German broadcaster ZDF to upgrade international studios

ZDF Istanbul
Neal Romanek
Post Production
December 8th 2016 at 1:21PM : By Neal Romanek

EditShare will provide a media management and tiered storage environment

German broadcaster ZDF has begun a major update of its facilities including studios in Bremen, Cairo, Istanbul (pictured above), New York, Saarbrücken, Tel Aviv and Warsaw.

Media management company EditShare will provide a media management workflow featuring a tiered storage environment with integrated production asset management. Transitioning from a legacy tape-based set up, each ZDF studio location will be equipped with an EditShare XStream HT 32TB shared storage platform and Ark 24-slot LTO tape library. The integrated Flow production asset management solution will provide end-to-end media management with tools to automate complex and or repetitive workflows.

In addition to facilitating content ingest, storage, archiving and asset tracking across the workflow, EditShare is providing ZDF editors tools for media sharing. EditShare advanced project and file sharing allows post teams to collaborate within a rules driven workflow so work is never accidently overwritten.

“EditShare shared storage and archiving is known for its open environment, supporting nearly every format and industry standard post production systems,” said Tara Montford, MD of EditShare. “Combined with Flow production asset management, ZDF transforms the siloed aspects of their studio into a connected workflow that makes collaborating on projects and stories far easier than with the legacy tape-based solutions.”

Ronald Richter, a senior solutions architect with BFE Studio und Medien Systeme, the systems integrator on the upgrade,  said: “We did a proof of concept with ZDF staff where they connected their Avid Newscutters to EditShare and put it through the usual workflow scenarios, using Flow to ingest P2 content and manage content archiving and restoration to and from Ark. Within three days ZDF was able to confirm that EditShare was the right solution for their expansive operation.”

Flow Ingest generates proxies and stores in a database that can be accessed by anyone on the EditShare network with a Flow client. Tools let staff browse, perform shot selection and send to ZDF editors for final packaging.