Marina automation and Dolphin integrated channel technology form part of a wide-reaching technology upgrade at the Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), Manhattan’s public access television station.

The system, which encompasses MNN’s ingest, QC and playout infrastructure and workflows, is supplied via Diversified Systems, Inc., and installation of the first phase has already begun, with the second and final phase due for completion in 2015.

Marina automation will be controlling a total of 9 fully redundant Dolphin playout channels (7 SD and 2 HD), and the system features a ground-breaking implementation of Dolphin’s flexible Flash graphics capabilities, delivering a web player look and feel to the channels’ output. In addition to providing SD and HD outputs, each Dolphin is also capable of providing full resolution IP output streams.

12 ingest channels are provided and a further 12 ports are configured for review purposes. Marina controls 6 VTRs for ingest and emergency playout, together with an Evertz router. Three client stations are provided, for transmission, scheduling and ingest, with the ingest client able to carry out up to 6 concurrent ingest operations together with media review, QC checks, and clip segmentation.

Hector Pena, Manager of Broadcast Operations at MNN, explains further:

We are upgrading the entire operation to HD and increasing our channel count from 4 to 9, so an upgrade of our automation and playout infrastructure was a priority. The tight integration of the Dolphin channel in a box with Marina was a real plus. We were also impressed with how customizable and easy to use the Marina automation system is: anyone who is familiar with industry-standard desktop editing tools can jump straight in and do clip marking and segmentation on it. This keeps training to a minimum and really makes the transition to this new technology easy for us.

Eric Openshaw, General Manager at Pebble Broadcast Systems, comments:

Our Marina and Dolphin solution provides MNN a big step forward allowing them to manage ingest, QC, and playout from the same system while automating their file workflow around a central nearline storage system.  The use of the graphics and DVE capabilities within Dolphin will give their channels a fresh modern feel in addition to the continued flexibility to change the look as their requirements evolve.