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Robert Lisman TV-Bay Magazine
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by Robert Lisman
Issue 87 - March 2014
What is broadcast automation and why is it important to me?

Broadcasters and media operations face the complex task of managing all kinds of hardware and software, such as switchers, video servers, graphics systems, routers, newsroom systems, craft editors (NLEs), VTRs, tape formats and file codecs. Broadcast automation manages these complexities resulting in collaboration, creativity, efficiency and immediacy four keys to innovation. Broadcast automation enables users to control important steps of story creation and distribution. Having an open-architecture, client-server, script-based system is essential when it comes to broadcast automation software, especially when it comes to Media Asset Management. Broadcasters are creating and distributing an ever-increasing array of content to an every-increasing spectrum of platforms. One two-minute segment will end up as part of an evening news broadcast as a stand-alone piece available on the Internet and as archived content that will be accessed in 10,000 search engine results. Primestreams FORK lets you manage all this simply and efficiently.

I have a lot of other gear in my facility¦will it all work within a given automation environment?

The same characteristics that make FORK the most comprehensive solution, also make it the most flexible. FORK can control almost everything, precisely because it is versatile enough to embrace anything hardware from all major manufacturers, all major tape and digital formats and both Mac and PC environments. A broadcast automation platform that plays well with a vast assortment of other broadcast hardware and software is crucial to the success of an operation. For example, some facilities today are using various Non-Linear Editing solutions such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer and Apple Final Cut Pro instead of just one editing platform. The ability to integrate with all three allows editors to work collaboratively and across NLE platforms. This allows facilities to deploy workflows strategically across departments.
What about logging? Its tedious and inaccurate. What options are available?

Logging live or recorded content with metadata is one of the most painful, yet vital, of all broadcast tasks. If you dont have sufficient metadata attached to your media assets, then finding assets become super tedious resulting in spending more time finding the asset than doing something with it. Primestreams FORK Logger software was designed to address metadata tagging, marker creation and subclips with speed and accuracy. FORK Logger uses pre-built templates that are customized to the programming that you are covering, from sports to reality TV. So during a football match as an example, rather than typing in #42, corner kick, #7, header, goal tapping 5 buttons via touchscreen display or regular mouse, would accomplish the same thing and provide the rich metadata that is needed to later have the ability to monetise the assets. This presents an opportunity for content owners to digitize content for many creative uses. A brand like Nike can digitize its history, then later launch its own online channel with live and/or OnDemand content that can be search and organized by category.
What if I want to access my MAM remotely?

If you can access a computer, you can access Primestreams FORK MAM, and if you're in FORK, you can control your entire operation. You can ingest, archive, edit, and play out media all from within the FORK environment. The ability to get at your media from anywhere is a huge advantage and can dramatically speed up production and edit times both for content creation and for collaborative editing and approvals. Xchange Suite gives broadcasters instant access to content on their FORK Production servers from any Windows®, Mac®, or tablet device. FORK Xchange 3.0 allows for remote MAM access, as well as uploading source material to FORK and downloading of source material for local editing. This ability to take work offline on an iPad, laptop or desktop is important for users who find themselves on an airplane or remote location with no Internet. Accessing a MAM remotely is even more vital when concurrent users in multisite production operations are working collaboratively with content.

What should I think about when planning an archive for my media?

Designing an archive is not a trivial matter and many broadcasters are at a tipping point where they have massive tape libraries that are in danger of becoming damaged because of the inherent instability of the tape medium. In these cases, the first step becomes digitisation. Much of this process can be automated but while the process is happening, it is a good idea to QC the content to be sure it has rich metadata attached and that closed caption files are intact. Once ingested, you need a plan that will insure against that worse case scenario. For example, where huge amounts of assets are lost and the archive is needed for disaster recovery. The FORK Archive Bridge solution allows for operators to have a greater level of visibility into the workflow and can track the status of all archival requests. Facilities can now archive and restore to and from a single location, minimizing cost for the archival infrastructure.

We mentioned NLEs¦what is Edit-while-capture and why do I want it?

Speed is everything in news and sports production. Whether digitising one or many sources, there are competitive advantages to be had by the organization that can get the shot and get it to air faster than the others. By integrating fully with the industrys leading editing applications, work happens faster and creativity is not sacrificed for that accessibility.


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Controlling the Chaos of Remote Uplinks
Roger Franklin For Satellite Broadcasters, consumer needs have never been so varied. Audiences are increasingly accustomed to personalisation in every type of content they consume. They now demand, or rather expect to receive breaking news from a scene, content specific to their regions and access to live sporting events held thousands of miles away.
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Thinking clearly about the cloud
Chris Steel 2 As someone who is constantly trying to build better products, I'm always asking questions and listening to the ones I get asked. For several years now I've asked every broadcaster and media production company I've met what they plan to do about 'the cloud'
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Why is drone training even an option
Tim Bearder It's fair to say that one of the most disruptive, liberating and inventive technological advances for independent filmmakers in recent years has been the incredible leaps made in the world of Drones.
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You need wave power if you are going surfing
Tim Bonython Tim Bonython's association with surfing films began in 1978, when armed with a Super-8 camera he set off to Hawaii's infamous North Shore, to capture the big waves and their riders. From that moment he fell in love with the sport, and became obsessed with making it the subject of breathtaking and inspiring films.
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The Masters of Dirt - Extreme Production
Rian Bester On 22nd April 2017 Inside the Masters of Dirt, the world's wildest unscripted motocross reality series, will launch exclusively on INSIGHT TV in 4K UHD. Produced by Masters Of Dirt (M.O.D) and XTreme Video, the series follows the adrenaline-addicted crew that produces the popular freestyle motocross arena show of the same name.
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Is now the time to compromise on investment
Mike Ransome - new It would seem on the face of it that many broadcasters and production companies are trimming spending to the bone, or at least postponing it in anticipation of more lucrative days to come.
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Mr MXF does Vegas
Bruce Devlin - new For quarter of a century I have been boarding planes to Las Vegas every April and the thing I look forward to most is the Sunday morning cycle from the Strip up to the top of Red Rock Canyon to look back down upon Vegas. From up there, you get a sense of perspective of how alien the city stuck in the desert really is.
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OBs are still outside and so are broadcasts
Mike Ransome - new With the advent of new and emerging technologies, and with the one getting the most oxygen at the moment being video over IP, a number of people are asking whether the ability to move control rather further way from an event has, or will, change the nature of OB production.
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Sennheiser Digital 6000 review
KitPlus Originally founded in 1945 from a university research lab Sennheiser is of course a globally respected brand and have recently launched the Digital 6000 series as an addition to its pro wireless range. KitPlus were invited to a take a look together with a live music event featuring the system in Hannover last month.
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