New Tools for ContentAgent Unveiled at NAB

By |March 27th, 2015|

ContentAgent, the file-based workflow management and automation platform from ROOT6 Technology, will be demonstrated at NAB with its latest software, providing valuable new tools to further streamline file-based operations.

New and enhanced features seen for the first time will include support for a wide range of new formats, including 4K XAVC, JPEG2000, AS-02 and more, further […]

Nearchive – straightforward, effective archiving for Avid Interplay

By |March 19th, 2015|

Avid Interplay forms the core of many Post Production & Broadcast Facilities production workflows.  One challenge is the media cycle within the Interplay environment, using the ISIS storage to keep content online isn’t always the best option.

Projects could have multiple resolutions. Would keeping the high resolution (DNxHD 185 for example) on the ISIS be required […]

Backup versus archive

By |March 11th, 2015|

Knowing the difference and understanding what to do about it
Although the transition from analogue to digital has been going on for nearly twenty five years, many users are still unclear as to what the difference is between the concept of a backup and an archive. In a nutshell, a backup relates to current information in use that is critical, […]

Storage Explained

By |March 11th, 2015|

Local Storage/Direct Attached Storage
Typically this is defined as storage with no ability to provide any real-time sharing capability. Most common is the FireWire,  USB 3.0 or ThunderBolt drive, used for moving media from a shoot for example, but local storage is also used when bandwidth demands become too costly an option for shared online storage.

Shared storage can be broken down […]

BVE Highlights 2015

By |February 28th, 2015|

Thanks to everyone who visited us at BVE this year, it was great to speak to so many people and talk about so many subjects. Here are some product highlights: […]

Play your cards right

By |February 26th, 2015|

Join root6 at the Look Listen Experience roadshow, the UK’s largest regional event for audio and video professionals, and learn how the latest technologies can make substantial time and cost savings when working with camera cards.


Vidcheck adds automated correction of PSE flashing

By |February 11th, 2015|

Vidfixer now also includes automatic correction of PSE flashing to ensure that files meet Ofcom requirements. It is no longer necessary to manually fix PSE errors, saving time and costs. […]

See Dynamic Drive Pool V3 at BVE

By |February 11th, 2015|

Stand H16
Ardis Technologies will be demonstrating the complete V3 DDP technology on their stand (H16) at BVE.  The V3 technology with its web based graphical user interface comes standard on all DDP products; from the small microDDP to the large scalable redundant DDP. […]

Visit root6 at BVE and Experience Smarter Working for Increased Productivity

By |January 26th, 2015|

BVE February 24-6
Stand J16

‘Work Smarter’ is the theme of the root6 exhibit, where the integration of up-to-the-minute creative technologies from leading vendors will be deployed to illustrate substantially streamlined post production. A number of important new technologies will get their UK debut on the stand, which will highlight the hottest industry topics from 4K and UHD working, through IMF packaging to DPP deliverables. […]

Earth Leakage – in water!

By |January 12th, 2015|

I recently bought an Agilent U1191A clamp-meter. This is a piece of test equipment that can measure current flowing in a conductor without having to break the circuit (how you would if all you had was a digital multimeter). The jaws physically couple around the conductor in question and by induction you can measure the electrical current flowing in the conductor.

Why do manufactuers over-specify power requirements for broadcast equipment?

By |January 12th, 2015|

It’s actually a rhetorical question and I’m glad they do. Most of the time I have to tell a customers’ electrician and air-con contractor how much power (and hence how much heat) the machine room will be pulling/genarating. Most customers refuse to believe that 99.9% of the electrical power entering a server room/TV MCR leaves […]

Root6 SI featured in Broadcast Film & Video magazine (twice!)

By |January 12th, 2015|

Broadcast Film & Video have done a couple of articles on Root6’s SI offerings;

Our thoughts on broadcast and post systems integration as a PDF here
What it means to be a “value-added systems integrator”

Imagen 3.4 Released

By |January 6th, 2015|

Cambridge Imaging have just launched version 3.4 of Imagen, the off the shelf end-to-end secure video hosting platform for archiving & publishing media via a customisable website. […]

Merry Christmas!

By |December 19th, 2014|

Wishing you a very merry, relaxing Christmas and a peaceful, prosperous new year!

The root6 office will be closed from midday on Tuesday 24th December and will reopen on Monday, 5th January 2015. However, there will be a skeleton crew available, monitoring both and and the out-of-hours support pager service can be reached on 020 […]

Adam Lewiston joins root6

By |December 4th, 2014|

Adam Lewiston has joined the pre-sales engineering team at re-seller and systems integrator root6. An honours graduate in Media and Production Management, Lewiston has considerable industry experience in workflow design. He joins root6 from Tyrell where he served as Technical Director following a senior engineering role at Altered Images as Avid product specialist.

Media Composer | Software (v8.2) Qualified with Mac OSX 10.10 (Yosemite)

By |November 26th, 2014|

Avid is pleased to announce qualification of Apple’s Mac OSX Yosemite (v10.10) with Media Composer | Software (v8.2) including systems with the Symphony option.    Software Version Requirements Media Composer | Software v8.2 It is important to note that customers with dual 6 core Mac Pro towers (Westmere) and the 2013 Mac Pro with a […]

Suite TV first in the UK to order Avid’s ISIS | 2500 high-performance nearline storage

By |November 25th, 2014|

Post production house Suite TV will be the first in the UK to order Avid’s ISIS | 2500 high-performance nearline storage. The new system, designed to complement the manufacturer’s popular ISIS online storage, will be installed by re-seller root6 at Suite’s Newman Street facility in December.

Rick Halsall, Technical Director of Suite TV said, “With the […]

Digital path & SDi does not colour-accurate pictures make…

By |November 19th, 2014|

Recent years have seen many prosumer camcorders with HDMI outputs so that you can get access to the uncompressed RGB sensor output rather than having to make do with the H.264 (typically) encoded Y, Cb, Cr data (from the flash or disk-based recorder). […]

Near synchronous video over UDP/IP with Sony's NXL-IP55

By |November 19th, 2014|

Just about the only things that caught my eye at the recent Beyond HD Masters day at Bafta was Sony’s IP Live system. This is a single product called the NXL-IP55 which puts four 1080i 4:2:2 signals over a gigabit connection – so modest 6:1 compression with a well-defined single field of latency. The camera […]

What’s the best setting for Gamma with Rec.709 video?

By |November 19th, 2014|

 I’ve been calibrating TV displays for around twenty-five years and have always leaned on the BBC practice of setting peak white at 80Cd/m2 and the white point at 6504k. For all the decades of standard definition work a gamma of 2.2 has been used. This is required because television cameras don’t have a linear transfer […]

Perceptual video quality and compression – PSNR measurements

By |November 19th, 2014|

Compression is a fact of life, there have only been two production VTRs that stored uncompressed video – D1 and D5; they are no longer used because they were both SD (and D1 was only eight-bit video). So, the vast majority of the material we handle is compressed and so there should be a way of quantitatively judging it. There three methods of numerically analysing how good pictures are, but for the most part and engineer or editor proclaiming “…those pictures look a bit soft” is what still passes for picture quality analysis!  […]

trade in your external drives for up to 15% off a DDP network storage solution

By |November 19th, 2014|

trade in your external hard drives for up to
15% off a Dynamic Drive Pool solution*
call us on 020 7437 6052 to discuss your requirements
find out more about DDP solutions HERE
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root6 to Open Glasgow Office

By |October 24th, 2014|

root6 is to open an office in Glasgow. The new venture will be run by industry professionals Alex Keane and Gerry McGachy, both of whom most recently worked at Picture Exchange.

“We have been thinking about how best to address regional business for some time,” said root6 MD Marcus Hume-Humphreys. “The opportunity to work with […]

root6 Appointed Reseller for Barnfind Technologies

By |October 21st, 2014|

root6 has added Barnfind to its portfolio of products designed to provide more productive operation in file-based creative enterprises. A Norwegian company, Barnfind Technologies AS has developed BarnOne, a signal-neutral platform that offers many functions and supports numerous different signal formats in one frame. This unique approach saves customers valuable rack space, power consumption and money.

The flexible design enables a dramatic number of functions to be supported in the same chassis including signal processing, distribution, routing, protection, redundancy, add/drop, pass, IP to ASI and ASI to IP conversion, embedding, scaling, service adaptation and optical multiplexing. […]

Tech Breakfast – "Pixit Media PixStor & FlavourSys Strawberry"

By |October 21st, 2014|

8:30 for 9am, Wed 26th Nov, Soho Screening Rooms
This month’s breakfast meeting for broadcast/post engineers takes a look two of the hottest products of the moment, Pixmedia’s PixStor and FlavourSys’ Strawberry. PixStor is a unified SAN and NAS solution that can guarantee performance to any number of file-sharing or streaming clients from within a single storage […]

Avid Media Composer 8.2 released

By |October 21st, 2014|

Avid is pleased to announce the release of the latest version of Media Composer® | Software. This latest update – available October 20th – adds exciting new features that creative professionals can use to accelerate their everyday workflows while taking advantage of powerful new tools […]

ContentAgent Gains AMWA Certification

By |October 20th, 2014|

ContentAgent, the workflow management and automation tool from ROOT6 Technology, has successfully met the criteria set out as part of the DPP’s Compliance Programme, and has achieved AMWA certification.

One of the first products to receive authentication, ContentAgent is already widely used to automate the creation, QC and delivery of AS-11 UK DPP files. At IBC, […]

OCICAT Adopts Network Storage

By |October 16th, 2014|

When indie Ocicat sought to replace its existing removable storage with a networked solution, simplicity and reliability were key considerations. Dynamic Drive Pool, sourced from and installed by root6, was the perfect solution. […]

Unified storage and network components deliver peak performance for new TV lab at York University

By |October 9th, 2014|

Reseller and Systems Integrator root6 met the challenge posed by a particularly demanding application for the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at The University of York with the deployment of PixStor from Pixit Media.  BSc courses in film and television production and a new course for this academic year in interactive media required the facility to be re-equipped with a new storage area network. The new network had to be capable of supporting the extreme peaks of use involved when all  48 students in the FCP and Adobe-equipped lab are required to access the same clip simultaneously, and also cater for the high bandwidth required for uncompressed grading and finishing. […]

Ongoing Barnfind notes

By |September 19th, 2014|

As I get more familiar with Barnfind’s products I need to make a note of some of their gotchas!

Moving to Avid Media Composer | Software Version 8

By |September 11th, 2014|

Did you know that if you already own a copy of Media Composer software prior to version 8.0, you can purchase Avid Standard Support and upgrade to Media Composer | Software version 8 for £190 before December 31 2014? After this date, Media Composer software upgrades will no longer be available to purchase – if you require a later version at a subsequent date it will be necessary to purchase a full version of the software. Also, if you have Media Composer and an existing support contract with Avid which is up for renewal prior to this date you can renew for this price too. In both cases the £190 includes access to Avid’s Customer Support organisation as well as version 8 incremental updates as they are released by Avid for a year. Higher levels of support entitlement are also available if you require increased coverage above that which Standard Support offers.

At the NAB show in April of this year (2014) Avid announced the upcoming release of Media Composer | Software version 8 along with a new Licensing and Customer Support model. Once the version 8 release was available to users, several people were somewhat mystified and perhaps not a little disappointed that Avid would go to the trouble to release a new version of the worlds most used professional video editing software that was apparently so light in the new feature department.

One of Avid’s primary goals with the release of Media Composer | Software version 8.0 was to introduce the new licensing model. […]

Upgrade Media Composer now with an Avid Support plan

By |September 9th, 2014|

When you sign up for a standard Avid Support plan for £190, you can now keep your license current, and get access to the latest version of Media Composer.

With powerful new features from Media Composer, nothing stands between you, your team, and your story.

Edit faster and easier with timeline-editing enhancements
Accelerate and automate your workflow
Gain total […]

Barnfind's high-speed data router and optical CWDM for TV infrastructure

By |August 27th, 2014|

Root6’s SI dept spent a few days last week in Norway as the guest of Barnfind in Sandefjord.
Norway seems to be a lovely country if not a tad expensive (£24 for a round of three pints).  Barnfind are a small company whose engineers used to be with Nevion – you’ve probably come across their VikinX range of HD/SDi and other facilities routers.

Tech Breakfast – "Cat8 is Coming" & "The Challenges of Modern Picture Quality Analysis"

By |August 20th, 2014|

8:30 for 9am, Wed 1st Oct, Soho Screening Rooms
root6′s Broadcast Engineering gurus, Phil Crawley and Matt Ward, explore some of the hot topics of the moment. Matt takes a look at the new Cat 8 standard whilst Phil discusses the challenges of modern picture quality analysis and demonstrates the TG-100 SRI Visualiser, which can be […]

Endemol Consolidates Workflows with MatrixStore

By |August 18th, 2014|

Global multiplatform entertainment company Endemol has complemented its recent UK content management installation with the integration of a nearline storage tier using MatrixStore from Object Matrix. Systems integrator root6, who worked closely with Endemol to design the original searchable and scalable system, supplied the 60TB MatrixStore cluster which fits smoothly into the existing infrastructure, providing a centralised storage hub for a variety of workflows including automated AS-11 deliverables and H.264 content generation for Endemol’s YouTube channels.

“A key advantage of our new storage and archiving system is that it’s feature-rich with metadata,” explains Endemol Head of IT Mark Cotterel. “This makes our content more searchable and accessible and easier to monetise. MatrixStore’s disk-based object storage with its customisable DropSpot interface fits neatly into our way of working.” […]

MPEG transport stream corruption; effect on pictures

By |August 16th, 2014|

I’ve been running training at the MET’s video forensics lab soon and part of it is explaining how DCT-based compression works and particularly the effects of corruption on long-GOP MPEG transport streams as delivered in DVB-MUXes. One of the illustration videos is below.
Three clips; each with a momentary corruption to the data stream and in […]

ContentAgent Performs Frame Rate Conversion and Transcoding for BBC SPORT'S Coverage of FIFA WORLD CUP

By |August 15th, 2014|

BBC Sport deployed ContentAgent, the file-based workflow management tool from ROOT6 Technology, to automate a number of important frame rate conversion and transcoding tasks at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Based in BBC Sport’s production facility in the International Broadcasting Centre in Rio, five ContentAgent systems were used to process additional workflows including camera card ingest and Avid Interplay check-in and archiving.

At the tournament BBC Sport converted over 3,500 separate clips totalling nearly 8 TB of media for use in editing. ContentAgent was also used to convert a further 37TB of media  during the event so it could be added directly the BBC Sport Archive in Salford. […]

R&S – DVS Venice, direct ingest into Avid Interplay & ISIS then playout

By |August 11th, 2014|

Venice has the ability to take base-band video being fed into the Venice channels, create ‘Avid media’, write this directly to the ISIS storage and check the clip onto Interplay from where the Interplay uses can start using the ingesting clip all within 80 frames.

Using the clips they can edit as normal, then export an […]

R&S – DVS Venice joins the DPP AS-11 journey

By |August 7th, 2014|

Venice now has the added functionality of allowing DPP AS-11 workflows to take place-using Venice.

Play-out of DPP AS-11 packages –

Once the DPP AS-11 package has been created you can use one of the Venice channels in play-out mode to open and load the package, once loaded you will see all the elements, non program, indent clock, program which make up the DPP AS-11 package.


Media | Director, the orchestrating has begun!

By |August 7th, 2014|

Avid announced Media | Director at NAB earlier this year, Media | Director is a media ingest module for the Media Suite which speeds up file-based workflows within the Interplay Production environment to help orchestrate the process of ingesting media into production and nearline storage, enabling you to start editing immediately and accelerate project turnaround.

We’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of our Media | Director so we can integrate it into our Interplay Production environment, that day came this week and we now have it installed and running. […]