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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Technology Updates


How Israel's Channel 2 made the file-based workflow switch with Telestream

The broadcaster has invested in a major upgrade to file-based systems, including transcode farms and automation.Israel’s Channel 2 Places Telestream Vantage at Heart of News Gathering Operations.Telestream has announced the successful implementation of a major transcode farm, file-based content ingest platform and intelligent workflow automation system at Jerusalem-based broadcaster, Channel 2 News. Managed by Israeli systems integrator, Draco, the project sees the leading news broadcaster moving away from tape-based production systems to a digital tapeless technology environment.

Initially, Draco specified Telestream Vantage as the central transcode farm for all of Channel 2’s newsgathering needs. Later the project evolved as Vantage was defined as the main production workflow platform for the news broadcaster’s Arab Desk. For this application a Telestream Pipeline, coupled with Telestream Vantage TranscodeProConnect with Advanced Avid option, enable an automated Check-in to Avid Interplay and Avid storage systems, providing Channel 2 News with the fastest possible process for ingesting content into their news production system.

A major investment in digital file-based production technology for Channel 2, Draco has developed a production environment that comprises asset management, an advanced news production system, 20 suites of post production resources, server-based playout, two foreign desks with 22 acquisition channels and a transcode farm supporting ultra-fast news turnaround workflows, which are split over two discrete sites.

“The nature of modern newsgathering requires an ability to ingest all content in every format and so we were drawn to Telestream Vantage by the wide variety of video formats that it supports,” commented Eli Neeman, business development manager at Draco. “Another key factor is the well-established and advanced integration between Telestream and other vendors. In this case, the seamless integration between Telestream and Avid was critical.”

Avid’s newsroom technology is central to Channel 2’s new digital production system while Telestream Vantage provides the primary ingest channel into this file-based environment. Vantage can import a wide spectrum of content from baseband video to various file formats, transcoding the content into the production format required by Avid.

“Telestream’s ability to create smart and advanced workflows, making content ingest and transcoding a fast and intuitive process identifies Vantage as a valuable production resource to us,” said Rami Daniel, CTO at Channel 2 News. “We gave Draco a challenging wish list, but by working with a group of leading technology vendors, they have developed a news production solution that exceeds our hopes and dreams.”To tackle challenging editing projects within an Avid workflow, users need to be able to ingest and transcode media and metadata from incoming video feeds, assets and files.

“The transcoding solution needs to be a seamless extension of the Avid workflow. It’s got to work fast, support the user’s I/O needs, automate mundane tasks and dovetail with Interplay and ISIS,” comments Paul Turner, VP of enterprise product management at Telestream. “Vantage interfaces seamlessly with Avid workflows to solve the most complex transcoding scenarios and optimize the digital media creation experience. It sits at the heart of Avid workflows to enable fast, automated media ingest and transcoding that optimises the content creation process.”

Telestream’s Vantage media processing platform enables transcoding on the fly for Avid MediaCentral, Interplay Central, Media Composers, NewsCutters and other Avid Media Suite systems. It empowers the smart execution of tasks such as media ingest, merging caption files, extracting metadata from XML and storing media and metadata on ISIS.Vantage serves as an I/O bridge to Avid workflows, automatically handling media from content creation to distribution. It provides faster than real-time transcoding of video, audio and metadata – in fact Vantage enables ‘Edit While Ingest’, so editors can get a jump on editing while the media is still being processed.

Vantage supports a broad range of 4K, HD/SD-SDI video, camera and media files and codec formats, updated regularly so editors stay current. Editors can directly submit a timeline from Media Composer, including data tracks, through Avid’s new Simple AAF export options.The Telestream Avid combination offers operational efficiencies, such as direct, secure software communications [based on Avid SDKs] linking Vantage, Interplay and ISIS through Web services.

Vantage supports all Avid editing configurations, such as stand-alone Media Composers, Avid ISIS-based workgroups, and cloud-based editing.“The entire decision-based Vantage workflow occurs as an integrated, transparent background process within Avid workflows,” explains Paul Turner. “When mundane, manual tasks are automated, human errors are eliminated, people are more productive and creative, and significant production time and money are saved.”

The digital news production system was entirely new to Channel 2 News but working together, Telestream, Avid, EVS and Draco insured that the customer had all the workflow design, installation, operational support and training services that they needed. As a result, the new facility has functioned flawlessly since it went online.

Forwarded by :- Swamy DN dns_v@yahoo.com

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