Pipeline and Episode Engine Pro provide fast, efficient, high-quality video capture and transcoding for time-critical news workflows at TV.Berlin and Hamburg 1
Nevada City, Calif., September 8, 2009 – Telestream today announced that Studio Hamburg Media
Consult International (MCI) selected its Pipeline and Episode products for a major tapeless IT workflow
project that was recently completed for Studio Berlin Adlershof (SBA), the new technical operator of
TV.Berlin and Hamburg 1 in Germany. Telestream’s Pipeline Quad network video capture system and
Episode Engine Pro transcoding server software provide the speed, quality and automation needed for
time-critical news workflows at these facilities.
Telestream products play an important role in tapeless workflows,” said Martin Brosthaus, Product
Manager at Studio Hamburg MCI. “Pipeline Quad allows edit while ingest which speeds the video capture
process. Episode Engine Pro provides broad support for all required formats and delivery of high-quality
output at incredible speeds.”
Installation was completed at new premises for TV.Berlin which began operation in May 2009. Hamburg 1
underwent a complete facility redesign which went live in July. The tapeless IT workflows at both facilities
are virtually identical, incorporating an Apple XSAN production environment and a high degree of
“Studio Hamburg is one of the largest TV and film production facilities in Europe. We are pleased that
Episode and Pipeline were chosen to play such a key role in this state-of-the art tapeless workflow,” said
Barbara DeHart, VP of Marketing at Telestream. “These products are ideally suited to provide the speed,
quality and level of automation required for this project.”
The central component for ingest is Telestream’s Pipeline Quad four-channel network video capture
system which is automatically controlled by various ingest workstations via standard LAN technology.
Pipeline control software provides scheduled recording or crash recording of live sources as well as log
and capture from tape sources. A key Pipeline advantage is that all four channels can be accessed from
any computer on the network. The ability to record open QuickTime files is an important feature, allowing
edit while ingest for time-critical workflows.
Episode Engine transcoding also plays an important role in these tapeless workflows for editing in
different formats and providing the required DV format for the playout servers. Raw material and reports
are transcoded on a largely automated basis with the help of Episode presets and watch folders. A low
resolution browse copy is created in parallel for the editorial system. Episode provides a variety of input
interfaces such as file monitors, FTP monitors and watch folders which allow easy integration in mixed
Windows and Apple network environments.
According to Brosthaus, “Episode Engine and powerful Apple hardware provide a cost-effective and
easy-to-operate solution for professional transcoding workflows in time-critical news environments like
TV.Berlin and Hamburg 1.”
Max Below, Head of Studio Hamburg MCI Product, adds “Modern components which can save
resources, such as the network-based Pipeline and Episode Engine, make completely new methods of
Pipeline and Episode Engine are being demonstrated at the International Broadcasters Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam September 11-15, 2009 in Telestream Stand 7.C19. More information about Telestream and its products is available at www.telestream.net.
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About Telestream (www.telestream.net)
Telestream products make it possible to get video content to any audience regardless of how it is created, distributed or viewed. Throughout the entire digital media lifecycle, from capture to viewing, for consumers through high-end professionals, Telestream products range from components and encoding applications to fully-automated workflow systems. Telestream enables users in a broad range of business environments to leverage the value of their video content. Telestream corporate headquarters are located in Nevada City, California, and its team of video experts are located in France, Germany, Sweden, UK and US. The company is privately held.
About Studio Hamburg MCI (www.mci-systems.de)
Studio Hamburg Media Consult International (MCI) GmbH is a systems integrator operating internationally in the field of professional broadcasting and media technology. Using its own in-house resources, MCI provides consulting, planning and construction services for TV, radio, media and event projects throughout the world.
MCI was founded in 1977 as a subsidiary of Studio Hamburg GmbH, one of the largest TV and film production facilities in Europe with studios in Hamburg and Berlin.