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Director/Founder of The Media Village and Media ASYLUM.

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EditShare’s Hybrid Media Foundation Helps TV5 Increase Content Production by Up to 40%

For any broadcaster, the goal is zero downtime and Philippines based commercial broadcaster TV5 is no exception. The network recently overhauled its media infrastructure, upgrading its production facilities located in Reliance and Novaliches to EditShare’s collaborative secure EFS shared storage and FLOW media management. As with any big upgrade, the focus is on a smooth phased roll out approach. However, with a global pandemic forcing the world into lockdown and turning traditional production on its head — enabling remote production capabilities near overnight became critical for TV5’s business continuity.

A media island in need of security and collaboration

A subsidiary of telecommunications giant Philippine Long Distance Telephone company (PLDT), TV5 is one of the Philippines’ three major broadcasters. Over a thousand media professionals are dedicated to creating and delivering news, sports and thematic programming for the Philippine community and beyond. In 2019, TV5 began collaborating
on content production and delivery with PLDT subsidiary channels. The goal was to develop entertainment content that could be distributed across their own channels as well as multiple sister networks, including international and digital channels.

Global content distribution on this scale held significant revenue and audience share opportunities, but also presented one major initial challenge. Every production workstation within the TV5 environment was an island with no networked collaborative storage. File sharing, even between two computers in the same room, was done using external hard drives and USB drives.

This had been the case for several years until Angelito R. Salazar Jr. joined the TV5 production team as head of post production in late 2014. He quickly realized the inefficiencies and numerous data security risks waiting to happen.

“Everyone was able to access and remove the files, albeit using inconvenient portable storage,” Salazar said. “It was an unsecured and disconnected way to store files. But what really caught my attention was the potential of hard drive failure. Our workstations are standard computers. The content stored on those drives is valuable and vulnerable. A drive failure or system crash could wipe out millions of files.”

A connected, secure foundation

That scenario triggered TV5’s move toward centralized media management and shared storage. TV5’s first experience with EditShare came in 2016, using a 96-terabyte version of the EFS media optimized file system that according to Salazar, “was a small but very important step in the right direction.” In 2019, the network upgraded to a more fully featured version of the EFS system, mainly for file sharing across its two sites but they quickly realized it could do much more.

The two TV5 sites are approximately 30 kilometers (about 19 miles) apart. Each site is equipped with a variety of older and newer creative solutions including Apple’s Final Cut Pro® 7 and the latest Adobe Creative Cloud® applications running on a mix of Mac and Windows-based systems, all supported by EditShare’s open platform.

TV5 moved the original EditShare storage system to the smaller of the two sites, adding an EFS 40NL node for near-line parking storage of finished projects and content that may need to be repurposed in the short term. The main site installed an enterprise EFS450 model with additional 40NL parking storage nodes. Complementing the tiered storage at both sites was EditShare’s FLOW media management, which includes FLOW Automation and AirFLOW for remote access and production.

All was going according to plan when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, putting all traditional in- studio and on-location productions on indefinite pause. Fortunately for TV5, the progress the team had already made with EditShare allowed them to easily adapt and quickly pivot into remote production workflows.

Salazar and team had begun using AirFLOW to remotely manage incoming and outgoing content prior to the shutdown. Uploaded content was automatically stored on the EFS shared storage system located at the main site and then automatically replicated to the secondary EFS and available to everyone on the network. As a result, outside producers and advertisers could still submit packages via AirFLOW during the shutdown.

“Everyone immediately saw it was working. Since we started using AirFLOW, it’s actually saved content owners and producers a lot of inconvenience in terms of access and contribution.”

Angelito Salazar Jr.

Creating a house format keeps content flowing for remote teams

TV5 uses QuickTime as a common wrapper for its standard DVCPRO-50 production files while its sister channels use MXF. Leveraging FLOW’s automation capabilities, TV5 created a common house format for sharing content across sites and sister channels.

“I asked our sister channels if we could remain on DVCPRO-50 and I would just gear up the container to MXF. We discovered FLOW has the ability to just quickly rewrap files instead of first having to transcode to another format. I gave everyone test files coming from the rewrapping of FLOW Automation and it worked.”

Angelito Salazar Jr.

When the lockdown hit, TV5 could no longer produce new shows and had to tap deep into their content archives for program content, which was all saved as QuickTime MOV files. The automated house format file delivery
was a gamechanger for the production team sharing program content and overall business continuity.

Secure remote review and approval

EditShare’s end-to-end smart workflow solutions has allowed TV5 to create a secure network enabling the team to remotely access content and facilitate the often extensive review and approval process – a critical element of keeping the operation moving.

EFS user privileges and project sharing capabilities gives TV5 a more secure environment for managing media files. EFS tightly controls access, allowing only authorized users to access content, with all access attempts centrally monitored through the realtime EFS Auditing dashboard. Salazar comments. “Today, if you’re using project sharing with Final Cut Pro, only the authorized people who are editing the program with you can access the content. Before, you just plugged in your USB key ring and took the files you wanted.” Salazar elaborates on the security measures,

“Access is governed by EFS administration with EFS auditing real time tracking for any suspicious behavior. Just recently an important file had been deleted, we were able to quickly track down what happened and have it restored.”

AirFLOW, which is tightly connected with EFS and thus EFS authorized access privileges, provides a secure private network for accessing content and facilitating proxy-based review and approval workflows.

Automating more than 50 manual tasks increase content production by up to 40%

TV5’s automated workflows, which have freed staff from many manual, time intensive tasks, are powered by EditShare’s FLOW Automation.

Working closely with EditShare pre sales team Ee Wah Wong, Salazar estimates TV5 has automated more than 50 processes that were once done manually and streamlined the workflows for an average of 200 files per day ranging from 15 to 90 minutes in length.

“EditShare professional services was key in designing the automated workflows. Ee Wah in particular dug deep into our operation to understand the review, approval and delivery process, helping me create the best possible workflow design.”

Salazar elaborates on the time savings, “With the pandemic, our company increased its content production by 30 to 40 percent. Thanks to FLOW automation the increase did not translate to additional resources. Nor did it add to the current workload.”

As productions begin to return in some form, Salazar and TV5 are confident they are well- equipped for future growth with EditShare’s open, secure and scalable media asset management and shared storage platform.

The TV5 solution was commissioned and installed by EditShare and EditShare sales partner Media Village located in Manila and Singapore.

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Flanders Scientific & The Media Village showcase 4k and HDR Mastering Displays at Broadcast Asia 2019

Once again, Flanders Scientific will be participating at Broadcast Asia together with The Media Village. This year’s product lineup focusses on 4k and HDR monitoring and mastering, featuring 3 monitors in the top-end XM series – the XM310K, XM311K and XM551U.

Also featured is the DM240, the best selling FSI monitor in our region, present in many HD editing and color grading suites throughout Southeast Asia.

Come visit us at Broadcast Asia 2019 from 18 to 20 June 2019 at Suntec City Convention Centre Hall 6, #6E4-01

XM310 – 31″ 4K Mastering Monitor

The XM310K is a 31″ true 4K resolution HDR and SDR reference master monitor equipped with professional 12Gbps SDI inputs. The XM310K qualifies as a Dolby Vision mastering monitor.

A peak luminance of 3000cd/m2, support for both PQ and HLG EOTFs, multiple color gamut selections, and a contrast ratio in excess of 1,000,000:1 make the XM310K ideal for a wide variety of demanding HDR workflows.

HDR Compatibility Rating: Mastering

Many professional HDR displays have a peak luminance of just 1000nits. With a peak luminance of 3000nits, the XM310K is three times brighter making it one of the brightest commercially available professional HDR monitors.

XM311K – 31″ 4K Mastering Monitor

The XM311K is a 31″ true 4K resolution HDR and SDR reference master monitor equipped with professional 12Gbps SDI inputs. The XM311K qualifies as a Dolby Vision mastering monitor.

A fullscreen peak luminance of 1,000cd/m2, support for both PQ and HLG EOTFs, multiple color gamut selections, and a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 make the XM311K ideal for a wide variety of demanding HDR workflows.

HDR Compatibility Rating: Mastering

XM551U – 55″ UHD OLEDXM551U

The XM551U is a professional reference monitor designed for color critical monitoring of 4K, UHD, and HD signals. It features the latest large format OLED panel technology offering outstanding black levels and overall picture performance. The XM551U is well equipped for SDR content mastering as well as PQ and HLG HDR monitoring.

HDR Compatibility Rating: Monitoring

DM240 – HD Mastering

The award-winning DM240 is our best-selling model and is found in colour grading suites all across Southeast Asia. It is a durable, lightweight, efficient, and color critical professional broadcast monitor. Industry leading fast mode processing, a durable all metal chassis, and our most advanced feature set make the DM240 ideal for applications ranging from production to post.

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EditShare Showcases Award Winning Lineup of Media Workflow Solutions at BroadcastAsia 2019

Basingstoke, UK — June 4, 2019EditShare® a technology leader in intelligent scale-out storage, media asset management (MAM) and automated quality control (AQC), will be displaying the sought-after solutions HelmutFX, a back-office solution that provides Adobe Premiere Pro CC projects and users management via EditShare Flow, and VBox, the next generation ‘Channel-in-a-Box’ playout automation system, at this year’s BroadcastAsia. EditShare will also feature it multi-award-winning EFS storage platforms, Flow media asset management, now featuring new Emmy award winning multicam and remote editing capabilities and support for a raft of new storage vendors, and IMF-ready QScan, which provides HDR compliance verification capabilities to Dolby Vision certified post-production facilities.

The solutions will be displayed on stand #6E4-01 at BroadcastAsia on June 18th-20th, 2019 at the Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre in Suntec City, Singapore.

Attendees can book a private demo with an EditShare workflow expert to see the solutions first-hand by contacting sales@editshare.co.uk or stopping by the stand.

About EditShare Media Solutions at BroadcastAsia 2019:

HelmutFX – Back-office solution available now through EditShare resellers

HelmutFX, an Adobe Premiere Pro CC projects and user management back-office solution from broadcast workflow expert MoovIT, is now available through EditShare’s worldwide reseller network. HelmutFX simplifies the project management of enterprise scale Adobe creative deployments and enhances Adobe workflows with EditShare Flow media asset management platform.

The toolset integrates elegantly to add a layer of control and automation, to assist with managing a broad range of administrative and organisational tasks. Modular in design, HelmutFX is able to communicate with all connected systems (ingest, archive, backup, MAM, PAM, etc.), enhancing workflows and removing complexity, providing editors with more freedom to focus on creative production. This provides EditShare customers with the option to enhance and expand their workflow even more, which is at the core of the company philosophy HelmutFX is available for purchase at: editshare.com/products/helmut-fx.

VBox – ‘Channel-in-a-Box’ Playout Automation

EditShare’s VBox is a turnkey, compact playout solution designed to meet the needs and demands of modern broadcast centres, satellite operators and telcos. VBox is a next generation ‘Channel-in-a-Box’ playout automation system that provides complete peace of mind to channel operators battling with the myriad IP playout codecs and HD and UHD formats. It’s a 4K video playout solution with built-in on-air graphics, a full remote playlist and transfer management in one easy to use, cost-effective compact server solution.

VBox is approved to work with EditShare’s smart workflow tools such as QScan AQC and Flow MAM, as well as EFS storage nodes for mission-critical playout. With VBox, EditShare offers an entire end-to-end solution from ingest to automation, making it a versatile, purpose-built playout platform with the flexibility to meet the needs of every TV station. For more information, visit editshare.com/products/vbox.

EditShare EFS – Storage Designed for the Future of Media & Entertainment

EditShare’s fluid media ecosystem facilitates sharing of content and ideas through organized access of media on an open platform that integrates all industry standard video and audio editing systems, color grading solutions and visual effects applications. Its flagship enterprise EditShare EFS scale out storage solution is developed for large-scale media organizations, supporting hundreds of users simultaneously with embedded tools for sharing media and collaborating across departments, across sites, and around the world.

In addition to showcasing EditShare’s multi-award-winning EFS storage platforms, attendees can also see EditShare’s latest advancements to its EFS Auditing technology, the industry’s only real-time auditing platform designed to manage, monitor and secure your media from inception to delivery. EFS Auditing keeps track of all digital assets and captures every digital footprint that a file takes throughout its life cycle, including copying, modifying and deleting of any content within a project.

Driving home the innovative power behind EditShare’s EFS Auditing solution, the proprietary technology just received the prestigious 2019 NAB Show Product of the Year Award in the Storage category for being the first real time purpose-built shared storage file auditing solution for the Media and Entertainment industry. IABM, the International Association for Broadcast & Media Technology Suppliers, recognized EFS Auditing as a game changer in storage content security at IBC 2018 with the “Best Storage” product award.

Flow 2019 – Innovating Remote Editing Workflows

EditShare will be showcasing the recently announced Flow 2019 extension 3. The latest update to its software-defined media asset management (MAM) solution simplifies media sharing and collaboration with embedded production tools to track, search, retrieve, edit, and automate media and media processes across on-premise and cloud-based storage solutions.

Flow 2019 Extension 3 also expands editing functionality to include the Emmy award-winning multicam technology developed for Lightworks.

In addition to major performance improvements across the board, Flow 2019 extension 3 adds support for new storage vendors while expanding its cloud-based support for Azure, Google, S3, Wasabi, and Backblaze with cost-effective scale up and scale down workflows. Flow 2019 extension 3 offers a flexible way to sync multiple cameras and footage together, including separate video and audio clips into one combined asset that can have tracks individually altered to change sync where needed. The asset can then be logged, shared and edited all within the Flow Story client allowing for simple and even shared editing between multiple Flow Story clients at the same time.

With support for MOS protocol in Flow 2019 Extension 3, journalists can create placeholders, craft stories and send for approval and distribution without having to jump from one application to another. Based on assignments from the NRCS, news clips are automatically created in Flow 2019 as sequence placeholders with news content edited in the Flow Story module and pushed to the NRCS when final. Flow 2019 automatically alerts the NRCS that the news clip is ready for distribution.

EditShare Flow 2019 is available today in three packages: Basic, Advanced and Enterprise. Volume pricing is also available. Users can test-drive Flow by downloading a free 14-day trial at my.editshare.com. For more information, visit flow.editshare.com.

QScan – IMF-Ready and Support for Dolby Vision HDR Compliance Testing

QScan’s wide-ranging model offering allows users to incorporate automated quality control processes into facilities and workflows of all sizes and demands; additionally, its new IMF capabilities opens doors to global business opportunities. With more content than ever being distributed in multiple languages over multiple platforms, QScan supports IMF workflows, allowing users to create one bundle with the variation in language and distribution encapsulated.

EditShare QScan models now also sport a new node-based IMF dashboard that gives users a visual “top-down” look at their IMF packages, demystifying the complexity of reading IMF bundle compositions for media professionals.

EditShare is also now providing Dolby Vision certified mastering post-production facilities new HDR compliance verification capabilities with its QScan product line. Unique to QScan, all vital information is displayed along a timeline with thumbnails. This visual breakdown of the data makes it simple for users to identify where problems within the content may appear and thus resolve any compliance delivery issues with greater efficiency and earlier in the production/post-production.

Each QScan product is fully endorsed and approved by the AMWA (Advanced Media Workflow Association).

About EditShare

EditShare is a technology leader in networked shared storage and tapeless, end-to-end workflow solutions for the post-production, TV and film industries. Our groundbreaking products improve efficiency and workflow collaboration every step of the way. They include video capture and playout servers, high-performance EFS central shared storage, AQC, archiving and backup software, media asset management, and Lightworks – the world’s first three-platform (Windows/OS X/Linux) professional non-linear video editing application.

©2019 EditShare LLC. All rights reserved. EditShare® is a registered trademark of EditShare.

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DaVinci Revolve 15 Free Training Videos from Blackmagic Design

Over the last week or so, Blackmagic Design has been releasing a number of free online training videos that cover the various aspects of the software. In case you missed it, here they are, organised according to function.

Hours of fun awaits! We will be updating this page as more content is released, so stay tuned! 

Color Grading

DaVinci Resolve 15 – The Art of Color Grading

DaVinci Resolve 15 – DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel

Editing

DaVinci Resolve 15 – Introduction to Editing

Fusion – Visual Effects

DaVinci Resolve 15 – Fusion VFX and Graphics

DaVinci Resolve 15 – Fusion VFX in 3D

Fairlight – Audio

DaVinci Resolve 15 – Fairlight Audio Production Part 1

DaVinci Resolve 15 – Fairlight Audio Production Part 2

Media Management and Content Delivery

DaVinci Resolve 15 – Managing Media

DaVinci Resolve 15 – Delivering Content

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Upcoming Colorist courses from the International Colorist Academy

INTERNATIONAL COLORIST ACADEMY CERTIFIED COURSES

INTRODUCTION TO COLORIST STRATEGIES
20 – 22 August 2018 | US$1,680

  • A 3-day class based on the colour module within DaVinci Resolve 15, this introductory course is for anyone interested in the craft of the colorist.
  • Ideal for editors, DPs, DITs, VFX artists and anyone with a desire to learn more about color grading.

ADVANCED COLOR WORKFLOWS
23 – 24 August 2018 | US$1,280

  • A 2-day course based on the colour module within DaVinci Resolve 15, this advanced course builds on the knowledge acquired from Colorist Strategies and deals with topics like camera raw workflows, LUTs, working with animated shapes and keyframes, secondary grading with 3D keyers, advanced colorist techniques etc.
  • Ideal for anyone wishing to widen and hone their colorists skills

LOOKS & MATCHING MASTERCLASS
25 – 26 August 2018 | US$1,280

  • Attendees must have at least 1-year of color grading experience or have attended either and Introductory or Advanced course from the International Colorist Academy
  • Using footage that represent different TV and film genres, with a variety of camera sources (Sony F3, Arri Alexa, BMD URSA etc), this 2-day, hands-on course explores the creation and matching of a range of ‘looks’. Student discussion and role playing is included and participants are encouraged to bring their own footage.

SPECIAL TRAINING BUNDLES

BUNDLE 1: ‘Introduction to DaVinci Resolve 15’ plus ‘Introduction to Colorist Strategies’
Sign up for both courses at a special bundle price of US$880

BUNDLE 2: ‘International Colorist Academy’ Bundle.
Save US$1,300 when you sign up for Introduction to Colorist Strategies’ plus
Advanced Color Workflows’ and/or ‘Looks & Matching Masterclass’

TRAINING GRANT

Singaporeans & Singapore Permanent Residents who qualify for the iMDA Talent Grant (Training) scheme may get up to 90% subsidy off the training fees for the following courses:

  • Advanced Color Workflows
  • Looks & Matching Masterclass
  • ICA Bundle

Contact Media ASYLUM for more details

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Edit | Color | Fusion | Fairlight. Get a complete overview of what DaVinci Resolve 15 has to offer

INTRODUCTION TO DAVINCI RESOLVE 15

A BLACKMAGIC DESIGN CERTIFIED COURSE
Next Course: 20 – 22 July 2018 | US$380 | Few seats remaining

DaVinci Resolve is the first software to combine professional editing, color, visual effects and audio all in a single integrated workflow, while offering true multi user collaboration!

This is a 3-day course which covers all aspects of DaVinci Resolve 15: editing, colour correction, visual effects and audio.

  • An overview of the course as follows:
  • Organising a new project
  • Assembling a rough cut
  • Timeline editing
  • Applying transitions and effects
  • Working with audio on the Edit page
  • Mixing sound in Fairlight
  • Adding Effects on the Fusion page
  • Adding Primary color corrections and secondary adjustments
  • Designing creative looks
  • Delivering a final program
  • Managing media and databases

It’s ideal for anyone new to DaVinci Resolve or for anyone who seeks to grasp the basic understanding of the 4 main tabs in the software: Color, Edit, Fusion & Fairlight; and how these work together.

The course includes the official Blackmagic Design online end-user exam. Participants will obtain certification from Blackmagic Design upon successfully passing the exam at the end of the course.

SPECIAL TRAINING BUNDLE

‘Introduction to DaVinci Resolve 15’ plus ‘Introduction to Colorist Strategies’
Sign up for both courses at a special bundle price of US$880

Contact Media ASYLUM for more details

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Flanders Scientific XM310K Now Shipping!

The XM310K is the brightest commercially available professional HDR monitor in the world with an astonishing peak luminance in excess of 3,000cd/m2. Flanders Scientific started accepting orders for the XM310K a few weeks ago and is happy to announce that the first deliveries are happening this week.

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Mixing Light Interview

We sat down with Robbie Carman of Mixing Light to discuss HDR Mastering, the XM310K, and the challenges of grading at high nit values.

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You can listen to the interview here.