IBC 2012: Avid Sphere Opens Up New Remote Workflows
Avid Interplay Sphere, has made the transition to NewsCutter and Media Composer software, making it possible for editors in the field to edit stories from any location via a cloud-enabled center. The system also automatically manages the transcode, upload and check-in to any connected Avid Interplay system and allows users to edit directly from any Interplay asset store; pre-defined output processes simplify editing and automatic check-in on the production asset system.
“Interplay Sphere opens a new frontier in universal connectivity for news, sports, and video production, letting you craft better stories from where they’re actually happening with a full range of media access and collaborative capabilities,” says Dana Ruzicka, vice president of segment and product marketing at Avid.
The system also speeds the crucial transfer of local media from the field by providing the ability to begin uploading media as a story is being edited, intelligently prioritise media transfer based upon working content, and deliver proxy files ahead of full resolution files
Also on display at IBC is Interplay MAM (Media Asset Management) Active Archive, a package that delivers essential Interplay MAM technology to support key workflows centered on a core archive capability. Comprised of software, workflow automation, partner integrations, and professional services, Interplay MAM Active Archive lets media producers easily customize the system to their needs, expand workflows, and add system integrations, and clients as needed.
Other new products include:
Interplay Production 2.7: Interplay Production 2.7 now supports Interplay Sphere, ISIS 2000, Avid DNxHD 85/100, and Media Composer 6.5/NewsCutter 10.5. Interplay Production 2.7 also features greater workflow flexibility and capacity, support for multiple ISIS installations.
InGame 1.5: Enhancing the ability of sports teams to build fan excitement and strong franchise brands, InGame 1.5 now supports Avid DNxHD 85/100, widely used in sports production for its optimal balance between excellent image quality and storage efficiency. Avid has also added the same support for Media Composer, NewsCutter, Avid Interplay Production, Interplay Central, InGame and AirSpeed 5000.
AirSpeed 5000 2.1: Enhancing its ability to automate ingest and playback for both Avid and third-party editors, AirSpeed 5000 2.1 now includes more economical two-channel HD models, as well as multiple ISIS system and Avid DNxHD 85/100 support. It also accelerates HD and SD workflow with ingest and playout of multiple video formats while delivering reliable master control service and supporting standalone operation with Avid and third-party editing systems for smaller news production environments.
iNEWS 4.0: Building on its industry leading newsroom management, news creation and playback control capabilities, iNEWS 4.0 introduces greater scalability with capacity to handle 130% more stories, and enhanced Media Object Server (MOS) support for increased flexibility in news workflows.