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LEAN Mean Versioning Machine
Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2015
How to deliver more, improve quality and reduce costs by optimising media processing.
Posted by Ben Davenport
Pictionary, Standards and MXF Interoperability
Posted: Thursday, December 04, 2014
Four weeks ago, I posted in this blog about the IRT MXF plugfest, the new MXF profiles that were published in Germany this year by the ARD and ZDF, and how these new profiles would bring forth a new era in interoperability. This week, the first results of that plugfest and reaction from some of the end users and vendors were presented at a conference on file-based production also hosted by the IRT in Munich.
As usual, the results were fascinating. As with all statistics, they could be manipulated to back up any point you wanted to make, but for me there were a couple of highlights.
Posted by Ben Davenport
Taking MXF Interoperability to the next level
Posted: Thursday, November 06, 2014
Next week, in a corner of the Bayerischer Rundfunk campus in Munich, Germany, likely without much fanfare, something fairly monumental will take place – the IRT MXF PlugFest. Now in its ninth year, this event brings together vendors in the media and entertainment industry to facilitate MXF interoperability tests. Following each event, the IRT (Institute für Rundfunktechnik) publishes a report on the levels of overall interoperability, standard compliance, decoder robustness, and the common errors and interoperability issues – you can download the previous reports here. All of the previous eight reports make interesting reading (particularly if read in order), but none has been more greatly anticipated than the report due from this ninth PlugFest.
Posted by Ben Davenport
5 reasons why media delivery standards might be good for your business
Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2014
Like me, I am sure that you have been to a restaurant in a group and everyone orders from the set menu EXCEPT for that one person who orders the exotic, freshly prepared fugu, which requires an extra 30 minutes of preparation from a licensed fugu chef so that the customers don't die eating it. Restaurant etiquette means that our main course is served at the same time, forcing everyone to spend a long time hungry, waiting for the special case. And if you split the bill equally, the special case becomes subsidised by the people wanting the set meal. Does this model relate to the media industry? Is there a cost for being special? How can we reduce that cost? What gets done with the cost savings? How can you help?
Fortunately those 5 questions lead into 5 reasons why delivery standards might be a good idea.
Posted by Bruce Devlin
Of Dancing Cat Videos and the Future of Broadcasting
Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2013
Last month Avid released some interesting research findings about consumer television viewing trends and preferences in today’s multi-screen environment. The study, which was conducted byOvum, surveyed more than 3,000 consumers globally. Reassuringly, it transpires that the vast majority of us i...
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
"NAB 2013 - I’m all for progress, it’s change I object to"
Posted: Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Attributed to both Mark Twain and Will Rogers, it’s one of my favourite reflections on the media technology industry and particularly apt today, the second day of NAB. I’ve already had conversations over the last couple of days with engineers and technologists who are excited about the latest ga...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
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