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Is now the time to move your machine room out of your facility?

Heading to here? We’ve done it. Let root6 help you to remote your machine room Is now the time to move your machine room out of your facility? While the New Year ushers in an era of largely unforeseen political uncertainty, in our industry, change is, as always, inevitable. The consumption of legacy linear broadcast [...]

Shape Avid’s future

 When Avid set up the ACA (Avid Customer Association) there were, it is fair to say, a few cynics who thought it was just another bit of marketing puffery. Who knows; I may even have been tempted to look at it that way, right at the start. However, once I was invited to be a [...]

By | 2017-02-13T12:46:54+00:00 January 1st, 2017|Categories: News, Opinion|0 Comments

IBC in the rear view mirror

IBC has lived up to its usual annual billing with lots of announcements, acquisitions and activities. We are going to try and grab a outline or collection of the things that we think you shouldn’t have missed from both the big and small players. Acquisition headlines:  Black Magic Design (BMD) announced that they had hoovered [...]

By | 2016-10-29T08:54:35+00:00 September 21st, 2016|Categories: Broadcast Engineering, Events, IBC, News, Opinion|Tags: |0 Comments

On the eve of NAB 2016

Despite the fact that our industry trade shows are big business brands in their own right, they are also annual technological milestones that herald shifts in trends and approaches in our industry. These gatherings are good indicators of technology trends that are potentially in decline (tape decks anyone?) and equally are stages where the excitement [...]

By | 2016-10-29T08:54:40+00:00 April 15th, 2016|Categories: Broadcast Engineering, NAB, NAB2016, News, Opinion, root6|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Ultra High Definition with High Dynamic Range (UHD + HDR)

Ultra high definition (UHD) is poised to be the next big industry change as we move away from our existing high definition (HD) broadcast chain. From the outset it was easy to see UHD has more longevity than stereoscopic (3D) ever did. That said, it's going to take sometime and is more complex than any of the past picture [...]

Concerns Facing Post

Graham, Rupert and David share their thoughts on some of the challenges facing the industry. Graham: "It’s not an easy business and some struggle to remain profitable. Major challenges are the constantly changing formats, together with the adoption of file-based working and automation. Many companies see throwing people at the problem as the only viable [...]

By | 2016-10-29T08:54:49+00:00 June 12th, 2015|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , |0 Comments

Avid embrace VMs for Interplay

Without making a big song and dance of it, Avid immeasurably improved our lives yesterday. It may even mean that some of our engineers get to go home earlier and see their families more often.  […]

By | 2016-10-29T08:54:50+00:00 April 12th, 2015|Categories: Opinion|1 Comment

Backup versus archive

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 [...]

By | 2016-10-29T08:54:51+00:00 March 11th, 2015|Categories: Opinion, Support, tips|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Perceptual video quality and compression – PSNR measurements

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 [...]

By | 2016-10-29T08:54:55+00:00 November 19th, 2014|Categories: Broadcast Engineering, Opinion, tips|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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

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 [...]

By | 2016-10-29T08:54:59+00:00 August 11th, 2014|Categories: Opinion, Products, root6|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Media | Director, the orchestrating has begun!

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. [...]

By | 2016-10-29T08:55:00+00:00 August 7th, 2014|Categories: Opinion, Products, root6|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

"Ask Us Anything" – 004

In the fourth of our “Ask Us Anything” discussions/podcasts , Phil, Rupert and Dave are joined by Rhys Llewellyn from NBC Universal to discuss mains safety, fibre optic standards and our recent Platform1 event. Please contact us with any questions or topics you’d like us to discuss or take part in the discussions yourself. Get [...]

By | 2016-10-29T08:55:01+00:00 June 13th, 2014|Categories: Broadcast Engineering, Opinion, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

"Ask Us Anything" – 003

In the third of our new “Ask Us Anything” discussions/podcasts , we discuss Sony OLEDs, Cat8 cabling, PSE and the DPP plus Sony Disk Archive storage. Please contact us with any questions or topics you’d like us to discuss or take part in the discussions yourself. Get in touch for an invite to the next [...]

By | 2016-10-29T08:55:02+00:00 May 23rd, 2014|Categories: Broadcast Engineering, Opinion, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

"Ask Us Anything" – 002

In the second of our new "Ask Us Anything" discussions/podcasts , we discuss Television colourimetry, Klein KT10-A colour probe, EDID (and Avid!), Avid ISIS, nearline storage and Protools Please contact us with any questions or topics you'd like us to discuss or take part in the discussions yourself. Get in touch for an invite to [...]

"Ask Us Anything" – 001

Welcome to the first of our new "Ask Us Anything" discussions/podcasts in which we discuss Audio loudness, NAB, 4K & UHD TV as well as the re-birth of telecines! Please contact us with any questions or topics you'd like us to discuss or take part in the discussions yourself. Get in touch for an invite [...]

By | 2016-10-29T08:55:10+00:00 April 18th, 2014|Categories: Broadcast Engineering, Opinion, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

Thunderbolt Technology for Windows Platforms at NAB 2014

One of the buzzwords of  NAB 2014 has been “4K” and lots of vendors have been seizing the opportunity to feature those two characters in their media and promotional material (no I did not see “4K capable” gaffer tape but I saw some tenuous claims that were clearly a “jumping on the bandwagon” excercise!). Who [...]

By | 2016-10-29T08:55:11+00:00 April 10th, 2014|Categories: NAB, News, Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Avid ACA 2014 – first impressions

There’s something undeniably exciting about seeing a large cross-section of people from all over the world, in one place, who have chosen to do the same thing you do with your life being re-energised by a company you’ve loved and whose products have changed your life. And so it was at the inaugural event of [...]

By | 2016-10-29T08:55:13+00:00 April 6th, 2014|Categories: NAB, Opinion|1 Comment

'Beyond HD Masters 2013' – pixel-free and even frame-free video!

This video was shown in one of the sessions; the speaker was Professor Philip Willis of The University of Bath’s Computer Science department. URL: http://youtu.be/l3zJWvOt2Zg URL: http://www.cs.bath.ac.uk/~pjw/ It shows various pieces of video that have been converted to a contour/vector representation where instead of using pixels in a raster to represent video they use contours [...]

By | 2016-10-29T08:55:21+00:00 June 25th, 2013|Categories: Opinion|Tags: |0 Comments

Ever wondered what happens when you press the power button on a Mac?

A great document has been produced by Apple expelling what goes on within the entire software stack, it covers items like: App Nap, this puts applications that you’re not using into a special low-power state. Sandboxes, ensuring that processes are only allowed to perform a specific set of expected operations. AirPlay letting you stream music [...]

By | 2016-10-29T08:55:22+00:00 June 14th, 2013|Categories: Opinion, tips|Tags: , , |0 Comments

LTFS – what’s not to like?

LTFS (Linear Tape File System) was introduced just over two years ago and, during that time, has provoked considerable discussion within our industry. I guess the first question to ask is what was the idea behind it? I don’t think it’s fair to say its introduction was to replace .TAR and .PAX file formats which [...]

By | 2016-10-29T08:55:30+00:00 January 7th, 2013|Categories: Opinion, Products|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Fusion Returns in Spades!

Having first been exposed to Eyeon Fusion in the early 2000s it’s great to see it back and even better than ever before. Back then it was revolutionary, as the tool set Fusion provided was second to none, and I saw some great pieces of work created to enhance productions. Fusion is a true node-based [...]

By | 2016-10-29T08:55:30+00:00 November 19th, 2012|Categories: Opinion, Products|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Edit anywhere – without the firewire drives…

With another IBC under the belt it was clear which direction the big names in non-linear editing are heading – towards the clouds! I’d heard a lot about Adobe Anywhere over the last 12 months or so, and have been fortunate to have seen some of it, too, but at IBC it was the first [...]

What I spotted at IBC 2012

I had a couple of days in Amsterdam at IBC (the TV industry’s European trade show); I talked to lots of people and had a splendid night out with Bryant Broadcast (my main cable supplier) at the Braziliaans grill restaurant. Anyway; the only thing that really grabbed my attention was the updated NewTek Tricaster – [...]

By | 2016-10-29T08:55:32+00:00 September 17th, 2012|Categories: Events, News, Opinion|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

IBC 2012 Adobe Anywhere

Cloud based editing seems to be at the forefront of two of the biggest NLE companies at IBC, with Avid’s interplay Sphere and Adobe’s Anywhere. We managed to get a private demonstration of Anywhere and although it is not ready to ship and has no pricing structure it looks very appealing indeed. What we saw [...]

By | 2016-10-29T08:55:33+00:00 September 13th, 2012|Categories: Opinion, Products, Support|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

IBC 2012 Marquis Broadcast Project Parking

I have been looking forward to seeing this product for a while now and where best than IBC 2012. The idea of creating an archive folder of your Avid project and all of the media associated with it is simple, but before you would have to consolidate your media to a specific drive and then [...]

By | 2016-10-29T08:55:33+00:00 September 11th, 2012|Categories: Opinion, Products, root6, Support|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

IBC2012 Media Composer 6.5 first look

Media Composer 6.5 is here and I thought I would share some new features here from IBC2012. Well, as you would expect there are no cosmetic differences but Avid have added a few new features that you would have expected to have been in Media Composer for years and some features that really show a [...]

By | 2012-09-11T11:25:58+00:00 September 11th, 2012|Categories: Opinion, Products, Support|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

IBC2012-Day One Roundup

Tradeshows are traditionally frantic febrile environments; – The underlying commercial urgency of displaying, demonstrating and selling of wares, stoked by the stories on newswires, media outlets, bloggers and commentators; all wanting to to make sure that you heard about the next big thing from them first. Instead of the typical reseller lensed ‘overview’ where a [...]

By | 2016-10-29T08:55:34+00:00 September 7th, 2012|Categories: Events, Opinion, root6|Tags: , |0 Comments

A successful Olympics with an innovative and cost-effective workflow

I think it’s safe to say that this Olympics has been a success; London 2012 really did deliver. On top of Team GB’s great performance, the BBC also really delivered the content to those not fortunate enough to get tickets. The BBC had the power to draw the nation together and kicked off with the [...]

By | 2016-10-29T08:55:35+00:00 September 5th, 2012|Categories: News, Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Archive and Backup, the differences between them.

With the increased popularity and wider usage of file-based cameras within the broadcast Industry, new responsibilities have emerged for this valuable media content. Gone are the days of being able to resort to a Digibeta tape on a shelf if the media was unfortunately lost or deleted. […]

By | 2016-10-29T08:55:35+00:00 August 13th, 2012|Categories: Opinion|0 Comments

What’s all this talk about the second screen?

I think it’s safe to say the profile of the second screen is steadily rising, noticeably from the beginning of the year, to the point that it’s now a significant subject in the broadcast industry. Admittedly there seems to be more questions than answers at the moment, but it’s a hot topic no less. [...]

By | 2016-10-29T08:55:39+00:00 July 8th, 2012|Categories: Opinion|0 Comments

Avid ingest without Avid

For many of our users, real time video capture or ingest into an avid shared storage environment is a pressing problem that has typically been quite difficult to solve. If you are running a so called “rigged camera show”  where you are feeding say eight or ten or camera capture streams into an OB truck [...]

By | 2016-10-29T08:55:45+00:00 February 21st, 2012|Categories: Opinion, Products|Tags: , |0 Comments

AJA Io XT, little and good!

Having used the latest external Io device from AJA for the last month or so I have to say how impressed I am with it. The first addition in this small external compact form factor was the Io Express back in late 2009. It was a great external monitoring device offering 10 or 8-bit uncompressedvideo, [...]