As ridiculous as it sounds, multiple people get a notification every time my cat, Raja, uses his smart litter robot and any time there is a sound in my hallway. I or someone else can act on those notifications with connected devices. Does Raja’s litter need to be changed or is he just tripping the system? The robot will tell us. Is there a package at my door? The camera will let us know. App makers connect us to our pets, our cars, our fridges, our shoes. We live in the age of connection and while broadcast has been slower to the trend, we’re now seeing a growing demand for interoperability and flexibility in the enterprise broadcast and media sector.
In the media industry, conversations usually center on encoding, streaming, packaging and low latency. Put another way, it is all about delivering superior visual quality and high-fidelity audio with better compression. Amidst all the discussions on digital video workflows, file ingest is often ignored. For example, when is the last time anyone compared different file ingest tools? It is safe to say that file ingest is one of the most undervalued steps in video production workflows today.
Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) doesn’t look like many of the community colleges you’re used to. Their diverse student body occupies a large urban campus in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. Students choose between academic programs like architecture, culinary arts, mathematics, and manufacturing, with many more options available to kickstart their career or post-secondary education. GRCC has relied on their video production department for over 40 years to provide technology support for instructors and students, enhance learning with programs and lecture series, produce marketing and instructional videos for school administration, and run two cable access channels: one for higher education and the other for K-12 schools. With decades of rich archival footage and a highly-skilled video production department, this school’s media team is always immersed in their work. So much media has to be reigned in somehow, which is exactly why Grand Rapids Community College decided to reinvent the way they store and archive their media.
farmerswife is a web and mobile Scheduling & Facility Management Software designed to control and manage the full life cycle of projects and resources in the application with a sophisticated set of tools providing an front-to-end solution for the media industry.
farmerswife has helped us create a better overview for the editors during their day and made it possible for a growing number of producers to plan the resources between them.
Studio Network Solutions has created a new ShareBrowser workflow integration plugin for DaVinci Resolve, giving video editors powerful media management tools within the Resolve workspace. This blog post details the EVO video production server workflow with DaVinci Resolve, the advantages of using the ShareBrowser media asset manager for DaVinci Resolve, and more effective tools for Resolve editing teams.
Creativity doesn’t exist in a vacuum. It’s often a careful cooperation between close teammates working toward the same goal. ShareBrowser, the media asset manager included with EVO video editing servers, has become the heart of this collaborative production workflow for the world’s leading media studios, corporations, sports teams, government institutions, marketing teams, churches, universities, and more.
Because WO Traffic – Radio Interchange was still in development when Townsquare converted to WO Traffic in 2016, Townsquare was faced with a choice. They could either return to manual handling of their network/barter contracts, which was a daunting prospect, or find a system to handle their barter automatically. After considering their options, Townsquare contracted to use a third-party’s system to automate their barter processes, fully intending to use it as a permanent solution. Although that system served for years as an alternative to manual dubbing, scheduling, and affidavit completion, over time Townsquare experienced challenges with some aspects of using it, especially given their high barter and cash comp volume. One challenge was the amount of manual work that was involved on the front end of the process. Townsquare had to individually build all of their network barter and cash comp orders into WO Traffic as placeholder contracts, making sure to keep up with constant changes, additions, and cancellations throughout the year. They then had to create materials and manually enter dayplaced (and often dayparted) material instructions into WO Traffic for each network order. Finally, the material numbers for each order had to be manually transferred to the third-party’s system for dubbing and affidavit completion. Townsquare estimates that the duplication of effort for the entire workflow consumed upwards of 2500 person-hours in a year, plus an additional four to six hundred hours spent every December entering new orders, or adjusting existing ones, to match the networks’ contracts for the following year.
Bonneville identified the need to automate and centralize their billing and payments procedures. They wanted a solution to streamline payments including cash-in advance transactions and to centralize client-specific activity for improved communication regarding receivables. After implementing a well-known collections management software package, Bonneville realized that there were needs specific to the media industry that could not be addressed with this industry-agnostic solution. Furthermore, their advertiser clients found the payment portal complicated which led to virtually full abandonment and extended delays. Bonneville had zero visibility into the “buy” side of the portal, so customer service also diminished. Bonneville was forced to revert to processing all payments manually.
Arnaud Elnecave speaks to IABM TV about their main products and how they are addressing the latest industry trends.