ARTE TV Turns to EVS-OpenCube for HD MXF Ingest and Mastering

Arte (Association Relative à la Télévision Européenne) is a Franco-German TV network

ARTE TV Channel is headquartered with Strasbourg, France with facilities in Issy-les-Moulineaux, near Paris, and Baden-Baden, Germany. Most of the programmes it broadcasts are ingested and controlled in Paris and then sent to Strasbourg as files for broadcasting.

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When ARTE decided to migrate to HD, it was critical for them to be able to continue producing in SD with their existing format while they set up a completely new installation and workflow in HD. In addition, ARTE’s specific workflow – ingesting at one site and then broadcasting in different geographic locations – made choosing the right file format a matter of strategic importance.

When ARTE decided to migrate to HD, it was critical for them to be able to continue producing in SD with their existing format while they set up a completely new installation and workflow in HD. In addition, ARTE’s specific workflow – ingesting at one site and then broadcasting in different geographic locations – made choosing the right file format a matter of strategic importance.

The choice of MXF for media production was obvious not only because of their cross–country workflow, but also because their new HD play-out centre in Strasbourg is based on MXF AVC-Intra 100 Mbps. The combination of MXF Op1a for ingest and exchange, and MXF Op1b for play-out simplifies multi-audio HD channel management for ARTE. This is an important aspect of their operations as they produce programmes in both French and German, and broadcast them in a variety of different countries.

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ARTE France found EVS-OpenCube to be the ideal solution for ingesting and mastering its HD workflow in MXF. The OpenCubeHD ingest server offers comprehensive MXF AVC-Intra support – and full compatibility with final play-out servers – as well as AVI Mpeg-2. This ensures that SD programming can continue without a hitch while they seamlessly transition to HD.

The flexibility of the EVS-OpenCube solution and its easy integration into new IT environments enables companies to make the most of their new HD workflows. All OpenCubeHD ingest units are directly connected to EMC/Isilon production storage. The MXF AVC-Intra files – mostly digitised from tapes – are directly dropped into the network and checked by ‘Vérificateurs’ (Quality controllers) on the fly using OpenCube XFReaderHDSDI in a confidence mode.

The new HD production system has been implemented at ARTE France for several weeks with remarkable success. The versatility of the MXF files generated is highly valued as the network repurposes each digitised programme in up to 100 different versions and codecs for multiple screen display.

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“EVS-OpenCube has come up with the perfect solution for mastering our transition to HD production. The company has provided us with high–performance, easy–to–use MXF technology and the flexibility needed so that it adapts to our requirements. We’re all delighted with the new HD ingest and quality control solution, in particular our team of Vérificateurs,” said Denis Grison, digitisation centre project manager at ARTE Paris.“We’re proud to have this prestigious pan-European TV network as a new reference, and that they’re using our solution for everyday programme digitisation, a major part of the value–chain,” added Benoît Février, EVS-OpenCube’s managing director. “It shows that our innovative solutions are indeed in line with market expectations, notably in the area of MXF ingest process management.”

About ARTEArte (Association Relative à la Télévision Européenne) is a Franco-German TV network. It is a European culture channel that aims to promote quality programming especially in the areas of culture and the arts. Its facilities are located in Issy-les-Moulineaux near Paris and Strasbourg (headquarters) in France and Baden-Baden in Germany.As an international joint venture (an EEIG), programmes cater technically to audiences from both countries. This involves double-titling, opposite-language subtitling and dubbing, hosts speaking in both languages alternately and, generally, two separate audio tracks (available through DVB-T, satellite television and digital cable).

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About EVS-OpenCube
OpenCube, part of EVS Broadcast Equipment since April 2010, has world-class expertise and experience in providing flexible and cost-effective MXF format solutions. The company develops HD/SD ingest gateways and innovative advanced technology applications for streamlined workflows and effectively managing media content lifecycles: from capture to digitisation, delivery and archive, display and recording, conversion, repurposing and re-use.

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