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NEWS MANAGE & MONITOR ANALYSIS At NAB it was revealed that Avid is accepting more companies onto its Alliance Partner programme. This is interesting not only because it is a kite mark of quality and interoperability but also because it means Avid will effectively be selling other people’s kit. It’s another sign of Avid’s new ‘openness’. Root6 Technology’s ContentAgent is one product that has been certified. This gives customers the reassurance that Avid and Root6 have tested interoperability between ContentAgent and Avid Media Central. Being an Alliance Partner also means ContentAgent is now available to purchase directly from Avid and through their reseller network. Marquis Broadcast has also announced that it has been selected as an Avid Alliance Partner for Project Parking, as has SGL for FlashNet (see below). ARCHIVE SGL has been selected as an Avid Alliance Partner. The certification is granted to third-parties that can prove a high technical standard and seamless integration within the Avid MediaCentral Platform. Alan Hoff, vice president of Market Solutions at Avid said: “We’re committed to working with solutions partners to provide innovative technologies and outstanding interoperability for both our users and to the digital media industry. Our many joint customers will benefit from the certified integration of SGLs FlashNet archive content management system and Avid solutions across the MediaCentral Platform to facilitate their archive and retrieval workflows.” Another interesting development from NAB was the debut of Nexis, a new virtualised storage platform. Avid has billed it as a software-defined storage platform custom designed for media management. It will work with Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools (obviously) but also with Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, Resolve, Smoke, Baselight and various other third-party applications. Basically, all the key industry content creation applications. For a company that was once so closed, it is refreshing to see Avid welcoming other people’s products with such open arms. COMPLIANCE MONITORING VOD LOGISTICS Digital Nirvana is offering to buy back a broadcaster’s existing compliance monitoring and recording system if they replace it with a MonitorIQ media management platform. The MonitorIQ allows users to monitor and record both their outbound channels and the return signals from off-air, cable and satellite. “Given recent announcements of broadcast industry vendors moving away from compliance monitoring and recording solutions, we wanted to alleviate any uncertainty for on-going support and feature upgrades for those that have adopted competitive systems,” said Digital Nirvana sales director Dan Wasilko. Globecast has added a Video on Demand (VOD) logistics service to its media management and playout capabilities. The offering will see content packages assembled - complete with the relevant graphics and promos - and then delivered in the appropriate technical formats required by VOD platforms. Peter Elvidge, head of global media management, Globecast, said: “Going far beyond distribution, this involves taking the headache of meeting the complex specifications of all the platforms away from our customers, helping them package their content with the right metadata, subtitles, languages artwork and deliver it with guaranteed quality.” 22 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 113 MAY 2016