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“Conan” Takes to the Night as NEP Broadcasting, Key Code Media, and Grass Valley Team Up to Provide File-based Production Workflow

December 15, 2010 Leave a comment

Paris, France/Nevada City, Calif., December 14, 2010 — NEP Broadcasting, LLC, a premiere provider of state-of-the-art mobile and fixed broadcast facilities, has installed multiple Grass Valley™ K2 media servers for TBS’s “Conan.” Three K2 Summit™ production clients running ChannelFlex™, three K2 Dyno™ Replay Controllers on a K2 production SAN, a K2 Dyno Production Assistant, and a 180×256 Trinix™ NXT router were recently installed in the new production studio built on Stage 15 on the Warner Bros. Studios lot in Burbank, Calif. “Conan” debuted on TBS on November 8.

The system provides the capability to iso-record the show’s nine studio cameras and control live replays, with content immediately available for editing on their Apple Final Cut Pro NLEs. Additionally, a K2 Solo™ media server is used for playback of key/fill material under direct control by the show’s technical director. The Grass Valley multi-format servers will support all types of file-based video and audio production for “Conan.”

“Whether it’s for live production or in-studio environments, we’ve found Grass Valley’s technology to be the most reliable and cost effective for our clients,” said George Hoover, Chief Technology Officer for NEP Broadcasting.

Key Code Media, a west coast-based systems integrator, was responsible for the design and implementation of all post production systems for this project (K2 SAN, Final Cut integration, and graphics). Key Code Media also supplied the 96 TB K2 SAN storage, K2 BaseCamp Express, and Apple Final Cut and graphic workstations, networking them together with the K2 Summits, K2 Solo media servers, K2 Dyno Replay Controllers, and K2 Dyno Production using a 4 Gb Fibre Channel SAN infrastructure. All post systems are real-time with production while the edit-in-place functions allows the “Conan” producers to ready segments for air as they are being recorded.

“The production team at ‘Conan’ is just the latest to discover and benefit from the K2 family of media server solution,” said Jeff Rosica, Senior Vice President of Grass Valley. “By using this tightly integrated system, ‘Conan’ enjoys the most efficient file-based production and post production workflow available.”

NEP Supershooters, a long time Grass Valley customer, and as announced recently, has also ordered three Kayenne™ Video Production Center production switchers, one each for their SS29 production truck, the updated SS21, and one yet to be named “Super” truck.

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For more information on Key Code Media integration services, contact: www.keycodemedia.com or 818-303-3900.

End of Sale and Support Dates for DigiDelivery….So now what

December 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Avid released notice at the end of November that Aspera notified Avid they have no inventory of DigiDelivery servers and will not build any more units. Also, other than emergency patches, Aspera is doing no further DigiDelivery software development. The latest version of the DigiDelivery software client (v2.1.1) will remain available on their website http://www.asperasoft.com/download.  Aspera will end support, maintenance and extended warranty services for DigiDelivery products on December 31, 2011. Support contracts will be offered through December 31, 2011 and can still be purchased on a pro rated basis into 2011.

There have also been rumblings of security breaches http://duc.digidesign.com/showthread.php?p=1713821   http://duc.digidesign.com/showthread.php?p=1714253

So, what should Digidelivery clients do?  Well, there are a couple different alternatives.  The big question comes down to how has your work flow changed since your initial investment and what are your new objectives on top of that.  Aspera has WAN acceleration products and I am sure they will discuss this as an upgrade path.  Key Code Media recommends one of two different alternatives, depending on the ecosystem of your production and how you interact in the production chain.  If you are doing business with larger enterprise clients who have Signiant, there are some great solutions which you can leverage and become part of the Studios production pipeline.

On the other front, Key Code Media also works with StorageDNA which has a point to point WAN acceleration product which for five seats starts at $5,995.  http://www.storagedna.com/ outlines the process.  A couple of key benefits of this technology for Avid based clients is that the system also does synchronization of files and projects with snapshots.  This means the entire file does not need to be re-sent once the file has been transferred, only the changes.

Either direction a client decides, engaging Key Code Media to analyze your options and determine the solution which most enables your business.  Call us today 818-303-3900 with offices in Santa Monica, San Francisco, Burbank and Seattle, we are the West Coast leader for media solutions.

http://www.keycodemedia.com

Key Code Media Finance Special Promotion

December 6, 2010 Leave a comment
Key Code Media Finance Special Promotion

 

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Under Tax code Section 179 when lease any piece of equipment through a $1 buy-out term you have the opportunity to deduct 100% of that equipment’s purchase price (up to $500,000) from your 2010 gross income. *

This tax benefit has the ability to greatly reduce your annual taxable income while still providing you with the necessary equipment required to expand your business and continue to thrive in today’s competitive market.

Contact Key Code Finance today for more information: kcmfinance@keycodemedia.com or 818-303-3915

*valid on leases paid on or before Dec 31, 2010 on approved credit, some restrictions may apply. Consult your personal tax advisor or accountant. This information is intended for promotional use only.

 

 

Join us at REDucation Community Day: RED Studios Hollywood Dec 9, 2010

December 6, 2010 Leave a comment

JOIN Key Code Media  AT RED STUDIOS FOR THE PREMIERE OF EPIC!

Thursday December 5, 2010

5pm-9pm

It’s a “Community Day” of Epic Proportions!
RED Studios is the location for RED Community Day, an opportunity for attendees to see new RED centric products, mix and mingle with other industry professionals,

 learn best RED practices and catch the latest RED buzz from insiders.

 

See the Epic for yourself at Community Day

VIEW a video interview with Ted Shilowitz covering the “Top Ten” Red Epic Question and then come see it with your own eyes on December 9th.

December 9, 2010 | RED Studios Hollywood
Los Angeles | 5:00 PM-9:00 PM

RED Studios Hollywood
846 North Cahuenga Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90038-3704
(323) 463-0808
Get MAP

REGISTER AND GET YOUR TICKETS HERE
Open to the general public and costs $20.00 in advance, $30 at the door.

COMMUNITY NIGHT PROGRAM:

ASSIMILATE – 5:00pm to 5:45pm

TERADEK – 5:45pm to 6:30pm

AJA – 6:30pm to 7:15pm

ADOBE – 7:15pm to 8:00pm

THE FOUNDRY – 8:00pm to 8:45pm

Ted Schilowitz from RED Studios will cap off the evening by introducing Epic

 

RED studios is the location for RED Community Day, an opportunity for attendees to see new RED centric products, mix and mingle with other industry professionals, learn best RED practices and catch the latest RED buzz from insiders.

Part of the popular REDucation series class (December 7-11, 2011) Community Day is Thursday, December 9th from 5:00 PM-8:00 PM at RED Studios in Hollywood. You can expect a cocktail party atmosphere with great food and drink, RED accessories, networking and Epic! Presentations take place throughout the night.

 

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Autodesk and ASSIMILATE Announce Settlement of copyright infringement

December 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Autodesk and Assimilate yesterday issued a joint release announcing the settlement of their copyright infringement lawsuit.  This is good news in an era of consolidation that Assimilate is now encumbered from this litigation.   Key Code Media is a partner of both Autodesk and Assimilate and view this as positive for all parties, that being said, we do not have knowledge of the confidential aspects of the settlement and the respective impact to either company.

Autodesk has some amazing products and with the recent Flame Premium bundle which incorporates Flame, Smoke and Lustre, the creative community has a compelling and integrated conform, FX and color grade bundle priced competitively in our new economy.  Key Code Media is very bullish on this combined integration.  Additionally, Autodesk has had solid success with Autodesk Smoke on a Macintosh, OSX this past year.  Although sales did not go to the level of expectations most of the community had expected, the interest and momentum has been a plus.   More importantly, Autodesk has brought the pricing of the tools within reach of a much wider part of the market.  Key Code Media is honored to be an Autodesk partner and look to helping them strongly complete their financial year.

I’ve had numerous conversations with Jeff Edson, CEO of Assimilate, about the longer term business ramifications of this litigation.  I am happy that the biggest threat to Assimilate was some draconian ruling by the court such as a “cease and desist order”   Assimilate, with their Scratch grading solution, offers a powerful grading solution priced in the mid range market.   Assimilate is a dispersed Company with no “real” office, or at least no real office I know of.  That keeps them nimble and they make their office in the community: at resellers and clients.  I like what they bring to the game and am happy both companies have worked out their legal issues.

On another Assimilate front, Tony Cacciarelli has moved on to AJA as a product manager and there is unofficial rumblings of another key person moving on in their career.  This being said, Assimilate is actively hiring new talent and in my opinion has a bright future within our industry.

Mike Cavanagh, President, Key Code Media (www.keycodemedia.com)

Here is the official release:
For immediate release

Media Contacts:
Greg Eden                                Aggie Frizzell
Autodesk, Inc.                                ASSIMILATE
greg.eden@autodesk.com                         aggie@assimilateinc.com

Autodesk and ASSIMILATE Announce Settlement

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., SANTA CLARA, Calif., December 2, 2010 — Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) and ASSIMILATE, Inc. announced an agreement to settle a pending lawsuit for copyright infringement brought by Autodesk’s subsidiary, Autodesk Canada Co., against ASSIMILATE.

The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, was based on Autodesk Canada’s purchase of the intellectual property, including copyright interests, in a software program called Cyborg from an English company, 5D Solutions, Ltd.  The Cyborg software provided digital compositing, color correction and various editing and art functions for the post production and visual effects industry.  The lawsuit alleged that ASSIMILATE’s software program, known as SCRATCH, infringed Autodesk Canada’s copyright in the Cyborg software.

The parties have now settled the dispute.  ASSIMILATE acknowledges that it used code and design elements from Cyborg in its SCRATCH product.  ASSIMILATE apologizes for such use.
Pursuant to the parties’ settlement agreement, ASSIMILATE has made a quitclaim of its rights in Cyborg to Autodesk Canada and has received a perpetual license back from Autodesk Canada for use of that code and those design elements and a release for any past use of that code and those design elements.  Other terms of the settlement are confidential.

About Autodesk
Autodesk, Inc., is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Customers across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and media and entertainment industries  including the last 15 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects  use Autodesk software to design, visualize and simulate their ideas. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art software for global markets. For additional information about Autodesk, visit http://www.autodesk.com.

About ASSIMILATE
ASSIMILATE, a leading force in developing digital cinema technologies, is transforming the post-production of complex imagery projects with its SCRATCH® data workflow and DI tool suite. ASSIMILATE is committed to empowering the broad spectrum of creative and post-production professionals with state-of-the-art, intuitive, data-centric solutions that enable increased productivity and deliver optimal price/performance. To learn more about SCRATCH, see http://www.ASSIMILATEinc.com

Autodesk and AutoCAD are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. Academy Award is a registered trademark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document. © 2010 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved.

SCRATCH is a registered trademark of ASSIMILATE, Inc.