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Hot from NAB

Now in its fourth year, Platform1 is the perfect opportunity to catch up and review the hottest new themes and technologies, direct from NAB.

This year we’ll be taking a close look at:

"The Cloud"

What it means and how it can benefit our businesses in the areas of remote working, storage and archiving.

Refreshments and lunch are provided, and attendees will also have the opportunity for individual demos and a chance to win a copy of Avid Media Composer 7 (see below)

The seminars and exhibition are FREE to attend but places are limited and advanced registration is essential.

Free Exhibition

The following manufacturers will be on hand to demonstrate and discuss their products in the exhibition area:


Adobe is the global leader in digital marketing and digital media solutions. Its tools and services enable  customers to create groundbreaking digital content, deploy it across media and devices, measure and optimize it over time, and achieve greater business success.

See Adobe Anywhere, their exciting new technology which helps editors, VFX artists, and other video pros simultaneously access, stream, and work with remotely stored media

Amulet Hotkey

Founded in 1990, Amulet Hotkey are designers, manufacturers and system integrators of KVM switching and driving technology. Investment banks, hedge funds, treasury, retail banks, energy traders and numerous multi-nationals all rely on Amulet Hotkey's core products.


Aspera's unwavering mission is to create the next-generation software technologies that move the world’s large data at maximum speed, regardless of file size, transfer distance and network conditions.


Avid creates the digital audio and video technology that creative professionals use to make the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world – from the most prestigious and award-winning feature films, music recordings, and television shows, to live concert tours and news broadcasts.

See their latest Media Composer Software along with Interplay Sphere and Central.


Square Box Systems is a small, privately owned software company, specialising in the development of multimedia tools and providing technical consultancy of a high standard in a variety of technologies.

Cat DV is their award-winning asset management tool at the heart of your workflow, managing all aspects of a complete production.

DDP -Ardis Technologies

Ardis Technologies manufacturers the DynamicDrivePool (DDP) series of Ethernet based SAN systems which provide full Project and File Level Based Sharing with any video, audio and film format from DV to 4K/DPX/Cineon.


For more than 25 years, Rohde & Schwarz DVS GmbH has been very successful in the professional film, video post production and broadcast markets. The specially developed and manufactured hardware and software are applied to the production of popular TV series, Hollywood blockbusters and in Digital Cinema.

Their Media Production Hub, Venice allows multi-channel, multi-resolution video and Audio capture whether it is for OB or Studios but also as the front end of a file based workflow to bring tape or live based footage into your workflow by encoding directly into the Broadcast files formats.

Front Porch Digital

Front Porch Digital is the global leader in content storage management (CSM) solutions and, with the 2008 acquisition of SAMMA Systems, it is now also the global leader in the migration and preservation of videotape to digital files.


NL Technology is an award winning innovator of solutions that bring cost efficiency and automation to file based acquisition and digital content management workflows since 2000.

Object Matrix

Established in 2003, Object Matrix is a software company based in Cardiff (Wales, UK). Its acclaimed product MatrixStore has been used in production since 2006 by broadcast and creative agency customers.

ROOT6 Technology

ROOT6 Technology was established by industry professionals in 1997 at the heart of London’s post production and new media communities in Soho. The close association with the media industry lead to the development of ContentAgent, the automated file-based management system, and the feature set incorporates considerable feedback from media professionals working in file-based facilities on a daily basis.


VidCheck produces unique and advanced software for automated Quality Control and correction of video and audio in file-based media.

Avid Media Composer

WIN a copy of
Avid Media Composer 7

We'll be giving away copies of Avid Media Composer 7 each day of Platform1.

Attendees will be given a prize draw entry card which will be collected during the last seminar of each day, after which the winners will be announced.

Free Seminars

In addition to the exhibition, Platform1 is running a series of FREE seminars that will will be repeated over the two days of the event. 

Following the success of the last three years of Platform1 we’ve taken your feedback and adapted the seminar programme. This year we’re shortening the manufacturer’s elements, adding a presentation on workflow for each section, and then opening up a panel discussion on each subject. The sessions are all supported with product demonstrations in our exhibition area.

All of the seminars are free to attend but but places are limited and pre-registration is essential.

  • 09:45am - Introduction to the day - John Harris, root6

    The main theme of the day is "The Cloud" so we take time to examine what this means and understand its relevance to our working practices. During the day we’ll look at the many applications of The Cloud, from distribution, storage and archive through to remote rendering.

    Remoting OperationsPhil Crawley, root6
    We look at the ability to remote our operations using the latest KVM extension technology from Amulet Hotkey.

    Collaborative working in The Cloud
    Maxim Jago, Adobe
    Adobe Anywhere is a modern, collaborative workflow platform that empowers users of Adobe professional video solutions to work together, using centralised media across virtually any network.

    Panel Discussion

  • 11:00am - Coffee

  • 11:30pm - Archive and Storage Management

    Introduction to LTFSJohn Harris, root6
    We look at LTO tapes and discuss the various file formats and the emergence of LFTS and determine where this tape fits best within our workflow.

    Tiered Storage and how best to deploy it
    – Nicholas Pearce, Object Matrix
    A review of tiered storage and the use of disc drive technology in an object storage group for both nearline and archive.

    Cloud Based archive; Understanding the cost structureGlyn Smith , Front Porch Digital
    An overview of Front Porch’s cloud-based archiving option.

    Avid Interplay ArchiveDavid Skeggs, root6
    A workflow review of archive management with Avid’s PAM incorporating NLTech and XenData archiving whilst maintaining the database structure.

    Panel Discussion

  • 12:45pm - Lunch

  • 1:45pm  - The New DPP Standard for Broadcast Deliverables

    With the introduction of the new Broadcast file-based delivery standard, we take a look at its specification and implementation by the following manufacturers:

    Avid Media Composer Version 7
    Deepraj Sandhar, Avid
    An overview of the new features of MC 7 and its implementation for the creation of DPP compliant files.

    File-based QCSimon Begent, VidCheck
    Understanding file based QC and applying the DPP template.

    Automating the DPP workflow
    Owen Walker, ROOT6 Technology
    Overview of ContentAgent’s automation tools for DPP creation and QC including metadata insertion.

    Accelerated, secure file delivery
    Andrea di Muzio , Aspera
    Delivering files and managing workflows in the cloud.

    Panel Discussion - Joined by Kevin Burrows and Andy Quested from the Digital Production Partnership (DPP) 

  • 3:00pm - Coffee

  • 3:15pm  - The Future of Broadcast Video
    – Oliver Gappa, DVS

    We take a look at how we manage video today while planning for the future of higher resolutions and framerates.

    DVS VeniceDavid Skeggs, root6
    Transitioning traditional video server tasks to the file-based future.

    Preserving Quality in File-based Standards / Framerate conversion
    Owen Walker, ROOT6 Technology
    Managing and automating high quality conversions in file-based environments.

    Panel Discussion

  • 4:00pm - Break

  • 4:10pm  - Production Asset Management

    We look at the latest iterations from the leading PAM providers:

    CAT DVKen Bell, Square Box
    Overview of the latest updates for the popular CatDV system.

    Focal Point ServeriMedia
    Simplifying production workflows and file management.

    Avid Interplay Sphere & Central
    Deepraj Sandhar, Avid
    A look at Avid Interplay offering including its cloud-based solution for logging (Interplay Central) and editing (Interplay Sphere.)

    Live demonstration of Interplay Central
    Graham McGuinness, root6

     Panel Discussion

  • 5:20pm - Media Composer 7 Prize Draw

  • 5:30pm - Exhibitors Bar is Open