Bayerischer Rundfunk, Germany

Bayerischer Rundfunk, Germany

For German broadcaster, Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), Medway froms a universal media exchange interface to its production and broadcasting centre, known as Sendezentrum Freimann (SZFM) in Munich, where it enables media files to be transferred seamlessly between various large-scale systems from a range of manufacturers.


Marquis Broadcast has been working with BR since early 2005 to identify an optimised workflow for SZFM that streamlines production and broadcasting processes without incurring compatibility issues between the systems. Medway was installed with additional software development work from Marquis in order to meet BR's specification.

The primary function of Medway within SZFM is to provide an interface between the shared storage environment, comprising 5 Avid Unity systems networked with multiple nonlinear editing systems, and the rest of the infrastructure, comprising broadcast automation, playout and media management facilities. Users are able to locate and access files across multiple systems. For example, journalists are able to work with sequences of low resolution clips and submit these for craft editing, with Medway ensuring that high resolution copies of selected video clips are accessible and delivered to the appropriate workstation from any location on the new SZFM production and broadcasting infrastructure.

Medway is also responsible for the extraction and transfer of all metadata relevant to each type of file transfer. This metadata is extracted from a range of sources, including reference files, file headers or databases as appropriate.

"The SZFM centre is a massive and ambitious undertaking using only the most technologically advanced systems," said Mr Gerstmayr, Project Management SZFM, Head of TV Planning, Bayerischer Rundfunk. "The task of supplying the interface between each system to ensure compatibility and overall streamlining is critical to its success. We believe the Marquis team has the required level of expertise and has displayed unique talents in guiding us this far."

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