matrix

ASTRA is an integrated set of applications that can be combined in any combination to provide complete solutions. ASTRA's unique architecture allows most applications to be added, updated, or reset without impacting the overall operation of the system. Aveco will work with you to put together a package of applications to meet your exact needs.

For example, in a News playout application, you may start with ASTRA News and add XDCAM Ingest and proxy capability, then later add studio camera robotic control with virtual set control, then later add audio mixer control etc. 

  Solutions
  Ingest Master Control Production Studio Media Asset Management
Applications ASTRA Ingest ASTRA MCR ASTRA News ASTRA Studio ASTRA MAM
Record Scheduler X X X    
Batch Ingest X X X    
Cart machine ingest X X X    
XDCAM Ingest X   X    
Traffic Interface     X    
MCR Control Panel   X      
PROCON   X X    
NRCS Interface     X  
 
NEWS Control Panel     X    
NEWSBLOCK     X    
LCD Control Panel   X X X  
Storyboard Templates       X  
Studio Device Control       X  
Video Server Control X X X X X
Graphics Control   X X X  
MAM DataBase X X X X X
Proxy Generation X X X   X
Proxy Viewing   X X   X
Proxy Editing   X X   X
Automatic File Management X X X   X
Content Purging   X X   X
FullText Search X X X   X
Video Server Mirroring   X X X X
Signal processing X X X    
Audio shuffling X X X    
Archiving         X
Spyglass Web Tools          
Viewer X X X   X
Spyglass          
low-res Browse   X X   X
EDL Editor   X X   X
Metadata Editor & Viewer   X X   X
ARCHITECTURES ASTRA Ingest ASTRA MCR ASTRA News ASTRA Studio ASTRA MAM
Standalone X X X X X
Orbiter X X X   X
SHS Multi-Path Control X X X   X
Multi-site X X X   X