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The Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb) is the local television broadcaster of Berlin and Brandenburg. The broadcaster operates out of two primary sites, as well as studios in Cottbus and Frankfurt/Oder and regional bureaus
in Perleberg and Prenzlau. Along with the WDR, rbb holds responsibility for the ARDHauptstadtstudio (capital city studios) in Berlin.
The existing rbb MAM system was nearing the end of its life and needed to be updated. For this reason, the broadcaster sought for a technological reorientation: from a new studio, to the conversion from SD to HD and to numerous new workflows and software systems with an integrated video production system.
VPMS is used in almost all areas of production. The homogeneous structure makes it easier to share media files and makes working across multiple locations more flexible.Wolfram Klemmer, Chief Engineer and Head of System Planning, rbb
rbb wanted to implement a multi-site networked system which would allow fast access to content from all production workstations. Automated load balancing across two sites, ensuring redundancy and high performance across the system, was an
At the same time, it was envisaged that VPMS components would carry out resource intensive pro-cesses site-specifically. This architecture was designed to ensure that users would be able to contin-ue working, using the secondary site, during maintenance operations or in the case of component failure.
Arvato Systems linked the central VPMS to new and existing production hardware and, using a range of powerful interfaces, integrated it with multiple heterogeneous third party systems including Avid Interplay, EVS Video server and Annova’s OpenMedia. This included a wide range of video and audio formats as well as various production workflows. Load balancing, used for example in video trans-coding, was implemented as desired by the customer.
Production-related material arrives in VPMS via integrated third party systems. A web interface shows where content is stored and who has the rights to use it. Users have a transparent view of the current status of material at all times and are able to
launch different concurrent processes. Even during on-going production processes, they have access to raw and edited content as well as to ARD-wide archive content. Users view raw and archive material, selecting items that interest them and putting
them into their ‘basket’: these items can then be sent on to the edit suites, broadcast playout or to managers. Completed packages and broadcasts are returned to VPMS to be archived.
Using the VPMS web client, users can easily view, edit and manage files from all linked editorial and also furnish it with relevant metadata.