Dutch national TV and film archive choose Viz One for MAM

Vizrt has been chosen by Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid to provide an extensive upgrade of its MAM platform, which is comprised of more than one million hours of television, radio, music and film.

Vizrt has won the TVBAward for achievement in asset management for the Viz One workflow at NISV.

The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (Dutch: Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid, or short, Beeld en Geluid) recently decided to replace its extensive asset management IT platform consisting of a number of tailor made systems with a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) Media Asset Management (mam) system by issuing a EU Tender in June 2014. In November 2014 Vizrt, a leading provider of production tools for the digital media industry, was awarded the contract as the highest scoring amongst its competitors.

"The main challenge we had during the European tender was to find a mainstream vendor that understands our demands and special needs of a Media Asset Management system at NISV. It was clear through the answers and solution offered by Vizrt, that not only do they understand our needs but that they could deliver a mainly off the shelf product" said Phillip Maher, Project Manager Beeld en Geluid

The solution consists of Viz One, Viz One Workflow Engine and a Web Portal (by xailabs.com) destined to guarantee sustainable preservation of the Dutch audio-visual heritage and to make it accessible for as many users as possible. Viz One will provide core services to search, view, select, license and order digital media assets. The archive comprises more than one million hours of television, radio, music, and film and is serving the eight Dutch public broadcasters as the long term archive. All programing for the Dutch public broadcasters come in digitally every day and media professionals as well as the general public will benefit from the new solution.

Viz One for content management

Viz One will be managing multi-tenancy ingest, browse, creation, transfer and archiving jobs in a reliable way. Viz One will also serve archivists inside NISV with the tools needed to catalogue content and to make it searchable by utilizing thesaurus terms coming from an external SKOS compliant thesaurus provider. Viz One will serve as the long term storage for "contracts" being negotiated between licensees and rights holders. Having both, assets and contracts indexed in a powerful search engine will give an exact view on the rights situation of an individual asset within the archive.

With Viz One’s feature rich RESTful third-party API, Viz One can expose all information together with video to eligible consumers, such as media professionals logged in through the Web Portal implemented by Vizrt´s partner xailabs, a company in Berlin (having already delivered big portals for Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone).

Viz One Workflow Engine

The Viz One workflow engine, with its capability to deposit business logic, will orchestrate tenant specific ingest routes of various content providers. The "TaskUI" module will provide additional task and monitoring features for all incoming license requests and serve as the backend for submitted orders. It interfaces with a billing system to hand out transactional and media associated costs to the front end (Web Portal).

Web Portal (by xailabs)

The Web Portal will bring a webshop-like shopping experience to media professionals and the public. For rights-affected content, license requests must be issued, whereas requests can be on a subclip level (with the help of the clip list composition feature of the web player). The search experience for end users (media professionals and public) will be similar to the powerful search features of Viz One Studio because of the direct interface with the Viz One third-party API, exposing (amongst others) facets and suggestions.

“With Vizrt priming the deal, an ecosystem with carefully chosen products of top notch vendors and Viz One at its core, we believe this to be the future foundation of the Dutch national heritage with the ability to grow even further and to provide best-of-breed services to our clients.” (Jan Müller, CEO Beeld en Geluid)

About Beeld en Geluid

The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (Dutch: Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid, or short, Beeld en Geluid) is the cultural archive and a museum located in Hilversum. The Institute for Sound and Vision collects, looks after, and provides access to over 70% of the Dutch audio-visual heritage. In total, the collection of more than one million hours of television, radio, music and film that began in 1898 and continues to grow daily makes Sound and Vision one of the largest audiovisual archives in Europe.

Download the NISV Viz One Case study.pdf