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Gearing up for Broadcast Asia
Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Next week will see a first forAmberFin when we exhibit in our own right at Broadcast Asia. This is a dynamic, fast growing regional market for our products and services – one that we have prioritised for a number of years. I will travel to Singapore for the exhibition and I’m excited at the pros...
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3 Steps to using the iCR Segment Track to assist population of Digital Production Partnership Metadata
Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013
There has been a lot of information published recently about the Digital Production Partnership, the standardisation of file delivery in the UK broadcast chain. Indeed I have alluded to it in previous posts, but what was the motivation for UK broadcasters to gather and come up with the specifica...
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Why is Captioning so Difficult?
Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Captioning is a really hot topic right now so I thought I’d share one of my short videos from the“Bruce’s Shorts” series of Broadcast-IT training videos for today’s blog post: Read the transcript below or clickPLAY to watch the video. And if you would like to receive the entire series of video...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
5 Things to Soothe your Captioning Headache
Posted: Tuesday, May 07, 2013
If integrating captions in your workflow is making you reach for the Aspirin, then here are a few tips that might alleviate the pain: 1. Follow the law At the end of 2012 the FCC passed the 21st Century Communications Act.According to the new regulation, all video content that is broadcast on...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
Argh - Why can't we Standardise our XML Schemas!
Posted: Thursday, May 02, 2013
Why can't we standardise our XML schemas? It should be easy - right? After all, we've been exchanging content between facilities for decades and we write the same stuff on bits of paper regardless of who's receiving it.Don't we? We’re consistent – right?  It seems the answer is "Not really". ...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
3 Simple Steps to generating XML Metadata in AmberFin iCR
Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Over the years I have been supplied with a number of tapes to assist with ingest workflowinvestigation or to assist customers in identifying the source of issues they encounter. More often than not a tape which arrives on my desk has associated metadata, be that a well formatted label on the tap...
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DPP – The Facility Perspective
Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013
As previously discussed on this blog, AmberFin’s recent DPP standards webinar threw up some fascinating perspectives on this area of file-based workflow standardisation. Another interesting perspective came from Chiswick-based international media facility, TVT, which was represented on the webin...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
How to Simplify Captioning Workflows
Posted: Thursday, April 04, 2013
As we are all painfully aware, captions are not exactly a big cash cow in our industry. But because we now live in a world where multi-platform delivery to broadcast, VoD and web streaming channels require captions and subtitles by law, we either have to pay attention or risk being fined: Don...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
How DPP will Revolutionise File-based Workflows
Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Not for the first time, I’m guilty of using the term revolutionary in association with the Digital Production Partnership (DPP). No, I have not been reading too many subversive texts – it is the simple truth that this UK-based initiative leads the world in supporting the widespread adoption of d...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
Life before and after DPP (Digital Production Partnership)
Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013
People that know me will be aware that file-based workflows are a passion of mine. Ten years ago I was co-author of the MXF (Media Exchange Format) specification and ever since I have been engaged in taking this neatSMPTE standard and using it to create a business platform for media enterprises ...
Posted by Bruce Devlin

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