IBC2013 Workflow Solutions Programme
Below you will find the full programme for the IBC Workflow Solutions sessions and case studies. These sessions are hosted by vendors and their end users and will highlight their projects and sucesses covering topics such as Cloud based storage and services, how efficient workflows can help the creative process and how systems can support the day to day running of modern broadcast operations.
Friday 13 September 2013
|Session Time||Session Details|
FIMS Press Announcement
Join this session to hear the latest news of a significant development towards the adoption of file based workflows and important next steps in the implementation of FIMS based architectures.
|11:30 - 12:30||
How FIMS helped Bloomberg's Business
Exhibitor: FIMS (EBU / AMWA)
Speaker: Roman Mackiewicz (Bloomberg), Loic Barbou (Triskel) & Jean-Pierre Evain (EBU)
Session Details: Bloomberg has established a reputation for providing businesses with news and financial information critical to decision makers around the world. Bloomberg is the front runner in innovation and reinvention, with a key focus on customer satisfaction and delivery of services.
Boldly moving forward, Bloomberg Media made the decision to adopt a Service Oriented Architecture for its next major development and drew on the work done collaboratively with the EBU and AMWA for the Framework for Interoperable Media Services (FIMS) initiative. Bloomberg Media experts working with SOA technology media specialist team from Triskel developed the components which enabled the existing systems to be exposed as services with impressive results for Media.
The result led to an eight fold increase in the volume of content production and delivery, full visibility of content across the media processing lifecycle, and drastic reduction in time to market for new business initiatives.
This session will provide the business background for this project, practical experiences and challenges of this transition, along with the chance to explore how FIMS can benefit your organisation.
|12:30-13:00||IBC Workflow Solutions Networking Drinks|
|13:00 - 14:00||
An insider’s look into the technologies behind BT Sports
Exhibitor: Aspera Inc.
|14:30 - 15:30||
Mission Critical Solutions for Broadcast and Online News Directors
Session Details: Launched in December 2006, FRANCE 24 is the leading 24/7 international news channel that broadcasts programs over broadcast airwaves and on-line, in French, English and Arabic languages. The strategic imperative for France 24 senior management was to find and implement as quickly as possible, a flexible software platform to:
France 24 uses various transmission and production services across its properties. One of the most important needs for France 24 in deploying a Production Planning and Management system (PPM) was to share all productions requests to journalists and production managers in real-time to ensure:
|16:00 - 17:00||
LTO-6 Technology with LTFS in the Media and Storage Industry
Exhibitor: The LTO Program
Session Details: Learn how the new LTO-6 tape storage technology with the innovative Linear Tape File System (LTFS) can save costs and make tape usable in a fashion like disk or other removable media. With LTFS you can view tape video content with directory tree structures and drag and drop capability for ease of use and archive, and share the tape video content across platforms. Come see why studio execs said "This is exactly what we need!" Hear from executive Costas Columbus, Chief Technology Officer, Alpha TV, and how he implemented LTO technology and LTFS to dramatically reduce costs and improve management of their programming archives.
AlphaTV, a television station headquartered near Athens, Greece, with nearly 500 employees, has been transmitting news and entertainment programming to millions of viewers throughout the country since 1993. This translates to almost 20 years’ worth of programming archives—from daily soap operas, to movies, to documentaries. Not surprisingly, storage is an issue. The archives were originally backed up on Betacam SP devices, and then moved to the DVCPRO Format over the past decade. But as AlphaTV realized they needed a more efficient, cost-effective and robust storage solution to manage their vast programming library, they turned to LTO tape storage.
|17:00 - 18:00||
Real-world, real-time: 4K Workflow for Digital Cinematography
Exhibitor: Grass Valley
Melbourne-based Matthew Scott has worked with studios such as Network TEN, Foxtel, EMI, Universal and Stillmotion in Canada. His infectious enthusiasm, extensive skill-set and pure passion for what he does continue to provide him with opportunities to work with and educate people in such a broad and quickly expanding community.
EDIUS 7’s 64-bit architecture allows editors to focus on creating meaningful, eye-catching content without compromise, because its 4K workflow is just as fluid as with SD or HD – real-time and fully featured. In this workshop, Matt outlines an affordable 4K production process, from acquisition, through post and color correction/finishing with DaVinci Resolve.
Saturday 14 September 2013
The use of Cloud based storage and services continues to grow. The Saturday sessions explore how the Cloud has been employed across a range of programme operations.
Sunday 15 September 2013
The move to file based workflows is not just about eliminating tape.
The Sunday sessions demonstrate how efficient workflows can help the creative process.
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|10:00 - 11:00||
How the Cloud Delivers Efficiency in File Based Workflows
Session Details: Aframe is a cloud video production and asset management system with capabilities in collaboration, review and approval, archive and tagging. Launched in 2010, many thousands of video professionals rely on Aframe to organize and streamline video production or as an adjunct to existing MAM solutions.Cara Cheeseman from Sky will discuss how she sees the impact of cloud on file-based workflows across the television spectrum – from production to post.
Arrow Media’s Thomas Viner used Aframe during the production of ‘Hairy Bikers Restoration Road Trip’, currently airing on BBC2 in the UK. He will reflect on his experience of tapeless and how he sees the cloud helping producers in the future.
Bryan Philips has spent ten years at the BBC wrestling with a range of tape and digital workflows, across a wide selection of facutal programme making. He used Aframe whilst making 'The Manor Reborn' (a 4 x 60 minute doc for BBC1 primetime) in 2011.
11:00 - 12:00
From research to edit: New ways of collaboration within documentary production
Speaker: Nico Oorts (Limecraft) & Sven Rousseaux (VRT)
Session Details: In a partnership of producers of factual content at VRT, public broadcaster, and Limecraft, the company behind the online production platform Flow we re-imagined the documentary workflow in order to enable collaboration. Simultaneously we tackled issues endemic to documentary, factual and news production: facilitating, timing, transcribing and annotating interviews, collecting, reviewing and structuring research from a variety of sources and building a narrative without using a standard formatted script.
As the researcher application is integrated with Flow, all data are semantically discerned and universally represented in its underlying data model. As such data can be rendered in any required production document and turned into metadata. Stored in one single online repository, worldwide collaboration between different production members becomes possible.
|12:30 - 13:30||
DSLR Cameras in Film Production
Session Details: The advent of full-frame DSLR cameras has profound consequences for filmmaking and video production. With sensor resolution outstripping many 35mm camcorders and providing provide wider dynamic range, interchangeable lenses and, of course, much lower cost of ownership, the benefits are compelling.
Stefan will discuss how DSLRs are changing the way films are made, addressing look and feel as well as changes in workflow practice – in particular how capturing to an editing codec on low-cost, high capacity storage media at the point of acquisition results in much faster turnaround times.
The blurring of production boundaries can result in significant costs savings – Stefan will explain how an external recorder can be also used as a second monitor for focus pulling, for monitor assist, or even as a means of edit review and logging on location.
|13:30 - 14:00||IBC Workflow Solutions Networking Drinks|
|14:00 - 15:00||
How to efficiently address subtitles/closed caption management in file-based workflows for production and archive
Speaker: Chris Johannesen (Viacom Media Networks) & Benoit Fevrier (SVP EVS Media division)
Session Details: Viacom Media Networks, a Viacom company, supports United States based channels such as MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and , Spike, TV Land, Logo, and EPIX.
Subtitles and Closed Caption data are still regularly transported within the video signal and the legislation in different countries forces content owners to be stringent in the management of this data.
How to manage subtitling data/CC/OP-47 when it comes to file-based workflows is a key industry issue. The MXF standard now offers established ways to transport such files – whether still in their raw mode in the S436M track or in readable timed text – but other formats, like .scc format, also need to be handled for subtitle conversion.
The presentation will involve Chris Johannesen testimonials, a leader in this area for Production Technologies which is a department within Viacom Media Networks. Viacom Media Networks has recently appointed EVS to provide comprehensive MXF digitization aiming to boost media exploitation and guarantee content preservation using OpenCube servers. Ensuring full Closed Caption interoperability has been a key element of this new workflow.
EVS Media expert on file mastering, Benoit Fevrier, will present real user case on how to bridge the gap between baseband video and file-based production and archive workflows. Ingesting and converting but also decoding and checking the subtitles will also be demonstrated.
|15:30 - 16:30||
Media Ingest, Transcode & QC at Germany’s First Dedicated Broadcast Playout Centre
Session Details: Earlier this year, SES Platform Services completed a project that sees AmberFin’s iCR software platform integrated within the FILE-BASED workflow at its broadcast playout centre in Munich. AmberFin iCR is being used to provide a single unified platform capable of supporting all media ingest, file transcoding and quality control management operations throughout the facility.
Within Germany’s first dedicated playout centre, SES Platform Services provides technical support for broadcasters and production covering the preparation and transmission of content for over 300 TV and radio channels. These include both digital archiving and playout, as well as preparation and transmission of content via satellite, over the internet and to mobile devices.
Here, AmberFin iCR provides an integrated architecture where all ingest, transcode and quality control functions are performed by a single workstation. SES Platform Services reports that the ability to combine multiple core processes on a single workstation has saved significant time and capital expenditure.
AmberFin iCR provides advanced media quality control capabilities: using AmberFin’s Unified Quality Control (UQC) within the iCR platform, SES Platform Services is able to perform QC checks quickly and easily on baseband video during the ingest process, helping to ensure that only best quality media enters the workflow.
|17:00 - 18:00||
How common programme delivery standards can enhance file-based workflows
Session Details: A panel of experts from the Digital Production Partnership and the wider industry discuss the implementation of the AMWA AS-11 standard in the UK, what they’ve learned so far and what's coming up next.
The panel will explain the successes and the challenges as the new programme delivery specification is introduced for the UK public service broadcasters. Topics to be discussed include its effect on the operations and technology of programme making, post production and delivery. Questions from the audience will be welcomed!
Monday 16 September 2013
Good workflows help to provide an efficient operational and engineering environment. Monday’s sessions illustrate how well planned systems can help the day to day running of a modern broadcast operation.
|Session Time||Session Details|
|10:00 - 11:00||
Building web-based, service-oriented broadcast workflows with Open Source software toolkits
Featuring the RESTful FIMS API and other AMWA open-source software
|11:00 - 12:00||
Software-based multi-device control
Exhibitor: Rascular Technology Limited
Session Details: We live in a world that’s moving between traditional broadcast operations and new, file-based workflows. Given the nature and requirements of live broadcast, that’s likely to remain the case for many, many years to come. So how can broadcasters take advantage of IT solutions to simplify and enhance their control and monitoring workflows? This presentation will provide the answer.
Nova began life as a two-channel terrestrial operation. It grew incrementally into a multi-channel satellite broadcaster with 16, locally originated Greek-language film and sports channels, as well as Greek free-to-air channels. By 2008 – when the company was bought by Greek ISP Forthnet – from a technology angle it had come to resemble a village of small TV stations. With HD requirements and a need to use staff more efficiently, it was clearly time for a change to an integrated, multi-channel playout operation.
Nova needed to be able to integrate best-of-breed equipment (branding devices, routers, video servers, VTRs, multi-image display processors and modular gear, or any combination) from a variety of manufacturers but be able to control these new, complex workflows from a simple, user-defined interface. Nova will explain how Rascular’s Helm solved the problem and opened up new ways of working.
|12:30 - 13:30||
Auto QC of File-Based Media in a Content Distribution Environment
Session Details: Technicolor processes and distributes content for many of the world's foremost media production companies, both large and small. Typically files arrive in a mezzanine format for transformation into different video and audio formats, with editing and other requirements specific to particular countries and markets.
A key starting point is that the 'mezzanine' master input file has the required characteristics, whether these be resolution, frame rates, bit rates, video / audio codecs, audio channels, black / colour bar lead in etc. and also has other parameters correct, such as audio levels and video levels. The master file is then used as the source for transcode, to produce up to 40 different output files which may also need to be checked. Additionally the myriad of potential deliverables often require a deeper QC than a 3 point check can offer.
As Technicolor deals with a very large volume of content (a lot of which is high value and high profile) it is vital that the QC is done as thoroughly, correctly and quickly as possible.
Auto QC of the input and output files is key to achieving the throughput and consistency required.
This presentation will cover practical aspects of implementation of auto QC in such a demanding environment.
|13:30 - 15:00||IBC Workflow Solutions Networking Drinks|
|15:30 - 16:30||
Rapid Edit Compliance
Exhibitor: Suitcase TV Limited
Session Details: Ericsson Broadcast Services provide a full range of broadcast services to a number of blue chip customers. These services include compliance screening and editing.
Prior to adopting Suitcase TV’s technology, the screening and editing process included a number of manual operations. The implementation of Suitcase TV’s technology in this department has enabled a number of key benefits to be realised.
The workflow is completely automated improving efficiency, providing significant savings and reducing the risk of errors.
|17:00 - 18:00||
NASCAR High-Definition, Multi-Angle, Race Control Replay System
Session Details: NASCAR is the number-one spectator sport in the U.S., holding 17 of the top-20 highest attended sporting events, and the second-highest-rated regular season sport on network TV with broadcasts in 150 countries and in more than 30 languages.
Video is also a key component in controlling the NASCAR races themselves, which see 43 cars hurtling around the track at speeds up to 200 mph. This presentation will discuss how NASCAR recently replaced its aging MPEG-1-based replay system with a new, high-definition video capture and replay system from Telestream. The old system allowed officials to see what position the field was in, but lacked the resolution needed to easily see damage on cars or where bits of the cars went. Officials also needed better browsing capability and enough storage to record an entire weekend of NASCAR action, including up to three races at a single venue.
By moving to nine Telestream Pipeline HD Dual hardware-based encoders and its new high-performance multi-clip player application, NASCAR took a major step up in image quality and ease of use. Officials are now able to seamlessly review an entire event’s timeline from any combination of camera angles. The system was been in continuous use at every Sprint Cup weekend since the Daytona 500 in February 2012.
NASCAR was the recipient of the 2012 IBC Innovation Award for Content Management.