Delivering File-Based News Production & Playout For South TV, Ethiopia.
About the client
South TV is the regional broadcaster for the South Nations, Nationalities & People’s Region (SNNPR) of Ethiopia, delivering local TV services to a population of 16 million people. Established to support and develop a strong regional identity, South TV provides news and entertainment with a focus on local cultures from its base in the region’s capital Hawassa.
South TV’s existing analogue TV services offered viewers only a few hours of programming per day. Production was tape-based, with material sent by link or tape from Hawassa to Addis Ababa where it was incorporated into the schedule of national state broadcaster ERTA for playout.
In 2011, the decision was made to strengthen South TV’s local offering with the launch of free-to-air HD services. The objective was to deliver 18 hours of daily local news and entertainment, transmitted in both SD and HD directly from new playout facilities in Hawassa. Following an international tender, UAE-based systems integrator and broadcast technology reseller PBS was chosen to deliver the project.
How MJO Broadcast helped
PBS commissioned MJO Broadcast to design and pre-fabricate the solution, which their team then installed and commissioned on-site in Hawassa. The multi-vendor solution we deployed supports a mix of SD and HD operations with an efficient file-based workflows to create, manage, distribute and archive locally produced content – from field acquisition, news editing, news production, automated playout, storage and archive.
The solution features Panasonic P2 cameras, Avid editing, Pebble Beach video servers, asset management and playout automation; an Octopus newsroom system, Ross Video graphics and broadcast infrastructure; NetApp central storage and DiskArchive ALTO digital archive.
To capture locally produced content from across the region, 15 Panasonic P2 cameras have been deployed for field acquisition. The P2 card readers integrate to Avid edit suites to allow content to be directly imported to the editors’ timelines, and hence on to the central storage system or Archive platform – providing a smooth file-based workflow.
South TV’s legacy tape content, external live feeds and HD studio outputs are recorded onto Pebble Beach Dolphin servers, with all media files controlled by Pebble Beach’s Anchor Media Asset Management.
The Newsroom features MOS-workflow integration between Pebble Beach Neptune Automation, newsroom scripting from Octopus, Ross XPression graphics and virtual studio systems. Video editing is provided by 15 seats of Avid Media Composer with content managed within NetApp central storage.
The Octopus 7 Newsroom system is used to produce news scripts, stories and bulletin rundowns, played to air using Pebble Beach’s Neptune Automation that controls the Dolphin video servers operating within South TV’s HD studio, in a classic newsroom assisted automation mode. Graphics created directly by the journalists using templates stored on the Ross Project Server are synchronized with the scripts and rundown using MOS.
Programme schedules created using Pebble Beach’s offline Playlist editor are used to drive the Anchor MAM system to ensure SD and HD transmission-ready content is pulled from either the NetApps central storage or DiskArchive ALTO digital archive. Material is cached on to a mirrored pair of Dolphin servers, providing a redundant main and back up playout channel.
Solution Benefits Delivered:
- An efficient file-based workflow to create, manage, distribute & archive locally
production & acquired content, in both SD & HD.
- An integrated multi-vendor system that has improved production capabilities, enhancing
creativity & operator performance.
- A future-proof infrastructure to support the expansion of operations & services.