07.13.2009 01:37 PM
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Danish parliament chooses SSL Gravity asset management system

SSL’s Gravity Media Asset Management system coupled with a Snell automation system has been chosen by the Danish parliament TV network to make the transition to digital broadcasting, which occurs on Nov. 1, smooth and easy.

The Gravity system will take feeds from a network of cameras placed throughout the parliamentary complex and record them to a Gravity Media Network Central Server via six Gravity encoders. The system has low-resolution proxy clips that are created and displayed instantly while the high-resolution material is still being ingested.

Given the nature of debate, recordings sometimes extend beyond midnight — yet normal video time code was never designed to accommodate this function. Gravity was engineered from the outset to handle a change in date within the same clip.

To prevent data loss, each encoder has 24 hours of storage to back up. The system also has a mirrored off-site disaster recovery store that can be restored on demand.

The rough-cut clips are passed by Gravity Asset browsers to the seven output decoders, at which point Apple Final Cut Pro (FCP) editors can create news and highlights packages — all within a tight timescale and at full broadcast quality. Editors can also access and edit media directly via their FCP edit clients, and Gravity automatically loads all media clips specified by the Snell automation transmission playlists to the output decoders in the correct format.

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