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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.
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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.