ATG Broadcast to digitize UK armed forces TV

The European systems integrator will digitize the production and transmission facilities for the UK's Services Sound & Vision

ATG Broadcast, UK-based systems integrator, has won a contract from Services Sound & Vision (SSVC) to digitize the entire production and transmission of television services for the UK’s armed forces. British Forces Broadcasting Services 1 and 2 provide a lifeline to UK military personnel stationed around the world, enabling them to watch highlights from the major UK broadcast television channels.

Programs are ingested off-air or via line feeds into two Quantel sQ servers under IBIS automation. It is controlled using record lists from a Provys scheduling system. Created in parallel are 30Mb/s D10 files and 1.5Mb/s proxy files.

The recorded clips are reviewed using IBIS Vistapoint and any original channel branding such as voiceovers or squeezes of end-credit marked. Clips ready for transmission are then transferred to mirrored Quantel sQ playout servers or to the near-line archive.

At transmission, the IBIS Landscape controls the Miranda PresMaster master control switcher that replaces the original channel branding.

A 120TB ADIC Scalar 2K archive library controlled by SGL’s Flashnet hierarchical storage manager is used to archive media files.

To streamline the news production process, ATG will install a DaletPlus newsroom system. Web access will allow journalists in the field anywhere around the world to input and review scripts and program material. A MOS interface to IBIS enables all news clips to be displayed within the newsroom system. Character generator and prompter interfaces allow dynamic updating of story information. A Quantel sQ server under IBIS control provides clip replay for BFBS-produced news and childrens programming.

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