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NEWS MANIPULATE & EDIT “ If broadcast engineers, heads of technology and their ilk had just one vocational wish right now we are pretty sure it would be this: We wish that manufacturers and developers would work more closely together. It’s no secret. Gone are the days when a bit of kit – or a whole heap of kit from a single vendor - could do just about everything in a studio, OB truck, post house or playout facility by itself. And the world is a better place for that improved choice and lack of a monopoly. But, as a result, with so much content coming in (in so many different forms), so many tools available to manipulate it and so many outlets for it to be delivered to, the interoperability and integration of products, including old ones with new ones, is a huge challenge. Therefore it is always good to see companies acknowledging that conundrum by working hand-in-hand. One example this month sees EditShare team up with Object Matrix. On announcing the deal EditShare managing director Tara Montford hit the nail on the head. She said: “As our customers expand and develop the sheer volume of assets required for their projects, it becomes essential for EditShare to partner with like-minded developers to provide cost-effective options. Working with our friends at Object Matrix does exactly that, bringing together the best in nearline scalable solutions with the speed, resilience and diligence of our EditShare shared storage and Flow MAM platform.” Ignore the hyperbole about the products themselves. The fact is they have acknowledged the importance of not working in isolation if want to provide ‘cost effective solutions’. Their systems, like the companies themselves, need to work hand-in-hand in order to make things more efficient. It might not be as revolutionary or newsworthy as a new product but making products talk to one another is vital and will surely make many people’s wishes come true. “ Film scanning Grading Salford’s 3sixtymedia, owned by ITV, has installed a Baselight TWO colour grading system with Blackboard control panel and 20 Baselight for Avid plugins for its Avid editing stations and Protools dubbing theatres. “Producers and directors have always expected to see the best pictures wherever they are,” said Neil Parker, senior colourist at 3sixtymedia. “If they see something in one room, they expect to be able to see it across the entire facility. The Baselight workflow means we can achieve this. A director or producer can be in one of our three dubbing theatres or six finishing suites and see the latest grade, without waiting for projects to be transferred or pictures to be rendered.” The installation at 3sixtymedia follows a similar implementation at ITV Studios’ new Coronation Street production base adjacent to MediaCityUK. Both use Avid ISIS as the central shared storage, with editors and grading workstations accessing common data and colour and effects information stored as metadata. 16 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 99 MARCH 2015 A fully working prototype of DFT’s new Wetgate technology, first announced at NAB 2014, will be on view at the DFT both at this year’s show (Booth SL13605). Specifically designed for Scanity HDR, it provides real-time organic ingest and management of difficult-to-solve historical film transfer issues such as dust and scratch removal. The new Wetgate is designed for archive owners who need a scanner that is able to handle a range of problematic and historically-aged film issues. DFT will also be demonstrating its new small gauge film gate strategy, showing the optional 16 plus LGA for its Scanity and new Scanity HDR models. The LGA will be available for order and delivery by mid- 2015, with further details and price information available on the stand. DFT will be demonstrating this 8mm inlay for the 16mm gate working on the stand.