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Griffin Communications Selects Marquis & SGL Archive Offering For TV News Stations

sgl-hp-logoSGL, a leading provider of content archive and storage management software for media and entertainment, has announced a contract win from Griffin Communications’, owner of TV stations KOTV News On 6 (Tulsa) and KWTV/News 9 (Oklahoma City). Griffin Communications has purchased Marquis Broadcast’s Project Parking archive and restore solution, which will be fully integrated with SGL’s existing FlashNet archive system. Griffin Communications reaches over 90 per cent of Oklahoma households via its two TV stations, state-wide radio network, online, and mobile information distribution service.

Marquis Broadcast’s Project Parking will provide the Griffin stations with a fast and cost-effective archive and restore process, by creating a complete copy of any Avid project and media onto the FlashNet storage device. By providing a simple vehicle for archiving all media associated with a project, Project Parking enables the stations’ Avid operators to archive complete projects safely, quickly and easily between systems within the same facility or between sites.

“Project Parking is the smarter way to manage shared edit storage,” confirms Chris Steele, Managing Director, Marquis Broadcast. “Marquis’ solution offers an intuitive toolset to analyse and manage projects and their media to optimise shared storage utilisation. In combination with FlashNet, archiving and subsequent access to stored media will now be made the most straight-forward task possible for Griffin Communications.”

Doug Wynn, SGL’s VP Sales Americas adds, “Project Parking for FlashNet gives users the tools to improve the efficient use of edit storage, reduce capital expenditure on additional edit storage and improve reliability and speed of archiving. We’re delighted to announce this sale to Griffin Communications and look forward to announcing additional joint Marquis and SGL sales in the coming months.”

FlashNet, SGL’s highly scalable content storage management system, provides resilience, flexibility and adaptability. Regardless of the installation size or environment, SGL FlashNet's clustered architecture and open system approach provides secure, future-proof solutions that fit together seamlessly.  

Südwestrundfunk (SWR) Parks Projects with Marquis

Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software, has announced Südwestrundfunk (SWR) the regional public broadcasting corporation serving the southwest of Germany has selected Marquis’ Project Parking to move projects and help manage its edit storage more effectively. Project Parking which was purchased through reseller Media Online Frankfurt, is now used in the broadcaster’s Stuttgart and Baden Baden facilities.

Storage Analysis Summary 1280 x 800 “Project Parking is used to transfer huge Avid-Projects, which are not currently being worked on, from the ISIS to an IT-Storage,” explains Frank Kleiner, Dipl. Ingenieur Fernsehtechnik (FH) SWR. “This means we can use less expensive IT-Storage instead of the Avid ISIS to archive large Avid-Projects. In this way we save time and free-up storage.

“We selected Project Parking from Marquis as it is the only tool which has the functionality to archive/move Avid-Projects in an Interplay-Environment to external storage,” continues Kleiner. “Typically we use the functionality for managing our longer broadcast magazine content and formats.”

“Project Parking enables you to take complete control of your edit storage,” explains Ben Miles, business development manager, Marquis Broadcast. “Projects can be prioritised by size, location, age and then archived to second tier storage at the touch of a button, snapshots of versions of projects can be taken, or files moved from one location to another, while still maintaining a usable and easily accessible format for future use. Duplicated and orphaned files can be found and deleted, all helping optimise valuable edit storage space.

“In addition, Project Parking enables the transfer projects from different locations to tiers of storage as required,” continues Miles. “After archiving and transferring media off-line - selected Projects or Bins can be restored and merged with the original media back on-line. A detailed report is produced upon completion of an archive providing certain knowledge that the project will be in exactly the same state when restored.”

Project Parking works as it understands the relationships between Avid projects, folders and bins and all its media. It does this by examining all project files and compiles a list of complete media references. Project Parking then looks at all the media and matches the project references to that media allowing the application to complete some very useful tasks including the analysis of workspaces and the archive and transfer of projects. This in-turn allows edit storage to be ‘freed-up’ and back-up and recovery becomes a straight forward task.

Project Parking has proved popular with broadcasters and post houses around the world and is in use at the likes of leading facilities such as: Fox International Channels UK, German public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), RTL9 and Česká televize, based in Prague.

Project Parking Enhances Edit Storage Management for seaside productions

Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software, has announced seaside productions GmbH, German creative agency for on air promotion, design and post production, is now using Marquis’ Project Parking to help manage its edit storage more effectively. The Munich based agency purchased Project Parking through reseller Videocation and the solution will be used on on-air promos for the ProSiebenSat.1 TV channels.

seaside“We now use Project Parking for monthly sweeping of orphaned files and exporting finished projects to our archive server,” explains Jörg Goeßler, general manager, seaside productions. “This keeps our central storage neat and clean and frees up storage space.

“In this way, Project Parking helps us to manage our workflow after edit projects are finished and the final sequence is archived,” continues Goeßler. “Project Parking sweeps only those files that were used by the specific project leaving files needed by other projects in place. It means we are able to avoid the need to invest in further storage.”

“Project Parking enables you to take complete control of your edit storage,” explains Ben Miles, business development manager, Marquis Broadcast. “Projects can be transferred, content backed-up and parked projects can be restored quickly and easily.

“By analysing all of your Avid projects and media you can cross check these against Interplay and acknowledge which projects are using up the most space, how old the projects are, what workspaces the media is residing in and identify orphan or duplicate media,” explains Miles. “Project Parking then cleverly gives you the tools to either transfer, archive or delete this material as needed.

“With Project Parking, users can create project archives based upon bin selection, move projects between tiers of storage or transfer to different locations easily,” continues Miles. “After archiving and transferring media off-line, selected Projects or individual Bins can be restored and merged with the original Project or into new Projects enabling the effortless creation of Highlights, revisited and revision of programs.”

Project Parking has proved popular with broadcasters and post houses around the world and is in use at the likes of leading facilities such as: Fox International Channels UK, German public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), RTL9 and Česká televize, based in Prague.

Chris Steele Appointed as Marquis Broadcast MD

Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software, has today announced the appointment of Chris Steele as managing director. Steele joins the company from Quantel. He takes over from Peter Davies who will step up to become chairman of Marquis Broadcast.

Chris Steele“I have a great deal of respect for the skills and experience of the team at Marquis and I am looking forward to developing a long term vision for the company,” confirms Steele. “There will be many opportunities as we move into the brave new world of IP production and Marquis is well placed to supply the necessary solutions to help integrate the multi-vendor streaming workflows of the modern broadcast world.”

Chris Steele has wealth of experience, starting out in live broadcast at ITN. He has worked in various organisations including Digital Vision AB and The Foundry, in addition to eight years as co-founder and director at Parallax Software Ltd. He also spent time as director at OMG plc where he started the company 2D3 and took Boujou, the world’s first automated camera tracker, to market. Boujou subsequently won an Emmy. He returns to Marquis after 15 months as senior product manager at Quantel.

“Chris Steele’s appointment is part of a package of investment into Marquis which is designed to support our channel and enable the business to continue expanding,” confirms Peter Davies. “We are delighted to welcome Chris back. With his background in the original design of some of our leading solutions, including Project Parking and X2Pro, he is the ideal fit to help take Marquis to the next level by addressing and taking advantage of existing and future sector trends.”  

Facilis Technology and Marquis Broadcast Announce TerraBlock Compatibility with Medway and Project Parking

facilis-logoShared storage provider Facilis Technology and Marquis Broadcast, specialists in content workflows and media integration software, announced today that they’ve joined forces to qualify Medway and Project Parking products with TerraBlock shared storage. The strategic partnership will help Facilis customers take advantage of Medway’s extensive media and metadata tracking features for enhanced project management in Avid environments.

TerraBlock is Facilis’ multi-platform, high-capacity shared storage solution that facilitates highly collaborative workflows in post production and content creation environments. Supporting 8/16Gbps Fibre Channel and 1/10Gbps Ethernet through the Facilis Shared File System, TerraBlock delivers advanced performance with industry-standard creative applications. Medway is Marquis Broadcast’s comprehensive software toolkit that integrates broadcast platforms by providing transfer and format conversion tools for media and metadata, and Project Parking is an intuitive solution for analyzing and managing media to optimize shared storage utilization.

“Our customers desire the flexibility to work with a shared storage solution that best matches their specific workflow needs, so qualifying Medway and Project Parking with TerraBlock was a natural evolution for us,” said Simon Fearn, product manager, Marquis Broadcast. “We tested TerraBlock with our software and it performed seamlessly, giving editors the ability to share media and projects fast and efficiently.”

“Medway and Project Parking are exceptional tools for post production facilities and broadcasters, and there’s an incredible synergy between the software and TerraBlock. With these products working with TerraBlock, our customers with Avid setups can now opt for an integrated toolset that will streamline project management and accelerate turnaround,” shared James McKenna, VP of Marketing, Facilis Technology.

Marquis’ Project Parking to Help German Public Broadcaster Manage Edit Storage

brMarquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software, has announced the German public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) has selected Marquis’ Project Parking to help manage its edit storage more effectively at its Munich headquarters. BR, which already uses Marquis’ interoperability engine Medway, will now also use Project Parking to transfer projects, back-up content and allow completed, parked projects to be restored quickly and easily.

“Project Parking enables you to take complete control of your Avid Edit storage. By analysing all of your Avid projects and media you can acknowledge which projects are using up the most space, what workspaces the media is residing in and identify orphan or duplicate media. Project Parking cleverly then gives you the tools to either transfer, archive or delete this material” confirms Ben Miles, business development manager, Marquis. With Project Parking users can create project archives based upon bin selection, move projects between tiers of storage or transfer to different locations easily,” continues Miles. “After archiving and transferring media off-line, selected Projects or individual Bins can be restored and merged with the original Project or into new Projects enabling the effortless creation of Highlights, revisited and revision programs”.

“With Project Parking users can create project archives based upon bin selection, move projects between tiers of storage or transfer to different locations easily,” continues Miles. “After archiving and transferring media off-line, selected Projects or individual Bins can be restored and merged with the original Project or into new Projects enabling highlights, revisited and revision programmes to be created effortlessly.”

Marquis integration solution, Medway, was supplied as part of a major new AVID edit and interplay PAM and MAM system which was installed at its Munich headquarters earlier this year. Medway is used to integrate the movement of media and metadata in and out of the AVID and other component systems and now, BR’s production staff will also use Project to help manage, park and restore all projects produced by the German public broadcaster.

Emmerdale to Deliver the Right Standards with Marquis’ New File Delivery Functionality

Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software has today announced ITV’s Emmerdale will use its latest Medway development to deliver files in AS-11 DPP format. The new Digital Production Partnership (DPP™) support from Marquis, will enable Emmerdale to deliver content to its transmission facility in Chiswick Park, in the new, required AS-11 DPP delivery format which becomes mandatory in the UK from October.

Ben Miles, business development manager, Marquis Broadcast explains: “Emmerdale has been using Medway, our sophisticated software tool kit which enables seamless and cost-effective integration between leading broadcast content applications, for several years. Medway’s ability to transfer media and provide conversion services between Avid environments ensures the various systems in use at Emmerdale can work together.

“Our focus on creating solutions for the efficient integration of broadcast and editing systems allows technical and operational workflows to be optimised,” continues Miles. “After Emmerdale has finished editing a programme in Avid, the new Medway support creates an AS11 DPP file which can then be delivered ready for transmission.”

Marquis Introduces Project Parking for Spectra Logic’s BlackPearl

SpectraLogicMarquis Broadcast has announced the introduction of Project Parking for Spectra Logic’s BlackPearl™ Deep Storage Appliance. The integrated solution now allows permanent deep archive or transfer of Avid projects.

“Our edit shared storage management software, Project Parking, provides tools to analyse, manage and optimise Avid online shared storage with extensive and secure archive/transfer of Avid Projects and associated media to BlackPearl,” explains Simon Fearn, product manager, Marquis Broadcast. “With the support of BlackPearl, Avid Projects and media are efficiently managed between Avid shared storage and BlackPearl deep archive. The combined solution provides flexibility when optimising Avid media and projects ensuring assets are secure and instantly accessible via BlackPearl.

“In this way daily, weekly shared storage administration processes are speeded-up, enabling personnel to focus on critical or revenue making tasks,” confirms Fearn. “It also frees-up valuable edit storage space, providing more head-room to accommodate new projects.”

spectra logic black pearl370The new solution enables whole projects, sequences, all the media files or just the bins that are important to be parked or taken off-line. Projects can be brought back easily or deep archived directly into Spectra® T-Series libraries thanks to the new integration.

“Spectra Logic works with partners like Marquis to bring highly scalable, tightly integrated solutions that increase efficiencies for broadcast environments,” said Matt Starr, chief technology officer of Spectra Logic. “Marquis Project Parking users can now leverage a low cost, easy-to-deploy solution to bring archive capabilities into Avid environments. The complete solution lets users affordably archive and edit very large amounts of video files with the integrated BlackPearl Deep Storage Appliance.”

Marquis has recently analysed and documented the costs of managing projects on shared storage - illustrating how Project Parking is fundamentally the most cost effective approach available in the industry today. Marquis has looked at four perspectives of how Project Parking saves users money and explored how with regular use of Project Parking's optimisation of shared storage users can facilitate greater throughput hence driving increased revenues.

For more information visit http://www.marquisbroadcast.com/project-parking-whitepapers.html or shedule a meeting with Marquis at IBC booth 2.A58.

Marquis’ Completes X2Pro Customer Survey

x2proMarquis Broadcast has announced it has completed a customer survey to find out how X2Pro is utilised in order to make product enhancements in the future. Marquis collaborated with Final Cut expert Larry Jordan, Lumberjack System, Inc, XMiL Workflow Tools, Color Grading Central and Industrial Revolution in order to put the survey together which gained feedback from more than a 1,000 FCPX users.

“Version 2.2 of X2Pro, our cutting edge conversion application for delivering Final Cut Pro X projects to Avid Pro Tools for audio finishing, became available in the Spring,” confirms Simon Fearn, product manager, Marquis Broadcast. ”X2Pro uses Marquis’ Media Highway, the core technology employed by Marquis’ media integration products to integrate Final Cut Pro X into professional audio workflows, delivering seamless integration between the two applications. We are a constantly working to enhance and improve the solution and so the customer feedback from our survey will be invaluable to help us achieve the right functionality to help editors in their daily work.

“For example, the survey revealed that almost three quarters of X2Pro users were using the solution for corporate, documentary or scripting work which is helpful for us to understand the types of challenges editors are facing,” continues Fearn. “This and the other survey findings will now help us further develop our future product roadmap.”

The latest version of X2Pro which now supports OS X 10.9 Marvericks and FCP X 10.1 will be discussed at IBC on the Marquis booth 2.A58. Click here to schedule a meeting at IBC 2014.

Marquis’ Project Parking Proves Best Solution for Atlas Digital

Atlas Digitla picMarquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software has announced that Atlas Digital has purchased its edit shared storage management software, Project Parking. Atlas Digital which supports Fortune 500's, entertainment and production companies across the U.S. and offers a complete range of post-production editing equipment rentals, software solutions and creative services, has been using and supplying Project Parking to clients to solve edit storage space challenges. Now Project Parking will also be used within Atlas Digital’s colour correction department on various client projects to ensure the optimum use of its edit storage.

“As resellers we do not supply any product that our engineers are not 100% happy to recommend and support,” confirms Steve Marshall, senior sales executive, Atlas Digital. “In addition, we always aim to find the most appropriate and cost effective solution for our customers and Project Parking has been instrumental in that.

“We were recently approached by one reality TV company who was ‘out of edit storage again’ and was considering purchasing a third edit storage system,” continues Marshall. “This is an ongoing challenge particularly in the reality market where so much footage is shot. However, with the help of Project Parking we were able to clean up the client’s current storage and save 40% space and 35% space on each existing storage system. Other companies might think it would be better to sell a customer potentially half a million dollars worth of new storage but we always want to find the best option for our clients, that’s why they come to us. That particular customer was blown away when we showed them how Project Parking could help save them so much space plus avoid the need for significant further investment in edit storage.

“The new software we have purchased for in-house use, will put to work in our colour correction department and this will also benefit our clients by ensuring our own edit storage is being used to its most optimal capacity,” explains Marshall. “As well as accepting projects in for editing, the rental market is also important to us and we are exploring how Project Parking can be used as part of a complete analysis package we can offer to customers to help them manage their edit storage most effectively.”

“Project Parking enables editors to analyse and manage all the projects and media on their edit storage and has been supplied to broadcasters and post houses all over the world,” confirms Ben Miles, business development manager, Marquis. “Project Parking works by analysing all Avid projects and media so that editors can understand which projects are using up most space and take action to transfer, archive or delete. As well as finding large projects, Project Parking can identify unused or duplicate media which can be deleted or archived. With Project Parking users can create project archives based upon bin selection, move projects between tiers of storage or transfer to different locations. After archiving and transferring media off-line, selected projects or bins can be restored and merged with the original media back on-line.”

Marquis has recently analysed and documented the costs of managing projects on shared storage - illustrating how Project Parking is fundamentally the most cost effective approach available in the industry today. Marquis has looked at four perspectives of how Project Parking saves users money and explored how with regular use of Project Parking's optimisation of shared storage users can facilitate greater throughput hence driving increased revenues.

For more information visit http://www.marquisbroadcast.com/project-parking-whitepapers.html or visit Marquis on booth 2.A58 at IBC.

Marquis to Demonstrate Latest Developments to Optimise Workflow at IBC 2014

Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software will demonstrate the latest functionality of its leading integration solutions designed to optimise broadcast workflows at IBC this year on booth 2.A58. Marquis’ popular archive and retrieve solution, Project Parking, will be on show, in addition to the latest enhancements for the company’s flagship media integration solution, Medway, which includes its new DPP functionality to deliver files in AS-11 format. The new Digital Production Partnership (DPP) support from Marquis, will enables content to be delivered in the new DPP AS11 delivery format which becomes mandatory in the UK from October.

ibc2014logo1000“Medway is our sophisticated software tool kit which enables seamless and cost-effective integration between leading broadcast content applications,” confirms Ben Miles, business development manager, Marquis Broadcast. “The new DPP functionality allows Medway to transfer media and provide conversion services between Avid environments by rewrapping and/or transcoding as a background process in a single data transfer stream. At the same time, asset quality is maintained and it is straight forward to keep track of them at each step in the process.

“The latest updates to our archive and retrieve solution, Project Parking, will also be on show,” continues Miles. “Project Parking enables editors to analyse and manage all the projects and media on their edit storage, and it has now been supplied to broadcasters and post houses all over the world.

“At IBC this year, we will be demonstrating the latest functionality in Project Parking which now includes Interplay Orphan Crosschecking (IOC), which provides verification of orphan material when working with Avid Interplay, opening the solution up to more customers who rely on Interplay MAM operating in tandem with ISIS workspaces. Project Parking also now includes AMA content support. Park and Restore AMA linked media within a Project, enables AMA linked media to be identified during the archive process and then be moved into the project archive. During the restoration, the AMA content can be mapped to a different mounted workspace.

“In addition, we will also be showing Project Parking’s ability to select additional content to Avid Projects (graphics/image and media files for example) at the point of archive,” continues Miles. “This means users can select additional folders at the point of archive from which Project Parking will copy the contained content into the chosen destination. Multiple folders can be included and certain different rules can be applied to which files will be used. Files will be returned to their original location but can be mapped to different folders if required. This will be helpful for editors needing to copy original graphics/Image media files or copying wider “project” related documentation such as scripts and other non-media items.

“Now available with new analysis and management tools Project Parking gives broadcasters total control to manage the efficiency of their edit storage,” explains Miles. “Project Parking analyses all Avid projects and media so that editors can understand which projects are using up most space and take action to transfer, archive or delete. As well as finding large projects, Project Parking can identify unused or duplicate media which can be deleted or archived. With Project Parking users can create project archives based upon bin selection, move projects between tiers of storage or transfer to different locations. After archiving and transferring media off-line, selected projects or bins can be restored and merged with the original media back on-line.

“Our goal as an organisation is to enable broadcasters to optimise their workflow through improving the connectivity between systems,” confirms Miles. “We are pleased to confirm that our experienced staff will be on-hand to demonstrate the exciting new capabilities of our solutions throughout the show.”

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Marquis Introduces Interplay Orphan Crosschecking (IOC) in Project Parking

Marquis Broadcast has announced the launch of Project Parking V3.8. The latest functionality of its shared storage management solution, Project Parking, now includes Interplay Orphan Crosschecking (IOC) which provides verification of orphan material when working with Avid Interplay. The new functionality will be on show on booth 2.A58 at IBC.

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“Project Parking enables editors to analyse and manage all the projects and media on their edit storage and has been supplied to broadcasters and post houses all over the world,” confirms Ben Miles, business development manager, Marquis. “The introduction of IOC opens Project Parking up to more customers who rely on Interplay MAM operating in tandem with ISIS workspaces.

ppp“Customers that use Avid Interplay and Project Parking were looking for a tool that increased user confidence when determining orphaned media within the Interplay domain,” explains Miles. “Avid Interplay users can now use Project Parking IOC to identify orphaned media, while at the same time, leveraging existing tools within Project Parking to sweep orphaned media to another storage device. In this way, Project Parking gives broadcasters and editors even more control to manage the efficiency of their edit storage.”

Project Parking works by analysing all Avid projects and media so that editors can understand which projects are using up most space and take action to transfer, archive or delete. As well as finding large projects, Project Parking can identify unused or duplicate media which can be deleted or archived. With Project Parking users can create project archives based upon bin selection, move projects between tiers of storage or transfer to different locations. After archiving and transferring media off-line, selected projects or bins can be restored and merged with the original media back on-line.

Orphan checking or cross-checking can now be completed against a pre-exiting orphan list and hence pre-existing Storage Analysis digest database. The Interplay cross-check will use any pre-existing orphan list and correlate against the Interplay Web Services. If the orphaned material is found to be used within the Interplay environment then this item is removed from the original orphaned media list.

Marquis has recently analysed and documented the costs of managing projects on shared storage - illustrating how Project Parking is fundamentally the most cost effective approach available in the industry today. Marquis has looked at four perspectives of how Project Parking saves users money and explored how with regular use of Project Parking's optimisation of shared storage users can facilitate greater throughput hence driving increased revenues.

For more information visit http://www.marquisbroadcast.com/project-parking-whitepapers.html

XenData and Marquis Broadcast Launch Low Cost Archive of Avid Projects

Latest version of Project Parking to be tightly integrated with XenData archive range, allowing Avid projects to be easily archived to highly secure LTO or Sony ODA cartridges.

xenlogoXenData, the global provider of digital video archive solutions to the media and entertainment industry, and Marquis Broadcast, a specialist in content workflows and media integration software, today announced the launch of a new version of Project Parking software that is tightly integrated with XenData digital video archives. Project Parking analyzes all content on shared edit storage allowing Avid projects to be copied to a XenData archive. Finished projects may then be deleted from expensive edit storage, freeing up valuable space. For current projects, snapshots may be copied to the XenData archive and then updated incrementally to provide data protection. The new combined solution allows the seamless management of offline LTO or Sony optical disc archive (ODA) cartridges, giving system administrators the ability to easily migrate projects to much lower cost storage with unlimited space.

Most shared edit storage solutions tend to be expensive and difficult to maintain and manage. By combining Marquis Broadcast’s new Project Parking software with a XenData archive, users may move content to secure low cost LTO or ODA cartridges, which are then externalized and held offline. The cost per TB of an LTO cartridge is typically less than 5 percent of edit storage. When and if a project needs to be restored, Project Parking will now identify any offline cartridges, allowing the user to easily migrate the whole project or selected content back to edit storage by importing the cartridges into a robotic library, or inserting into an ODA/LTO drive.

Key benefits include:

  • Frees space on expensive shared edit storage – completed projects may be moved to lower cost near-line or offline storage.
  • Minimizes total cost – it is much lower cost to add the Marquis-XenData archive solution than to continually expand shared edit storage.
  • Provides vital data protection for all Avid projects stored on edit storage - snapshots can be made of projects, storing these on a highly secure XenData archive.

“Project Parking allows you to take control of your Avid shared edit storage because it understands the relationships between Avid projects, folders and bins, and all its media,” explains Simon Fearn, product manager, Marquis Broadcast. “Then having obtained this full picture, it is easy to select projects for transfer to the XenData archive.”

“The lack of data protection for content on shared edit storage has been a major problem within the industry for years, and a failure of the edit storage will typically have disastrous consequences,” said Phil Storey, XenData CEO. “Now, we’ve addressed this issue for Avid users with the enhanced Project Parking. It is easy to implement a two part strategy where completed projects are moved to secure LTO or ODA cartridges, freeing up space on the edit storage, and current projects are backed up using the incremental snapshot capabilities of Project Parking.”

The new Project Parking is certified for installation on XenData’s SX-10 archive appliance and the XenData SX-520 Series of archive servers. Project Parking may be installed elsewhere on the network, but when installed on the XenData archive, it creates efficient data paths and avoids the need to purchase an additional server.

 

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Videohouse Selects Marquis’ Project Parking

Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software has today announced, Videohouse, based in Belgium, has selected Marquis’ Project Parking for archiving and restoring Avid projects. Videohouse is a national and internationally recognised service provider for television and multimedia projects and will now use Project Parking to assist its post-production staff manage their Avid edit storage more effectively and transfer Avid projects back and forth between different storage groups.

“Ideally, edit storage should only ever be at around 80% capacity,” confirms Ben Miles, business development manager, Marquis Broadcast. “This provides headroom to move media around easily and have space for new projects coming in. However, because of the huge volume of digital material and file sizes editors are dealing with these days, it is easy to find several terrabytes of material clogging-up valuable edit storage space. This is where Project Parking comes in to help. In one single application the solution gives users the tools to improve the efficient use of edit storage - reducing capital expenditure on additional edit storage and improving the reliability and speed of archiving.”

Project Parking PNGProject Parking works by analysing all Avid projects and media so that editors can understand which projects are using up most space and action can then be taken to transfer, archive or delete. As finding large projects, Project Parking can identify unused or duplicate media which can be deleted or archived.

Projects and media can be analysed by size, project, location, age, duplicated or orphaned files. Snapshots of versions of projects can also be taken at the touch of a button. Project Parking then allows projects to be moved between tiers of storage or to different locations and incremental project archive versions to be created, while still maintaining a usable and easily accessible format for future retrieval and use. In other words Project Parking quiet simply helps manage edit storage more elegantly and efficiently.

“Videohouse provides a full compliment of post-production services for TV, News and film,” continues Miles. “Its editors will now use Project Parking to transfer its many projects, archive content and retrieve content as required.”

Videohouse and other customers can now take advantage of V3.7 Project Parking which includes: new graphical storage analysis summary of the entire ISIS and any other Avid aware shared storage; schedule storage analysis and project archiving at convenient times to suit your timescales and work patterns; ability to archive AMA material and restore to original or new folders, including full relink of AMA media; archive non Avid media and restore to original or new folders e.g. renders, Adobe PSD, MS Word; confidently and safely delete Avid projects based on archive verification while leaving media shared with other projects and 50% speed improvement with storage analysis enabling editors to make quicker optimisation decisions.

For further information go to: http://www.marquisbroadcast.com/project-parking.html

Marquis Promotes BIT Show Deal with Object Matrix

obMarquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software is promoting its relationship with Object Matrix by offering a special BIT Broadcast show deal for its Project Parking and MatrixStore solution sold through reseller Datos. MatrixStore and Project Parking bundles purchased during, and within 30 days of, the International Audio-Visual Technology Trade Show in Madrid held on 20-22 May, will qualify for a 10% discount on the complete solution.

Marquis’ archive and retrieve solution Project Parking works with Object Matrix’ MatrixStore,

a disk based nearline and archive storage solution, designed to protect both video content and metadata in video workflows, to create a complete solution to allow easy archiving and access to media assets.

Marquis’ Project Parking offers a fast and cost- effective archive and restore process by creating a complete copy of any Avid project and media onto any storage device. By providing a simple vehicle for archiving all media associated with a project, Project Parking enables Avid users to archive complete projects safely, quickly and easily between systems within the same facility or between sites. In combination with MatrixStore, designed to protect both video content and metadata in video workflows, the combined solution allows easy archiving and access to media assets.

bit“With more content saved in more formats than ever before, easy access to media assets is an on-going challenge for facilities,” confirms Ben Miles, business development manager, Marquis Broadcast.

“The combination of Project Parking and MatrixStore offers an economical answer to archiving and storing file-based content as it can free-up expensive shared storage by creating portable projects which can be stored off-line. Parked projects also provide significant advantages for disaster recovery procedures, business continuity and inter-site workflows. Archiving and subsequent access to stored media becomes a straight-forward task.”

The solution will be demonstrated on Datos’ booth 6D28 at the BIT Broadcast show.

For further information see: www.marquisbroadcast.com or to arrange to visit Marquis at BIT please go to:

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RTL9 Choose Project Parking

Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software has announced that RTL9 is now using its archive and retrieve solution: Project Parking, to archive content at the station which is broadcast from Luxembourg and is distributed in France as well as in Switzerland. Project Parking which is marketed by reseller CTM Solutions in France, will now help RTL9 to improve the management of its archives.

prt 290x120 1315838082“RTL9 offers a broad menu of family entertainment and now its production team will be able to take advantage of the benefits that Project Parking can bring,” explains Ben Miles, business development manager, Marquis. “The solution will now allow RTL9’s team to analyse and manage projects and media on their edit storage. Project Parking will then enable them to prioritise by size, project, location, age and then archive their projects files to second tier storage at the touch of a button, schedule snapshots of versions of projects, or move from one location to another, while still maintaining a usable and easily accessible format for future use. Duplicated and orphaned files can be found and delete, all helping optimise valuable edit storage space.

“In addition, Project Parking will enable the transfer projects from different locations to tiers of storage as required,” continues Miles. “Users can also create multiple archive destinations, for example another shared storage area or even a locally attached USB drive. After archiving and transferring media off-line - selected Projects or Bins can be restored and merged with the original media back on-line. A detailed report is produced upon completion of an archive providing certain knowledge that the project will be in exactly the same state when restored.”

Project Parking works as it understands the relationships between Avid projects, folders and bins and all its media. It does this by examining all project files and compiles a list of complete media references. Project Parking then looks at all the media and matches the project references to that media allowing the application to complete some very useful tasks including the analysis of workspaces and the archive and transfer of projects. This in-turn allows edit storage to be ‘freed-up’ and back-up and recovery becomes a straight forward task.

Marquis to Partner with Datos Media Technologies at BIT Broadcast

Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software is to partner with its newest reseller Datos Media Technologies at the BIT Broadcast event in Madrid 20-22 May. At the International Audio-Visual Technology Trade Show, Marquis’ staff will be on Datos’ booth 6D28 to demonstrate the latest capabilities of its archive and retrieval solution Project Parking.

bitBen Miles, business development manager, Marquis Broadcast comments: “Project Parking is designed to assist its editors to manage their Avid edit storage more effectively and we will be demonstrating the workflow and integration of the solution with both Avid and Object Matrix at BIT for the first time.”

In one single application Project Parking gives users the tools to improve the efficient use of their edit storage - reducing capital expenditure on additional edit storage and improving the reliability and speed of archiving. Project Parking works by analysing all Avid projects and media so that editors can understand which projects are using up most space and action can then be taken to transfer, archive or delete. As finding large projects, Project Parking can identify unused or duplicate media which can be deleted or archived.

Tomas Nielsen, managing director, Datos Media Technologies confirms: “Although Datos is building a new and exciting relationship with Marquis, I have known the team for many years and trust them and their technology. The BIT show will be the ideal forum to illustrate the capability of Project Parking to our clients in Spain.”

Project Parking is now being used by post production editors in some of the world’s leading facilities including: Fox International Channels UK, Czech TV, Terra Mater, OutPost and A+E Networks.

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RTVE Spain Selects Marquis’ Medway for Network Access to Historical Archives

Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software, has announced Spanish public broadcaster, RTVE Spain, has purchased Marquis’ integration solution, Medway, through distributor Telefonica (TSA) to allow network access to its historical archives. Medway which is currently being installed at RTVE’s Prado, Torrespaña and Barcelona facilities will allow content to be restored and transferred from particular archives and be imported directly into the Avid Interplay editing system. The system will also enable content produced by the editing systems to be exported back to the local archive for later use by RTVE’s other systems.

rtve1“RTVE was looking for a solution that enabled remote access to the contents of its central Historical Archive from each of its main sites on either side of Madrid,” explains Simon Fearn, product manager, Marquis Broadcast. “Previously, the archives were not connected and Medway will now be used to integrate the movement of media and metadata in and out of the AVID and other component systems.

“The solution will also overcome the complexity of interfacing with disparate systems from Tedial and ARCA which manage the Archive and the Media and Asset Management as well as the Avid Interplay based editing systems,” continues Fearn. “We will also supply a new “Medway Monitoring” application which will allow the status of the various systems and the progress of transfers to be monitored from a single application, from a web page on local and remote sites.”

The main Medway features which RTVE will use include Multi-Site Media and Metadata Integration functionality. Media exports from the archive systems (ARCA via Tedial) triggering archive media restore for a chosen destination site. Medway then moves the content to the destination site, converts metadata from source format for use in Avid, imports media to Avid ISIS, imports metadata to Interplay and sends progress feedback to Tedial. In addition, editors can export media from Interplay and Medway can prepare metadata for use in ARCA.

“Medway is a sophisticated software tool kit with a reputation for delivering a seamless and cost-effective integration between leading broadcast content applications,” confirms Fearn. “Medway will now allow full media and metadata integration between RTVE’s sites’ archives and editing systems.”

Grass Valley Joins with Marquis Broadcast to Enhance GV STRATUS Capabilities

gv beldenCombined technologies facilitate quick and easy file transfer for customers

As part of its ongoing commitment to open standards architecture, Grass Valley has announced a partnership with UK-based Marquis Broadcast to expand the functionality and capability of its GV STRATUS Nonlinear Media Production toolset and the K2 Summit media server. Grass Valley will incorporate Marquis’ MEWS API services to enable the quick and easy exchange of files between GV STRATUS and Avid solutions, as well as other third-party products. Marquis’ technology will also be used to enable the interoperability with other products requiring OP Atom file creation and additional file transfer types.

Founded in 1998, Marquis Broadcast develops software solutions for the seamless interaction between various workgroup technologies, working closely with large broadcast entities and major technology manufacturers across the globe. Demonstrations of this new solution will be provided at the upcoming IBC Show at Grass Valley’s booth, 1.D11.

“Partnering with Grass Valley will open new doors for the entire broadcast media chain. Our sophisticated MEWS API solution coupled with Grass Valley’s technology lets customers transfer files back and forth between third-party solutions more quickly and simply, resulting in a huge time-savings for broadcasters and customers across the board,” commented Peter Davies, Director, Marquis Broadcast.

GV STRATUS is a complete and versatile software-centric platform that lets users work in a truly nonlinear fashion. Its service-oriented architecture (SOA) allows customers to purchase, combine, and configure just the functional components they need to build and orchestrate the most efficient workflows for their unique production environments with GV STRATUS News, GV STRATUS Live, GV STRATUS Digital Media Platforms (DMP), and GV STRATUS Playout.

A key benefit of GV STRATUS for the newsroom is its full compatibility with the MOS protocol, which allows it to interface with and take programming instructions from most newsroom computer systems. It also integrates with Grass Valley K2 media servers and storage to offer an expandable foundation for new applications and workflows.

“The open nature of GV STRATUS enables us to bridge media interoperability across a wide range of video server vendors—enhancing the customer experience. The combination of GV STRATUS and K2 Summit with Marquis’ technology is a pivotal next step in our commitment to provide tools that improve the usability of our products for a more streamlined workflow for our customers,” said Mike Cronk, Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing, Grass Valley.

Marquis Helps OKNO-TV’s Customers Park Projects

Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software has today announced Russian Systems Integrator, OKNOTV, has selected Marquis’ Project Parking to assist its broadcast customers to manage their edit storage more effectively. Project Parking is now being used to enable editors at client sites to analyse all the projects and media on their edit storage by size, project, location, age, duplicated or orphaned files and then archive files to second tier storage, or delete unused media at the touch of a button, take snapshots of versions of projects, or move from one location to another, while still maintaining a usable and easily accessible format for future use.

“Project Parking allows the transfer of projects in order to back-up content and allow completed parked projects to be restored at ‘the touch of a button’ if required,” explains Ben Miles, business development manager, Marquis Broadcast. “In this way, one single application Project Parking gives users the tools to improve the efficient use of their edit storage - reducing capital expenditure on additional edit storage and improving the reliability and speed of archiving.”

Project Parking works by analysing all projects and media across all workspaces and allows them to be viewed in a user-friendly way. This enables the user to rank projects in the most appropriate way. This may be in order of total file size, number of files associated with a project, which workspaces the media is on, and whether media is off-line. The solution also identifies the location of any duplicate files and any orphaned media not associated with a project. The bin archive functionality in Project Parking then allows individual bins or folders of bins to be included or excluded in order to move media to second tier storage. Retrieval is also straight forward and can be easily achieved by restoring whole projects or just the required bins of an archived project for re-editing.

Marquis to Showcase Enhanced Functionality of Project Parking and Medway at NAB 2014

Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software has announced it will showcase the new functionality of its archive and retrieve solution, Project Parking, as well as the enhanced control capabilities of its flagship media integration solution, Medway, at NAB 2014 on booth SL13405.

Project Parking which enable editors to analyse and manage all the projects and media on their edit storage, has now been supplied to broadcasters and post houses all over the world,” confirms Daniel Faulkner business development manager, Marquis. “At NAB this year, we will be demonstrating the latest functionality which includes AMA content support. The solution now offers Park and Restore AMA linked media within a Project, enabling AMA linked media to be identified during the archive process and then be moved into the project archive. During the restoration, the AMA content can be mapped to a different mounted workspace.

NAB0“In addition, we will also be showing Project Parking’s enhanced ability to select additional content to Avid Projects (graphics/image and media files for example) at the point of archive,” continues Faulkner. “This means users can select additional folders at the point of archive from which Project Parking will copy the contained content into the chosen destination. Multiple folders can be included and certain different rules can be applied to which files will be used. Files will be returned to their original location but can be mapped to different folders if required. This will be helpful for editors needing to copy original graphics/Image media files or copying wider “project” related documentation such as scripts and other non-media items.

“Now available with new analysis and management tools Project Parking gives broadcasters total control to manage the efficiency of their edit storage,” explains Faulkner. “Project Parking analyses all Avid projects and media so that editors can understand which projects are using up most space and take action to transfer, archive or delete. As well as finding large projects, Project Parking can identify unused or duplicate media which can be deleted or archived. With Project Parking users can create project archives based upon bin selection, move projects between tiers of storage or transfer to different locations. After archiving and transferring media off-line, selected projects or bins can be restored and merged with the original media back on-line.”

At NAB 2014, Marquis will also demonstrate the enhanced control capabilities of Medway its flagship media integration product. New features continue to improve the efficiency and ease of digital workflows. These include a comprehensive proxy editing and re-linking workflow for Avid based systems; media and metadata integration with Adobe Premiere Pro CC and greater media acquisition and distribution solutions for customers working with web based content systems.

Marquis will also be showcasing Project Parking at JB&A’s reseller event prior to NAB. Featuring some of the most innovative technology in the industry, JB&A’s annual reseller event will be held at the MGM Grand Hotel Conference Centre on April 5-6, 2014 - the weekend before NAB.

Marquis’ Project Parking sees Success with JB&A in North America

Marquis Broadcast has announced ‘good sales’ of its archive and retrieve solution Project Parking through its main channel partner JB&A in North America. JB&A, which focuses on building and managing channels on behalf of vendors, sells Marquis’ solution Project Parking, aimed at assisting editors and facilities to manage their Avid edit storage more effectively, through its network of resellers across the USA and Canada. Through its resellers, JB&A has recently sold Project Parking to broadcasters in New York, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles.

JBA“We became Marquis’ main channel partner for North America last year and have already seen strong interest and sales of Project Parking across the region through our resellers,” explains Jeff Burgess CEO, JB&A. “Project Parking is a particularly clever solution which enables editors to analyse all the projects on their edit storage by size, project, location, age, duplicated or orphaned files and then archive files to second tier storage, or delete or move unused media all at the touch of a button, while still maintaining a usable and easily accessible format for future use.”

“Project Parking also allows production staff to transfer entire projects from multiple locations to tiers of storage or different destinations if required,” continues Burgess. “Users can also create multiple archive destinations, for example another shared storage area or even a locally attached USB drive. A detailed report is produced upon completion of an archive providing certain knowledge that the project will be in exactly the same state when restored. As a result, Project Parking can give editors the tools to optimise the efficient use of their edit storage.” In addition to supplying Project Parking, JB&A also have the facility to develop and define specific workflows for its resellers’ clients by taking advantage of Marquis’ Medway tool kit. Medway is an ‘interoperability engine’ which enables enhanced integration between leading broadcast content applications within file based workflows.

“JB&A’s expertise and experience in taking products into the reseller channel has given us access to the North American market place,” confirms Daniel Faulkner, business development manager, Marquis Broadcast. “Project Parking is now being sold across the globe and providing broadcasters and post houses with the real benefits of transferring projects easily and freeing-up valuable edit storage.”

Marquis will be showcasing Project Parking at JB&A’s reseller event prior to NAB. Featuring some of the most innovative technology in the industry, JB&A’s annual reseller event will be held at the MGM Grand Hotel Convention Centre on April 5-6, 2014 - the weekend before NAB.

Fox International Channels UK Shows Cunning by Choosing Marquis’ Project Parking

Marquis Broadcast has today announced Fox International Channels UK has purchased three licences for Project Parking: Marquis’ solution aimed at assisting editors and facilities to manage their Avid edit storage more effectively. Project Parking will now be used to archive promos plus National Geographic long form content as well in the Operations Department which handles every UK transmission for Fox and National Geographic.

“Like most facilities, up until now our short-form promo content has tended to be stored in various formats and locations including back-ups on tape,” explains Simon Brett, Director of Operations of Fox International Channels UK. “As in internal resource, this becomes an issue if one of our territories would like to re-use a promo for example, as the source material and everything needed to re-visit the content to edit it for a different geographical audience, is not stored in the same place. It is therefore, a time-consuming task to locate and supply the content. However, Project Parking will now enable us to back-up whole projects and restore them at the ‘drop of a hat’.”

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Project Parking ‘cunningly’ enables editors to analyse all the projects and media on their edit storage by size, project, location, age, duplicated or orphaned files and then archive files to second tier storage, or delete unused media at the touch of a button, take snapshots of versions of projects, or move from one location to another, while still maintaining a usable and easily accessible format for future use.

Project Parking works by analysing all projects and media across all workspaces and allows them to be viewed in a user-friendly way. This enables the user to rank projects in the most appropriate way. This may be in order of total file size, number of files associated with a project, which workspaces the media is on, and whether media is off-line. The solution also identifies the location of any duplicate files and any orphaned media not associated with a project. The bin archive functionality in Project Parking then allows individual bins or folders of bins to be included or excluded in order to move media to second tier storage. Retrieval is also straight forward and can be easily achieved by restoring whole projects or just the required bins of an archived project for re-editing.

“We will also be using Project Parking for managing long-form content too,” continues Brett. “In the UK, we re-version National Geographic content, often from the US, to make it suitable for a British audience. This may mean re-voicing or adding or taking out material. Similarly our operations department processes every transmission of Fox and National Geographic to get it to a UK specification.

“Project Parking will now allow us archive off complete Avid projects rather than need to re-build them from different sources. In the future, if another region would like to re-use an edit we have created, it will be no-problem,” continues Brett. “We can simply hand over all the elements of the project that they need, ready to go straight into Avid. We anticipate this improved archiving of content, more efficient management of orphaned files and generally better housekeeping will all save our team a significant amount of time.”

TV2/Fyn Selects Marquis’ Medway

Marquis Broadcast has announced it has supplied TV2/Fyn, with its sophisticated software toolkit: Medway. TV2/Fyn covers the island of Funen and is one of the eight regional television stations associated with the publicly owned broadcaster TV 2/Danmark. The implementation of Medway, which now allows integration and content transfer between TV2/Fyn’s Avid editing system and its archive, follows an installation of Medway at the TV/Midt-Vest regional facility two years ago.

tv2 fyn “Medway provides enhanced control and speeds up workflows,” explains Simon Fearn, project manager,Marquis Broadcast. “Medway works by delivering a seamless integration between broadcast content applications. In this case, it enables users to look for content on the archive system and move it into the edit suite.

“Medway can then transfer the finished content to multiple platforms or to the transmission server for broadcast,” continues Fearn. “In other words, Medway unifies multi-vendor systems' workflows that optimise and integrate media clip and sequence transfers, in addition to managing media format conversion and transcoding, and metadata capture and integration.”

Ken Petersen, technical manager TV2/Fyn said: “We were impressed with how Medway worked at our TV/Midt-Vest facility. Now, Medway saves us time and enables easy access to content and material transfer at TV2/Fyn.”

X2Pro Selected for French Productions

Marquis Broadcast has announced X2Pro, its cutting edge conversion application for delivering Final Cut Pro X projects to Avid Pro Tools for audio finishing, has been selected for several French productions. The solution has been used by Fabien Daguerre working as a freelance editor at several facilities including Le Lokal, the post production and film studio based in Toulouse, to produce feature length documentaries that have been co-produced and broadcasted by local TLT-Toulouse Television and screened in film festivals.

le-lokalX2Pro uses Marquis’ Media Highway, the core technology employed by Marquis’ media integration products to integrate Final Cut Pro X into professional audio workflows, delivering seamless integration between the two applications.

“I work for several film production houses in France,” explains Fabien Daguerre. “Some of which host post facilities, but if not, then I work from home in association with the director. That’s why I personally bought X2Pro, as I had bought Final Cut Pro X.

“I began to work professionally with Final Cut Pro X after X2Pro was first released,” continues Daguerre. “Because all my work requires sound mixing, I needed to be able to export an AAF out of Final Cut Pro X. The solution allows me to send my Final Cut Pro X timeline to sound engineer to be mixed in ProTools (or Nuendo).

“With X2Pro I can choose whether I want to reference or embed the media,” explains Daguerre. “BWF metadata is preserved and then if necessary, sound engineers are able to find others takes of the same scene, consolidate (trim) the media choosing the handle length. X2Pro now also has native support for R3D files.

Terra Mater Saves Space & Time with Project Parking

Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software, has announced leading Austrian post house, Terra Mater, is saving space and time with Marquis’ Project Parking, the solution aimed at assisting editors and facilities to manage their edit storage more effectively. Terra Mater, renown for for projects ‘portraying visual excellence and storytelling at the highest level‘ produces wildlife, science and natural history documentaries from its state-of-the-art facility in Vienna.

“We first started using Project Parking in May to help us consolidate and archive projects across multiple workspaces,” explains Michael Fröch, head of technical operations, Terra Mater. “It allows us only to archive the projects and bins we actually need and delete the rest. This cleaning, frees up valuable edit storage space, which was previously a time consuming, manual operation. For small projects Project Parking now saves us between 1-2 days in time and for large projects about a week.

terra mater“From the outset, Project Parking was straightforward to implement and easy to handle,” continues Fröch. “The team are very happy with the solution as it allows them to concentrate on their primary task of editing and producing our quality content.”

Project Parking enables editors to analyse all the projects and media on their edit storage by size, project, location, age, duplicated or orphaned files and then archive files to second tier storage, or delete unused media at the touch of a button, take snapshots of versions of projects, or move from one location to another, while still maintaining a usable and easily accessible format for future use.

Project Parking works by analysing all projects and media across all workspaces and allows them to be viewed in a user-friendly way. This enables the user to rank projects in the most appropriate way. This may be in order of total files size, number of files associated with a project, which workspaces the media is on, and whether media is off-line. The solution also identifies the location of any duplicate files and any orphaned media not associated with a project.

The new bin archive functionality in Project Parking, which Fröch describes as “particularly helpful,” then allows individual bins or folders of bins to be included or excluded in order to move media to second tier storage. Retrieval is also straight forward and can be easily achieved by restoring whole projects or just the required bins of an archived project for re-editing.

“Project Parking is the only product available which allows a complete analysis, archive and easy retrieval of all media projects, freeing up valuable edit storage space,” explains Ben Miles, business development manager, Marquis Broadcast. “Many leading post production facilities like Terra Mater are now realising the benefits of our exciting solution to help them save both space and time and therefore offer an even better service to their valued customer base.”

Front Porch Digital and Marquis Broadcast Expand Partnership

Front Porch Digital’s DIVArchive® Integrates With Marquis’ New Project Parking Tool for Avid® Editors

5th September, 2013: Front Porch Digital, the global leader in content storage management (CSM) solutions and cloud services, today announced an expansion of its partnership with Marquis Broadcast. Marquis has integrated the API for Front Porch Digital’s advanced DIVArchive® CSM system with Marquis’ new Project Parking storage analysis and management tool for Avid® editing projects. The integration allows Avid users to archive and restore editing projects based on either a stand-alone or shared Avid storage environment. Marquis and Front Porch Digital’s customers will be able to manage shared edit storage more effectively and use the power of DIVArchive to control the archive.

“We realize that most facilities really struggle to manage their shared storage and ensure resources are available to deliver projects to their customers. At this year’s NAB Show, many customers who use both DIVArchive and Project Parking told us that they would like to see tighter integration between our solutions, and we were happy to oblige,” said Simon Fearn, product manager at Marquis Broadcast. “We have worked with Front Porch Digital on a number of projects, and have the greatest regard for the company’s products and brand reputation in the media and entertainment market. We feel very confident that our two companies working together can help our mutual clients be more profitable while providing higher service levels and better products.”

The enhanced functionality from the DIVArchive/Project Parking integration will be especially useful for clients that use shared storage and need to communicate outside their facilities, such as major broadcasters, postproduction facilities, and large corporations. The cooperation will enable Marquis clients to minimize their storage costs while supporting their own customers with the highest service levels. It will also make edit storage much more reliable and provide an easier way to move projects around. In addition, a new scheduling function enables clients to schedule archiving from the shared storage, either regularly for disaster recovery or selectively in order to free up space — a feature that will be particularly attractive to users in large facilities because it will ensure appropriate use of resources and add significantly to resilience.

partners front porch partnerDIVArchive already integrates with Marquis’ Medway solution. This new integration with Project Parking broadens the market range and pool of potential new customers for both companies. The alliance will also benefit Front Porch Digital resellers, who will have new opportunities to grow their businesses by selling both Front Porch Digital and Marquis solutions.

"The seamless integration between DIVArchive and Project Parking provides a cost-effective and easy solution to customers who want to archive Avid projects,” said Rino Petricola, senior vice president and general manager at Front Porch Digital. “We have enjoyed a partnership with Marquis Broadcast since integrating with its Medway software toolkit and have long respected Marquis’ commitment to system interoperability. By extending our alliance to the new Project Parking solution, we have yet another opportunity to enhance our offering and help each other position our respective products for an even wider range of users.”

Front Porch Digital and Marquis Broadcast will demonstrate the DIVArchive/Project Parking integration at IBC2013 on stands 7.D14 and 2.A58, respectively. More information about Front Porch Digital products is available at fpdigital.com.

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Marquis’ Project Parking Now Available for Sohonet Users

Marquis Broadcast has announced support within Marquis’ Project Parking of Sohonet Media Storage. Sohonet Media Storage is a new service provided by Sohonet that enables Sohonet Media Network customers to expand and extend their current storage infrastructure. Marquis’ Project Parking helps editors to manage their edit storage more effectively, The solution has now been enhanced to support the direct interface with the recently launched, Sohonet Media Storage service, described as the first private Cloud infrastructure as a Service optimised for the media sector. With the native support for Sohonet Media Storage, Project Parking further enhances this offering by enabling clients to use Sohonet’s shared storage for parking and short-term archive. Disaster recovery and security backups can also be scheduled overnight to allow transfer of critical data at off-peak times.

sohonet“Project Parking allows editors to analyse all the projects and media on their edit storage by size, project, location, age, duplicated or orphaned files and then archive files to Sohonet Media Storage, or delete unused media at the touch of a button, take snapshots of versions of projects, or move from one location to another, while still maintaining a usable and easily accessible format for future use,” explains Simon Fearn, product manager, Marquis Broadcast. “Project Parking combined with the remote, secure Sohonet Media Storage service, which provides customers with one terabyte up to multiple petabytes of data storage, will now offer a powerful, flexible and affordable solution to help users manage short term, second and third tier storage, archiving and back-up.

“It will significantly help its customers to share projects and feedback as well as utilise their shared storage much more cost effectively and gain greater throughput from their existing resources,” continues Fearn. “The ever increasing demand for storage in the post market is an on-going capital challenge that project parking can help to address. The average Project Parking user instantly releases between 10/15% of their shared storage by just managing it more effectively with the tools provided.”

Project Parking works by analysing all projects and media across all workspaces and allows them to be viewed in a user-friendly way. This enables the user to rank projects in order of total files size, number of files associated with a project, which workspaces the media is on or whether media is off-line. The solution also identifies the location of any duplicate files and any orphaned media not associated with a project.

"Our Sohonet Media Storage is the first, dedicated storage service for the media and entertainment industries,” confirms Ben Dair, Sohonet’s director of product management. “It has been tightly integrated into our world-renowned Sohonet Media network to ensure the most secure storage platform for our customers. Storage has become an increasing challenge as demands for digital content continues to grow. Sohonet Media Storage is an extensible, secure and flexible storage solution which provides additional and supplementary storage capability to existing infrastructures when local storage has reached critical or maximum utilisation - perfect for an industry that works predominantly on a project basis. The interface between Marquis' Project Parking and our storage solution offers a unique solution for the access and management of short-term and parking storage which should positively impact the media world."

The support and integration of Sohonet Media Storage within Project Parking enables customers to expand their infrastructure and provide agility and flexibility when managing and archiving of complex projects. Project Parking is easy to install and is fully supported by Marquis Broadcast.

To schedule a 15 minute demonstration of Project Parking at IBC 2013 click here

X2Pro Supports REDCODE RAW (R3D)

Marquis Broadcast has announced the latest version of X2Pro, its cutting edge conversion application for delivering Final Cut Pro X projects to Avid Pro Tools for audio finishing, will now support REDCODE RAW (R3D).

r3d“R3D is a proprietary multimedia audio/video file format owned by the Red Digital Cinema Camera Company and features lossy compression for video contents and lossless for audio contents,” explains Neil Attard, Director New Products, Marquis Broadcast.

“X2Pro Audio Convert 2.1.9 will now allow media from Red Digital cameras to be exported from FCPX to Pro Tools for audio finishing for the first time. “X2Pro uses Marquis’ Media Highway, the core technology employed by Marquis’ media integration products to integrate Final Cut Pro X into professional audio workflows, delivering seamless integration between the two applications,” continues Attard. “X2Pro Audio Convert 2.1.9 is aimed at Professional users of audio and video and comes with new features delivering more control, faster turnaround, smaller AAF files and better laid out tracks in your DAW.”

Additional features in the latest version of X2Pro include the provision for muted clips in FCP X to be either muted or excluded from the AAF file via an option in X2Pro's Preferences, plus the functionality which enables X2Pro to remember the state of roles (which roles are excluded and their order) between sessions.

For further information please see: www.x2pro.net

Marquis’ Medway V3 Supports Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software, has announced its flagship integration product, Medway V3, is now available with support for Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC.

Simon Fearn, product manager Marquis Broadcast explains: “Adobe Premiere Pro CC is used by video professionals to edit, manipulate, and export their video projects. Medway will integrate with Adobe Premiere Pro CC into broadcast workflows that require media, sequences and metadata to be passed between video servers, MAMs and automation systems, as well as sending to other editing platforms.

appcc“To achieve this, Medway will support clip, sequence and metadata exchange with Adobe Premiere Pro CC,” continues Fearn. “Medway will transfer both single MXF media clips from Adobe Premiere Pro CC and XML sequences, export sequences and media to Adobe Premiere Pro CC and embed genealogy metadata in the XMP sidecar file to enable the source of the media to be tracked, streamlining users’ workflows.”

“Marquis is focused on enhancing digital workflows,” confirms Fearn. “Our interoperability engine Medway, delivers integration between Adobe Premiere Pro CC and other leading broadcast content applications, ensuring systems can work seamlessly together.”

“Adobe Premiere Pro CC includes powerful creative advancements,” said Simon Williams, director of strategic relations at Adobe. “The integration of Adobe Premiere Pro CC with Marquis’ Medway will enable our customers to have highly integrated workflows for even easier-to-create and more streamlined productions.”

Medway V3, will be on show, at IBC 2013 on booth 2.A58. To schedule a meeting with Marquis at IBC click here

German Public Broadcaster Deploys Marquis’ Medway

Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software, has announced that the German public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) has deployed Marquis’ integration solution, Medway, as part of a major new AVID edit and interplay PAM and MAM system which has been installed at its Munich headquarters.

brMedway will be used to integrate the movement of media and metadata in and out of the AVID and other component systems.

“BR was one of the first installations to take advantage of Medway’s sophisticated software tool kit delivering a seamless and cost-effective integration between leading broadcast content applications,” explains Simon Fearn, Medway project manager, Marquis Broadcast. “Six years on and BR needed to upgrade. Following a detailed tender process, won by AVID at the end of 2011, Marquis will be subcontracted to AVID to supply the latest version of Medway, along with bespoke developments enabling integration with other existing third party and legacy systems at the public Broadcaster.

New Medway developments include the provision for transfer while record and edit while transfer of XDCam HD, which is an essential part of production workflow at BR. In addition, to improved integration, metadata capture and look-up ensures correct file ID input. Metadata is exported using the existing MAM system, eliminating inaccuracy and ensuring smooth workflow. BR will also take advantage of genealogy asset tracking which is also an essential part of the work flow for the broadcaster.

Fearn confirms: “We have been delighted to be working in conjunction with AVID to support BR’s requirements on this major installation.”

GB Labs Makes Space for Marquis’ Project Parking at IBC 2013

Total tapeless workflow for Avid facilities created by new partnership between GB Labs and Marquis Broadcast

Storage specialist GB Labs has announced a collaboration deal with Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software. The partnership will now mean full support is provided for Marquis’ popular Project Parking application that gives Avid facilities total control over their media files and video projects. The result is a seamless shared editing and archiving workflow that delivers considerable cost-savings and greatly enhanced productivity. The new solution will be on show on the GB Labs booth 7.J15b at IBC in September.

GB Labs copyEarlier this year, GB Labs announced collaborative Avid editing tools for its Space units. Now, in combination with Project Parking, supervisors have a complete oversight of every project and each associated file, which is essential for storage management data security, project restoration and disaster recovery. For Avid workgroups this means that projects can be archived and restored very quickly and primary storage arrays can be managed far more efficiently. GB Labs’ fast networked storage is optimized for Avid sharing; its primary, nearline and tape-based systems sit on the same network for instant user access and very high speed data transfer.

Now thanks to the Marquis software, GB Labs’ Avid customers can immediately locate every project wherever it is stored on the network, recognize every duplicate file, manage redundant clips and easily transfer completed jobs to nearline or offline storage, ready to be restored as needed.

“Project Parking allows editors the confidence to manage the complete lifecycle of their Avid projects, from primary storage to archive.” explains Simon Fearn, product manager, Marquis Broadcast. “Because GB Labs manufactures storage that seamlessly covers the whole workflow, it’s an excellent platform for our software: together the two companies will make end-to-end media management exceptionally simple.”

Both the Marquis toolset and GB Labs’ Space are designed to be cost-effective and to enhance data workflows. Project Parking is formulated to help editors move data to archive swiftly and safely, and to reduce the amount of data needlessly held on expensive tier 1 systems. Similarly, Space excels at streamlining the movement of data to multiple concurrent users and at facilitating the transfer of data quickly and intelligently between different levels of storage, without the need for a control computer.

“This is a great match,” says Ben Pearce of GB Labs. “By adding Project Parking support to the GB Labs portfolio, facilities can now share Avid bins, edit collaboratively, archive safely and manage their storage. Combined, it’s a very powerful and cost-effective proposition.”

Marquis Launches Enterprise Version of X2Pro

Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software, today announced the launch of an enterprise version of X2Pro, its cutting edge conversion application for delivering Final Cut Pro X projects to Avid Pro Tools for audio finishing. The enterprise solution will be available direct from Marquis for large numbers of users.

“X2Pro uses Marquis’ Media Highway, the core technology employed by Marquis’ media integration products to integrate Final Cut Pro X into professional audio workflows, delivering seamless integration between the two applications,” explains Chris Steele, product manager, Marquis Broadcast. “In this way, X2Pro provides a smooth workflow between Final Cut Pro X and Avid Pro Tools, allowing users to take full advantage of the functionality of these world-class products. x2proThe latest version of X2Pro Professional with its ability to work with referenced media, greatly increases the efficiency of moving from Final Cut Pro X to Pro Tools and we are now excited to offer such advantages to multiple users on an enterprise-wide scale.”

X2Pro works by converting the exported Final Cut Pro X XML into an AAF file, which Avid Pro Tools can open as a session. Using the enhanced metadata in XML 1.2 from Final Cut Pro X, X2Pro provides a high fidelity conversion to a Pro Tools session, with planned support for audio gain and key frames. Taking advantage of the innovative metadata-based organising features in Final Cut Pro X, X2Pro allows detail control over the conversion of audio Roles in Final Cut Pro X to Pro Tools tracks, allowing sound designers and mixers to start working immediately.

“At Marquis our mission is to help customers achieve maximum efficiencies from their digital processes,” confirms Steele. “The new enterprise version of X2Pro will allow offer a cost effective solution for more users access to Marquis’ functionality in order to utilise the full advantages of Final Cut Pro X and Avid Pro Tools.”

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Marquis to Launch Project Parking Version 3 at NAB 2013

Marquis Broadcast has announced it will officially launch Project Parking Version 3, aimed at assisting editors and facilities to manage their Avid edit storage more effectively, at NAB 2013.

Project Parking Version 3 enables editors to analyse all the projects and media on their edit storage by size, project, location, age, duplicated or orphaned files and then archive files to second tier storage, or delete unused media at the touch of a button, take snapshots of versions of projects, or move from one location to another, while still maintaining a usable and easily accessible format for future use.

Project Parking works by analysing all projects and media across all workspaces and allows them to be viewed in a user-friendly way. This enables the user to rank projects in the most appropriate way. This may be in order of total files size, number of files associated with a project, which workspaces the media is on, and whether media is off-line. The solution also identifies the location of any duplicate files and any orphaned media not associated with a project.

Project Parking answers the question: ‘why is my edit storage always full and what can I do about it?’ is one which many post production editors face,” explains Chris Steele, product manager, Marquis Broadcast. “We believe that the latest version of Project Parking is the only product available which allows a complete analysis, archive and easy retrieval of all media projects, freeing up valuable edit storage space.”

The new bin archive functionality in Project Parking then allows individual bins or folders of bins to be included or excluded in order to move media to second tier storage. Retrieval is also straight forward and can be easily achieved by restoring whole projects or just the required bins of an archived project for re-editing.

Marquis Signs with JB&A in North America

Marquis Broadcast has announced it has signed JB&A as a channel partner acting as a value added distributor for North America. JB&A, which focuses on building and managing channels on behalf of vendors, will now sell Marquis’ solution Project Parking, aimed at assisting editors and facilities to manage their Avid edit storage more effectively, through its network of 1,600 resellers across the USA and Canada.

“We are a consultant, solutions provider and distributor to our resellers and integrator partners and we offer unique product bundles and complete solutions,” explains Jeff Burgess CEO, JB&A. “We are pleased now to be able to offer Project Parking which is a particularly clever solution enabling editors to analyse all the projects on their edit storage by size, project, location, age, duplicated or orphaned files and then archive files to second tier storage, or delete or move unused media all at the touch of a button, while still maintaining a usable and easily accessible format for future use.

“In addition to supplying Project Parking, this deal will also allow us to develop and define specific workflows for our resellers’ clients by taking advantage of Marquis’ Medway tool kit,” continues Burgess. “Medway is an ‘interoperability engine’ which enables enhanced integration between leading broadcast content applications within file based workflows and this is an exciting proposition.”

“We are delighted to be working with JB&A who are experts at taking product into the reseller channel,” confirms Peter Davies, managing director, Marquis Broadcast. “By taking advantage of the sophisticated functionality of our solutions, JB&A will be able to design more cost effective workflows for resellers and we look forward to developing a strong and mutually beneficial partnership over time. JB&A will benefit from leveraging our office in Nashville to ensure we can between us provide great support and high quality solutions.”

Ultimately, JB&A will provide first line support, installation and training for Project Parking and Medway through its reseller channel. Marquis will be showcasing Project Parking and Medway at JB&A’s reseller event prior to NAB.

Marquis’ Project Parking Provides Flawless Editorial Flexibility for Zodiak Rights

Zodiak Rights has saved time and improved editorial flexibility with Marquis Broadcast’s archive and retrieve solution: Project Parking.

Zodiak Rights, the international distribution and rights exploitation division of Zodiak Media, known for award-winning scripted programming including: Being Human the supernatural hit for BBC Three and Syfy US; and Wallander the BAFTA award-winning drama series for BBC One starring Kenneth Branagh, has used Project Parking to help create multiple promos for various projects including material for miptv and mipcom.

“We create tailored promos for formats which have been sold to multiple different countries,” explains Mark Glennon, head of post production at Zodiak Rights. “Similarly, we often need to create different variations of the same material, where the programming content has been sold to a new region. Project Parking has been invaluable to assist with this process.”

“Project Parking is an archive and restore solution which allows us to create a complete copy of any project onto any storage device,” continues Glennon. “Previously, we would lay out a flattened file as a master, then need to go back and find all original material in multiple locations to re-create the rushes to make a new promo version if required. This was a labour intensive process. However, now by using Project Parking, we don’t need to scrub the rushes to free-up the edit storage as we can store the project and all the media files associated with it together, offline.

“From an editorial perspective, because this avoids the need to re-create the original edit, we can simply find and tailor the content as necessary,” confirms Glennon. “Time is saved and we also have infinitely more editorial flexibility due to the ease of access of the files. The team has described Project Parking as flawless. It is simple to use and gets the job done.”

Project Parking was first launched in early 2012 and more recently Marquis has developed Personal Project Parking aimed at individual editors and freelancers, which includes the basic functionality of the full solution at a lower price point.

Project Parking Version 3, will be demonstrated for the first time at BVE and at NAB 2013. The new version enables editors to analyse all the projects and media on their edit storage by size, project, location, age, duplicated or orphaned files and then archive files to second tier storage, or delete unused media at the touch of a button, take snapshots of versions of projects, or move from one location to another, while still maintaining a usable and easily accessible format for future use.

 

About Zodiak Rights

Zodiak Rights is the international distribution and rights exploitation division of Zodiak Media. With offices in London, Paris, New York and Los Angeles the company is a market leader in the worldwide distribution of television and home entertainment programming across all platforms. It also has a fully-fledged merchandising and licensing arm and digital exploitation team.

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Outpost Manages Media with Marquis’ Project Parking

Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software, has today announced that Outpost, the independent post production house based at Pinewood Studios, is to use Project Parking Version 3 to manage its media. Project Parking is Marquis’ archive and restore solution which enables editors to analyse all projects on their edit storage by size, project, location, age, duplicated or orphaned files and then archive or copy files to second tier storage or delete unused media at the touch of a button, while still maintaining a usable and easily accessible format for future use.

“We first saw a demo of Project Parking at the end of last year and we were really excited by its potential,” explains Nigel Gourley, managing director, Outpost. “We work on a range of dramas, documentaries and children’s’ programming as well as a few feature films and like most facilities, each project generates many media files and we needed a way of managing and archiving our Unity space. The latest version of Project Parking now allows us to manage the media internally and uniquely, provide clients with a copy of all the associated files at the end of a project, which means we can offer an even better service to our valued customers.

“By archiving or moving completed projects off-line we can also free up valuable space on our edit storage,” continues Gourley “Project Parking can also help manage our workspaces. Often media gets put in the wrong location and this is difficult to manage later on. Now we can collect media that has ended up in several different places and put it back in one location, knowing we can come back to it at a later date.

“We have been lucky enough to be involved in the beta testing for the latest version of Project Parking,” continues Gourley. “The team were easy to work with and the resulting Version 3 is a big step forward. Marquis is the only company to offer a solution which intelligently analyses projects to enable efficient media management in this way.”

Project Parking works by analysing all projects and media across all workspaces and allows them to be viewed in a user-friendly SQL database. This enables the user to rank projects in the most appropriate way. This may be in order of total files size, number of files associated with a project, which workspaces the media is on, and whether media is off-line. The solution also identifies the location of any duplicate files and any orphaned media not associated with a project. The new bin archive functionality in Project Parking Version 3, then allows individual bins or folders of bins to be included or excluded in order to move media to second tier storage. Retrieval is also straight forward and can be easily achieved by restoring whole projects or just the required bins of an archived project for re-editing. In this way, Project Parking Version 3 offers the first complete analysis, archive and retrieval solution for edit projects, saving time and allowing the efficient management of valuable edit storage space.

Marquis’ X2Pro Helps Create Faster & Flexible Digital Post Production Workflow at Electric Entertainment

Electric Entertainment has used X2Pro Audio Convert to help create a faster and more flexible workflow for the production of the popular US television series LEVERAGE. Electric Entertainment which produces the popular TNT prime-time drama, has recently developed and streamlined its workflow and now edits all the content in house, at its Hollywood based facility, using Apple’s Final Cut Pro X and Marquis’ X2pro Audio Convert for audio finishing.

X2Pro uses Marquis’ Media Highway, the core technology employed by Marquis’ media integration products to integrate Final Cut Pro X into professional audio workflows, delivering seamless integration between the two applications.

"When Electric Entertainment transitioned to Final Cut Pro X, we re-engineered our workflow,” confirms Brian Gonosey, editor on Electric Entertainment's 1-hour drama, LEVERAGE. “X2Pro became the missing piece that allowed us to work with Final Cut Pro X and maintain the highest quality production standard. With Version 2's ability to work with referenced media, X2Pro will greatly increase our efficiency in moving from Final Cut Pro X to Pro Tools.

“We shoot many audio tracks,” explains Gonosey. “X2Pro takes the FCP X XML and lets us take all the audio tracks into Pro Tools. Marquis’ solution uses BWF metadata to ensure the labels remain the same as when the files were recorded throughout the workflow, making it easy to find and access any audio track at the audio work station.

“This functionality comes into its own in a situation where one of the audio channels is not usable,” continues Gonosey. “Normally, someone would have to track down the other original channel recordings to replace the dialogue, which is really time consuming. However, X2Pro will include all muted channels in the AAF, either referenced or trimmed and embedded, so making them available to the audio editor. The main advantage is in saving time – doing in one step typically what would take an audio editor a day to do. Times that by 15 episodes and that’s 15 days saved!”

Marquis has recently introduced a lightweight product option, X2Pro LE, for those who do not need the professional features of media referencing, trimming or detailed control over the conversion of Final Cut Pro X Roles. It has the same feature set as X2Pro v1 and X2Pro LE v2 can also be upgraded to the Professional edition through an In-App Purchase if required.

X2Pro Professional is available on the Mac App Store for $149, and X2Pro LE for $59.

Quantel and Marquis Broadcast announce strategic partnership

Quantel and Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software, announced today that the companies have entered into a strategic partnership agreement. The partnership will make it easier for Quantel customers to fully integrate workflows between Quantel systems and third party editing, server and archive platforms.

Quantel’s Enterprise sQ fast-turnaround production systems are at the heart of many media organizations’ news and sports production environments. Quantel’s recently launched sQ Fileflow application exposes a RESTful API, allowing it to be controlled by the Marquis Medway interoperability engine, enabling third party systems to freely exchange content with Enterprise sQ.

Medway is a sophisticated software tool kit delivering a seamless and cost-effective integration between leading broadcast content applications. Medway unifies multi-vendor systems by providing technical and operational workflows that optimize and integrate:

  • Media clip and sequence transfers
  • Media format conversion and transcoding
  • Metadata capture and integration

"We are delighted to be working with Quantel in order to offer our shared customers solutions to their complex broadcast workflows," said Chris Steele, Product Manager, Marquis Broadcast. “Marquis Broadcast are experts in file-based workflows and sQ Fileflow lets them easily include content on Enterprise sQ systems,” said Steve Owen, Quantel Marketing Director. “We look forward to working closely with the Marquis Broadcast team to help our customers achieve enterprise-wide workflow integration.”

About Quantel

Quantel is a world-leading developer of innovative, high performance content creation and delivery systems across post, broadcast and Stereo3D. We are driven by a passion to create the most open and efficient tools for the digital age. Quantel's product range includes: multi-resolution finishing systems; award-winning color correction solutions; stereoscopic 3D post systems and integrated news and sports production systems. They all deliver the creative, productive and profitable workflows that give post houses and broadcasters the edge they need to thrive and grow in today’s highly competitive global media market.

More about Quantel at http://www.quantel.com

Marquis Launches X2Pro Professional

Marquis Broadcast has announced the launch of X2Pro Professional, its cutting edge conversion application for delivering Final Cut Pro X projects to Avid Pro Tools for audio finishing.

“X2Pro uses Marquis’ Media Highway, the core technology employed by Marquis’ media integration products to integrate Final Cut Pro X into professional audio workflows, delivering seamless integration between the two applications,” confirms Chris Steele, product manager, Marquis Broadcast. “The new version of X2Pro includes a number of enhancements designed to improve functionality and increase ease of use.”

Two important additions to the product are: trimming audio source with handles to reduce the size of the AAF files and the option to reference audio files rather than embed them in the AAF. In addition we have added features which enhance the way FCP-X Roles are converted to ProTools tracks: the option to select which Roles are exported, control the order the Roles will appear in ProTools and the option to ignore subroles when packing media onto tracks. BWF metadata is now maintained to help with preserve key information from shoot to finish and make it easier to select the right channel of audio. Together these features deliver far more compact tracks in ProTools and help accelerate the workflow.

Brian Gonosey, Electric Entertainment said: "When Electric Entertainment transitioned to Final Cut Pro X, we needed to re-engineer our whole workflow. X2Pro became the missing puzzle piece that allowed us to work with Apple's software and still maintain the highest quality production standard. With Version 2's ability to work with referenced media, X2Pro will greatly increase our efficiency in moving from FCP-X to Protools."

“At Marquis our mission is to help customers achieve maximum efficiencies from their digital processes,” confirms Steele. “X2Pro Professional now provides a smooth workflow between Final Cut Pro X and Avid Pro Tools and now with the additional tools and enhanced ease-of-use, users can take full advantage of the functionality of these two world-class products.”

X2Pro Professional will be available on the Mac App Store in September at $149.

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Marquis’ Medway Extends Filmpartners’ MXFserver Capability for Editing Live News & Sports

Marquis Broadcast has announced it has collaborated with leading service production company, Filmpartners, to expand the capability of its MXFserver. Marquis’ flagship media integration solution Medway, has been enhanced to expand its connectivity, and now combined with Filmpartners’ MXFserver, enables live news and sports to be edited while content is still being recorded.

“The live production environment involves a vast turnaround of content which needs to be edited rapidly,” explains Chris Steele, product manager, Marquis. “By managing how media is written to the MXFserver storage during transfer, Medway now allows editors to start to work with the media before the transfer or record is complete. This is particularly useful in news and sports environments where there is a need to create an edit of highlights while the news feed is still streaming or the sports event is still being recorded.

“Editing live, growing files while they are still being recorded also allows editors to take advantage of less expensive storage while still enabling collaborative working,” continues Steele. “As a result, we are currently looking at how the reach of MXFserver and Medway can potentially be extended into new market areas.”

"Our customers demand ever tighter integration between processes in order to achieve the most efficient workflows," confirms Pieter Hornix, CTO, Filmpartners. "Medway delivers the high levels of integration that are required, providing a simple highway for media to flow without incurring compatibility problems. We are very pleased to be working with Marquis and look forward to introducing Medway to more broadcasters in our region."

Medway itself, is a sophisticated software tool kit delivering a seamless and cost-effective integration between leading broadcast content applications. By unifying multi-vendor systems, Medway provides technical and operational workflows that optimise and integrate media clip and sequence transfers, media format conversion and transcoding, and metadata capture and integration. The new solution will be on show for the first time at IBC 2012 on booth 2.A58 and Marquis and Filmpartners aim to release further collaboration news after the show.

Access to Media Assets is No Object for Marquis

Marquis Broadcast has been working with Object Matrix, manufacturer of MatrixStore, a disk based nearline and archive storage solution, designed to protect both video content and metadata in video workflows, to create a new solution to allow easy archiving and access to media assets.

“With more content saved in more formats than ever before, easy access to media assets is an on-going challenge for facilities,” explains Chris Steele, product manager, Marquis Broadcast. “The combination of Project Parking and MatrixStore potentially offers an economical answer to archiving and storing file-based content as it can free-up expensive shared storage by creating portable projects which can be stored off-line. Parked projects also provide significant advantages for disaster recovery procedures, business continuity and inter-site workflows.

“We are delighted to confirm we have completed an initial project to enable Project Parking, our archive and restore solution, to interface with MatrixStore, Object Matrix’s popular content storage management product, with the aim of making archiving and subsequent access to stored media a straight-forward task,” continues Steele. “The new solution will be on show on booth: 2.A58 at IBC in September.”

“Marquis Broadcast has a heritage of producing solutions based on real customer requirements and true to form Project Parking is a product that the Avid community has been asking for over the last few years,” explains Nick Pearce-Tomenius, co-founder, Object Matrix. “The combination of Project Parking with MatrixStore provides customers with the peace of mind that all of the elements of a project will be protected in a highly resilient nearline platform that requires little or no management. The solution now provides a user-friendly solution to address the need for easier access to digital assets.”

Marquis’ Project Parking offers a fast and cost- effective archive and restore process by creating a complete copy of any Avid project and media onto any storage device. By providing a simple vehicle for archiving all media associated with a project, Project Parking enables Avid users to archive complete projects safely, quickly and easily between systems within the same facility or between sites.

Broadcasters and post facilities alike in AVID, Adobe, Autodesk and Apple workflows are choosing MatrixStore to protect their file based content and keep it available throughout the production process. Customers include Sony Pictures, NBC Universal, the BBC, BT, UTV, TV2, Gorilla Post and Sumners.

Marquis and SGL Enable Archive and Access to Assets

Marquis Broadcast has been working with Software Generation Limited (SGL), technology-leading provider of content archive and storage management solutions to the broadcast industry, to create a solution to allow easy archiving and access to media assets. Project Parking, Marquis’ archive and restore solution now integrates with FlashNet, SGL’s popular content storage management product to make archiving and subsequent access to stored media a straight-forward task. The solution will be on show at IBC 2013 on the SGL booth 7.J15A.

sgl large“Storage management and content retrieval is a key challenge for broadcast facilities,” explains Bernie Walsh world wide sales director, SGL. “The combination of our content storage management solution and Marquis’ Project Parking aims to address the need for easier access to digital assets.”

Marquis’ Project Parking offers a fast and cost-effective archive and restore process by creating a complete copy of any Avid project and media onto any storage device. By providing a simple vehicle for archiving all media associated with a project, Project Parking enables Avid users to archive complete projects safely, quickly and easily between systems within the same facility or between sites. FlashNet is a highly scalable content storage management system, providing resilience, flexibility and adaptability. Regardless of the installation size or environment, SGL FlashNet's clustered architecture and Open System approach provide secure, future-proof solutions that fit together seamlessly.

“The combination of Project Parking and FlashNet potentially offers an economical answer to archiving and storing file-based content as it can free-up expensive shared storage by creating portable projects which can be stored off-line,” explains Simon Fearn, product manager, Marquis Broadcast. “Parked projects also provide significant advantages for disaster recovery procedures, business continuity and inter-site workflows. We are excited to be working with SGL, one of the industry leaders content storage management solutions, to continue to provide practical solutions for the needs to modern day broadcast facilities across the globe.”

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Marquis to Get Up Close & Personal at IBC 2012

Marquis Broadcast is set to ‘get up close & personal’ demonstrating its latest media integration solutions at IBC 2012, including its new solution Personal Project Parking, which will be shown for the first time on booth 2.A58.

Personal Project Parking is aimed at editors or small facilities looking to archive standalone Avid projects and media and allows facilities to create a complete copy of any Avid project onto any storage device. Editors and small facilities can now take a project off-site, work on it and then return it to the facility. The combination of Personal Project Parking for freelancers and Project Parking for facilities (first launched at BVE 2012) now enables a project to be archived to portable storage, restored to a remote machine and returned to the facility in the same way, without any information or media being lost.

At the same time Marquis will be showing the recently released v2.0 of Project Parking. The enhanced solution adds significant performance improvements when creating an archive and offers the facility to merge a project when it is restored with one that is already on the Avid system.

In addition, Marquis will also show the enhanced control capabilities of Medway 2.6, the latest version of its flagship media integration product plus X2Pro Audio Convert Version 2, the latest edition of its cutting edge conversion application for delivering Final Cut Pro X projects to Avid Pro Tools for audio finishing.

Medway 2.6 is a sophisticated software tool kit delivering a seamless and cost-effective integration between leading broadcast content applications. By unifying multi-vendor systems, Medway provides technical and operational workflows that optimise and integrate media clip and sequence transfers, media format conversion and transcoding, and metadata capture and integration. Medway 2.6 will now include Pre-Flight Check to verify a transfer before commencement, enhanced Audio Matrixing with Panning which allows for detailed control over how the input channels are mapped to the output channels, the ability to conform EDLs into single clips and support for Avid Media Composer 6 on both Windows and Mac platforms.

Marquis will also be showing new pre-release features of Medway such as JPEG 2000 support for lossy and lossless encoding and H.264 support for encoding and proxy creation. The H.264 support is being shown in an Avid proxy workflow where ingested media is prepared for the off-line edit after which Medway can relink to full resolution media for Avid to perform the on-line and finishing. “This is a significant step forward and should allow for edit workflows which are faster, less resource-intensive and yet produce results of the highest possible quality,” explains Chris Steele, product manager, Marquis Broadcast.

Version 2 of X2Pro, aimed for September release, will be on show at IBC for the first time. X2Pro uses Marquis’ Media Highway, the core technology employed by Marquis’ media integration products to integrate Final Cut Pro X into professional audio workflows, delivering seamless integration between the two applications. In this way, X2Pro provides a smooth workflow between Final Cut Pro X and Avid Pro Tools, allowing users to take full advantage of the functionality of these world-class products.

New additions to the product are anticipated to include: the option to select which Roles are exported to help reduce the size of AAFs; Control the order the Roles will appear in ProTools, making it easy to put them in the order the audio editor needs them; Trimming audio source with handles to reduce the size of AAFs produced, BWF metadata maintained to help with preserve metadata from shoot to finish and make it easier to select the right channel of audio; plus the option to reference audio files rather than embed them in the AAF.

"Our range of media integration products have been designed to enable broadcasters and other users of digital media to achieve maximum efficiencies from their workflow processes,” explains Steele. “Our Media Highway Technologies are in daily use with broadcasters in Asia, Europe and the Americas, with Marquis having supplied solutions to many of the major broadcasters including the BBC, Discovery, ITV, PBS, Technicolor Network Services and Turner Broadcasting. We are looking forward to showing our latest technical innovations, in person, at IBC 2012.”

Marquis Supplies Seamless Integration to e.tv.

Marquis Broadcast has announced it has supplied e.tv. with Medway, its sophisticated software tool kit which delivers seamless and cost-effective integration between leading broadcast content applications, as part of a new system installation at the leading South African broadcaster.

“Medway unifies multi-vendor systems,” explains Chris Steele, product manager, Marquis Broadcast. “At e.tv. Medway now integrates the broadcast and editing systems ensuring technical and operational workflows are optimised between Pebble Beach Systems MAM & Automation with Mac based Avid Editors and Omneon video servers.

“This allows the systems to capture and manage the media before sending material across to the Avids for editing,” continues Steele. “As a result, the file-based integration of the MAM and production departments have been enabled with increased flexibility and speed of production.”

“Marquis was selected because Medway is the only solution that had the capability and the flexibility to integrate the required elements without compromising the performance/capability of the individual systems,” confirms Dave Stewart, group chief engineer, e.tv. “Pebble Beach Systems creates EDLs that detail a shot list of material required within the editing system using their MAM/browse systems and then passing the EDL to Medway. Medway then moves the hi-res content into the chosen Mac based Avid workstation. Once the editor has completed the work the finished sequence is sent back to Medway which in-turn sends a flattened version of the sequence back to an Omneon video server. Pebble Beach Systems sees the newly arriving material and makes it available to its automation systems.”

Marquis is experienced in integrating an extensive range of broadcast systems and devices. The company’s Media Highway Technologies are in daily use with broadcasters in Asia, Europe and the Americas, with Marquis having supplied solutions to many of the major broadcasters including the BBC, Discovery, ITV, PBS, Technicolor Network Services and Turner Broadcasting.

The latest version of Medway 2.6, launched at NAB 2012 and soon to be shown in Europe for the first time at IBC 2012, now also includes Pre-Flight Check to verify a transfer before commencement, enhanced Audio Matrixing with Panning which allows for detailed control over how the input channels are mapped to the output channels, the ability to conform EDLs into single clips and support for Avid Media Composer 6 on both Windows and Mac platforms.

Marquis Launches Personal Project Parking Edition

Marquis Broadcast has announced the launch of Personal Project Parking, aimed at editors or small facilities looking to archive standalone Avid projects and media. Personal Project Parking will be available for a special introductory price of £499 for a limited period only.

Chris Steele, product manager, Marquis Broadcast explains: “Earlier this year, we released Project Parking, our archive and restore solution which allows facilities to create a complete copy of any Avid project onto any storage device. So far, it has been incredibly popular and now, following interest from individual editors and freelancers, we have developed Personal Project Parking which includes the basic functionality of the full solution at a lower price point.

“At Marquis, our philosophy is to help improve the efficiency of our clients’ digital workflow,” continues Steele. “Personal Project Parking now allows individual editors to archive Avid projects, offering the flexibility for small facilities and freelancers to work off-site and at the same time keep track of their media effectively.

“Editors and small facilities can now take a project off-site, work on it and then return it to the facility,” confirms Steele. “The combination of Personal Project Parking for freelancers and Project Parking for facilities, enables a project to be archived to portable storage, restored to a remote machine and returned to the facility in the same way, without any information or media being lost.”

Both the Full and Personal editions of Project Parking include a new ‘merge project feature’ which analyses bins, restores new media and puts changed bins, into a sub-folder with the name of the version. This means old or new versions can be restored so bins and sequences can be compared easily.

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Marquis’ Project Parking Scores for Input Media

Marquis Broadcast has announced Input Media, one of Europe’s leading sports production companies, has selected Project Parking for a data migration project at its West London, state-of-the-art broadcast and production centre. Input Media which produces programming for the likes of UEFA, The FA, The French Tennis Federation and the BBC, has used Marquis’ Project Parking archive and restore solution to migrate long-term content onto its new Unity ISIS system.

“We were looking for a practical solution to migrate key Avid project data,” explains Nick Symes, director of technology, Input Media. “Project Parking helped us to make an inventory of Avid projects and their assets, spanning across multiple workspaces on our existing ISIS system before the migration and identify which content needed to be moved across to the new system. The built in checksums were particularly useful to verify all the file copies were faithful to the originals. Project Parking and Restore supplied an intuitive interface, enabling a straightforward migration of the media from one physical system to another. We are now looking at how we can use Project Parking to assist with our on-going digital content management requirements for the forthcoming football season.”

Launched in January 2012, Project Parking offers a fast and cost effective archive and restore process by creating a complete copy of any Avid project onto any storage device. By providing a simple vehicle for archiving all media associated with a project, Project Parking enables Avid users to archive complete projects safely, quickly and easily between systems within the same facility or between sites. The portable nature of parked projects also makes them ideal for disaster recovery procedures, business continuity and inter-site workflows.

“Project Parking saves facilities time by eliminating the need to search for media across different workstations,” explains Chris Steele, product manager, Marquis Broadcast. “The solution takes an Avid project and collates a complete list of all the media that that project has used, whether in a timeline, or simply in a bin and then searches all the attached workspaces for that media. At the end of this analysis, Project Parking can tell you whether all the media is on line, or if not, the name of the workspace where it was last located. Project Parking then goes on to copy all the project files and all the media that it references to a new location, checking all the files (with MD5 checksums) to ensure they are faithful copies.

“Managing and keeping track of media within digital workflows is becoming a growing issue, particularly where large files sizes limit resources,” confirms Steele. “Project Parking provides a simple archive and restore process to help HD and 3D production facilities and post houses manage their media effectively, now allowing them to unlock some of the many advantages associated with digitalisation.”

Marquis’ X2Pro Audio Convert Used for German Legal Drama: Danni Lowinski

Marquis Broadcast has announced X2Pro Audio Convert, its new cutting edge conversion application for delivering Final Cut Pro X projects to Avid Pro Tools for audio finishing has been used on the latest series of the German legal drama: Danni Lowinski. The popular dramedy about a former hairdresser turned lawyer, who offers her services for 1 Euro a minute, is currently in its third series and was produced by Berlin-based, Phoenix Film. It is broadcast on SAT.1, a network part of the successful German Pro7SAT.1 group.

“By the last three episodes of series three, and the introduction of Final Cut Pro X, the workflow was already well established,” explains Knut Hake, the independent editor of Danni Lowinski. “The audio pre-mix was edited in Final Cut Pro X, with the volume already set and Marquis’ X2Pro Audio Convert was used to translate the XML file to Pro Tools, providing the required link between these essential applications. The sound sweetening was then completed in Pro Tools.”

X2Pro uses Marquis’ Media Highway, the core technology employed by Marquis’ media integration products to integrate Final Cut Pro X into professional audio workflows, delivering seamless integration between the two applications. In this way, X2Pro provides a smooth workflow between Final Cut Pro X and Avid Pro Tools, allowing users to take full advantage of the functionality of these world-class products now and in the future.

Using the enhanced metadata in XML 1.1 from Final Cut Pro X, X2Pro provides a high fidelity conversion to a Pro Tools session, with planned support for audio gain, transitions, and key frames. Taking advantage of the innovative metadata-based organising features in Final Cut Pro X, unlimited numbers of audio roles in Final Cut Pro X are converted into Pro Tools tracks, allowing sound designers and mixers to start working immediately.

X2Pro v1.1 is now available to buy from the Mac App Store. X2Pro v1.1 faithfully translates your audio timeline along with L-cuts, J-cuts, volume adjustments, fade handles, markers and transitions (linear cross fades) as well as the incredibly powerful FCP-X compound clips.

Marquis Supports Closed Captioning with Medway 2.6

Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software, has announced Medway 2.6, the latest version of its flagship media integration product, will support closed captioning. The latest version of Medway, which will be shown for the first time at NAB 2012 on booth SL12205, is a sophisticated software tool kit delivering a seamless and cost-effective integration between leading broadcast content applications. By unifying multi-vendor systems, Medway provides technical and operational workflows that optimise and integrate media clip and sequence transfers, media format conversion and transcoding, and metadata capture and integration.

“On 13 January 2012, the FCC issued the implementation schedule and standards for web captioning based on the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010,” explains Chris Steele, product manager, Marquis Broadcast. “This means captioned content must retain closed captions when broadcast on the internet. Because closed captions have been used over many years, archives of captioned content in multiple formats currently exist and the challenge is to convert this material into web content with the closed captions intact. Further issues are presented if the programmes need to be edited, shortened, or the commercials need to be removed prior to web broadcast.

“We are pleased to confirm that the latest version of Medway will support closed captioning, by ensuring that captions created on the Avid data track remain with the media through archive, transfer or transcoding process,” continues Steele. “This means media destined for the internet and the captions associated with it, can be edited at the same time, allowing easy conversion of material without caption loss, reducing manual operation and saving time.”

In addition to supporting closed captioning, Medway 2.6 will now also include Audio Matrixing which allows for detailed control over how the input channels are mapped to the output channels and includes control of the bit depth and gain of the output channels. Extended Panning allows for the selection of either the left or right component of a channel after the channels panning data has been applied.

In addition, Avid users can now also take advantage of the updated Avid Sequence Parking and choose to park the entire original essence of a sequence. This enhancement also enables the archive or transfer of the entire length of each of the clips referenced by an Avid sequence. The original OP1Atom essence can now be parked when this option is chosen. In order to give timely and up-to-date information on media transfers into Avid Interplay, Marquis can also now create a field in Interplay which is updated with the status of a transfer.

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