For several years, at RCN Televisión they have been restless with the evolution of information technologies that have permeated all areas of audiovisual production. To respond to this scenario, a couple of years ago they created a new development area for small implementations tailored to the Canal that help workflows and make the generation of content more efficient.
"The engineering area works hand in hand with the technical and executive producers of novels, unitaries and news, to meet and solve their needs technologically. The team of the technical vice-presidency has 120 professionals divided into a team of engineers and another of operators of areas that cover many technological disciplines, "said Andrés Galeano, Technical Vice President RCN Televisión.
Regarding the technology adopted by the Canal, he added that they are always open to what the market offers, but they are limited to their vision of generating content and trying to prioritize what they cost / most efficiently. They have developed systems internally based on generic servers that lowers storage costs in an important way and allows, with the development of internal software, to generate very efficient workflows, in parallel with the other systems of traditional brands.
For this, the engineering team maintains a constant training, mainly from the hand of the manufacturers of the equipment and systems used in the operation of the Canal. Today they have tools such as MAM, transcoding systems and flow managers. In addition, they are exploring technologies that are based on IT to make products that facilitate the generation of content.
Adoption of new technologies
To acquire technology, RCN Televisión prefers to have someone locally who helps show the use of the new equipment and systems that collaborate with the creation of industry. "Sometimes local suppliers exceed costs and force shopping areas to look for alternatives. But we always consider the efforts of suppliers to maintain local support and help generate knowledge about certain technologies, "he said.
All the productions of RCN Televisión are in Ultra HD, focused mainly on series and novels. Due to the distribution of content today, sports and news, they are made in HD quality. They are evaluating how the distribution systems are going to be developed, either in OTT, but they do not yet see that distributions can be made in Ultra HD.
Year after year the qualities improve and they try to reach higher. But they have always had a concern to produce and record novels, which is the most careful content, with the best formats, cameras, lighting systems and flows that optimize the qualities in recording and sound. Obviously without neglecting the production of sports and news.
Andrés Galeano commented that this year they are ending the adoption of DTT under the Colombian model and consider that an open TV adoption of a standard that allows Ultra HD transmission is still not seen in the panorama. From the point of view of subscription television, they do not see the adoption of these technologies in the near future either. Although they are analyzing how to offer the products they are doing in Ultra HD through the digital platforms of the Canal, either in the web portals or in the applications.
"The digital strategy is concentrated in the portals and applications to deliver content. We analyze how to develop them to deliver more content and provide more advertising options. On IP, the channel is waiting for real products and not those that apparently comply with that technology but are still brand and are not interoperable with the rest of the industry under the 2110 standard, "he said.
Currently from the Presidency of the Canal are discussing and analyzing what are the strategic projects that from the technology should execute RCN Television in the medium term. Some topics are IP, renewal of production infrastructure from HD to Ultra HD, task in which they are advancing. They are also exploring the automation of live production, for news as well as sports and magazines.