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A s Media Partners at BVE 2015 KitPlus was
responsible for recording, editing and publishing
50+ hours of video content from the event
seminars, roaming reporters and studio discussions over
the course of the show. With material coming from
different sources, crew and post-production staff consisting
largely of students with varying levels of proficiency and
tight timelines thrown into the mix we needed a post-
production solution that was quick to set up, easy to learn
and provided a creative and reliable solution. After chatting
with Forbidden Technologies for a while we decided to use
their Forscene platform.
Background: Forscene is the UK’s leading cloud-based post production
platform. Historically seen as a viewing and logging tool,
the software is proving its value as an editor on broadcast
projects including The Voice and Gold Rush and sporting
events like The European Tour and UCI cycling.
We were excited about Forscene’s ability to edit and
publish video directly to social platforms and decided to put
the system to test on our on-stand interview videos as well
as daily highlights packages. With limited time on our side
it enabled us to get content to our channels and partners in
the most efficient way.
Preparation: One of our main concerns about using an unfamiliar
system was whether there was enough time for our editor
to familiarise himself with the interface and workflow. Add
to this the fact that our editor was a media student and
unavailable for training and you can imagine that we were
more than slightly worried! Because Forscene is accessible
from any desktop or device through a standard internet
connection we were able to give our editor immediate
access to a Forscene account and he then used the online
training videos and user guide to familiarise himself with the
interface and workflows the week-end before the show.
The Forscene team markets the product as being simple
enough for producers and directors to use while offering
the advanced functionality that editors demand – we were
about to find out if they were telling the truth!
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Workflow: Interviews and roaming footage was shot at 1080/25
ProRes and copied onto Kitplus’ media storage at
various intervals during the course of each day at BVE.
The Forscene desktop ingest server was then used
to transcode and copy proxies of this media into the
cloud via watchfolders set up on the Kitplus system.
This was possible using only the 2-3mbps connection
available because 15:1 proxy versions of the original
media were uploaded to the Forscene cloud instead
of the original high-res source. Media was available
in the Forscene account while still ingesting – so the
editor could begin cutting without delay. Once the
edit was complete, videos were published directly
from Forscene to our YouTube channel – referencing
the original high resolution source stored locally.
Result: Forscene provided a cost-effective, easy to learn,
reliable solution for our needs to BVE. Being able
to work with media while it ingests and publish
directly from the platform to other content distribution
networks and social media platforms are fantastic
features for fast-turnaround projects like
this one and the edit capabilities of the
system are unrivalled in its class.