Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
KWTV deploys file-based digital archive

KWTV-TV in Oklahoma City, OK, has replaced its massive tape-based video archives with an efficient, file-based digital archiving solution.

The Griffins Communications station had recorded all of its newscasts to Beta machines, which required videotape machine maintenance, tape handling and shelf and rack space for the tapes. Additionally, KWTV archived the rest of its programming on VHS tape machines, which ran nonstop, 24-hours per day, seven days per week.

KWTV deployed the Telestream’s MAPreview digital video capture and logging system to replace its massive tape-based video archives. Using MAPreview, KWTV captures and archives all station programming in efficient Windows Media 9 format onto MAP media capture servers.

These programs are held for nine months for BMI and ASCAP audits, ad-run verification, program analysis and executive review. MAPreview also captures and archives KWTV’s two competitors’ programs. These programs are held for one month and used by the marketing and news departments for competitive review. In addition, newscasts are archived in higher resolution formats for awards submission. With MAPreview, KWTV can pull up its newscasts and review them alongside those of the station’s competitor simultaneously. MAPreview provides multi-feed media recording, organization and desktop viewing in a server-based application. Metadata such as closed captioning, time code, keyframes, labels, and as-run logs are captured during ingest. Custom metadata labels can be added.

KWTV has programmed its MAPreview to display ratings data with the video automatically every 15 minutes. The station also uses it to confirm proper closed captioning on the video.

For more information, visit www.telestream.net.

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