Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration has announced it has supplied e.tv. with Medway, its sophisticated software tool kit which delivers seamless and cost-effective integration between leading broadcast content applications, as part of a new system installation at the leading South African broadcaster.
“Medway unifies multi-vendor systems,” explains Chris Steele, product manager, Marquis Broadcast. “At e.tv. Medway now integrates the broadcast and editing systems ensuring technical and operational workflows are optimised between Pebble Beach Systems MAM & Automation with Mac based Avid Editors and Omneon video servers.
“This allows the systems to capture and manage the media before sending material across to the Avids for editing,” continues Steele. “As a result, the file-based integration of the MAM and production departments have been enabled with increased flexibility and speed of production.”
“Marquis was selected because Medway is the only solution that had the capability and the flexibility to integrate the required elements without compromising the performance/capability of the individual systems,” confirms Dave Stewart, group chief engineer, e.tv. “Pebble Beach Systems creates EDLs that detail a shot list of material required within the editing system using their MAM/browse systems and then passing the EDL to Medway. Medway then moves the hi-res content into the chosen Mac based Avid workstation. Once the editor has completed the work the finished sequence is sent back to Medway which in-turn sends a flattened version of the sequence back to an Omneon video server. Pebble Beach Systems sees the newly arriving material and makes it available to its automation systems.”
Marquis is experienced in integrating an extensive range of broadcast systems and devices. The company’s Media Highway Technologies are in daily use with broadcasters in Asia, Europe and the Americas, with Marquis having supplied solutions to many of the major broadcasters including the BBC, Discovery, ITV, PBS, Technicolor Network Services and Turner Broadcasting.
The latest version of Medway 2.6, launched at NAB 2012 and soon to be shown in Europe for the first time at IBC 2012, now also includes Pre-Flight Check to verify a transfer before commencement, enhanced Audio Matrixing with Panning which allows for detailed control over how the input channels are mapped to the output channels, the ability to conform EDLs into single clips and support for Avid Media Composer 6 on both Windows and Mac platforms.