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Blue Order teams with Front Porch Digital for ZDF’s digital archives

Blue Order, a provider of turnkey media asset management solutions, has implemented Front Porch's DIVArchive and BitScream software systems in the digital archives being deployed by ZDF, Germany's national public TV broadcaster. The integrated solution manages both ZDF's video and audio legacy content and is based on a 32TB online SAN and an expandable tape library with an initial storage capacity of 120TB.

Blue Order was selected by ZDF as the prime contractor for building the digital video and audio archives in use at ZDF.

The combined solution involves DIVArchive and BitScream, Front Porch’s distributed intelligent video archive solution and transcoding software, in tandem with Media Archive, Blue Order’s enterprise media asset management software. DIVArchive controls the movement of video content between ZDF editing systems and nearline storage devices. Broadcast content is moved from an Avid Unity/Avid Newscutter news production system to the archive via an Avid Airspace caching server, using DIVArchive.

Before transferring the content to the tape library, the production system's proprietary file wrapper is replaced by a standard MXF wrapper by Front Porch’s BitScream transcoding software. When users need to restore content from the archive, they put together an edit decision list and initiate a partial file restore using the MXF partial restore capabilities of DIVArchive. Partial restore brings back only the selected segments from the archive to the production system, saving time and storage capacity on the editing systems.

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