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Bringing in the Professionals at Rio 2016

Avid Professional Services, a team of highly skilled consultants, project managers and engineers, played an invaluable role in helping our customers get the most out of their Avid solutions for their coverage of the Rio games. Working 12-hour shifts to provide 24/7 coverage during the games, they worked both onsite in Rio as well as at key customer sites around the world.

We had about 30 people dedicated to supporting the games, but when you add the extra support and engineering staff that were pulled in when needed, the team numbered 70 to 80 people. It all started back in June and July, with Professional Services providing training for editors and loggers both before and after they arrived in Rio. And their work will continue well into September, supporting the Paralympic Games.

We had two primary teams supporting an array of Avid products that we used by major broadcasters, including Interplay | Production, Avid shared storage, MediaCentral Platform and Interplay | MAM. They did everything from answering day-to-day questions, finding files and providing general support, to monitoring storage usage and troubleshooting issues.

On the ground in Rio, in addition to having staff at the International Broadcast Center — the heart of all broadcast operations — we also had teams covering the five “super venues” (for gymnastics, track and field, swimming, golf and tennis), which each had dedicated Avid shared storage, Media Composer and AirSpeed systems.

Every day was different, and everyone had their own role in the team. But it was a collaborative effort involving the workflow team, the tech team, customer support and engineering. The workflow team focused on resolving issues, while the tech team ensured users were guided through everything as smoothly as possible.

Working on the games required the passion, commitment and dedication of everyone involved. Like the athletes, our team had to be the best at their game. Our customers were very appreciative of their support and willingness to jump in and help with any issues, regardless of whether they involved Avid systems.

To find out how Avid Professional Services can help your business to succeed, contact professional.services@avid.com.

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Managing Massive Volumes of Media in Rio

In just four years, managing and delivering content has changed remarkably since the last games in London. Whereas coverage used to focus mainly on the “big sports” like athletics, cycling, rowing and swimming, the summer games in Rio will see sports like dressage, fencing, archery and golf getting just as much coverage. The reason? The proliferation of multiplatform distribution. The fact is, broadcasters can provide much more targeted coverage if they don’t have the airtime to put the content on traditional TV channels.

But with multiple cameras covering all 28 sports, the challenge facing broadcasters is how to efficiently manage and distribute such a huge of volume of content. To meet consumer demand for more content on more platforms, broadcasters need production systems that enable them to manage content creation, automate workflows and empower collaboration.

Software-defined storage can help production teams efficiently and flexibly store and share large volumes of source material. Production teams can quickly access a shared pool of virtualized storage resources, which dramatically increases their efficiency. And by fully virtualizing storage, broadcasters can adjust their storage infrastructure as their storage needs change before, during and after the games—without disrupting workflows.

Avid NEXIS is the world’s first software-defined storage platform

To manage assets, collaborate and automate workflows for high-volume media delivery at the games, production teams need industry-proven media management systems in place. By making it easy to locate, use and repurpose clips among the thousands in storage, teams can focus on creating content rather than wasting time searching for the right clip. And by automating non-creative tasks like file preparation and transcoding in the background, media organizations can simplify and speed up distribution to multiple platforms and devices.

Create stories once and publish to multiple platforms with Avid MediaCentral | UX

With the right systems in place, production teams can quickly pull highlights through automated metadata gathering and publish them out to different channels with minimal human interaction, making multi-platform distribution a seamless, efficient and streamlined process.

Visit the Avid website to find out more about how Avid solutions can help production teams store, share and manage media assets for high-volume sports media delivery.

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Avid Partner VIDELIO – Cap’Ciné Provides Competitive Post Production Tools for France Télévision in Rio

To cover the thirty-first summer games, France Télévisions has turned to VIDELIO – Cap’Ciné to provide the post production platform installed in Rio.

The overall system is actually split between Rio and Paris. In Paris, the magazines and daily round-ups will be edited, with the main sources being competition images fed over fiber optics and stored on France Télévision’s in-house system.

In Rio, meanwhile, the VIDELIO – Cap’Ciné teams have set up a configuration that allows the journalists on the spot to prepare items blending archives, locally filmed sequences and competition feeds.

The configuration they have deployed consists of seven Avid Media Composer 8 systems on HP Z840 editing workstations, an Avid Media Composer assistant workstation, two 32TB Avid shared storage racks, a 4-channel Avid Airspeed | 5500, an Avid Interplay | Production system and a Telestream Lightspeed K80 transcoding server.

The Telestream Lightspeed K80 transcoding server lets us manage JRI acquisitions from cards, the 60i transcoding of archives retrieved from the FTV main site and 50i transcoding of ready to broadcast files sent to Paris.

We’re using the Avid Airpseed | 5500’s first channel to digitize the broadcast content, while the other three carry the “on-call” rushes.

The editors can then put together sequences that pull in ENG rushes and official competition images to broadcast, and prepare items for the news bulletins on France2, France3 and FranceO.

All of the rushes are pooled on the Avid Interplay, which acts like an image bank. VIDELIO – Cap’Ciné provides technical support and post production assistance during the sports events in Rio de Janeiro.

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Captivating Viewers With Stunning Real-time Graphics in Rio

In the world of sports media production, data is getting bigger and more important. There are now many different ways to capture real-time data — player and ball positioning, predictive data, play-by-play data, player and team stats. And with more than 10,500 athletes competing in 28 different sports, the amount of data being captured at Rio 2016 is mind-blowing. The question is: How do you present all of this big data to viewers in a meaningful, attention-grabbing way?

The answer is, of course, through graphics. If you compare the amount of TV-screen real estate that graphics used to occupy 10 years ago to today, it’s clear to see how important graphics have become in sports production, especially at an event like the summer games. Over the years, graphics have become an essential part of storytelling and ever more sophisticated. Today, we’re even seeing augmented reality elements being used to visualize data. But for graphics to captivate and engage viewers, they need to be fast and relevant to the story.

In addition to delivering sophisticated graphics quickly and efficiently, graphics solutions need to be able to create them in a wide range of resolutions. They also need to integrate seamlessly with other systems in the sports-production environment and enable broadcasters to maximize the value of their content through user rights management and the efficient repurposing of broadcast graphics.

That’s where Avid graphics solutions come into play, providing a complete and integrated workflow for creating, managing, distributing and playing out stunning, high-resolution graphics and videos quickly and easily, boosting efficiency and production possibilities. With its modular architecture, the Avid graphics toolset can be customized for a wide variety of media environments and integrates seamlessly with solutions across the Avid MediaCentral Platform, as well as third-party applications.

When broadcasting live sports like this summer’s games in Brazil, real-time graphics are an essential part of the overall viewer experience, helping to capture viewers’ attention and increase ratings. Visit the Avid website to find out more about Avid’s real-time graphics solutions.

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Discover Journalist Editing Features in Avid MediaCentral | UX

Continuing our video blog series on Next-Generation Newsrooms, let’s look at the many journalist editing features in MediaCentral | UX.

 

Today, not only are there many more people creating stories and content —there are also many more organizations that need it, and many more distribution channels for it. All of this adds greater pressure than ever for efficiency and ROI – whether you are a journalist, a chief engineer, or an operations manager.  All of you have to do more, in less time with shrinking budgets.  It’s that simple.

The increase in demand for multimedia-rich content on multiple screens has had a major impact on the role of journalists.  News organizations are now expected to deliver news 24/7, often times with the same or fewer resources.   This means that journalists now need to gather content from more sources, collaborate with others, create stories and shoot footage, and sometimes even edit the video and prepare graphics associated with their stories–all while they’re in the field.  At the core, journalists are fact-finders and story-tellers, but they face constant pressure to get the story out first to engage viewers before the competition.

So the story-telling tools journalists need must provide the powerful functionality that enables them to create compelling content quickly, but in a form that is simple and intuitive to use. Often times, the journalist is responsible not only for creating the story and writing the script, but also for editing the video, preparing the graphics and publishing in multiple formats.  In this new era of journalism, these tasks need to be a natural extension of the newsgathering job, not an additional burden.

The great news is that Avid has enabled journalists to do all of this and more.  With MediaCentral | UX, journalists now have the freedom to write scripts; view and edit video; record voiceovers; add and preview graphics; search across multiple systems simultaneously; send stories straight to air; and publish to social media platforms or a news organization’s website. This keeps news teams more productive while they’re out in the field, so they can focus on gathering and reporting without making frequent trips back to the station.

In this video we will show you how to write a story, add text to it, do basic editing and send the story straight to playout or for review.

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Summer Games 2016: Gaining a Competitive Edge With Remote Production

With the explosion of mobile devices and platforms on which to watch sports content, whether on the go or in the home, broadcasters’ delivery of compelling content to millions of fans around the world has evolved significantly over the past few years.

There’s no doubt viewers’ hunger for instant access to high-quality content has changed the game for broadcasters as they compete to attract and retain viewers during major sporting events. But how do they balance the books to counter the extra costs associated with creating and delivering more engaging content?

Matching the London legacy

It’s been four years since the London games were dubbed ‘the most digital games in history’. With the next one just around the corner, we look at how technological advancements in remote media production can help broadcasters to win gold in the viewership and productivity race.

For the 2016 games, taking place in 32 venues in Rio de Janeiro, plus five soccer co-host cities — Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Manaus, Salvador and São Paulo — the amount of multicamera content being generated is likely to run into petabytes.

With this phenomenal amount of content coming into the International Broadcast Center (IBC), production teams need an efficient media production workflow to manage, edit and create packages for distribution across multiple platforms to ensure viewers stay up to speed with all the action.

Avid is all about collaboration

There’s no greater test for collaborative workflows than a two-week summer multisport extravaganza. With production teams dispersed at different venues, capturing the action hundreds of miles away from the broadcast center, the use of innovative remote media production solutions can bring production tools to the field – enabling the fast turnaround, delivery and broadcast of compelling content to multiple platforms.

Over the past year, we’ve seen many of our customers — from broadcasters to production companies — use our innovative remote working solutions, Avid MediaCentral | UX and Avid Media Composer | Cloud, to bring stories to air faster and more efficiently.

MediaCentral | UX, the cloud-based, web front end to the Avid MediaCentral Platform, enables editorial teams to use one application to collaborate in new ways and publish to multiple platforms. Journalists have the freedom to write scripts, view and edit video, record voiceovers, add and preview graphics, search across multiple systems simultaneously, send stories straight to air, and publish to social media platforms or a news organization’s website — and they can do all of this regardless of their location.

With Media Composer | Cloud, multiple remote Media Composer editors can connect to the home facility, regardless of their location, enabling them to collaborate with teams to create better stories from where they’re actually happening in the field. Editors, reporters and videographers can ingest, edit and move media fluidly between the story site and the main facility, enabling the editor to be in the field capturing and editing more stories instead of bound by the facility walls.

As the summer games are ongoing, we’re excited to see how broadcasters around the globe take on the challenge of topping the digital experience of London 2012. Powered by innovative remote media collaboration tools, we’re sure they’ll have us tuning in across every platform.

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Demystifying Asset Management and Workflows at SVG’s Sports Asset Management and Storage Forum

Last week, I attended SVG’s Sports Asset Management and Storage Forum in New York City, where 240 industry leaders shared their knowledge of the business of asset management, the latest technology and what’s in store for the future. This year marked the forum’s 10th anniversary and Avid’s presence was strong, with many of our customers speaking at the event as well as a couple of Avid speakers.

The first panel of the day, “The State of the SAMS Industry,” set the tone for the conference and featured some of the most influential players in the industry. Avid customers Scott McBurney, associate commissioner for the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), and WWE senior director of media asset management Bryan Staffaroni discussed best practices to make assets easy to find and how to overcome challenges when sharing assets across multiple institutions.

I hosted a session on “The Next MAM Frontier: Teams and Franchises Get Into Asset-Management Game,” featuring Avid customer Paul Hodges of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors.

Paul explained how Emmy Award-winning Warriors Studio, the team’s small media production arm, invested in the Avid MediaCentral Platform to create fast-turnaround, larger-than-life content for one of the premier franchises in the NBA.

Paul’s humor shone through as he explained how the Avid system helped him to infuse his team with more discipline around processes and managing assets. When I asked him why he chose the Avid platform, he said simply, “The Avid Everywhere concept sold me. Moving into a new arena, I wanted a partner that was developing new technology and willing to try new things with us.”

For the final session of the day, my colleague Régis André, senior director of product management at Avid, joined the panel on “The Road to 8K: Next-Gen Unified Storage and Multi-Resolution Archiving,” discussing the growing demand for large storage as file sizes get larger with the popularity of 4K and (soon to be a reality) 8K.

With everyone looking at on-premise storage and archiving, and waiting for the inflection point that will force them to use cloud-based storage, Régis explained how Avid NEXIS storage is the perfect bridge between on-premise and cloud-hosted storage. Régis also discussed how Avid’s asset management strategy is already cloud-enabled and can reduce the complexity of managing 8K through proxy- and remote-editing capabilities that are already in use today for HD.

With both of our sessions, we aimed to demystify asset management and workflows, explain how Avid Everywhere is playing out in this field, and set the focus on the users and ROI, rather than just technology. The Sports Asset Management and Storage Forum was a great event, and I’m so excited for what’s in store for the future of the industry. If you’re interested in finding out more about the MediaCentral Platform and Avid’s media asset management solutions, please get in touch.

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How to Gather Research and Create News Stories Within a Single UI

Continuing our blog series on Next-Generation Newsrooms, here we look at crafting compelling news stories in a single user-interface, MediaCentral | UX.

 

In recent years, the role of a journalist is becoming more, not less, skilled. No longer is their role centred on finding out and reporting the news. On top of their normal reporting duties, journalists are now required to handle some of the more technical aspects of news gathering, such as shooting video, capturing stills, editing, and posting to social media to ensure their news organization is first air with breaking news stories.

What this also means is that journalists are required to use multiple tools to complete these technical tasks, which ultimately has implications for the news organization. Using a number of tools increases training costs, and integrating these applications together results in higher support costs over time. This is a business conundrum that Avid is attempting to solve with Avid Everywhere™.

The foundation of Avid Everywhere is the Avid MediaCentral Platform, the industry’s most open, extensible and customizable common services foundation. For efficient news production, MediaCentral | UX — the cloud-based, web front end to the platform — enables editorial teams to use one application to collaborate in new ways and to publish to multiple platforms.

In this video tutorial, you will see how MediaCentral | UX simplifies news gathering and production with intuitive features for journalists and producers.  Using the customizable interface, you can access iNEWS and other media databases and work across multiple systems simultaneously.  Aggregate your newsgathering process within the same interface by viewing multiple news sources including not only wires, but also websites, social media sites, and video/still image agencies via connectivity partner integration like x.news.

You can create, view, and work with stories, adding production cues and closed-captioning text.  You can also access and complete news graphics templates for your story in the same MediaCentral | UX interface using the integrated Maestro pane.  You’ll also see how producers can easily group and move stories within a rundown or across rundowns for on-air broadcasts.

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Take Your News Production to the Next Level With MediaCentral | UX

With Avid Everywhere and the Avid MediaCentral Platform, Avid is continuing to help global news teams produce higher quality content and deliver it to audiences faster and more efficiently than ever before.

In this new blog series, Next-Generation Newsrooms, our intuitive video tutorials will demonstrate key multiplatform news production tools accessible from MediaCentral | UX, the cloud-based, web front-end to the Avid MediaCentral Platform, that enable real-time news production that keeps teams and entire networks connected globally — whether in the newsroom, the studio or reporting out in the field.

First, we’ll explore how MediaCentral | UX is generating new ways of working and providing journalists and news producers with helpful tools for real-time collaboration. They can create, access, share and publish stories or media instantly across multiple platforms, regardless of location.

The series also will look at how Avid is extending newsroom capabilities to connect journalists and contributors in the field and in the studio via mobile apps for iOS and Android devices. These next-generation apps mean reporters can break stories as they happen on location, they can replace printed scripts, and producers can approve stories on-the-go.

We’ll also explore how Media Central | UX further enhances news production by extending multi-newsroom capabilities, providing direct access to every station in a group or network’s iNEWS systems. With a quick internal search, any connected user can find and access stories and media on any connected system, regardless of its physical location.

We’ll then discuss the integrated news graphics workflow. The way news is displayed on-screen is just as important as the stories that are being told. Graphics are a huge part of any news broadcast, and they’re vital to building your station’s brand and keeping viewers tuned in. Our final video tutorial looks at Avid’s powerful newsroom graphic solutions that enable streamlined delivery of modern and compelling news visuals that help you tell your stories.

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Avid Forms Cornerstone of Spanish Broadcaster RTVE’s Technical Deployment During the Games in Rio

Eladio Jareño, TVE’s managing director, confirmed this week that “our deployment in Rio will be significant, we will be in all channels, with over 5,000 hours of live broadcasting.” It’s a 273-strong team, with members from Rio and Spain, the international production of two sports (“appreciation and trust in our professionals”), and “digital and social media.” Games are three of this event’s features in which “RTVE aims to lead innovation.”

To that end, over the last couple of years, a team from Corporación Radio Televisión Española, led by David Valcarce, technical operations manager; Víctor Sánchez, technical manager; Jesús García Romero, assistance manager for mobile studio and unit support and service; Manuel González, MCR coordinator; and Juan Carlos Blanco, digital newsroom support unit manager, has been working hard to have everything ready by August 5 so as to bring the emotion of the XXXI Olympics Games Rio 2016 to the public radio and broadcasting organization’s audiences.

More than 100 RTVE professionals make up the team that will travel to Brazil to cover the Games. Specifically, 129 people will be deployed (six will return after the initial setup). RTVE’s three correspondents in Rio, as well as the technical commentators for some of the sports, will join the team. A large team made up of 141 people will take part in the operations from Spain.

As well as broadcasting and customizing the official signal for Spain, once again the Rio Games management has commissioned the international production of the track cycling and mountain bike events to RTVE. This represents a worldwide recognition of RTVE’s professional standing, also acknowledged by the IOC with the “Silver Rings” in London.

RTVE will have 400 m² of space at the IBC (International Broadcasting Center) allocated to signal recording and distribution technical media, digital newsroom, interviewing area, workspace and radio studio. At the IBC, located at the Parque Olímpico de Barra (west of Rio de Janeiro), Televisión Española has centralized an significant technical operations team made up of a master control, a direction control for both the set that TVE will deploy in the heart of Copacabana Beach as well as the unit to be deployed at the IBC itself, a continuity control for Radio Nacional and various news stations for TVE and RTVE.es, in addition to editing and voice-over services.

All the Rio-generated content will be stored on Avid Shared Storage with immediate access and on disk for deep archiving or documentary-collection purposes, to be sent back to Madrid with the complete material once the Games are over. All of the cataloging and indexing process will be carried out by means of an autometadata software developed by the Corporación itself, which will enable the use of metadata provided by OBS and those selected by TVE’s documentary makers. OBS will provide production metadata (Data Broadcast Feed, DBF), which will include information about athletes, times, baskets … which, in turn, TVE will use in its feed in Avid, adding to any metadata included by the Corporación’s documentary makers.

For the first time ever, RTVE will be handling the Olympic Games on the basis of a TV, radio and Internet joint production scheme with a newsroom that will enable remote working. Thus, the correspondents will be able to compile a news item in record time directly from the stadiums or venues.

One of the cornerstones in this technical development by Televisión Española is Avid MediaCentral | UX, a cloud-based solution that extends the audiovisual production environment to mobile and web-based devices. This platform enables professionals to easily create, edit, distribute and manage content — thus simplifying production.

Whether its purpose is to create packages, catalog material, or edit and submit videos for review and approval, it will save steps to the users thanks to its unified view, based on a standard navigator and from any location.

With Avid MediaCentral | UX, you can search, explore and transfer audiovisual contents between various workgroups, even if they are in different locations, and share links to provide direct access to the contents. In addition, it includes functions to create, view, export and delete text markers and video subclips or live signals, so as to facilitate searching for relevant content.

The system is so agile that the field correspondents will be able to create, explore and edit iNews stories and review MediaCentral video sequences with the only aid of their tablets or laptops — wherever or not they may be working.

RTVE.es will be there with a huge deployment that will include 4,500 hours of live programs and 6,000 hours of Video On Demand (VOD) in up to 19 live signals, so that users don’t miss on anything and have the possibility of selecting what they want to see — and when. More: video-meetings with the athletes, events that are not included in the TV programs and exclusive contents produced by RTVE Digital’s special correspondents.

For the first time, all signals will be available from any device: web, mobile telephones, tablets and via the Red Button in connected TV sets. Also new is the incorporation of a smartwatch app with the competition’s latest news and medals. Users will also be able to follow up on everything that happens in Rio via social media with a wide coverage and exclusive content.

Live broadcasting will be supplemented with reports, interviews, star events by the minute, stop-press information, videos for all the events and a dashboard complete with details, statistics and medals.

 

You can read the full article of RTVE’s Olympic coverage on www.panoramaaudiovisual.com.

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