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Colorado Public TV Automates Master Control With Aveco

13/10/2018

Colorado Public TV Automates Master Control With Aveco Network expands master control automation, video servers, storage and branding

By Mark Seewald, Vice President, Station Operations, Colorado Public Television, Channel 12, Denver, July 2018.

DENVER Colorado Public Television has a great history of technology innovation. We've produced multiple Emmy Award-winning shows and were one of the first digital TV stations on the air.

This year we decided to expand master control automation, video servers, storage and branding and invited all major vendors in for demonstrations. Aveco stood out dramatically in software features with many of their most impressive capabilities not found in any other system.

For one, Aveco has equipment-pool facility management that dynamically assigns resources based on need. For example, in scheduled ingest, a video server port is assigned automatically, the route is locked and, when completed, resources return to the pool. In playout, if a primary video server fails, the 1:1 backup goes instantly to air, but now a new backup can automatically be built.

Our senior staff member who approves media needs to go between edit suites. Whenever a promo approval is required, he selects the media and Aveco automatically assigns a Harmonic output, path-find through the router and delivers video to his room's monitor. Facility management is invaluable in the large national TV networks Aveco runs but it's also very helpful for smaller stations.

SOPHISTICATED MAM

Aveco's Media Asset Management includes workflow rules that reviews the on-air schedule to determine the priority of transcoding in our Rhozet/Harmonic. When a promo or program arrives late, it's instantly moved to the top of the processing list.

Aveco's MAM has sophisticated video search, so operators can easily search-and-replace clips. It can automatically output CableLabs VOD specs and streaming media; we're not using this yet but we can see how easy and inexpensive it is to grow.

Aveco automatically brings in media from the archive to the on-air video server according to on-air playlist schedules. It also implements our policies of where and when to store media, including checking space on storage subsystems; when they reach fullness-thresholds, it automatically begins using the next available system. This intelligent storage management includes purging rules based on media types, future reruns, etc.

There's almost no limit to how efficient media operations can mature using Aveco's workflow manager.
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