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How can countries outside of the UK benefit from the DPP initiative?
Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013
The Digital Production Partnership (DPP) is a wonderful thing. Not only has it provided the means of creating standards and guidelines for the implementation of common interchange formats, it has also helped the whole UK broadcast industry to come together: So, in the UK the DPP has invested a g...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
Forecast is looking Cloudy
Posted: Friday, June 28, 2013
“Hey Bruce, can I run your software in the cloud?”, said one of our customers while I was travelling the other week. “Sure”, I replied, “what do you mean by cloud?”. “Erm, well, you know the cloud. Like the Amazon thing”. “Why would you want to do that?”, I asked. “Because, well – it will be che...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
Building a business around DPP (Digital Production Partnership)
Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Much of what has been said and written recently about the Digital Production Partnership (DPP)centres on the enabling technology and the versatility of the standards created by the organisation. Whilst AmberFin is a company with technology implementation at its heart, we never forget that the te...
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Captions and the Dusty Purlieus of the Law
Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013
It was the poet Tennyson who wrote about “brawling courts and dusty purlieus of the law”. Which may seem like an unlikely point to start a technical blog, but bear with me: 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act Broadcasting has always been regulated by law, and as technology...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
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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5 Steps to Creating or Modifying a Metadata Schema in AmberFin iCR
Posted: Thursday, May 09, 2013
In my last blog post I described the steps required to generate anXML Metadata output from iCR in a couple of simple steps, this is based around a pre-defined XML layout provided by AmberFin: In an ideal world Metadata would be standardized and indeed steps are being taken in the industry to ach...
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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
Is DPP relevant outside of the UK?
Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Readers of the AmberFin blog might have the impression that theDigital Production Partnership (DPP) is an initiative with relevance only within the UK, where it was developed. This understanding is entirely wrong – at NAB earlier this month, we received expressions of interest from just about ev...
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


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