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.
“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.”
Combined 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 NAB Show at Grass Valley’s booth, SL206.
“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 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.