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Orchestration – The Next Generation of Automation August 12th 2014 - 10:11 AM

As automation systems become smarter, they also become more complex.

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Why do I need a consultant? August 12th 2014 - 09:38 AM

A great question that deserves an effort at a really good answer. Speaking as someone who has spent their entire professional career as a consultant I believe the main reason to engage a consultant is for our wit and charm. Okay, let’s look at some better and more compelling business reasons. A consultant is sometimes called “someone who takes your watch and tells you the time”. That remark is shortsighted. David Sarnoff put it this way, “Always put someone between you and the problem”.

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Today, virtually every aspect of media production — from creation, to post-production to archiving — can be done over the cloud.

Cloud Services Transform Media Industries August 8th 2014 - 05:32 PM

Today’s workflows often incorporate cloud computing, which can enhance efficiency, increase transcode speed and increase the number of channels a facility can support.

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In Today’s Audio and Video Marketplace, Social Media is Essential to Success.

In Today’s Audio and Video Marketplace, Social Media is Essential to Success August 6th 2014 - 07:00 PM

In order to be successful in marketing audio, video or multimedia program material in today’s complex marketplace, the seller must be Internet savvy. He or she should be capable of spreading a targeted story not only about the program being sold, but the production company or band’s brand identity as well.

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The importance of QC in multichannel August 3rd 2014 - 08:41 PM

Multichannel has become the norm. Now you need an automated QC solution.

Multichannel distribution of live broadcasts offers local programmers the ability to reach a wider consumer base. The TV Everywhere movement has created a consumer climate in which people want the ability to watch any program at any time. This includes live coverage on mobile devices and laptops, so consumers on the go can continue to access the programming they want. However, QoS monitoring is critical to ensuring that live content in any applicable file format can reach viewers on any device.

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Routing Live Uncompressed Production Video on IP Networks July 30th 2014 - 09:17 AM

Since the dawn of television, studios around the globe have relied on coaxial cables to connect the broadcast world: cameras to recorders to mixers to routers to encoders. But studio coax may be on the brink of extinction. Like their colleagues in headends and uplinks, video engineers are swapping 75-ohm coax for IP cables.

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Musings of a Consultant - Workflow in Modern Media.  2nd in a Series. July 28th 2014 - 07:59 PM

Metadata in Production. We have been keeping records in media for well over a hundred years. 3x5 index cards, and yellow legal tablets on a clip board were once the tools of the production assistant and librarian. Major studios all had their forms that production had to keep, which ended up in folders and later boxes. Some might have been (accidentally) stored with the media, along with the scripts and notes of the production staff. In a well managed production someone was tasked with keeping those records for everyone to access as the production moved from principal and second unit shooting to post production and release

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The changing landscape of Command and Control July 28th 2014 - 07:33 PM

The transition to an IP architecture has created significant changes in command and control and in how systems are monitored and managed. Command and control is the all encompassing automated set of processes that control the acquisition, file movement, handling and delivery of media. Monitoring is more than a set of scopes and meters. Dashboards and browsers provide the system monitoring tools to manage the handling and Quality Control of media and metadata in the entire facility.

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