Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software, will unveil major new upgrades to its Parking Media Mover and Bridging Converter Utilities at IBC 2011 [Stand 2.A58]. Both products will be demonstrated with important new features that will bring further cost efficiencies and media integration improvements to Avid editing and Apple Final Cut Pro workflows. Marquis will also demonstrate Medway, its widely installed flagship media transfer and format conversion software featuring a range of powerful new integration features.
Medway at IBC 2011
Marquis will showcase Medway with new production workflow integration functionality. It will feature an automated ‘pre-flight check’; support for Mac based Avids; audio panning to ensure the stereo mix in the editor is maintained in the final transmission file; extended EDL support to export, enabling flat transmission files to be created automatically from the edit using a MAM EDL; and enhanced operational status feedback with the ability to deliver progress information on transfers directly into Avid Interplay.
Marquis will highlight the fruits of it partnership with Dalet by demonstrating Medway’s ability to provide closely coupled placeholder workflows with MAM-generated naming and category allocations matched to content by the editor. Medway’s extended metadata integration, including sequence genealogy, will be shown by Dalet [8.B77], demonstrating how vital content information is maintained throughout the production process.
At the show Marquis will be announcing two new major advancements within Medway due for release later this year. The first is a new web services interface based on the FIMS framework that will enable MAM systems to drive Medway’s rich feature-set. The second new development will provide closed caption preservation throughout editing workflows, and metadata support for the frame accurate requirements of 3D/proxy production.
Parking at IBC 2011
Marquis will preview Project Parking, a major new feature for Parking Media Mover that will begin shipping in Q4 2011. The addition of Project Parking enables Avid users to safely archive complete projects. It extends the ’parking’ concept to allow users to copy complete projects quickly and easily between systems within the same facility or between sites. By parking the sequence edits, effects, project settings and the original rushes, Project Parking provides a simple vehicle for archiving all media associated with a project. Although archives are saved to and restored from disk, project archives can easily be moved into managed or cloud-based storage or become assets within an Hierarchical Storage Management or Media Asset Management system.
Also at IBC 2011, Marquis will introduce other new features of Parking, including the ability to move sequences from Avid Interplay clients; support for mixed Avid and Final Cut Pro clients on a single Parking system; and a ‘Full Copy’ parking mode option whereby all source master clips can be parked without reduction, allowing easy re-purposing and parking of work-in-progress sequences. Finally, Parking has introduced an automated ‘pre-flight check’ that verifies content prior to parking operations and reports any actual or potential issues, enabling operators to instantly locate any affected media.
As an easy to use, cost-effective utility for creating re-editable archives or transferring sequences between different edit locations, Parking is particularly relevant for HD and 3D production where the larger file sizes impact significantly on limited edit resources. Parking consolidates sequence media with definable handles and automatically creates a reduced version to allow deletion of excess rushes whilst maximising throughput within the edit environment. The portable nature of parked sequences makes them ideal for disaster recovery procedures, business continuity and inter-site workflows.
Parking will be demonstrated within an integrated workflow at IBC 2011 on several of Marquis Broadcast’s partners’ stands including Cache-A [7.G16] and XenData [7.H47].
Bridging at IBC 2011
Marquis will demonstrate new features of Bridging V2.6 at the show, including tighter integration with Avid Interplay workflows. Bridging enables Apple Final Cut Pro and Avid operators to exchange sequences by simply dropping them from one timeline into the other. Media and timeline structures are moved as background operations and converted on the fly. Facility managers benefit from improved flexibility when organising projects and allocating resources as Avid and Apple systems can be easily integrated into a single workflow.