Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software, has announced it will demonstrate the enhanced control capabilities of Medway 2.6, the latest version of its flagship media integration product, for the first time at NAB 2012 on booth SL12205. Medway is a sophisticated software tool kit delivering a seamless and cost-effective integration between leading broadcast content applications. By unifying multi-vendor systems, Medway provides technical and operational workflows that optimise and integrate media clip and sequence transfers, media format conversion and transcoding, and metadata capture and integration.
Medway has been designed specifically to meet the demands of the most challenging of broadcast environments, confirms Chris Steele, product manager, Marquis Broadcast. We are particularly excited about the introduction of Medway 2.6, as following close collaboration with our customers, we have been able to include numerous enhancements that we know will further improve their digital workflows, giving them the competitive edge they require in todays challenging marketplace.
Medway 2.6 will now include Audio Matrixing which allows for detailed control over how the input channels are mapped to the output channels and includes control of the bit depth and gain of the output channels. Extended Panning allows for the selection of either the left or right component of a channel after the channels panning data has been applied.
Medway 2.6 also now completes a detailed pre-flight check of media and settings before starting transfer, providing a report of any issues, saving time and alerting the user to any issues with a transfer or transcode as quickly as possible. Marquis Edit Decision Lists have been enhanced and can now be used to gather together a number of segments of several media files into a single flat media file, particularly useful where multiple versions of programs or spots need to be built automatically.
Avid users can now also take advantage of the updated Avid Sequence Parking and choose to park the entire original essence of a sequence. This enhancement also enables the archive or transfer of the entire length of each of the clips referenced by an Avid sequence. The original OP1Atom essence can now be parked when this option is chosen. In order to give timely and up-to-date information on media transfers into Avid Interplay, Marquis can also now create a field in Interplay which is updated with the status of a transfer.
In addition, Medway pre-transfer metadata capture is now supported on the Mac, with the latest version of Avid Media Composer v6 qualified on both Windows and Mac platforms. In addition, tighter integration with Dalet Media Asset Management systems has been added, including sequence genealogy, ensure a smoother workflow for broadcasters. For Close Capturing, Medway now also supports ANC data.
Medway is suitable for all digital applications, including Production, Post Production, Newsrooms and Playout suites, enabling complete digital workflows, continues Steele. The new enhancements to Medway 2.6 have allowed us to create a powerful interoperability engine that enables the exchange of media between a wide range of broadcast systems in a transparent and user friendly way and we are looking forward to launching these important developments officially at NAB.