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Czech TV opts for R&S VENICE ingest and production server

Czech TV (Česká televize), the public television broadcaster in the Czech Republic, has upgraded its production chain with another R&S VENICE ingest and production server from Rohde & Schwarz DVS. The broadcaster had switched from the previous method of tape-based operation to file-based workflows in one of its studios and now needed to extend its infrastructure. The R&S VENICE ingest and production server with an integrated Avid® Workflow Option and the R&S VENICE Play software will perform a vital role in the optimized workflows at Czech TV.

The R&S VENICE system provides four channels and is responsible for key broadcasting tasks such as ingest and studio playout. Its bridge-building capabilities not only gave R&S VENICE its name, they also helped Czech TV to smoothly integrate the ingest and production server into its existing environment.

The Avid® Workflow Option with its many key features that facilitate working in Avid workflow environments was among the decisive factors behind Czech TV’s decision. Thanks to the seamless integration from ingest to outgest of the Avid ISIS® central storage system and the Avid Interplay® PAM system, a fast and user-friendly workflow could be realized. HD-SDI sources can be ingested directly in real time into Avid ISIS® as well as file-based material from electronic media, such as P2 cards and XDCAM®, and their metadata. Thanks to the outgest function, clips and entire sequences can be played out directly or distributed onward once edited – all without the editors at Czech TV having to go through the time-consuming process of exporting the material. The “edit while record” function in R&S VENICE allows the video material to be viewed and edited while it is being written (depending on the codec and wrapper). R&S VENICE also supports multi-camera ingest. Combined with true dual-destination recording, this increases reliability especially in live situations.

The editors at Czech TV also benefit from the R&S VENICE Play GUI. It is tailored specifically to the needs of studio playout, giving users quick access to all key functions even in hectic production operation such as during live shows and news broadcasts. Thanks to its clear and simultaneous display of multiple channels users can keep a parallel overview of channels for primary playout in an A/B layout as well as auxiliary channels for secondary playout – they can also control them reliably even under frantic live situations. Furthermore, R&S VENICE Play GUI can be mirrored on multiple clients.

Moreover, R&S VENICE supports numerous common broadcast formats such Panasonic DVCPRO®, AVC-Intra, Avid DNxHD, Sony XDCAM, and Sony XAVC.

Martin Dostál, System Engineer at Czech TV: “The VENICE ingest and production server helped us establish tapeless production at our facilities. Its flexibility allows us to respond more quickly in our broadcast operations.”

Tomáš Straka, Sales Engineer at Rohde & Schwarz Praha: “We are delighted that Czech TV has opted for R&S DVS equipment. The flexible and open ingest and production server VENICE will offer greater speed and efficiency.”

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