Omneon Keeps Control of Lithuanian Archive

The Spectrum supports playout of LRT's three broadcast channels and provides ingest functionality for the broadcaster's comprehensive digital archive, which includes Lithuania's culturally significant media assets such as television programming dating back to the early 1950s and irreplaceable film footage. In addition, low-resolution browse copies of the entire 35,000 hours worth of archive footage will be available to the public via the Web.
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Lietuvos Nacionalinis Radijas ir Televizija (LRT) has installed Omneon's Spectrum media server system at the heart of a new end-to-end tapeless workflow.

The Spectrum supports playout of LRT's three broadcast channels and provides ingest functionality for the broadcaster's comprehensive digital archive, which includes Lithuania's culturally significant media assets such as television programming dating back to the early 1950s and irreplaceable film footage. In addition, low-resolution browse copies of the entire 35,000 hours worth of archive footage will be available to the public via the Web.

"We sought a reliable and robust means both to secure our country's film and television heritage for future generations and also to make it available now," said Vytautas Marozas, technical director at LRT. "The Omneon Spectrum was chosen because of its proven reliability and because of its support of MXF OP1a MPEG-2."

The Spectrum system installed by LRT encodes and stores video in MXF OP1a MPEG-2 4:2:2 at 50 Mbps. Under direction of SGT automation, files are transferred to and from archive storage in a data tape library with disk-based cache storage, and made available for editing on the broadcaster's Apple Final Cut Pro workstations.

The Spectrum system was installed by systems integrator TVC, headquartered in Šiauliai, Lithuania, and because of the cultural significance, the project has received partial funding from the European Union.