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NEWS MANAGE & MONITOR I n less than a month’s time, British television producers will be asked to deliver their programmes to broadcasters as files rather than tape. Some have been doing it for years. For others, it’s a whole new world. Fundamentally, the change is just replacing physical items like tapes, labels and VT reports with their zeros and ones equivalents. So, instead of a plastic tape case it’ll be an AS-11 DPP wrapper (as agreed by the cross broadcaster initiative the Digital Production Partnership). Inside the wrapper is the programme as a digital fi le and the associated metadata. Take a quick scan of the IBC announcements this month and it is clear that this is a subject that is focussing the minds of the manufacturing community as automated quality control options for fi le-based content and methods for monitoring loudness abound. What we still haven’t seen, however, is a method for dropping a late edit into a fi le-based DPP master. If a credit change (or similar) is required at the last minute, as things currently stand, there is no easy or quick way to do this. With tape it was easy. With digital fi les, you have to make the change and then create a new master. And that takes time and costs money. If an IBC exhibitor or indeed visitor wants to make himself rich and famous, he or she could do worse than try to solve this. News Production BroadStream Solutions will unveil a workfl ow accelerator for live news production at IBC (8.B29). Designed to work from ingest and proxy generation through to playout, CURRENT allows news teams to begin working with incoming content directly from their desktops the moment it arrives and play immediately to air without transcoding delays. Content viewing and clip trimming is available inside the News Room Computer System (NRCS). Other features include automated ingest and proxy creation for incoming video feeds and fi le and MOS integration with newsroom computer systems. Quantel will unveil LiveTouch at IBC (7.A20), a scalable studio highlights system consisting of a new server, a new software client, a new panel and new middleware that links clients with content across a server cluster. The panel is purpose-designed to make highlights selection sure, simple and robust. LiveTouch can be reconfi gured to support different productions across several studios as required and offers bidirectional editor integration direct into the server cluster, speeding operations and simplifying system design. Digital Nirvana MOG Technologies is using IBC to showcase how it can help broadcasters to reduce costs and quicken production schedules using its mxfSPEEDRAIL centralised ingest technology. The Central System platform within mxfSPEEDRAIL reduces workfl ow complexity by controlling all ingest processes in a single interface covering transcoding, fi le conversion, playback, quality control and task archiving. Media Management Digital Nirvana will introduce its Media Management Platform at IBC on the EMEA Gateway stand (9.B14). The suite of applications allows users to capture, edit, share, and manage content and provides the ability to monitor and analyse video. Optional modules are available for loudness monitoring, iPad/iPhone encoding and cCentralized management. 18 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 93 SEPTEMBER 2014 Transcoding Version 6.3 of the Telestream Vantage fi le-based workfl ow automation system now includes Nexidia’s QC, the software verifi cation tool for automating closed caption quality control. The integration will help Vantage users to automate the compliance process for closed caption regulations around the world, including those for the FCC or for partners like iTunes, Netfl ix and Amazon. Also included in the latest release is 4k support and HEVC encoding, auto assembly of DPP compliant bundles and XAVC decoding and ProRes 4444 encoding. Storage Disk Archive Corporation and Squared Paper have combined to develop ALTO FM, a new hybrid storage concept that overcomes the perceived high costs that make the cloud unusable as a storage platform for