Brevity To Provide Transcode, Transport Support for NBC Olympics
Brevity will provide integrated transcode and transport support of graphics files to NBC Olympics during its production of the London 2012 Olympic Games, from July 27 – August 12, 2012. The announcement was made today by Philip Paully, Director, Graphics Engineering and Operations, NBC Olympics, and Timothy O’Brien, CEO, Brevity.
“We have waited years for a company to address the bottlenecks we face in our complex graphic file workflows,” said Paully. “With Brevity, we can now render those graphics on the fly while seamlessly transferring those graphics files into the Avid DNxHD format for editing.”
In April, Brevity announced its breakthrough technology that delivers highly accelerated transport of high-resolution video files to multiple locations while simultaneously transcoding on the edge as a seamless process. Brevity delivers this capability through a cloud-based enterprise media management and collaboration solution that utilizes automated project-driven workflows, metadata, advanced algorithms, virtual storage, and teraflops of computing power.
Brevity has been tested successfully on uncompressed, high bit rate video, 2k and 4k DPX files, as well as compressed HD and SD files, facilitating dramatic improvements in workflow efficiencies and Return-on Investment (ROI). Prior to the April launch, Brevity worked for months testing and refining the solution for NBC requirements.
Since Brevity can provide simultaneous transfer and transcoding of the RLE file into an Avid DNxHD file (with the Alpha channel retained), NBC Olympics is now able to move a one-minute RLE file to the Avid editing solution in under 30 seconds. In addition, Brevity’s parallel processing capability processes hundreds of RLE graphics files in an hour. Brevity also recently introduced encoding of Avid system files directly into EVS Broadcast formats, saving even more time for EVS playout of finished sports programming or segments.
At the London Olympic Games this summer, NBC Olympics will cover simultaneous sports events occurring each day across different venues. It will use Brevity to improve the transcoding of thousands of RLE graphics files into popular editing formats, driving efficiencies by automating critical workflows needed for production. The additional time saved by Brevity will give NBC Olympics more flexibility and time to make edits of production material.
“NBC Olympics will provide a record number of hours of Olympic Games coverage and Brevity is pleased to be able to provide our services,” said Timothy O’Brien, CEO, Brevity. “Brevity is transforming the way simultaneous transport and transcode will be handled in file-based workflows in the future.”
Brevity will be used at the International Broadcast Center and multiple venues in London to handle terabytes of video graphics.
NBCUniversal will provide 5,535 hours of coverage for the 2012 London Olympics across NBC, NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, CNBC, Bravo, Telemundo, NBCOlympics.com, two specialty channels, and the first-ever 3D platform, an unprecedented level that surpasses the coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics by nearly 2,000 hours. NBC will broadcast 272.5 hours of coverage, the most ever for an Olympic broadcast network.