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NEWS Standardising on shared storage M aryland Public Television (MPT) recently installed a 144-TB Facilis TerraBlock shared storage environment in its post-production facility to increase capacity, accelerate post production and enhance project collaboration. From series Outdoors Maryland to Chesapeake Collectables, the systems will play an integral role in MPTs creation of weekly programming for the state of Maryland. MPT also is using the TerraBlock systems in production on national programs such as the long running MotorWeek and the soon to be released children’s science show Space Racers that will be shared with PBS affiliates across the U.S. http://facilis.com Launching a file formats task force T he launch of the Joint Task Force on File Formats and Media Interoperability was announced recently by its sponsors, the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA), Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA), Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), International Association of Broadcast Manufacturers (IABM), American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s), and Association of National Advertisers (ANA). The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is participating as an observer. Bringing together manufacturers, broadcasters, advertisers, ad agencies, and industry organizations (standards bodies and trade associations) serving the professional media market, the Task Force has an ultimate goal to create greater effi ciencies and cost savings for exchange of fi le- based content. The group’s initial focus will be to gather and analyze requirements for a machine-generated and readable fi le interchange and delivery specifi cation -- including standardized and common structured metadata -- for the professional media industry. Use case examples include promo, spot, and program delivery from a provider to a broadcaster. www.nabanet.com | www.amwa.tv | www.smpte.org | www.theiabm.org Win a copy of ‘Get the Message now?!?’ J ohn Keedwell GBCT has written a new book ‘Get The Message Now?!?’. He says in a current world of 4k UHD hyper-realism it is clear the quality standards need to be higher than ever before. Drawing on his 30 years of experience in television and documentary camerawork around the globe, John reveals many tricks to help you raise your game to compete. There is a discerning audience out there. Bad looking and sounding video now gets turned off. Your message is lost. More than that, how can you stand out in a mass of material? Alan Piper, Operations Director at Red Europe said: “I bought some copies as essential reading for people within the company. It’s written as if John is in the room talking to you, with personal experiences and also many fi lm references to illustrate. It’s not just another book about cameras, lighting and sound, it’s much more. I certainly learned a lot and there are many areas of reference in there. I am sure you will fi nd it fascinating”. John joined tv-bay’s BroadcastShow studio at BVE to chat about the book and you can see the interview using this QR code… www.getthemessagenow.com 12 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 87 MARCH 2014 How to enter (3 copies available) Visit: www.GetTheMessageNow.com Question: What is the name of the training academy? So... It is the “***** Academy” Answers to: john@johnkeedwell.co.uk Closing date: Midnight, Sunday 30 th March 2014, GMT