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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.

“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.”

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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.

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Marquis’ Project Parking Provides Flawless Editorial Flexibility for Zodiak Rights

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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