Brings TV Selects Tiger Box for
Avid Shared Storage

Ralf-at-work-460W In Germany, broadcasters ARD and ZDF turn to Ralf Brings of Brings TV to handle the production of UEFA Champions League and national BundesLiga reports. “My clients rely on my attention to detail, technical knowledge, vast experience with live sports production, as well as my expertise with Avid systems” says Brings.

In 2013, Brings TV needed a new mobile production unit to handle the increasing workload, and so began the search for a truck and the required equipment. Working with Cologne’s Speed Systems, Brings TV designed an optimized workflow that would provide the performance and reliability required for live and produced video content, and still come in on budget.

The worldwide popularity of football (soccer) continues to grow with international viewership of championship events in the hundreds of millions. And as with other sports, fans’ appetite for content is filled with traditional broadcast TV and online content. This demand, before, during and after matches, provides enormous opportunities for leagues and broadcasters, and requires innovative and advanced production methods to deliver regular stream of news, highlights, and interviews both on air and online.Sprinter-380W

In Germany, broadcasters ARD and ZDF turn to Ralf Brings of Brings TV to handle the production of UEFA Champions League and national BundesLiga reports. Text-2With a wealth of experience in the production of live sporting event broadcasts, Brings TV has the knowledge and expertise required to manage the complexity of mission-critical real-time mobile HD production and distribution, including baseband and filebased delivery. “My clients rely on my attention to detail, technical knowledge, vast experience with live sports production, as well as my expertise with Avid systems” says Brings.In 2013, Brings TV needed a new mobile production unit to handle the increasing workload, and so began the search for a truck and the required equipment. Working with Stephan Crock of Cologne’s Speed Systems, Brings TV designed an optimized workflow that would provide the performance and reliability required for live and produced video content, and still come in on budget.

Traveling to different stadiums around Europe, Brings plugs into the broadcaster’s production grid.Multiview CL-420W“We need to capture four streams of HD simultaneously, Text-3 and in order to deliver our final content no more than ten minutes after a match is over, we edit material as it is being captured.” Brings edits league news and highlights from the matches, adding player and management interviews to match footage recorded after the games.

It was clear that the shared storage solution they would select would make or break the project. “We needed a system that would support our Avid workflows, but also that would fit into our mobile production truck’s limited space. Also, I wanted the highest quality system that would offer the reliability I need for this demanding, time-sensitive work. I am German after all! And of course, the price had to be right.” EquipmentRack-T-Box Speed Systems had the answer and sent Brings TV a Tiger Technology Tiger Box for evaluation. “Tiger Box is easy to setup and use, and its web interface is better than those of more expensiveText-4 shared editing systems we looked at. We were very impressed. We tested the Tiger Box by recording over 100 hours’ worth of material into the system, and Tiger Box met all our requirements.”

Brings TV and Speed Systems selected Dell servers equipped with AJA Corvid cards for capturing live 1080i50 4:2:2 HD XDCAM source material. All the source material is normalised using Lynx Technik video processing cards. Editing would be done with the nativeText-5 XDCAM 50 Mbit material or DNxHD 120 on HP Z800 based Avid systems. After evaluating the bandwidth requirements, Brings TV selected a 32 TB Tiger Box with 9 x 1 Gig Ethernet connectivity.

Of course, failure is not an option when delivering news and sports content, and Tiger’s 24/7 technical support team was a key consideration when selecting Tiger Box. “We have been using the system for three months, and have only contacted Tiger support twice. Our small issues were quickly resolved.”

“The Tiger Box is a great piece of equipment, and solidly built. I don’t know of any other system of this size that has this level of performance, and I am very satisfied with Tiger!”