Blue Lucy has today
announced that is has completed the integration of its linear video and
file-based ingest toolset, BL Ingest, with Media Navigator, Sonys new cost
effective and scalable asset management solution for the broadcast market.
Media Navigator orchestrates key
phases of the content workflow from ingest, catalogue and editing to review,
approvals, distribution including cloud - and archive. The Blue Lucy Ingest
plug-in is designed for videotape ingest in support of tapeless workflows as
well as line recording. The BL Ingest service runs on commodity infrastructure
hardware and accepts an SDI signal of any standard, via the baseband video
card, and writes the target media files in an all- software process, which
provides a future-proof, flexible architecture.
BL Ingest supports a wide range of
CODECs and container formats including all Sony and other broadcast formats. BL
Ingest also includes noise reduction filters, de-interlacing processes, and the
ability to key in graphics or burn in time-code.
Up to 12 ingest channels can be
monitored and controlled through a web browser user interface for maximum
operational flexibility. For VTR-based ingest, videotapes can be frame-
accurately logged by an operator or set for end-to-end ingest. When set to run,
the process is completely automatic with BL Ingest assuming full control of the
VTR. As material is digitised it is published to the connected Sony Media
Navigator and, if required, to a specific folder or bin. Line acquisition
through crash and scheduled recording is also supported and can be set in the
same user interface.
For material that already exists in
the file domain, for example, in a camera SD card, the interface enables
material to be directly uploaded to Media Navigator.
For both file or linear ingest real
time status information is also provided in the user interface to provide rapid
confirmation that material has been checked into Media Navigator.
Blue Lucy CEO Julian Wright said, We
are very pleased to support Sonys new Media Navigator product by offering
directly compatible ingest plug-ins. The motivation behind the Media Navigator
product in addressing the small and mid-level production market with sensibly
priced, user-friendly management tools aligns with Blue Lucys vision.
Deep technical knowledge should not
be required to deploy the system and begin operations, so we worked with Sony
to carry out the integration work with Media Navigator over the summer and have
simplified the process to the point where deployment is truly plug-and-play.
Manager for Sony Europe, Felip Garcia, said, In order to offer
the best possible workflow to our users it is very important that we talk to
key solutions partners like Blue Lucy. Thanks to Blue Lucys innovative
software plug-ins, Media Navigator now has a truly powerful tape and live
ingest solution, which further strengthens our workflow offering.