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The Future of Transcode
Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2016
Transcoding is no longer about codecs, it is becoming the business of efficiently versioned media delivery. How did that happen and what’s next?
Posted by Bruce Devlin
So… Who won the #AmberFinAcademy MacBook Pro?
Posted: Monday, April 28, 2014
For the NAB show 2014 we offered a MacbookPro as a prize for our AmberFin Academy presentations. We had a really good response and some fantastic conversations with many customers and new contacts who didn’t realise that there were video artefacts that could be removed by great transcoding. T...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
Are mergers & acquisitions good for the broadcast industry?
Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Anybody looking at all the recent mergers & acquisitions activity within the broadcast sector could be forgiven for likening it to London’s Number 37 Bus in that you wait ages for one to arrive and then, suddenly, three buses arrive at the same time! So what does all this consolidation mean ...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
Web Control of Farms
Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Sitting in a Las Vegas bar and talking to Old MacDonald about his Farm would be an ideal way to start a newspaper article about Farms in the 1970s. We’d probably talk about the latest tractors and what amazing mechanical gadget can be attached to them: We are living in 2014 and not 1970 and we k...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
Do you really want me to wear my sequins in Vegas?
Posted: Thursday, April 03, 2014
As we prepare for our annual pilgrimage to the Nevada desert in search of enlightenment, something troubles me this year. Over the years, NAB has grown to the point where there is an absolute clamor and a cacophony of noise as NAB opens and companies unveil their latest Carlos Fandango system so...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
Captions: Words to the Wise
Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
I want to talk about closed captions, or hearing impaired subtitles, or whatever you call them in your territory. You know what I mean: the transcription of the spoken word, in text at the bottom of the screen, which you can turn on and off: 
 
Why do I want to talk about them: because I think they are important. And they are important for a number of reasons – maybe more than you think.
Posted by Bruce Devlin
Mixed cadence, a broadcaster’s view
Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Sadly, nothing in life is perfect and this is as applicable in the broadcast sector as anywhere else. Despite the best laid plans, what starts out as something good will over time fall foul to simple time and commercial pressure: As soon as compromises are made, the potential for problems – eith...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
#DPPIOD – The Digital Production Partnership Interoperability Day (what, no HEVC?)
Posted: Friday, March 14, 2014
This week say another Digital Production PartnershipInteroperability Day. It was bigger and better than all the ones that went before. More importantly it seems that interoperability is going beyond simple video and audio and is including themetadata that is exchanged along with the file: We’re ...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
What is MAM (Media Asset Management)?
Posted: Thursday, March 06, 2014
Media Asset Management systems (or MAM as they have become known) is an area that has generated substantial interest in recent times. But what exactly is MAM and what does it mean to broadcasters and media facilities? To attempt to answer this thorny question, we surveyed the major MAM vendors t...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
2 Things Rafael Nadal can teach us about file based workflow.
Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014
I love tennis. I remember being able to play and I remember what winning felt like. Ok, so junior tennis in Melbourne in the 1970s is a long long way from the Australian Open, but watchingRafael Nadal in the last couple of rounds of the tournament reminded me of a couple of things that I come ac...
Posted by Bruce Devlin

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