RAI enhances archive system with Etere

RAI has added a new channel to its existing complement of seven at its Turin, Italy, broadcast center. This new channel uses the Etere Automation system to manage the video archive systems and stores asset metadata with the MAM indexing system. An Etere Media Manager moves the videos between the archive and the play-to-air servers, while the Etere HSM stores the video clips.

The system uses a mix of eight Thomson Grass Valley servers, including PDR 300, Profile XP and Turbo iDDRs, for playout. Two Turbo iDDRs are used as caching devices and are located 600km away from the playout system.

Master control uses a Grass Valley M2100 switcher and a Miranda Imagestore logo generator. A Sun Storagetek disk archive provides 40TB of storage capacity.

The system not only controls the archive and restoration of videos from the Thomson servers, but it also manages and retrieves the Harris ADC segment database. Etere MAM allows full control of all the video segments, sharing the content between all the channels even though it may be based on different technologies.

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