RTV Slovenia Boosts Digitization Process With NOA
Increases efficiency, reduces OPEX with upgraded NOA FrameLector technology
Vienna, AUSTRIA — 7th May 2018
Ljubljana-based national broadcaster Radiotelevizija Slovenija (RTV Slovenia) has streamlined its in-house digitization process by upgrading its video ingest installation to an industrial scale with additional FrameLector systems from NOA.
The basic NOA mediARC archive asset management solution was enhanced in a pilot phase with two dual-channel NOA FrameLectors, designed to transfer SD material at the highest quality and a relatively low cost. Now, the broadcaster decided to accelerate its digitization of content stored on 80,000 betacam tapes.
This latest NOA FrameLector upgrade, as well as the integration of the NOA QualityChecker, enables RTV Slovenia to benefit from a total of 12 analogous streams and allows the media company to fast and efficiently digitize in-house its entire repertoire with no outsourcing required. The revamp also means reduced OPEX for RTV Slovenia, which only needs 1.5 operators to manage the entire process as compared to the previously required staff. The NOA QualityChecker ensures accurate monitoring of the digitization workflow at the broadcaster’s site.
The modernized system went live in January and today manages RTV Slovenia’s complete digitization and archiving of its entire legacy video archive containing approximately 100,000 hours (Betacam, DigiBeta, IMX, 1” C-format, U-matic, DVCPro and DVCam tapes). All files are stored in lossless ffv1 8/10-bit video formats.
“We wanted to first validate our processes and possibilities with the FrameLector before opting for a full upgrade and throughput with 12 parallel streams,” said Martin Zvelc, RTV Slovenia’s head of Mediateka. “The NOA mediARC AAM (Archive Asset Management) solution helps us to efficiently manage all our archive-centric processes and the FrameLector ingest system is an excellent tool for industrial-sized digitization.”
The FrameLector ingests media directly from tape and simultaneously monitors ISR events and RF levels to reliably detect transfer errors caused by faulty head-tape interaction, enabling a clear differentiation between “error-on-tape” and “error-during-transfer.” This information subsequently allows for pinpoint error correction (e.g. cleaning of tape and/or replaying machine) and is also available for workflow automation, to trigger or skip individual steps according to predefined error thresholds. The NOA QualityChecker oversees production workflows, which improves efficiencies even further and greatly reduces the time required for reliable digitization.
“RTV Slovenia has been using our mediARC as AAM for its media archive, and this next step was a logical extension for the broadcaster,” said Christophe Kummer, CEO of NOA. “What’s more, RTV Slovenia uses mathematically lossless ffv1 video formats to store its legacy video archive, and breaks from the paradigm that the production format needs to be the archive format.”
NOA´s video ingest system FrameLector has recently been deployed at Slovak TV, ORF, Yle and Sharjah Media Corp.
More information about NOA and its products is available at www.noa-archive.com
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About RTV Slovenia
Radio Television Slovenia (Radiotelevizija Slovenija) is a public institution of special cultural and national importance performing public service in the field of radio and television activities with the intention of fulfilling democratic, social and cultural needs of the citizens of the Republic of Slovenia, Slovenians abroad, Slovenian national minorities in Italy, Austria and Hungary. RTV Slovenia includes the creation, archiving and broadcasting of three national TV channels and three national radio channels.
Based in the country’s capital, Ljubljana, it has regional broadcasting centres in Koper and Maribor and correspondents around Slovenia, Europe and the world. RTV Slovenija’s national radio services operate under the name Radio Slovenija, while the television division carries the name Televizija Slovenija or TV Slovenija. The names are sometimes Anglicized as Radio Slovenia and TV Slovenia, RTV Slovenija also finances the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra and the RTV Slovenia Big Band.
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