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.
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.
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.
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.
Marquis has announced the CBS-affiliated television station, WTVF, has selected Medway, Marquis’ sophisticated software tool kit designed to deliver seamless and cost-effective integration between leading broadcast content applications, to enhance its workflow at NewsChannel 5 Network in Nashville, Tennessee.
“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.”
Marquis Broadcast has announced X2Pro Audio Convert, its new cutting edge conversion application for delivering Final Cut Pro X projects to Avid Pro Tools for audio finishing has been used on the latest series of the German legal drama: Danni Lowinski. The popular dramedy about a former hairdresser turned lawyer, who offers her services for 1 Euro a minute, is currently in its third series and was produced by Berlin-based, Phoenix Film. It is broadcast on SAT.1, a network part of the successful German Pro7SAT.1 group.