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Transcoding and IBC

August 24, 2013 Leave a comment

Attending IBC and looking into transcoding? 

Root6 will be showcasing the latest release of Content Agent at 7.E21.  We’ll have the latest rev in conjunction with IBC.  Card based file workflows and integration into Avid’s MediaComposer, Isis and Interplay workflow is excellent.  Key Code Media has our system connected to Isis, MediaComposer and Interplay. 

Card Based Workflows
ContentAgent now supports P2, XDCAM, XDCAM EX, AVC-HD and Canon XF card structures from broadcast cameras, importing both media and metadata before transcoding or rewrapping in the user’s desired format. We will also be demonstrating automated card based ingest direct into Avid Interplay.

Advanced Frame Rate Conversion
ContentAgent’s Advanced Frame Rate Conversion module replaces expensive legacy baseband workflows with a powerful, resolution independent , file-based tool. Utilising state of the art CPU and GPU  processing, the new tool facilitates not only traditional PAL/NTSC conversions, but expands across all frame rates, deals with field order/progressive frames/cadence issues and scales across all resolutions to 4K. Find out more here.

AMWA AS-11 DPP Compatibility
One of the first products on the market to be fully DPP compliant, ContentAgent will be shown with a fully automated AMWA AS-11 DPP workflow for broadcast file and metadata deliverables, integrated with automated, file based QC.
Hot News – GoPro Automation
With the rising popularity of GoPro cameras in professional production environments, ContentAgent now supports GoPro media, with multi frame rate capability for slo-mo and timecode generation.

JPEG2000 Encoding
New JPEG2000 encoding with MXF OP1a wrapping provides a valuable tool for those in broadcast and archive environments.

New Suite of Colour Mapping Tools
The suite of colour mapping tools now available in ContentAgent enables LUTs to be applied to files in any format – a benefit when moving between different colour spaces. In a RED environment, RED RMD colour grade files may also be applied to RED R3D clips.

Cloud Based Rendering technology presentation
In a private demo area, IBC attendees can get a peek at some of the technology under development which will be available in later software releases.  Here, ContentAgent will be demonstrated in a live Cloud/VM environment showing infinitely scalable cloud-based rendering.

http://root6technology.com/products/ContentAgent/index.html

Avid Interplay Central Releases V 1.3

December 11, 2012 Leave a comment

With the release of Avid Interplay Central 1.3, Avid Isis users, integrating Inerplay Central, now give producers, assistants and loggers, wide area network access the Avid Isis and Interplay.  Whether creating news packages, logging reality TV footage, or editing and sending video for review and approval, users save several steps with a single browser-based view. Depending on an organization’s system size and upgrade intervals, Interplay Central can provide significant reduction in both implementation time and cost.

Interplay Central 1.3 is suitable for many users within media organizations, including:

  • Producers: Search and browse media, create shot lists and notes, review and annotate edits.
  • Ingest operators and loggers: Rapidly select and tag media by creating markers and subclips for easy searching and speedier editing.
  • News directors and producers: Use an iPad to browse rundowns, edit scripts, and review video.
  • Journalists: Create complete packages on their laptop with video, audio, and scripts; break stories from the field with iPad, iPhone and BlackBerry; and, replace printed scripts with iPad Presenter mode.
  • Management and operations: Reduce costs with a single, lightweight low-maintenance user interface that works across for multiple applications, streamlines workflows, and increases productivity
  • Media sub-clipping- Create text markers and subclip video or live feeds, allowing easy search and retrieval of relevant content
  • Interplay Central downloadable client software for Apple iPad from iTunes allowing producers ability to be connected to the production anywhere.

Key Code Media has helped clients deploy over 100 Isis systems and 10+ Interplay systems.  Our Consulting and Design team can analyze your workflow, ascertain aspects of significant productivity improvements delivering your business a true pay back and return on investment analysis.  Call us today 818-303-3900 to engage and analyze how Interplay Central can improve your business’ productivity. Key Code Media represents the Western United States.

Avid Announces HP Z820 MediaComposer Qualification

September 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Avid® is pleased to announce qualification of the HP Z820 Workstation with Media Composer, NewsCutter, Symphony, Mojo DX and Nitris DX.  Rendering and CPU performance are increased from 17% to 90% speed performances.  This rackable system provides 7 expansion slots, 7 expansion bays and 4-channel integrated DDR3 memory with 16 slots and support for up to 512GBs.  Perfect for easily fitting into a machine room rack.  With USB 3.0 ports on the front and internal to the system, the HP Z820 Workstation offers a variety of storage and I/O options including a wide range of internal HDD/ODD and external SATA devices to increase flexibility.
Key Code Media will be shortly posting performance differences between the HP Z820 versus the Mac Pro (to the power of 12) to give our clients the latest in speed differentiation.  Already, we’ve tested Adobe CS6 on the Z800 versus the Mac Pro and seen 20%+ greater performance in rendering files on HP systems.  Stay tuned.

Product Compatibility: HP Z820 systems qualified with Media Composer, Symphony, NewsCutter, Mojo DX and Nitris DX
Key Points
•    Media Composer, Symphony, NewsCutter, Mojo DX and Nitris DX have been qualified
o    Open I/O customers should check with individual hardware vendors for compatibility information
•    ISIS and local storage is qualified for use with the HP Z820 Workstation

Requirements
The HP Z820 Workstation can be used with any of the following software versions:
•    Media Composer 6.5 or higher
•    Symphony 6.5 or higher
•    NewsCutter 10.5 or higher

HP 820 Workstation Specifications
•    Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
•    Dual Intel® 6-Core Xeon® E5-2640 2.5GHz 15MB cache or Dual Intel® 8-Core Xeon® E5-2665 Processors @ 2.4GHz 20MB cache
•    16GB DDR3-1600 (8x2GB) RAM
•    NVIDIA Quadro 4000 2GB GPU
•    1TB 7200 RPM SATA 1st HDD
•    16X SuperMulti DVDRW SATA
•    HP SAS Back Panel Connector Kit

Specifications and links to the slot configurations will be published to the Avid Knowledge Base Windows Specification Document.

With HP and Avid you can be confident that you’ve picked a winning combination:

  • HP and Avid Relationship
  • Optimized Hardware
  • Certified Applications
  • HP Innovations
  • Complete Range of HP solutions

http://www.hp.com/united-states/campaigns/workstations/z820_features.html#.UFtFaq60J8E

http://h20331.www2.hp.com/Hpsub/cache/530483-0-0-225-121.html?jumpid=ex_r2845_go/DCC/workstations

For more information, visit http://www.keycodemedia.com/Avid-Products/media-composer-6 or call us.  West Coast Coverage in Seattle, San Francisco, Burbank, Santa Monica and Las Vegas.

Facilis 5.5 with Linux launch March 15 at Federal Bar in N. Hollywood

February 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Join Key Code Media and Facilis at the Federal Bar in North Hollywood on March 15 (http://bit.ly/x1IQMU)for the LA Launch of TerraBlock 5.5.  This is a major release connecting Mac, PC and Linux workstations together.  Imagine, Avid MediaComposer, FinalCutPro and Autodesk Flame Premium or Smoke all working off the same high performance fiber channel connected drives. 

Join the Facilis Executive team and Key Code Media for a great pre-NAB event.

What you’ll see:

Linux Shared File System– Linux clients are now able to mount Multi-User Write volumes via Fibre Channel or Ethernet.
TX16 Capacity Expansion– The TerraBlock TX16 Expansion Chassis is a 3U chassis  containing 16 drives.
RAID 50– Multi-user Write RAID5 tandem volume spanning across multiple TerraBlock servers.
RAID 51– Multi-user Write RAID5 tandem volume that is mirrored across multiple TerraBlock servers.
Recovery (Rebuild) Priority– The Recovery Priority feature allows users to pause or control the priority of the recovery.
Locate Drive– The Locate Drive feature allows users to easily locate a specific drive in the TerraBlock server.
Premier Pro Project Sharing
The Facilis Project Manager application now allows users to manage and lock both Apple Final Cut Pro (v 7.x) and Adobe Premiere Pro projects.
Also:
– Media Composer 6 support
– Mac 10.7.3 support
– Facilis File Migration OSX

HP divesting PC business?

August 27, 2011 1 comment

HP is considering spinning off or selling the PC business.  Whoa….what does this mean to our Avid, Autodesk, Assimilate and Adobe users who count on HP to deliver high performance HP workstations?

My first take is good luck changing your business model.  That being said, every company needs a strategy and HP is making a distinct move away from the consumer and lower margin business’.  That said, we’re talking about a  $42 Billion top line business with $2 billion in profits, equaling 4.76 % net profit business.   My first take is, HP is passing up on an amazing opportunity to provide vendors with an integrated business to consumer workflow, well, not everyone can do Apple.

I had an opportunity to speak to the HP workstation team and get some insight about what this means moving forward for our clients who use HP products.  The good news is the Workstation team is almost giddy.  They believe carving out the PC business will allow them greater flexibility to design more products and not get caught up in HP’s divisions of server versus software and truly compete with more relevant solutions to complete high value workflows within the media industry.  They’ll be a  “nimble” and profitable Company.

So, HP warranties are safe, all products will be serviced by HP.  This transition could take up to eighteen months.  My one worry is the lack of development during this time as HP shifts resources to “higher margin” opportunities such as their recent acquisition of Autonomy.  Stay tuned, we’ll keep you updated.

http://www.keycodemedia.com/Avid/avid-nitris-dx.html

http://www.keycodemedia.com/products/adobe/creative-suite-5.html

http://www.keycodemedia.com/Finishing/D.I/assimilate-and-kcm.html

http://www.keycodemedia.com/AutoDesk/smoke.html