New York-based broadcaster WMHT has revamped its TV, radio, and web media management infrastructure with EditShare’s new high-performance, distributed shared storage XStream EFS, integrated Flow media asset management (MAM), and Ark Tape offline archiving solutions.
Replacing a legacy sneaker-net set up, the critically-acclaimed public broadcaster is now centralizing content for all its TV, radio, and web operations onto a single, unified EditShare XStream EFS shared storage platform, integrating EditShare's Flow MAM and Ark Tape archiving for a seamless workflow from ingest to archive.
“To share media across groups, we had been copying content from one drive to another, which was incredibly time consuming,” comments Bob Cummings, chief engineer, WMHT Educational Telecommunications. “The new EditShare XStream EFS installation centrally stores our content – no more searching through drives for footage. It’s a huge time and physical space saver.”
In addition to streamlining the physical setup, XStream EFS provides WMHT with the high availability required for rapid content creation with no single point of failure. The high-performance, redundant architecture ensures that WMHT content is always available and that important programs broadcast according to plan.
Serving as a control layer for managing content across WMHT departments, EditShare Flow provides tools that manage ingest of content from studio shoots and automate processes.
“Flow lets us automate several procedures, such as transcoding and indexing material,” adds Cummings. “No more waiting for media shot in the studio to be transcoded. We set Flow to automatically manage the studio ingest and transcode. Media is ready for editing the moment it hits the EFS storage server.”
These easy-to-use tools let non-production staff search, browse and retrieve assets from the XStream EFS storage and archives right from their desktop system or laptop. Cummings elaborates on the benefit of easy access to media: “What is really valuable about Flow for our non-post staff is that they can access the footage without having to find an available NLE or editor to assist. Producers can review their program footage, make simple cuts and send material off to the editor to be finalized. It’s a much more efficient way to collaborate on shows.”