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RTV Belgium Achieves Fast Media Transfers using Medway Media Highway for New Tapeless Workflow

(March 13, 2008)

DMN Newswire--2008-3-13--Marquis Broadcast, specialist in broadcast workflow studies and solutions, has announced that regional Belgian television station, RTV Belgium, has installed its Medway Media Highway. RTV Belgium is using Medway to transfer media files between a range of broadcasting and editing systems in its head office in Westerlo.
RTV Belgium broadcast two channels, RTV Kempen and RTV Mechelen, both via analogue and cable distribution, and as digital channels on Telenet DigitalTV and BelgacomTV. Both channels are also available via VOD on Telenet DigitalTV and on RTVs web site. Over 200,000 viewers watch the channels every day.

Last year, RTV Belgium invested in a new tapeless workflow using Avid Media Composers and Panasonic P2 camcorders. The new workflow also features a 360 Systems server for studio playout and four playKast playout systems from ON-AIR Systems.

Medway enables MXF files from Panasonic P2, or from the online archive storage server, to be transferred to the Avid editing systems. Finished programmes are sent to 360 or playKast as MXF files ready to be played out to air and to the online archive storage server for later use, again using Medway as the interoperability engine between the systems.

Although currently broadcasting in SD, RTV Belgium is migrating its workflows to HD broadcasting. Medway will fulfil an essential role in this process, as it already supports a range of HD formats.
?We chose Marquis Broadcast as they have a solid name in broadcasting technology, said Bart Snoeks, head of the technical department at RTV. ?Medway is a very powerful system and is particularly fast when exporting Avid sequences to playout. All our operators, including those who are not trained in server technology, are able to use it. With Medway, we have created a highly streamlined, efficient workflow.

Medway enables media files from multiple sources to be moved seamlessly between multiple vendor platforms without incurring bottlenecks in workflow caused by file incompatibility. Medway automatically rewraps the media and its associated metadata in the appropriate formats to ensure the file transfer process is smooth and efficient.


About Marquis Broadcast
Marquis is a leading specialist in the identification, design and implementation of new workflow practices in the broadcasting industry. Marquis has also developed a range of tools for project management and systems integration to ensure customers achieve maximum efficiency and cost effectiveness in their broadcasting operations.

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