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Imagine streamlines playout for Philippine broadcaster

Two solutions from Imagine Communications – Versio integrated playout platform, and ADC automation system – have been implemented by Philippine broadcaster TV5 to support playout and media management for two of its flagship channels, TV5 and One News.

The fully integrated and automated architecture will empower the broadcaster to streamline their master control workflows, improve operational efficiencies, and expand as their business evolves. 

The master control system includes a shared storage built on Imagine’s Versio IOX platform, which in turn integrates with TV5’s legacy NAS storage and archive network, thus ensuring access to all stored content. 

Flexibility, scalability, and being able to integrate with TV5’s existing technology – these were some of the key reasons for TV5’s choice of Imagine Communications’ solutions, explained Ronaldo A. Hernandez of Office-in-Charge, Network Engineering, TV5. 

He continued, “The graphical user interface is completely intuitive, bringing simplicity of operations and allowing our teams to be up and running very quickly. The new system provides increased efficiency and reliability that enables us to build on our existing workflows without impacting our daily operations, and ensures that we deliver the engaging content our viewers demand.

“We are pleased with Versio Graphics, which simplifies the graphics creation process and enables us to support logo, real-time animation, video or audio clip, text crawler, dynamic branding and DVEs.

“The two SDI inputs allow the playout to switch the two live feeds back-to-back seamlessly. Additionally, the multiple outputs can be configured on Versio to serve different purposes, whether the output is for the main branded programme, clean, pre-set, branded or simulcast.” 

The playout uses Imagine’s software-defined Versio solution configured as full 2+2 redundancy for the main channels and as a 3+1 playout network to support the broadcaster’s other operations, including separate feeds for the ISDB digital terrestrial output. Imagine’s ADC automation provides system level control, managing asset movements as well as playout. An intuitive graphical user interface simplifies ease of use, while offering a high level of channel security with alarms and logs to the system.

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