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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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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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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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Colorfront makes its debut appearance @BCA2018 with The Media Village

colorfront_logo2Colorfront is a developer of award-winning on-set dailies and transcoding systems which are utilized by small, medium and large companies alike, to process and deliver media for Hollywood blockbusters, high-end episodic TV and OTT internet entertainment.

It will be making it’s debut appearance at Broadcast Asia 2018 with The Media Village, its reseller for the Southeast Asian region. On show at BCA2018, booth #6H4-04, is their flagship product, Transkoder. Read More

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Flanders Scientific @BCA2018: From HD to 4K & HDR Mastering

Once again, The Media Village is pleased to have Flanders Scientific at our booth at Broadcast Asia 2018 with an exciting lineup of monitors catering to a range of requirements, from HD to 4k, including a range of solutions for HDR preview, monitoring and mastering. On the floor show at Broadcast Asia:

  • XM310K – 31″ 4K Mastering Monitor
  • XM650U – 65″ UHD OLED
  • DM240 – 24″ 10-bit LCD
  • DM250 – 24.5” 10-bit OLED

Bram Desmet, CEO of Flanders Scientific will be at the booth throughout the show to answer any questions you have on their displays or on how HDR will

Bram will also speak at the Innovation Hub, on Level 6 of Suntec Singapore from 12:20pm – 12:40pm on Thursday, 28 June 2018. He will be presenting on the topic of “HDR, Wide Color Gamut and UHD / 4K Monitoring Past, Present and Future”.

Visit The Media Village and Flanders Scientific at Broadcast Asia #6H4-04, Level 6, Suntec Singapore.

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Media ASYLUM to launch BMD-Certified “Introduction to Resolve 14 (101)” course

In December 2017, Blackmagic Design announced the first course under their new DaVinci Resolve Training and Certification program.

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Known as ‘Introduction to Resolve 14 (101)’, this is a 3-day course, covering the various aspects of DaVinci Resolve; editing, colour correction and audio; and includes the official Blackmagic Design end-user exam. Read More

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The Media Village at Broadcast Asia 2017

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The Media Village is pleased to return to Broadcast Asia (Booth #6G4-04)!

BroadcastAsia2017 Exhibition

Date: 23 – 25 May, Tuesday – Thursday
Venue: Level 3 to 6, Suntec Singapore
Opening Hours: 10.30am – 6pm daily

Do take note that the show has moved back to Suntec Singapore this year and is no longer held at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre.

Once again, The Media Village will be showcasing the latest updates and releases from a host of our leading edge partners.

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