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Is your business ready for the transcoding revolution?
Posted: Friday, November 08, 2013
Two recent reports from analyst house IHS Electronics & Media give food for thought. Firstly, as the chart below illustrates, the global TV market has continued to decline this year: According to IHS, every category of TV – from LCD, to plasma, CRT and rear projection will suffer a decline a...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
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Three steps to QC heaven – Practical hints to fix file-based QC errors
Posted: Tuesday, November 05, 2013
As previously written about on this blog, automated Quality Control (QC) within file-based production facilities has been regarded as a key issue for a number of years ago. Back in 2010, the EBU recognized QC as a key topic for the media industry and has subsequently stated that manual quality c...
Posted by Ben Davenport
Playing the numbers game with mixed cadence materials
Posted: Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Once upon a time, television was quite simple. Premium content was shot on film, at Hollywood’s standard of 24 frames a second. Then it was cut on film, and any postproduction was done on film. Even delivery from production house to broadcaster was done on film: The broadcaster then laced it up ...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
SMPTE Conference 2013 Views from the floor
Posted: Friday, October 25, 2013
The weather outside is cloudy … and so is the main topic of conversation in Salon 1. There is a lot of talk of IT infrastructure and of the future at this year’s conference. Amazon gave an excellent introduction to the components of their cloud offering and other’s gave viewpoints from both the ...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
What's All The Fuss About File-Based QC?
Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2013
When the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) recognised quality control (QC) in file-based broadcast workflows as a key topic for the media industry back in 2010 it hit the nail on the head. “Broadcasters moving to file-based production facilities have to consider how to use automated Quality Cont...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
MXF AS02 and IMF: What's the Difference and Can They Work Together?
Posted: Tuesday, October 08, 2013
If you read my previous posts about IMF, you will already know what it is and how it works. But one of the questions I often get is "how is IMF different from AS02 and will it replace it? After all, don’t they both claim to provide a solution to versioning problems?". In a nutshell, the answer i...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
Put it in Writing - Cicero and Closed Captioning
Posted: Tuesday, October 01, 2013
When Cicero said, “the good of the people is the chief law”, he was probably not thinking about closed captioning, given that he said it about 2100 years ago. But whether or not they are mandated by law, I think we all agree thatclosed captions – or subtitles – are very much "for the good of the...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
IBC 2013 - Did interlace die or was it just wounded?
Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
I delivered the last paper of the show in 1988 in Brighton, UK and it was raining. This year the rain was plentiful too and I was up on stage again talking to young people as part of the Rising Stars program. It's refreshing to talk to people who are new to the industry. It gives you a good pers...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
How to get de-interlaced in Amsterdam
Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013
HEVC (High Efficiency Video Codec) is likely to be one of the most talked about topics at IBC this year, not only because it promises to reduce the data rate needed for high quality video coding by 50% compared to the current state-of-the-art, but also because the new coding standard simply does...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
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Standing Tall on the Interlace Soap Box with HEVC
Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013
If you read my last post on the evils of interlace, you'll know how strongly I feel about the topic.  Just like maggot therapy went out of fashion with the advent of antibiotics, interlace is on its way out with the arrival of HEVC: Hold on a second, I hear you say, if interlace is so bad, why w...
Posted by Bruce Devlin

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