“We are now using Medway to import files into Avid ISIS for editing, check them into Avid Interplay and send finished sequences to the Avid AirSpeed MultiStreams for playout,” confirms Mike Rose, chief protographer at WTVF. “This saves exporting/importing times and helps all workflows because much of the work is “farmed” out, therefore not tying up the editor.”
“We chose Medway because it supports XDCAM 35 EX,” continues Rose. “Getting clips checked into Interplay is perhaps where we use it most. Medway watches a folder where our Rhozet Carbon Coder drops clips that have been flipped to XDCAM 35EX (such as user–generated content or network footage from CNN or CBS ) and checks them into a “Medway” folder in our Interplay database. We need to drop 50-70 clips a day. Before Medway, all of these clips would be ingested via baseband.
“In this way, Medway eliminates a great deal of time spent basebanding content,” explains Rose. “While real-time ingest may be more comfortable to old-time editors than importing a file, baseband ingest requires continual monitoring and cueing. Exporting content to the Omneon server once required a Quick Time export on the editor level, which took a good deal of time as XDCAM EX uses Long-GOP compression. Provided that any effects have been rendered, now, the only exporting is audio - which is quick - and the AAF file. This allows the editor to move onto other work.”
Medway also provides a path to get content to WTVF’s website, which is hosted by WorldNow. Medway moves news content over to the WorldNow video encoders, who host all of WTVF’s video content on newschannel5.com. In addition, Medway is used to move material from WTVF’s Avid ISIS to its Omneon server including promotion material for all the newscasts, and full length shows for WTVF’s second channel, “NewsChannel 5 Plus.”