26 Mar 2020

GT1

SRO motor-sports group is a company specialising in the promotion and organisation of motor-sports series.

Although primarily concerned with GT racing, with whose revival in the 1990's SRO was inextricably linked, SRO also promotes multi-platform events, such as the FFSA super-series and the British F3-GT series.

SRO is global, with offices in London, Paris, Belgium and Germany as well as partners in Latin America.

SRO promotes nine championships and series, including the FIA GT championship, the FIA GT3 European championship, the GT4 European cup, teh FFSA French GT championship, the British GT championship, the British F4 international series, the ADAC GT masters, the Belgian GT championship and the GT revival 90s series. SRO is also a partner in the Le Mans series as well as the Brazillian GT3 championship.

Mike Scott is the head of Broadcast for the SRO and needed a system that allowed edit capability for pre shows clips and highlights for the broadcast race series. All suites needed to be networked to allow the digitised clips to be available to all users. Previously Mike had healed up the A1GP race series and had simular solution designed and created by GB Labs in conjunction with one of their UK resellers - so he didn't even contemplate approachcing other solution providers. "Ben and Dominic are the most knowledgeable out there when it comes to Final Cut Pro, SANs and they appreciate how the broadcast industry works".

"The Space solution" explained Mike "has saved us a fortune in not having to hire kit in the myriad of countries we visit. Also, we know that when it comes of of the flight cases it just work. On the odd occasion there has been a hiccup, the team were available to help either on the phone or

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Working with the archives team, the broadcaster's Research & Development team and GB Labs, a system was configured that integrates with existing fault tracking, QC and database systems.

The project being given priority because of was the impending obsolescence of the D3 format tapes that the content was originally recorded on.

Facing the prospect of holding years of programmes on unusable tapes, the archives team needed to transfer the content to modern media, quickly, safely and accurately.

Ben Pearce, Chief Business Officer and Co-Founder of GB Labs, comments:

“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.”

With tape handling reduced, copying times lowered and the speed of fault tracking increased, BBC Archives are now working their way through the backlog of material awaiting quality control.

The team has learnt lessons about resilience and redundancy along the way and is now confident that it has now mastered an improved method of fast and safe content archiving.

News archives, comedy shows, dramas and documentaries are now secured for future audiences.

Whether it is released on disk, broadcast as TV repeats, made available via an online platform or simply pored over by social historians, years of D3 archive have been preserved for posterity.

The project being given priority because of was the impending obsolescence of the D3 format tapes that the content was originally recorded on.

Facing the prospect of holding years of programmes on unusable tapes, the archives team needed to transfer the content to modern media, quickly, safely and accurately.

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