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Is your multi-screen transcode strategy ready for Sochi?
Posted: Monday, January 27, 2014
So, here we are, less than 30 days away from the Sochi Games, which promises to be another feast of sporting action attracting global viewing audiences that will be measured in many of millions: The Russian hosts have made every possible effort to provide world class TV production facilities – f...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
Why Captioning Need Not Be Scary
Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
So here’s the problem. Closed captions – or subtitles outside North America – are now pretty much mandatory on television broadcasts: and even if the law does not require them, your audience still expects them. Today consumers expect to get their “television content” online and on handheld devices as well as from broadcast sources. Not unreasonably, many of them will expect to find captions on these services just as they would on broadcast television. So we really ought to be sure that captions are created as part of the production, and delivered whatever the platform. But… I count today 15 different subtitle input types, and 23 different delivery types for different platforms. So that is 345 different combinations, which means a lot of transcoding. Add to that the need to reconsider captions for different screen resolutions and you could end up with thousands of different paths. Which is why people tend to run away screaming from the problem.
Posted by Bruce Devlin
What did CES tell us about HEVC?
Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
CES this year had lots of buzz around wearable technology, 3D printing, screens and HEVCstreaming. “Consumers are getting 4K HEVC TVs whether they want them or not” said Troy Drier ofstreamingmedia.com:  I find this an interesting trend because I have written in the past about some of the curiou...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
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[Format] Does Not Convert - a Transcode Farm Controller can help
Posted: Tuesday, January 07, 2014
In the day-to-day operations of your media facility there exist many stress and pressure points making life interesting to put it mildly: Managing the visible challenges is demanding enough but when something materialises out of thin air and knocks a large part of yourworkflow off-line it can al...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
Practice your scales to make your enterprise workflow sing
Posted: Thursday, December 05, 2013
An increasingly common approach now to developing new media infrastructure is the “proof of concept”. This could sound a bit negative, as if we needed to try something first in order to see if it really works. But I really do not think that is the motivation behind it: To meet the multi-platform...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
Designing Enterprise Class Workflows – it’s all about the money
Posted: Monday, December 02, 2013
This Wednesday, 4th December, I will be hosting the seventh webinar within AmberFin’s Bruce’s Shorts program and I just wanted to give you a ‘heads up’ so that you can put it in your busy schedule: The webinar will look at the fascinating issue of ‘Enterprise Class Workflows’ and in particular i...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
Thanksgiving - It's a marathon (and not just for Turkeys)
Posted: Thursday, November 28, 2013
I love the Thanksgiving weekend. It’s the one time of the year when most of the USA decides to shut down and have a little leisure time. For me, it means that my inbox tends to drop by several hundred emails before the madness of the working week starts again: I am sure that the native American ...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
Regulations and UQC + Case Studies from the UK Screen Show
Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013
What an excellent day hosted by the UK Screen association. The UK Screen association is the trade body for UK Post Production Houses and they held a day out in London where the main topic of discussion was QC and workflow. I was lucky enough to do a presentation and sit on a couple of panels as ...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
Enterprise Workflows: Taking care of business
Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2013
It is seems that there is a universal requirement these days that all new blog posts, articles and learned discussions on the topic of the media industry have to start by saying that the broadcast industry has changed beyond all recognition: Well, I don’t think it has. In the old days of just a ...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
Industry pros gather in the Big Apple at Content Communications World (CCW)
Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013
While CCW may not attract the insanely large crowds that NAB and IBC do, it provides a more intimate, more focused setting that many professionals in our industry tend to find really valuable. Now in its 10th year, CCW show officials say they're expecting in excess of 6,000 people: Attendees not...
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