What are we looking forward to at IBC?

What are we looking forward to at IBC?

Ready for IBC? Our consultants are gearing up for their annual trip to Amsterdam, where they’ll be getting hands-on with the latest releases, meeting our key vendors and finding out what the upcoming year holds for media and entertainment. We asked the team what they’re most looking forward to…

Jamie Allan, Solutions & Business Development for M&E

We’re looking forward to talking to more people about remote connectivity and new methods of collaboration this year. It’s a hugely exciting area of expansion for us and our customers, with many of our preferred vendors bringing updates to enable more advanced connectivity over long distances via public and private networks.

Having worked on some major connectivity projects recently between clients and datacentres, we’re starting to see the huge benefits of colocating or virtualising systems really come into effect on multiple scales. Hopefully at the show we’ll see more vendors embracing this and bringing new solutions to the table.

As usual with a major trade show, we’re expecting our friends at Blackmagic Design to come with some exciting news. Hopefully a full release version of Resolve 14 will be made available, including all the amazing new features we’ve been playing with in beta since NAB.

In conjunction with this, the audio world is anticipating new hardware for Fairlight mixing consoles that will be tightly integrated with Resolve, allowing us to build end to end collaborative workflows for edit, grade and audio mix all in realtime!

Neal Kemsley, Pre-Sales Technical Specialist

I’m looking forward to hearing what Avid have in store for their NEXIS shared storage for media production users. It would be lovely to see more progress on their storage performance capability tiers, as well as built-in tools for migrating data stored in Workspaces among those tiers. Also on my wish-list are some features that have yet to make it to NEXIS, which were lost in the migration from previous Avid products, such as controlled shutdown from an external UPS system and deletion reporting. File access auditing would also be a valuable addition to the product.

I’m also looking forward to hearing about what’s being planned for their Interplay Production Asset Management system, as well as seeing progress on Avid’s Media Central Platform, which I understand has undergone a significant amount of redevelopment work.

David ‘Saxon’ Greenep, Senior Pro Audio Consultant

As the pace of technologies in the audio world continues to grow, I am looking forward to learning about new tech that will further streamline the process of content creation.

I am expecting to see developments in audio over IP as well as DAW and hardware solutions for both Atmos and VR audio. With the new standards available now from Dolby, I will also be interested to see if there have been further developments when it comes to both speaker specifications and speaker calibration systems.

Phil Crawley, Engineer

Although the rush to IP continues apace, some of our higher-end TV and Digital Cinema customers still need the near-zero latency and uncompressed quality that only SDI provides for UHD/4K. I’ll be paying particular attention to Barnfind’s product refresh with their 12G copper/fibre parts. Additionally, Amulet have refreshed their Teradici2 offerings; they uniquely offer external Tera2 parts as well as a soon-to-be-released update for existing customers to monitor their GUI displays at 4K resolution.

Rupert Watson, Sales Director for M&E

As a reseller questing for the latest useful technology on behalf of our customers, we will be out looking for vendors at IBC who are bringing something new to the processes and practice of production and post-production. As technologies advance and merge, we attempt to understand and assimilate new ways of working and to present them to our customers in ways that allow them to make money and prosper from our pathfinding on their behalf.

David Skeggs, Project Specialist

IBC is poised to bring the next round of HDR (high dynamic range) developments and offerings. Ultra HD or 4K coupled with HDR has put a real focus on accurate monitoring within post-production – I’d say now they are more acute than ever before.
Dolby and the BBC have led the development of two very different standards for creating an HDR image, but how has the industry been adopting these? We await to see what updates the monitor manufacturers bring around the wider colour gamut and greater bit depths. Equally, it will be interesting to see how manufacturers have been adopting HDR within products, supply chains and workflows.

Graham McGuinness, Operations Director for M&E
IBC is set to deliver hopefully more complete versions of some of the previews we saw at NAB earlier this year. Of particular interest will be remote editing and cloud-based offerings from manufacturers looking to meaningfully move significant elements of the post-production process online, and drive its potential development as a managed service model. Coupled with the push to high resolution and HDR, it’s going to be an interesting show as always.
Phillip Boettcher, Technical Architect for M&E
At IBC I’ll be most interested in checking out the latest updates to version 14 of Resolve, including any new tools around collaboration and shared projects. There’s a lot of potential in what we have seen so far from shared project databases and networked Resolve suites, but I would like to see more administrative control for this branch of the product now.With the qualification of a new line of servers for Resolve, it is going to be exciting to see the improvements to performance that v14 will bring on the latest hardware. I am also excited to see announcements from storage vendors, such as Ardis for DDP, and look at ways we can utilise their products to enhance our Resolve solution offering.
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NAB 2017: What editors need to know after Avid Connect

NAB 2017: What editors need to know after Avid Connect

We’re all of four hours into and Avid have already announced new I/O hardware, VM options for Media Composer, and the welcome return of Script Sync and Phrase Find at their Avid Connect event. Here’s a quick roundup of their post offerings so far. 

DNxIQ

Let’s talk hardware first. DNxIQ is the successor to the Artist DNxIO, and delivers extensive format support for everything from SD to 4K. Avid’s intention is to make life easier for those of you who have found yourself delivering to more and more formats, having to take on new channels and devices without reducing support for older formats.

The DNxIQ has the same features and functions of the DNxIO, but has been upgraded to Thunderbolt 3 and PCIe Gen3 host connections, and adds support for Universal Mastering. It allows you to quickly and easily ingest, monitor, and output SD, HD, 2K, UHD, and 4K media and cross-convert formats and framerates on baseband output SDI, HDMI, and analog connections with Universal Mastering (as long as you have Media Composer | Symphony Option.)

Dana Ruzicka, chief product officer at Avid, explains that “Avid Artist | DNxIQ is built to handle any project that walks through the door – SD all the way to UHD, 4K and beyond. It features the most popular connection types encountered in a professional facility, and through its real-time Universal Mastering technology, it can easily deliver final masters for virtually any format and market.”

Blackmagic Design have had a hand in the design, resulting in a sleek, sturdy unit that is ompatible with any Avid Artist Suite solution and many third-party creative tools—including Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, and more.

DNxIQ is available now. DNxIO will be discontinued on May 22nd or whenever Avid run out of stock, with support to continue until 2022.

Media Composer | First

Avid have announced that within the quarter they’ll be relaunching Media Composer | First, a free, entry-level version of the leading NLE.

With four video tracks, eight audio tracks, and a host of built-in visual effects, transitions, colour correction presets and titling templates, users can quickly cut together layers of video, dialogue, music and sound effects to produce captivating, professional-quality video content.

Media Composer | First also allows easy sharing, with one-click publishing to popular social media channels including YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook.

 

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NAB 2017: Avid unveils cloud strategy with launch of new offerings

NAB 2017: Avid unveils cloud strategy with launch of new offerings

Avid announces extension of its MediaCentral Platform and its industry-leading tools into the cloud with new hosted client applications, cloud media services, and infrastructure on demand that can easily be added to existing on-premises deployments.

Avid have announced new cloud innovations for the Avid MediaCentral Platform and its comprehensive suite of industry-leading tools and workflow solutions. The breakthrough advancements herald the greatest expansion of Avid Everywhere since its launch nearly four years ago.

The Avid MediaCentral Platform is now cloud-enabled, and can be deployed on-premises, in a private datacentre, or the public cloud, providing everyone in the media industry with the ability to create, distribute, and manage content more efficiently and profitably using one common platform. The move also enables several of the company’s comprehensive set of creative tools and workflow solutions to be deployed in the cloud along with the Avid MediaCentral Platform.

“The media industry is going through unprecedented change, with more content being created than ever before,” said Louis Hernandez Jr, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Avid. “With staggering increases in content consumption and exponential growth in distribution platforms, technology budgets have not kept pace, creating relentless pressure for operational efficiency. To help media organisations meet these challenges head on, we’re extending the Avid MediaCentral Platform and many of our industry-leading tools into the cloud, giving our clients more agility, flexibility, and efficiencies as their business needs evolve.”

Mr Hernandez Jr continued, “We’ve designed our cloud offerings to be complementary to what our clients may already have deployed on premises today – allowing them to just add cloud-deployed tools, workflows and services as they need them, leveraging the investment they’ve already made. We believe the cloud will usher in an exciting new era for the media industry, opening up new operational possibilities and strategic business opportunities. And with Avid, our clients can begin this journey to the cloud in their own way and at their own pace.”

Together with a newly announced cloud alliance with Microsoft, Avid is leading the media industry’s ability to handle full-scale media production in the cloud. By extending the Avid MediaCentral Platform to the cloud on Microsoft Azure, media organizations now have the complete flexibility to create, distribute, and monetize their content using the deployment type that works best for them.

Regardless of their deployment model – on-premises, private datacentre, public cloud, or hybrid – media organisations of every type and size will have the same user experience, workflow power, speed, efficiency, and collaboration capabilities they’ve come to rely on from Avid. Further, existing MediaCentral customers now have an easy on-ramp to the cloud, leveraging the investment they’ve already made.

“Avid really changed the game with Avid Everywhere, showing the industry what the possibilities could be with a comprehensive media platform,” said Mohamed Abuagla, CTO and CIO of Al Jazeera Media Network. “We are delighted to be collaborating with Avid on the first hybrid cloud implementation of the MediaCentral platform across our international newsroom network. We will be pioneering cloud-based newsroom workflows with the goal to create a connected, open, global newsroom environment. As we move into a cloud-based future, we are pleased to have Avid at our side to help us navigate this important journey.”

With everything necessary for media production accessible in the cloud, media professionals can turn around higher quality work, faster and more economically.

Core components of Avid MediaCentral in the cloud

Hosted applications. With cloud-enabled Avid client applications, software can be licensed to run on-premises, in a private cloud datacentre, and in the public cloud for deployment flexibility and increased utilisation.

Avid MediaCentral | Cloud UX. This new web-based application offers a completely redesigned and highly responsive user experience for the MediaCentral Platform, making it super-fast and intuitive for anyone to search, browse, access, edit, collaborate, and publish content from any workstation, laptop, or mobile device.

Cloud-enabled Media Suite. Avid Media Suite applications, including Interplay | Production, Interplay | MAM, iNEWS, and Social Media Hub, as well as Maestro and 4Designer, are being cloud-enabled with license options to run on-premises, in a private datacentre, and in the public cloud.

Cloud media services. To give MediaCentral Platform users even greater efficiency, Avid is introducing new media services, including:

– Unified Avid Dialogue Search service uses exclusive phonetic indexing technology to enable keyword searches that span diverse libraries of content.

– Avid Illuminate automatically verifies captions, video description, and languages in content for fast and accurate broadcast compliance and quality assurance

Infrastructure on demand. The new MediaCentral Infrastructure Management Layer enables organisations to scale resources, add new capabilities, and optimise their storage, computing power, and bandwidth across their entire enterprise.

Cloud-enabled Connectivity Toolkit. With its open architecture and Connectivity Toolkit APIs, MediaCentral makes it easy to connect third-party Alliance Partner tools, technologies, and services to the platform to streamline workflows.

Flexible licensing options. For greater business agility, Avid is now offering Enterprise Agreements with flexible Enterprise Licensing, enabling media organisations to enjoy economies of scale by aggregating spend across departments and sites.

Availability

Avid MediaCentral Platform is currently available for certain cloud-based deployments, with further innovations to broaden and simplify cloud deployments coming in late 2017. For more information, get in touch on the details below.

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NAB 2017: Avid NEXIS now delivers unparalleled performance, scalability and Pro Tools support

NAB 2017: Avid NEXIS now delivers unparalleled performance, scalability and Pro Tools support

New software release, available to all new and current customers of Avid NEXIS, delivers greater system bandwidths, enables scalability to larger storage capacities, and now offers support for Pro Tools to optimise professional audio production workflows.

Avid announced the upcoming availability of the latest version of Avid NEXIS, the world’s first and only software-defined storage platform for media. Like all Avid applications and solutions, Avid NEXIS is powered by the MediaCentral Platform, the most open, tightly integrated, and efficient platform designed specifically for media.

With the latest software release, Avid NEXIS and Avid NEXIS | PRO systems will provide the fastest, most efficient and reliable workflows for real-time media production, including highly intensive professional post-production and broadcast environments. It also introduces new collaborative shared storage workflows for professional audio production with support for Avid Pro Tools. Avid will showcase the new version of Avid NEXIS at the Avid booth during NAB 2017 (Booth #SU902).

Unrivalled performance, scalability, and reliability for every production environment

For larger post and broadcast environments, Avid NEXIS enterprise-class storage systems (E5, E4, and E2) offer greater performance for finishing and specialised media workflows, providing up to 28 GB/s of bandwidth with new high-performance storage groups. For smaller environments, Avid NEXIS | PRO professional-class storage provides the industry’s most comprehensive collaborative capabilities while also delivering real-time 4K performance at up to 2.4GB/s, all at an even more cost-effective price point.

Avid NEXIS and Avid NEXIS | PRO also provide real-time creative team collaboration using not only Avid Media Composer, but other editorial and creative tools including Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Apple Final Cut Pro X, DaVinci Resolve and more, as well as allowing for easy integration with third-party asset management systems.

New collaborative workflows for audio production

Avid Pro Tools, the industry-standard digital audio workstation, is now qualified on Avid NEXIS, enabling audio creative teams to also leverage the industry’s most efficient and powerful media storage environment. With Pro Tools combined with Avid NEXIS, users can share projects on a centralised pool of media storage, turning work around faster by eliminating the time wasted moving files between different systems.

“Media organizations of all sizes need to produce great content on extremely tight timeframes, and they have to contend with more media than ever before,” said Dana Ruzicka, chief product officer, Avid. “That’s why we’ve put so much work into making sure the new version of Avid NEXIS brings performance, scalability, collaboration, and production speed to a whole new level. And because Avid NEXIS is a software-defined storage platform, customers will continue to see a steady stream of innovation in the form of simple software updates.”

Major new features in the upcoming version of Avid NEXIS include:

– High-performance storage groups, with each media pack capable of data rates up to 50% faster at 600MB/s, providing the performance needed for high-volume 4K/UHD, HD, and bandwidth-intensive media workflows.

– Capacity to play back over 215 streams of DNxHR-encoded 4K media at high quality, or almost 1400 streams of DNxHR-encoded 4K media at standard quality.

– Scalability enhancements that double the capacity of Avid NEXIS | Enterprise systems to support up to 48 media packs across a single scale-out networked system. Customers can mix and match a combination of Avid NEXIS | E5, E4, and/or E2 engines, providing nearly 3PB of storage capacity and 28GB/s of high-performance bandwidth.

Availability

The Pro Tools software version, which adds optimised workflows for Avid NEXIS, will be available late Q2. The new version of Avid NEXIS is available in Q2. The latest software updates will also be available to all current Avid NEXIS owners who have an active annual support and software maintenance plan.

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