Thai Global Network uses Harmonic for end-to-end video workflow

MUMBAI: Harmonic which offers video delivery infrastructure, has announced that Thai Global Network (TGN), Thailand‘s first and only satellite TV broadcasting center, has chosen Harmonic production and playout solutions. TGN has built a seamless workflow, from acquisition to transmission, on a Harmonic media storage, asset management and playout server platform. Installed along with an MXFserver production management system from FilmPartners, the solution has enabled TGN to optimise and streamline its broadcast operations from end to end.

Thai TV Global Network director Col. Sarawut Karbdecho said, "By implementing tightly integrated solutions from Harmonic and FilmPartners, we have created a highly efficient collaborative editing environment with content stored sitting at the center of the workflow.

"In day-to-day operations, this powerful pairing enables us to produce and deliver content with much greater speed and flexibility."

TGN has installed Harmonic Spectrum MediaCenter media servers, the MediaGrid 3000 shared storage system, the Media Application Server (MAS) asset management platform with ProXplore and the ProDrive media server controller software. Used as an ingest server, the MediaCenter records VTR feeds under the control of ProDrive, which allows operators to capture content automatically according to a schedule or instantly specify a channel with the application‘s crash-record feature.

As feeds are recorded, the Harmonic ProXplore launches the transfer of growing files in the MediaCenter server system over to the MediaGrid 3000 shared storage system, which supports TGN staff working on Avid nonlinear edit systems. MXFserver enables file sharing and project sharing across multiple Avid editors. The FilmPartners‘ system makes it easy for editors, graphic artists, producers and other users to find the materials they need for both private and collaborative projects.

Finished projects are exported, at which point ProXplore automatically transfers files to a second MediaCenter server dedicated to playout. ProDrive software allows TGN staff to create scheduled playlists and to control the server‘s playout operations.

Harmonic Asia-Pacific VP sales Andrew Thornton said, "The Harmonic media storage, asset management and server systems installed by TGN enable a very efficient file-based workflow, with the benefit of optimised file transfers over a Gigabit Ethernet network. Bringing speed, reliability, and flexibility to TGN‘s operations, Harmonic transforms the broadcaster‘s ability to create and deliver timely and compelling content."

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