Pebble Beach system at the heart of ART

ART’s new playout facility in Jordan is based on a Pebble Beach Neptune multi-channel automation system comprising three main controllers and three backup controllers on a LAN.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  June 29, 2004

Arab Radio and Television Network’s (ART) new multi-channel digital playout centre at Jordan Media City is due for completion next month. The installation centralises the existing ART transmission and archive services in Italy and the Middle East. The first phase of updating the facility to a server-based system and enhancing ingest and management of archive material, was completed in February 2004. ART’s playout facility is based on a Pebble Beach Neptune multi-channel automation system comprising three main controllers and three backup controllers on a Local Area Network (LAN). The system includes six transmission clients, two ingest clients, main and backup database servers, browse servers, archive servers and network interface controllers. Pebble Beach will integrate its Neptune automation system with the Sony PetaSite S Series tape library allowing users direct control of the archive library and material on two S-AIT drives. “Pebble Beach integrated control of the Sony PetaSite directly into its software, allowing ART direct control of S-AIT drives,” Dr. Fares Lubbadeh, director general of engineering, ART said. “The Neptune system also allows ART to control more external devices and offers the facility greater playout capabilities.” In addition to the Sony archive library, the Neptune system also controls three Sony Flexicarts, two VTRs, several Leitch solutions and many IPV SpectreView browse encoders. Using the Flexicarts, material is cached automatically to the NEXIO server and also to the low resolution shadow browser. High and low resolution material, together with the associated metadata, is transferred to data tapes in the PetaSite archive library. Material scheduled for playout by ART’s traffic system is retrieved automatically from the PetaSite archive and copied to the NEXIO prior to transmission. During playout, the logo inserters and subtitlers are controlled for channel branding. Significant enhancements were made to the Pebble Beach system’s database to track media and to include textual descriptions in Arabic. “This installation is a testament to our ability to deliver large multi-channel automation systems and to meet our customer’s needs for robust and cost effective solutions,” said Peter Hajittofi, managing director of Pebble Beach Systems.

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