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’.”
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.”
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
“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.