BBC Studios and Post Production installs new Media Hub
April 2011: BBC Studios and Post Production has completed installation of its new Media Hub facility, representing significant investment in increasing the scalability of its Digital Media Services portfolio.
BBC Studios and Post Production is a wholly owned commercial subsidiary of the BBC, providing world-class studio and post production services to the entire media industry. It offers a wide range of digital media services, including digital archiving, film, video and digital restoration, compliance and re-versioning, quality assessment and digital distribution.
Building on its long-standing experience of file-based workflows, this investment consolidates and expands BBC Studios and Post Production’s existing capabilities to provide centrally managed and highly scalable systems for services such as global file delivery, transcoding, media storage, duplication, library digitisation and file-based quality check.
BBC Studios and Post Production selected Isilon Systems to provide the central storage, with transcoding and ingest technologies from Telestream, secure global file delivery systems from Aspera, and automated quality check provided by Interra Baton. These new systems are connected via secure gateways to the company’s existing SohoNet media network and dedicated high-speed Internet links.
This project also included the development of a custom control-system for automated library digitisation. Developed by BBC Studios and Post Production’s in-house team, this provides for managed ingest into a wide range of industry-standard formats, whilst integrating with their quality check and metadata management systems.
Steve Daly, Consulting Engineer, BBC Studios and Post Production says, ”We have been offering a wide range of file based services for many years now, but putting all these technologies together as part of one centrally managed system lets us be much more flexible and cost effective in our approach.”
He continues, “We are already using these new systems to help our customers in their transition to entirely file-based workflows, for example automating how we receive files daily from global feature film distributors for use within our compliance editing operation.”
“Developing a bespoke archive digitisation solution in-house has enabled us extend the range and variety of services we offer and, when combined with new file delivery and transcoding capabilities, lets us provide the range of cost-effective solutions that our customers need.”
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