Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU) Selects Aveco
Prague, August 2, 2011 — Aveco®, the worldwide broadcast facility content management and automation solutions specialist, has installed two ASTRA Content Management and Automation systems at two separate sites for the Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU): Studio 5 and Newsroom for news production and playout. The ASTRA CMS Content Management System manages eight production control rooms for ingest, transcoding, and file transfers within the facility and between the two sites.
Newsroom is ERTU's main production facility and is based on Quantel production and playout servers. A distributed ASTRA Orbiter system manages over 80 Quantel channels in eight production control rooms to develop content for playout and distribution.
ASTRA also provides a media asset management layer above Quantel for ingest, redundant playout, file import/export, transcoding, archive control, and media exchange. Tight integration of content and metadata between ASTRA and Quantel is achieved through the native Quantel CORBA interface enabling metadata exchange between ASTRA and Quantel databases as well as the importing of clips from agencies such as Reuters, EBU, and APTN with full metadata preservation. ASTRA News receives the rundown from ENPS to automate the playout of content to multiple sites such as Nile International, Nile News, and Nile TV.
Both sites are integrated with ASTRA components and are able to exchange media as well as control commands via a high-speed Internet connection. ASTRA CMS moves clips between Quantel production systems and EVS playout video servers, automatically transcoding the Quantel AVCi 50 format into Apple Pro-Res format for playout on their EVS systems.
Each site has full redundancy with mirrored ASTRA servers. Additional layers of redundancy are achieved via mirrored playout channels with automatic failover.
About AVECO s.r.o.
AVECO s.r.o., based in Prague, Czech Republic and the United States (as AVECO Americas), designs, sells, and supports Broadcast Facility automation worldwide. Based on a powerful content management system, the ASTRA Suite of Tools provides complete solutions for all aspects of file-based and traditional video workflows including solutions for ingest, browse, master control, newsrooms, and studio automation. A variety of architectures are available from small standalone systems to high channel, multi-site operations which are modular and easily expandable. Solutions can be custom configured with only the features needed and various redundancy options provide very cost-effective and reliable systems. ASTRA is the only automation system available that scales from single channel to high channel systems that are built on a Real-Time Operating System which has the ability to hot swap software modules without rebooting. Aveco is a worldwide TV automation provider with over 250 customers throughout Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Africa. Since formed in 1992, Aveco has remained a stable, privately owned company with a long-term commitment to steady growth and timely support.
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