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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.

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EditShare – More than just shared storage

More facilities are looking beyond just the traditional needs of shared storage and collaborative workflows, as the amount of data they have to manage increases and workflows become more demanding.

As the EditShare reseller for Singapore and the Philippines, our recent installations certainly reflect this trend. Here are some examples of the challenges that our customers face and how integrating EditShare’s solutions helped overcome them.

Managing Production Assets

Shoot ratios have increased. According to some of our clients, a 10 minute final delivery could generate 2 to 4 hours of rushes. The discipline associated with shooting on film or tape seems a thing of the past, as file-based acquisition liberates the shooter from any physical limitations that film or tape might offer.

With a host of affordable 4K cameras now available on the market, high-resolution acquisition is on the rise. This is leading to a marked increase in storage requirements and an increased demand on CPU and GPU performance on the editing workstation. Some facilities choose to transcode to a mezzanine format, in order to lessen the strain on the editing workstation, generating more media and introducing more versions in which to manage.

These then brings about the need to better manage the volume and the various versions of production assets.

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EditShare storage users are taking advantage of Flow, the production asset management software service that comes with every EditShare storage server. This allows them to search, browse, view metadata, log, create sub-clips and add markers. These additional tools allow for better organization of their media assets and for a truly collaborative workflow.

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Beach House Pictures, for example, who own a 3-node XStream EFS 450 384TB system (above), use Flow extensively in their production workflow. The tools in Flow are particularly useful in the documentary and tv series work, from the ingest phase through organising the media for the various post production process to the generating the final masters.

Singapore Press Holdings (Wanbao) also use Flow as a means for writers and editors to quickly locate the media that they need. They also have a long term objective in mind, which is to catalog their content for quick and easy retrieval in the future.

Remote Access

Moving Bits, based in Singapore are one of the early adopters of Editshare here, recently upgraded to the XStream EFS200 model. They were using their system without the Flow management tools for several years. Given the nature of the work that they did, they did not feel that production asset management tools would significantly increase their efficiency.

They then came along a project last year where the customer, located outside of Singapore, wanted the ability to review rushes as the project was being shot. Shoots were happening in various locations around in the Southeast Asian region, with the rushes being sent back to Singapore for editing.

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They decided that the easiest way to accommodate the clients request was to use Airflow, a browser-based client. Turning on proxy-creation for this project in Flow ensured that any ingested media had a low-res and streamable mp4 version automatically generated.

These proxy files were made assessable to the overseas client, so that they were able to review clips moments after they were introduced to the Editshare storage. Essentially, Moving Bits created their own private cloud. And all this process was done without the need of any additional work on the part of the Moving Bits staff.

Archiving projects and media

When we visit facilities that have been in business for more than 5 years or so, we often see data ‘archives’ in the form of spinning hard drives. In some facilities, we see more than 200 hard drives dedicated to archiving projects and their associated media. An Excel or Google sheet usually accompanies this library of hard drives, acting as a means to link media to drive.

Many of these archives grow organically. As the production company grows and takes on more and more projects, the natural tendency is to use the same hard drives that were used to store the rushes as a means to archive the project and media, with a little house-keeping and organisation before tucking it away on a shelf.

Over time, shelves full of hard drives emerge and several challenges begin to surface. One of the common and often frustrating challenge that facilities face happens when you try to find something. An excel or google sheet only helps to some degree and is reliant on the accuracy of the data that is input. Surprisingly, many facilities rely on memory when it comes to the details contained in their archive, which is a problem when a key member of the staff or management leaves.

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Looks familiar? Many facilities end up with shelves full of hard drives as their archives.

We hear stories of editors spending hours, sometimes days, plugging hard drives in and out of his workstation, one after another, browsing through folder after folder, looking for the clips that are needed.

And that is if the hard disk works at all. The moving parts of a hard drive don’t like to stay immobile on a shelf and we often hear of drives that fail to work when needed. An expensive trip to a data recovery centre often follows if the content is deemed to be of value.

The facility owner begins to ask himself if there’s a better and more cost effective way to this. What seemed to be a simple and cost effective way to store away projects and rushes often turns out being unreliable, with costs that keep growing.

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How does EditShare help solve this? By offering Ark Tape, a 24-slot or 48-slot, LTO 7 tape library solution. LTO technology have long been used in banks, data centres etc. and is a proven technology for long-term, safe and reliable archive of data. Each LTO 7 tape holds 6TB of data and costs in the region of US$100, making it the ideal archive medium for the media and entertainment industry, which consumes large amounts of data.

What really sweetens the deal is the combination of Flow and Ark within the Editshare eco-system. When used together, it creates an environment where content is managed from the time it is ingested, through the post production process and onto the archive phase. All throughout, users can browse proxies of the content, whether the original high-res media resides on the Editshare server, in the tape library or is off the tape library and tucked away on  a shelf. Flow always know where the content is.

2 recent clients chose Flow and Ark, for slightly different reasons:

Hoods Inc., who have been in the TV content creation business for more than 10 years, found that it was just taking too much time and resources to retrieve archived content, without putting a proper media asset management in place.

August Pictures is another company that’s been in business for more than 10 years and have amassed a huge library of content during this time. It aims to properly catalog their large library of projects and media.

Better Workflows

Facilities are always looking for ways to increase the productivity and reliability of their production and post production processes and workflow. Editshare offers a number of products and features to help achieve this.

Automated workflows

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There are some processes in a typical production or post production workflow that are tedious, repetitive or prone to errors. Editshare offers Flow Automation, an additional layer of intelligence to Flow . Repetitive tasks like copying, moving, deleting, transcoding and organizing projects or media spaces can be triggered at regular times of day or week or based on user actions.

It’s easy for the average user to design workflows as well, through an easy-to-use node-based interface.

Automated Quality Control

3xmonitors_QScan-bigIn modern media workflows, the earlier any issues are found, the easier and faster it is to rectify them. To achieve this, Editshare also offers QScan, a family of fully-featured Automatic Quality Control (AQC) systems, engineered to check the integrity of media files at user-definable points in a production workflow. Failure to check could result in major headaches further down the line. For this reason, Quality Control is often carried out at the start and then at the end of a workflow, either as a manual or an automatically scheduled operation.

Qscan is also available as a stand-alone product and not restricted to the Editshare server environment.

File Auditing

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Editshare’s File Auditing feature essentially tracks every operation made on any piece of content that resides on the Editshare eco-system, by any user on the network, over time. So if someone moves or deletes the file, whether it’s done accidentally or maliciously, the system tracks it and is able to tell who moved it and when. Enforcing this level of accountability makes for a more secure environment.

To conclude

Editshare is a great partner for any facility to have, with their software tools and features that go way beyond just shared storage, helping a facility to better manage the ever increasing amount of content that it handles.


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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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Learn Virtual Reality Filmmaking at Media ASYLUM

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Virtual Reality is one of the most exciting technologies emerging today. Go to any technology or content creation exhibition and the VR booths are the ones that capture the crowd. We are also starting to see VR content being included amongst film festivals.

The idea of immersing ourselves in a alternative world and interacting with things in 3D space; things that would previously exist either on a screen or in our imagination; is a unique and truly captivating sensory experience that most of us have not participated in before.

Producing Virtual Reality content may, at first glance, seem a complex task but in reality, the key concepts are within the grasp of anyone with basic media production knowledge.

The ‘Cinematic 360 Production for Virtual Reality Experience’ course is something new at Media ASYLUM and is being introduced for the first time this year as a result of requests from many media practitioners in the industry.

The short 3-day course is intended to equip participants with the necessary basic skill sets required to start producing and capturing cinematic 360 VR content. It teaches how to plan and script for a VR shoot, understand the various 360 camera rigs that are available and knowledge of VR headsets and content distribution. Most of all, it focuses on how VR offers a different and unique way of story-telling from the more traditional forms that are currently used.

Leading the course is Lionel Chok, Creative Technologist at iMMERSiVELY, a creative startup specialising in immersive technologies, such as Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality for corporates and businesses. With a background in television production and a passion for Augmented and Virtual Reality, Lionel offers participants a wealth of knowledge and experience to tap on.

IMDA Talent Assistance (Training) Grant

This course is approved under the IMDA Talent Assistance (Training) Grant scheme, which means that Singaporeans and Singaporean Permanent Residents are eligible for up to 90% subsidy on course fees (subject to IMDA terms and conditions).

 

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Flanders Scientific new remote utility combines monitor control AND BoxIO control into a single powerful application.

The IP Remote Utility provides useful toggles and controls for management of your AM, BM, CM, and DM series monitors as well as BoxIO units.

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Quickly change operation mode and channel settings, load LUTs to BoxIO to toggle On & Off quickly, Update Firmware, Manage BoxIO IP addresses and WiFi settings, and capture frames at full resolution that can be saved instantly as a .JPG, .BMP, or BoxIO .RAW image.

Many features require the use of BoxIO Firmware 1.51 or newer. You can find updated firmware here.

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Control AM, BM, CM, and DM series function keys, menu keys, and quickly switch inputs.

On DM series monitors, capture frames at full resolution that can be saved instantly as a .JPG, .BMP, or BoxIO .RAW image.

ScopeStream

The world’s first real-time Waveform and Vectorscope transmitted directly from your BoxIO or DM series monitor to your computer with no additional equipment needed. Simply connect your DM series monitor and computer to the same network and use the IP Remote Utility.

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IBC updates from Flanders Scientific

IBC is underway in Amsterdam and Flanders Scientific have some fantastic updates, with new products, capabilities and prototypes making their IBC debut.

XM310K First Look

Announced at NAB 2017 and making an appearance at IBC is the brand new XM310K.

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  • 31″ 4K monitor
  • 4096 x 2160 native resolution
  • HDR reference mastering monitor
  • Support for multiple HDR formats
  • 2,000 cd/m2 peak luminance
  • 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio

See more information and specifications now at FlandersScientific.com/XM310K.

XM550U Production Model on Display

Also making its debut at NAB 2017, a production model of the new XM550U is now on show at IBC.

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  • 55″ UHD Monitor
  • 3840×2160 UHD native resolution
  • OLED panel
  • SDR Mastering Monitor
  • HDR Preview Monitor
  • Supports 12G, 6G, and Quad 3G SDI connections

See more information and specifications now at FlandersScientific.com/XM550U.

New DM Series Features

The DM series monitors have seen some great new features added to them, including Customizable Multi-Color Waveform and 3rd Generation Focus Assist.

Can’t make it to IBC? You can find videos highlighting these functions and other popular features such as PAP and Adjustable LUM Coloring at FSI’s Vlog page at FlandersScientific.com/vlog/.

Here’s an example, showcasing one of the latest features, Side-by-Side Monitoring Overview. FSI’s unique live side-by-side monitoring feature allows for mixed formats, mixed frame rates, and even mixed input types to be viewed together in PAP, PIP, or POP configurations.

New Lower Price on DM170

The incredibly powerful 16.5″ DM170 has a new list price of just $3,495*

  • DM170_2017_250.jpgReference Grade 16.5″ 10bit panel
  • Wide Gamut Capable (100% P3 Coverage)
  • 3G/HD/SD-SDI inputs and outputs
  • Connects directly to your favorite on set grading applications (internal / real-time LUT box)
  • Ultra power-efficient @ just 23 Watts
  • Durable construction with all metal chassis and optional gorilla glass screen protector
  • Lightweight and portable (8 lbs / 3.6 kg)
  • Features 3rd Gen Focus Assist, ScopeStream, Adjustable
  • Exposure Check, new Multi-Color Real Time Waveform

*US List price. Asian price varies with shipping, etc.

Email us for more information & pricing.