ProfileThe BBC, the world’s leading public service broadcaster, makes its mission to enrich people’s lives with programs that inform, educate and entertain. From television and radio to breaking news, this broadcasting giant constantly delivers world-class content around the globe.
ChallengesIn 2012, BBC broadcasted its Planet Earth Spring program, a critically acclaimed series following the lives of some of the world’s most magnificent creatures. Covering five locations throughout the world, from Kenya to California USA, the project required transferring large amounts of video footage from many geographically dispersed areas for post-production and editing.
SolutionThe BBC, a customer of FileCatalyst integration partner Quicklink since 2003, routinely used Quicklink’s outstanding Store and Forward solutions for its file based reporting. To help achieve huge amounts of data transfer from edited video files, the series implemented the Store and Forward LNG solution integrated with FileCatalyst accelerated and managed file transfer software.
Store and Forward is a method implemented by Quicklink by which a video file is digitized into a computer and stored on the hard disk. The large video file is then compressed using Quicklink’s extremely high quality compression to make it smaller and quicker to transmit. After the file is encoded, even slow or unstable networks can be used to transmit broadcast quality files. The file may be transmitted either to a user’s own Quicklink Playout server or to Quicklink’s News Warehouse Cloud for further distribution.