Taking the pain out of collaborative editing


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Broadcast and post-production companies face the daily challenge of delivering more for less – both in terms of time and money. Whilst the industry has been quick to embrace the efficiencies of file-based workflows and enhancements in the creative editing process, the reality - for companies of all sizes - is that the effective and secure management of media data remains complex and expensive. For those editing in groups - with media entering the studio from many different sources, ingested to different editing platforms and stored on various storage islands - data management in a collaborative environment is even more challenging.

In the past, systems to manage media data have been proprietary and therefore expensive. Hence only larger organisations have been able to afford the level of CAPEX investment required and the number of editing seats available to deliver a return on that investment. Where the cost of proprietary systems has been prohibitive, the management, archive and back-up of data has become a manual and very time-consuming process. Typically, data is ingested on to islands of storage around an organization – to an editor’s workstation, a specific ingest machine, a central I.T. Disk system or, very often, just a USB/Fire wire disk. The answer for these companies has been to purchase a server/disk system in a traditional IT format.
Shared projects? Shared pain.
Each scenario has its failings. Most proprietary systems offer central organised storage with guaranteed performance but they do not scale affordably and expose organisations to high upgrade and maintenance costs. They also charge premium rates for the storage necessary to support multiple shared projects. Furthermore, proprietary systems are often locked-down, forcing a particular workflow. As the demand for multi-platform support increases, this lock-down limits ingest options and may require the use of expensive editing suites, with editing islands of Apple Final Cut Pro, Avid or Adobe supported by pools of storage to service them.

The alternative of the traditional I.T. Server with storage may offer a good price point, but only partially addresses the problem. Data can be stored in one location but with a lack of organisation or archive procedures, data ultimately becomes hard to find. In addition, server systems can be difficult to configure, requiring specialist support, and as the infrastructure is often used for a multitude of tasks, the high performance required by internal media clients can not be guaranteed.

In collaborative editing environments, whether using large proprietary or small IT-server systems, there are further layers of complexity and cost. It remains difficult to manage how limited storage is utilized and guarantee performance. Shared projects are often exposed to human error and system constraints that hinder the creative benefits of collaboration. It is common for media to disappear, be deleted in error or be shown offline (because, for example, somebody has borrowed that USB drive for another project). The result is frustration and, of course, loss of valuable production time.

Agile and secure collaboration.


To address these challenges, ERA has launched ERA MediaEdit, a cost-effective platform for secure collaborative editing, to help organisations of all sizes manage shared projects and operational capacity - more efficiently and cost-effectively.

Powered by CandIT Media WARP storage and with FilmPartners’ MXFServer media management at its core, ERA MediaEdit is designed to enable editing workgroups to share and manage virtualised project files securely, with guaranteed high performance and minimal infrastructure costs. The entry-level configuration supports up to eight clients of Avid, Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere, expands in easy steps, with multi-format ingest from any device, including sixteen simultaneous streams of DNxHD and integration with EVS. It has been designed to run over Gigabit Ethernet to keep infrastructure costs low and its open architecture provides a simple yet cost-effective scale-up-and-out path should editing and business requirements grow.

ERA MediaEdit also enables the effective secure management of data and user rights for shared projects, with bin-locking functionality to prevent files or sequences being accidentally overwritten or deleted. It also optimises overall operational performance by allowing both the virtualisation of growing files - Edit Whilst Capture - and the direct ingest of media files from any source into projects without starting up the NLE - freeing up edit suite capacity and making operations more efficient and agile.
ERA MediaEdit is a turnkey solution that enables media companies, of all sizes, to handle more jobs, more effectively, with more speed and with less error – freeing up valuable creative resources to do what they do best, and optimizing the benefits of collaboration to secure real strategic advantage in today’s competitive market.
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Supporting creativity and driving better workflows
Rod Aaron Gammons For decades videographers and filmmakers have been pushing the boundaries when it comes to creativity all with the aim of delivering a visually spectacular and engaging experience to viewers. For the most part they rely on artistic vision and innate skill, but over the last few years technology has been playing more of a role in enabling that creativity, like cameras, sound and lighting.
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TV Futures - Running around for clients
Joseph Long My second year at the University of Portsmouth seemingly began in a familiar fashion to the previous year. We sat in a large lecture theatre and listened intently to our course leader, who gave an outline as to what students on the BSc Television and Broadcasting course should be expect experience-wise from the up-and-coming year....
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A 360 degree view of fashion
Michael Parsons Im often asked, what do you do when the students arent around?, and the simple answer is, as it would be from any university technical support member of staff, I get involved in passion projects and these help me to stay up-to-date with the kit and keep my hand-in with video filmmaking.
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Strays - Telling a dark tale
Aaron Dunleavy Independent filmmaker, Aaron Dunleavy, has used the backdrop of his hometown, Blackburn, to create a new short film as part of Channel 4 and Arts Council Englands Random Acts programme. The initiative - delivered by Tyneside Cinema (Newcastle), HOME (Manchester), and True North Productions (Leeds) - commissions bold, innovative expressions of creativity from young creative talent, and was a new and welcome challenge for Dunleavys third short film.
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State of the Nation - part 2
Dick Hobbs - new This is, of course, the IBC issue of this splendid magazine. Much of the rest of its pages are filled with what you will see there, or (in some cases) what vendors and their marketing communications agencies want you to see there.
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Cellular, Satellite or Fixed Link - how do you choose
Lorna Garrett Having a choice is a good thing. Take apples, for example. While one may look pretty much the same as the next, we know that the subtle differences between varieties can make a huge difference in how we choose to use them some are best for pies, some better for cider, and others just perfect for eating from the tree.
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50 years in and the show must go on
John Smith -new At IBC we always look forward to meeting old faces and new. For those more recently acquainted with the broadcast industry, you may not realise IBC was born half a century ago in London. In 1967 the show, held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, attracted just 32 exhibitors and 500 delegates. However, its popularity grew and the exhibition quickly upgraded with a move to the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, followed by the Wembley Conference Centre, before moving to Brighton.
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Integrated and automating marketing campaign production
James Gilbert ITV, as an integrated producer broadcaster, creates, owns and distributes high-quality content on multiple platforms. It operates the largest commercial family of channels in the UK and delivers its content through traditional television broadcasting as well as on demand via the ITV Hub. ITV has the largest share of the UK television advertising market and its family of channels attracted a total share of viewing of 21.4% in 2016, the largest audience of any UK commercial broadcaster. ITV's main channel is the largest commercial channel in the UK, delivering 99% of all commercial audiences over five million.
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Advances in LED lighting innovation with Rotolight AEOS
Rod Aaron Gammons There's no doubt that lighting plays a critical role in videography, filmmaking and photography. It's the area of content capture that brings added creativity to shoots, whether that's filming a wedding, producing a commercial or making a movie. Much like cameras have evolved over the past few years, lighting has also evolved; from the traditional tungsten, through to the use of LEDs. Of course LEDs have been revolutionised too, now delivering powerful, cost and energy efficient solutions to creatives.
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Mobile internet connectivity in the field
Bill Nardi Mobile Internet connectivity is critical to the success of remote news crews. Whether they're doing a reporting assignment for news, sports, or live events, they need a strong and reliable Internet connection. To have an edge over their competition and get content to air faster, crews need to be able to work just as if they were in the studio, but from the field.
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Media Production Show and other news
Duncan Payne So, the 2nd Media Production Show has been and gone. Hands up who went to Islington by mistake? I know at least two people who did. Their secret is safe with me! For me, the sign of a great trade show is when I come away really enthused about an innovative use of existing technology or a brand new product. When I find something that combines both these things, then I'm a very happy man.
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The 7 Steps to Saving Film
KitPlus We live in a world where - thanks to everything from smartphones to cheaper professional gear - more and more footage is being shot today than ever before. It's a little known fact, however, that as more movies are made, archived physical film works all over the world are in danger of being lost to the damage of time. The Library of Congress alone has documented that only 20% of U.S. feature films from the 1910 and 1920s survive in complete form, and according to European Parliamentary Research, as of 2014, 21% of European film works were held in archives, yet only 1.5% was digitized.
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Ad servers and switching solutions
Peter Blanchford Hardware-based ad servers and switching solutions have been around for a long time and, broadly speaking, do the job just fine.
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Lighting - the stuff you do not see
Tama Berkeljon Lighting is the stuff you don't see that makes a difference in what you do see. How the audience feels about a character and whether the scene is scary, tense or upbeat are communicated by the quality and placement of light. Lighting can take the drama to a whole new level - think about film noir with all those shadows on the wall.
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