27 Mar 2020

Asahi Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

Baseball is a national obsession in Japan.

While under 21s European soccer tournaments struggle to attract players (let alone audiences), junior level baseball has enourmous national appeal in the Far East.

By way of example, this year's National High School Baseball Championship was broadcast each and every night for 3 weeks.

The Netto Koshien is a daily wrap-up program for the tournament, produced as a collaboration between TV Asahi and Asahi Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). It is shown as part of the ANN evening show.

GB Labs SPACE units were used as central shared storage for the realtime mulitcam ingest, multicam editing during capture and for daily back-ups. The system ran glitch-free over the 3 weeks and the workflow benefits offered by the high performance storage contributed to the TV programs' commercial success.

The ultra-fast super tier 1 NAS SPACE SSD was at the heart of the production. The platform was used to capture up-to 12 channel of ProRes LT (at 100Mb/s), with feeds coming directly from the stadium cameras into multi-channel ingest software; 7 Final Cut Pro suites were connected to the storage giving the editors smooth milticam editing on the fly.

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Crucial was the ability of the editors to scrub video stream, play double speed or reverse play to select key moments and make cuts quickly.

This extreme system load was made all the more taxing as technicians would regularly import other footage from P2 and XDCAM camcorders onto the storage network.

"No other shared storage can deliver this sustained performance given the program budget. No architecture except NAS can be set up and configured in such a limited time frame."

These combined processes are the ultimate test for central storage, calling upon multiple, random and simultaneous read and write. In the final analysis, editors were very satisfied with the speed, resonsiveness and the statbility of Space SSD. No other shared storage can deliver this sustained performance given the program budget. No architecture except NAS can be set up and configured in such a limited time frame.

The crew employed SPACE 96TB + SPACE EX 96TB tier 1 system running on CORE v3 OS for fast daily backups. The file transfers took place from 2am to about 5am via a 10GbE connection. The daily replication was error-free throughout during 3 weeks.

In order for editors to actively use SPACE tier 1 storage during the replication process, it is anticipated that 40GbE will be used in future years.

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The archive tapes need to stand the test of time so the broadcaster stipulated that the LTO drives should be able to sustain the maximum writing speed in order to avoid any wear from tape shuttling.

And to ensure that as many as 20 quality control operators can concurrently access any of the uncompressed files over its network, they had to be sure that our shared storage solution could handle this high level of data traffic.

With the SPACE and VAULT integration, the transfer and quality checking process has been significantly speeded up while data security has been improved.

Ben Pearce

Chief Business Officer and Co-Founder