Category: Asset Management

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EditShare at BCA 2017!

EditShare are pleased to be attending Broadcast Asia 2017, where you can find out the latest release information, some sneak previews plus see a demo from our experienced staff.  It has been a busy and exciting start to the year for EditShare as we have launched our new EFS 200 and 300, acquired QUALES QC, Partnered with Imagine Communication alongside winning ‘Best In Show’ award at NAB 2017!

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EditShare Brings Its New Media Management and Scale-Out Solutions to Broadcast Asia 2017

Basingstoke, UK — April 24, 2017 EditShare® a technology leader in intelligent shared storage and media management solutions, will be showcasing its 4K, 8K and beyond media management solutions, including the brand new XStream EFS single-node models, at Broadcast Asia 2017 on stand 6H4-01. Attendees can book a private demonstration with an EditShare expert to discuss their workflow needs and how EditShare solutions can help at: www.editshare.com/book-nab-demo.

About EditShare XStream EFS Scale-Out Storage and Brand New Single-Node Systems

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The premium XStream EFS storage platform is a powerful, distributed, scale-out file system combined with a highly resilient architecture, specifically developed for media intensive workflows. It’s designed from the ground up to support large-scale workgroups requiring high-bandwidth, high-volume media ingest, transcoding, online collaborative editing and multiplatform distribution of HD, 2K, 4K and beyond. Whether a one-node or multi-node system, every XStream EFS model supports media sharing and collaborative editing with non-linear editing applications such as Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro X, Grass Valley Edius and EditShare Lightworks, and can easily be expanded to increase capacity and bandwidth. For ease of use and administration, all XStream EFS systems present a single namespace, regardless of the system size. And unlike many SAN storage solutions, the performance of XStream EFS does not decrease as storage use increases. Its continual optimal performance and outstanding reliability are backed by RAID 6 technology.

XStream EFS 200 Configuration Options

The XStream EFS 200 is a single-node configuration with 12 enterprise-grade HDDs offering 24, 48, 64, 96 or 128 TB of raw storage capacity in a 2U space saving form factor. The XStream EFS 200 is “EFS Native Client” compatible. Client workstations connect via a lightning-fast, multi-threaded client to achieve a performance boost of 20% or more compared to legacy SMB and AFP network protocols. In addition to media management capabilities such as advanced project sharing, the XStream EFS 200 ships with five Flow production asset management licenses and an Ark archiving application. For a full description of the XStream EFS 200 model, please visit www.editshare.com/products/xstream-efs-200.

XStream EFS 300 Configuration

For customers who need greater capacity and lower cost per TB (usable) than is available with XStream EFS 200, they can step into the XStream EFS 300. Equipped with 16 drives, the XStream EFS provides 28, 56, 84, 112 or 140 TB of usable capacity in a 3U chassis. Along with increased capacity, the EFS 300 has additional processor power delivering increased bandwidth capability and stream counts. Like the EFS 200 series, the EFS 300 is “EFS Native Client” compatible and benefits from a performance boost of 20% or more compared to legacy SMB and AFP network protocols. In addition to media management capabilities such as advanced project sharing, the XStream EFS 300 ships with 10 Flow production asset management licenses and an Ark archiving application. For a full description of the XStream EFS 300 model, please visit www.editshare.com/products/xstream-efs-300.

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Optimizing Production and Post-Production Workflows with Flow

The expansive Flow production asset management platform adds an intelligence layer to EditShare shared storage solutions, offering extensive content indexing, search and automation capabilities to productions. The open platform also integrates a wide range of third-party solutions including Quality Control (QC) and file transfer system, connecting production and post processes for greater oversight of important media processes.

For remote workflows, Flow includes the web-based AirFlow and Flow Story applications. AirFlow allows staff to search, log, edit and play proxies in a web browser from any location. Users can securely download and upload proxy or high-resolution media from on-premise EditShare storage systems from anywhere in the world. With the same remote yet secure access to on-premise EditShare storage, the new Flow Story application lets editors and production teams directly assemble content, add voiceovers and collaborate with other NLEs for finishing, delivery or playout of packages beyond the borders of the facility.

While the reality of cost-efficient, secure cloud-based post-production is still in the distant future, hybrid cloud workflows provide the next logical step. EditShare’s hybrid solution combines current in-house storage with web-based tools, offering a safe, convenient and cost-efficient way to leverage the benefits of the cloud while minimizing the risks. The IBC2016 Innovation Award winner for content management, the combination features XStream EFS storage with integrated Flow, AirFlow and Flow Story for complete collaboration anywhere in the world.

EditShare Press Briefings at Broadcast Asia 2017

Members of the media are invited to contact Alex Molina at alex@zazilmediagroup.com to schedule a press briefing with an EditShare expert during Broadcast Asia 2017.

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 central shared storage, archiving and backup software, media asset management, and Lightworks – the world’s first 3-platform (Windows/OS X/Linux) professional non-linear video editing application.

©2017 EditShare LLC. All rights reserved. EditShare® is a registered trademark of EditShare LLC. All other trademarks mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

Press Contacts

Alex Molina
Zazil Media Group
(e) alex@zazilmediagroup.com
(p) +1 (617) 834-9600

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Strong functionality in storage and archiving from TransMedia Dynamics at BCA 2017

Broadcast Asia 2017, Booth 4H5-01: TransMedia Dynamics (TMD), the leading provider of asset and workflow management systems for digital and physical assets, is focusing on high performance storage and archive applications at Broadcast Asia 2017 booth 4H5-01, Suntec Singapore, 23 – 25 May. TMD’s range of media service applications run on the Mediaflex-UMS (Unified Media Services) platform – a uniquely powerful solution for all aspects of software-defined workflow management. It is scalable, cloud native, and can run on premise or in the cloud.

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TMD will showcase Paragon, an easy-to-use storage management solution that enables broadcasters, content owners and production companies to protect their video, audio, and physical assets long term using any combination of LTO tape, cloud, or MAID-III storage.

New Paragon features to be demonstrated include the native ability to explore Avid file systems, transfer projects, and complete clips or partial clips into and out of Avid storage. Paragon automatically extracts and stores Avid metadata and users can also create their own descriptive metadata templates. These functions allow users to locate, transfer, and start using content faster.

As a Quantum Preferred Partner, TMD now provides access to StorNext5 systems through Paragon’s simple user interface. Paragon can scale from a small office storage solution to a large multiplatform enterprise system.

For collections management, TMD will be showing their Guardian application. Already deployed at the Asian Film Archive in Singapore, Guardian provides workflows and functionality tailored to audio visual archive management. Organisations can manage, preserve, and deliver digital content while ensuring that the whereabouts of analogue content and artefacts are strictly tracked and maintained.

“With our established regional office in Kuala Lumpur, ongoing business with some of the biggest media companies in south-east Asia, and further improvements to our industry-leading platform, Broadcast Asia 2017 comes at a perfect time for us,” said Carlton Smith, CEO of TMD.

The TransMedia Dynamics Sdn Bhd sales team will be on hand to demonstrate the range of media service applications, and the unique benefits of the Mediaflex-UMS platform throughout the show on stand 4H5-01.

TMD’s presence at the recent NAB2017 show in Las Vegas:

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About TMD
TMD is a leading provider of software products focused on delivering media & content management solutions to the global media, broadcast and archive sectors. The Mediaflex® – Unified Media Services (UMS) platform provides a cloud-enabled, service-orientated architecture delivering media-aware, software-defined workflows supporting a wide range of media services, both from TMD’s own media service products and those of our partners. Mediaflex-UMS supports the management of both physical media, such as film and tape, as well as digital content. TMD’s flexible range of cost-effective packaged media service products for ingest, non-linear delivery, post production, DAM and archiving, are available individually or integrated into a Mediaflex-UMS platform for complete and scalable end-to-end workflow solutions. The Chameleon browser interface has been designed to be easy to use, requiring little to no user training and can be used with all of TMD’s media services. Headquartered in Aylesbury UK, TMD’s global reach includes office locations in the USA and Australia. For additional information on TMD products and services, please visit http://www.tmd.tv

Head Office:
TMD Ltd.
Tower House
High Street
Aylesbury
HP20 1SQ
UK

UK Contact: Mary Wyatt
Telephone: +44 1296 745080
Email: info@tmd.tv
Web: http://www.tmd.tv

Press contact: Jennie Marwick-Evans, Manor Marketing
Telephone: +44 7748 636171
Email: jennie@manormarketing.tv

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Stepping into the cloud with a secure hybrid solution

Post houses are increasingly viewing cloud-enabled asset storage and content management as a must-have toolset. Editors and production teams need quick access to content wherever they are, and the cloud can offer benefits such as wider content availability, flexibility of scale-up/down and cost benefits. The reality is, implementing full cloud-based workflows is not easy or cost-effective or fully secure. The adoption of a hybrid workflow that combines current in-house storage with web-based tools offers a safe, convenient and cost-efficient way to leverage the benefits of the cloud while minimizing the risks. Read More

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Bringing Reliability to the Unpredictability of Reality TV

Synonymous with reality TV, Endemol’s 2015 production of Wild Island was set in a remote location off the coast of Central America. The German-produced series, supported by MoovIT production services, featured 14 ordinary citizens left to their own devices to survive on an uninhabited tropical island with no food or water for 28 days. With six cameras covering the action and antics, the production team, who were located on a neighboring island fours hours away by boat, brought an EditShare XStream EFS with integrated Flow to wrangle the 20 to 30 hours of footage they received per day.

No Downtime Mandate Met

On-location team member David Merzenich, manager at MoovIT, cites XStream EFS’ high availability and no single point of failure architecture as key to keeping pace with the production’s 24-hour turn on dailies and zero downtime goals. “I was already very familiar with EditShare storage technology and put their new XStream EFS model through a test run for this particular project,” he says. “The high availability configuration was really ideal given the unpredictable conditions of the on-location post setup.

David explains the challenges they faced on location: “Utilities such as electricity were prone to frequent outages, especially when it was high tide. The electrical grid was located at the beach’s edge, and the power would come and go with the tide. Adding to the environmental stress we lived with day-to-day was knowing that replacement parts, should we need something we didn’t plan for, were at least a four-day wait due to the remote location. Our production afforded no downtime, and having equipment that could survive the hostilities of weather, power outages and more was necessary.

Based on a distributed, parallel and fault-tolerant file system, XStream EFS is designed to manage large volumes of media, ultra-high data rates and the complexities of intense media environments, leveraging key technologies like SwiftRead to mitigate resource contention.

Putting Order to the Mass Amount of Media Captured

In addition to a rock-solid shared storage foundation, the team also needed a way to corral the large amounts of content received on a daily basis. Enter EditShare Flow, a robust media asset management platform fully integrated within the EFS solution. Serving as the control layer for managing content, Flow provided the production team tools to automate the daily ingest of content from camera card to EditShare XStream EFS server. Fast-logging templates captured important details, adding metadata to content and making it easily searchable – no tying up multiple editing systems to offload footage or losing valuable editing time searching for the right shot.

We set up post in several hotel rooms with the EditShare XStream EFS server in the middle room and the surrounding rooms filled with Avid NLE systems,” says David. “We connected the entire setup via Ethernet. It required about 40 meters in total. Everyday the Wild Island cast would receive blank CF cards for their own handheld cameras, which were a mix of Canons, GoPros and Sony Action Cams. Add in 14 separate audio recorders that we had floating around, and we had lots of different files and formats to deal with back in post. But Flow really helped by automating a good deal of the ingest process and supporting a proprietary application we use for syncing audio.

Part of the ingest process required a proprietary sync tool for anything that wasn’t shot with a GoPro. Each day, 14 audio clips that were approximately 12 hours in duration had to be matched with approximately 200 video clips, totalling 30 hours.

After syncing the clips, we used the Flow Scan feature to bring the combined material into EFS,” David says. “This was a slightly different use-case scenario than the straightforward Flow Ingest that we did for GoPro captured material. Regardless, just like the straightforward Flow Ingest, Flow Scan generated a proxy file for every clip. This allowed us to log and assemble all of the proxy clips targeted for production into ‘project’ folders, which were reviewed by staff 6,000-plus miles away in Cologne, Germany, using the private cloud module, AirFlow to facilitate a secure remote collaboration workflow.

Facilitating Remote Collaboration – Cutting Post Time in Half

Critical to the editorial review process was EditShare’s AirFlow, which allowed production staff in Cologne, Germany to connect to the “Wild Island” storage server via the internet. The team in Germany was able to review the proxy files and, if necessary, download the high-resolution files locally, make notations and edits and then upload for the on-location team.

AirFlow was a great add-on for us,” David says. “It allowed a lot of people located in Germany to actually watch and comment on the clips and even the sequences we created on location. There was no exporting or re-encoding, no uploading to another platform. Our media was secure. AirFlow was very simple and incredibly helpful for reviewing and getting direction on material. In the end, it was a huge time saver and allowed us to be much more creative with developing the show.

The editors imported the AirFlow proxies into Avid Media Composer and assembled scenes and complete programs. When the shooting was over, the high-resolution storage was flown back to Germany and the Avid sequences were relinked to the high-resolution material. David explains the productivity impact of the remote collaboration workflow: “This saved us 50 percent on the usual post-production time. It’s a workflow we have tested extensively, and the amazing thing is that AirFlow supports this same kind of workflow, not only with Avid but also with other editing applications such as Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro.

Also assisting in the creative development onsite was EditShare’s advanced project sharing capabilities. Shipped as part of the shared storage environment, EditShare project sharing allowed editors to share projects and collaborate on story development, which is key in the fast-paced productions of reality TV productions.

The XStream EFS system really gave us the margin of safety we needed with the content,” David says. “The decision to go with the new model was the right one. We needed to know that this system would be operational, regardless of what was thrown at it. The performance was so amazing that after one of the power outages, we didn’t even recognize that we forgot to power up one of the nodes. Really impressive.

But there are two parts to the success equation for this setup. “Flow really helped us organize the massive amount of clips we had,” David says. “The support for Avid and the ability to work with proxy files really made the editorial workflow so much faster.

For more information on EditShare solutions, please visit www.editshare.com.

Equipment

EFS System:
2x MDC
4x EFS Node (32TB each)
2x Arista 7050 TX-64 Switch
Flow Databaseserver (32 TB)
Flow Worker Node
1x Flow Ingest
10x Flow Browse

Workstations for Logging:
9x HP Z440 Workstation
Avid Media Composer 7.4
1 Gig Ethernet Connection

Camera Equipment:
6x Canon XF305
9x Canon XF105
40x CF Cards (128GB/64GB)
7x GoPros
4 Sony Action Cams

Audio Equipment:
4x Zaxcom IFB 200 TC Transceiver
45x Zaxcom ZFR300 Audio Recorder
9x Zaxcom ERX2TCD Timecode Receiver
45x San Disk Ultra 16GB SD Cards

Backup/Archive:
1x Sony ODS –D55U Optical Disc Archive
30x 1,2 TB ODC 1200RE

Source: http://www.editshare.com/case-studies/cs-wild-island