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.
Medway 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.”
Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software, has announced its flagship media integration product, Medway, will support the next version of Adobe® Premiere® Pro software.
Chris Steele, product manager Marquis Broadcast explains: “Adobe Premiere Pro is used by video professionals to edit, manipulate, and export their video projects. Medway will integrate with the next version of Adobe Premiere Pro 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 edit platforms.
“To achieve this, Medway will support clip, sequence and metadata exchange with the next version of Adobe Premiere Pro,” continues Steele. “Medway will import both single MXF media clips from Adobe Premiere Pro and XML sequences, export sequences and media to Adobe Premiere Pro 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 Steele. “Our interoperability engine Medway, will deliver integration between the next version of Adobe Premiere Pro and other leading broadcast content applications, ensuring systems can work seamlessly together.”
“The next version of Adobe Premiere Pro includes some powerful creative advancements that we’re excited to reveal at NAB,” said Simon Williams, director of strategic relations at Adobe. “The integration of the next version of Adobe Premiere Pro with Marquis’ Medway will enable our customers to have highly integrated workflows for even easier-to-create and more streamlined productions.”
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. The 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.”
Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software, is set to demonstrate the enhanced control capabilities of Medway V3, the latest version of its flagship media integration product, at NAB 2013 on booth SL13008.
"Complex digital workflows are hampered by expensive and repetitive operations brought on by file incompatibilities," explains Chris Steele, product manager, Marquis Broadcast. “Medway V3 can be described as an ‘interoperability engine’ that delivers cost-effective integration between leading broadcast content applications, ensuring products such as Edit Platforms, either standalone or using Shared storage and third-party MAMs and automation systems can work seamlessly together.
"The new version of Medway will now include various enhancements to continue to improve the efficiency and ease of digital workflows,” continues Steele. "For example, new features include: support for lossy and lossless JPEG 2000 encoding and support for H.264 encoding for 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 deliver full resolution trimmed media for Avid to perform the relink and on-line and finishing,” confirms Steele. “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."
Medway V3 also supports AS-02, the AMWA standard for versioning of sequences.
"As an organisation, Marquis is focused on delivering solutions for the data-intensive and challenging requirements of today's fast-paced broadcasting environments," confirms Steele. "The latest version of Medway which we are showing at NAB for the first time, will continue to help broadcasters and other users of digital media to achieve maximum efficiencies from their workflow processes."
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.