On the connectivity side, Avid Interplay Delivery was chosen to connect the two MBC locations in Dubai – the first such deployment in the region – and it was critical that the file-based workflow was properly connected to ensure that the production team could continue to work seamlessly across both sites.
“TSL really played an amazing role in ensuring the connectivity and they had a very high level of commitment and really worked around the clock to make sure the project happened,” Bacho explains.
TSL Systems also implemented the Dante audio networking protocol at the MBC Studio City facility – the first project where this was used by TSL – providing the production team with a variety of audio and integrated control of the audio network. TSL’s senior network architect and audio architect were on hand to configure the switches, ensuring that the new audio set-up was ready to go live once on site.
As part of the project, TSL Systems also delivered training to MBC staff where needed.
The MBC Studio City site went live on 5 March 2017, with no disruption to MBC’s live channels.
Thanks to the extensive experience of TSL Systems’ local team, they delivered a system that incorporated the best-of-breed technology that MBC wanted and was able to suggest alternative ways of implementation that made the same system more flexible.
The Avid Interplay Delivery enables fast file transfer between two Avid servers, allowing seamless workflows across the two MBC sites with teams being able to easily access sequences and shot lists regardless of location.
With the newly installed Dante audio network, MBC’s audio engineers are now able to share the resources between the two galleries over a standard IP network, giving them a more dynamic way of working compared to traditional patching or routing.
“The support we had from TSL was really amazing, and they were extremely flexible when it came to changing the scope during the project as the production team came up with different requirements and ideas – even if it meant having to make changes to the infrastructure,” adds Bacho. “TSL met our expectations and they delivered on the quality, design and infrastructure needs of MBC.”
Armando Ramos, Senior Broadcast Engineer, says, “The level of the knowledge and experience TSL performed added an extreme value and flavour to this project. I was in charge of commissioning the offsite build, where I noted TSL’s commitment to implementing the design and configuration we asked for in a very professional way that showed great effort and skills. I also want to mention the team spirit of TSL that really speeded up the project, with minimal supervision during the implementation onsite. It was well engineered and it was definitely a great experience with TSL.”
By pre-building the system while the civil works were being carried out meant the TSL project team could test it ahead of time, with just live testing and final deployment to needed on site once the civil works were completed. This allowed TSL Systems to bring the project in within MBC’s aggressive timeline.
Summing up the project, Samra adds: “I’m very proud of this project, and the fact that we delivered the latest technology – including those that were introduced for the first time in the region – and studio facilities on such a tight deadline. The outcome really exceeds our expectations, not only as a project team but for MBC management and sponsors too.”
Ramos concurs: “We drafted the design on paper and we asked for a maestro to implement it. Well done, TSL.”