VERSUS turns to SGL to streamline workflow

Cable TV sports network VERSUS has selected Software Generation to provide an HD/SD archive controlled by Avid Technology’s Interplay nonlinear workflow engine. The fully integrated SGL archive is a key element of the sports network’s new post and production facilities.

The VERSUS workflow sees thousands of videotapes sent to MediaKive, a company based in New Hampshire that digitizes videotape libraries for long-term archive. The digitized content is then encoded by MediaKive in DNX145 or DV50 and wrapped with metadata extracted by MediaKive from the VERSUS Nesbit database and supporting tape logs. Encoded content is delivered back to VERSUS via portable disk drives, mounted to several consolidation machines.

More than 15,000 hours of HD and SD content have been encoded by MediaKive, checked into Avid's Interplay system and archived through SGL's FlashNet to SpectraLogic's T950 LTO4 tapes in less than a year. Once the videotapes are encoded and archived, they are stored at MediaKive in an environmentally controlled warehouse.