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13 2017 Sep

Sohonet’s Real Time Remote Review Tool Now Accessible from any Location



LONDON, UK – Sohonet, the global experts in connectivity, media services and network security for the media and entertainment industry, has just announced exciting updates to its powerful real-time remote review solution ClearView Flex.

The latest features will give users the capability to operate ClearView Flex outside of the Sohonet Media Network. This exciting update means ClearView Flex users will not be constrained to uploading content exclusively from locations connected to the Sohonet Media Network. Instead they will have the flexibility to stream content from any “off-net” location with decent bandwidth capability and a proper security perimeter.

Additionally, recent software improvements will enable the “Flex Stream” to take full advantage of higher bandwidths that may be available in remote locations whilst still ensuring the near zero latency experience that remains a ClearView Flex hallmark. These updates enable ClearView Flex to offer picture quality for typical laptop configurations over WiFi and even a “studio quality” option requiring a wired connection — both in addition to the original mobile resolution, optimized for 4G/LTE connections.

The new features offer greater flexibility to current ClearView Flex customers, who will now enjoy the benefits of ClearView Flex whilst “on the move” or “in the studio”.  Companies, productions and individuals not currently connected to the Sohonet Media Network can also now take full advantage of the time and money saving benefits that ClearView Flex has to offer.

Chuck Parker, CEO of Sohonet said ‘It’s been fantastic to see media companies using ClearView Flex over the past year to condense their production and post windows whilst still producing incredible content. The latest updates will further support creative talent in working wherever they can be most effective’.

Sohonet will be showcasing ClearView Flex during IBC 2017. To schedule a meeting or for more information, please visit





12 2017 Sep



HGST will be showcasing how their technology is enabling production, broadcast and distribution companies to work more efficiently by delivering fast, flexible and scalable storage for every stage of the workflow. The team will also be talking about how HGST’s technology – from object storage and all-flash arrays to hybrid cloud storage solutions – is helping the M&E industry to create, utilize and preserve data, while improving productivity and lowering TCO for 2K, 4K, 6K, HFR and UHD workflows.

11 2017 Sep

Lumberjack System will be Previewing the Lumberjack Builder App

Lumberjack_Builder_300Lumberjack System will be previewing the Lumberjack Builder app: Automatic Transcription and Keyword extraction in an app optimized for building stories from transcript elements. Builder’s unique story building tools and advanced metadata acquisition and management make “writing” video stories as simple as dragging and dropping selects into a story. Builder features a unique tool for instantly creating new temporary narration with the system voice. Builder also features an advanced Keyword Manager to merge the best of human and machine keywording for the smoothest and faster user experience. More information at

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11 2017 Sep

Fortium to Demo Enhanced Security for Signiant’s Media Shuttle

Fortium, innovative provider of digital content security solutions to the media and entertainment industry, will demonstrate MediaSeal LiveFolders™, its new encryption on-the-fly technology, with Signiant at IBC 2017. LiveFolders functionality will be shown as an enhanced security feature interoperating with Signiant’s Media Shuttle, the industry-standard software-as-a-service solution for sending and sharing large media files. The demo can be seen at the Signiant stand, 14.L08.

LiveFolders enhances cybersecurity by making encryption happen automatically and transparently to the user. Files are encrypted instantly when saved to a Live Folder and decrypted automatically when accessed by an authenticated user. As a new feature of Media Shuttle, LiveFolders ensures that files are encrypted whenever they are created, saved or transferred. Sensitive content is kept safe from hackers and accidental sharing with unauthorized parties.

“LiveFolders is an essential component to total workflow security,” said Fortium CEO Mathew Gilliat-Smith. “It makes encryption fast, simple and routine. It avoids common human errors, such as sending a file to the wrong party, that can lead to costly security breaches.”

Signiant is the leading provider of SaaS solutions for fast, reliable global access to media files, and is offering LiveFolders as an enhanced security option for Media Shuttle. LiveFolders will allow Media Shuttle users to seamlessly protect content while using the product normally. Files copied to or created in Live Folder are encrypted at rest and in transfer.

“We’re working closely with customers to accommodate their desire for the Media Shuttle framework to support a broad range of workflows, and we are excited to be demonstrating Fortium’s security in Media Shuttle for situations where extreme content security is paramount,” said Margaret Craig, CEO at Signiant.

Media Shuttle is used by hundreds of thousands of media professionals around the world. Delivered as a SaaS solution, Shuttle’s simple Web interface provides authenticated users with access to files stored within the enterprise or in the cloud.

“The continuing high profile cyber breaches of unreleased TV and movie content means that applying security across the whole workflow, not just in transfer, is no longer just an option – it’s a necessity,” said Gilliat- Smith. “Customers naturally want our software to work well with their other mission- critical applications, so alignment with Media Shuttle is in high demand.”

About Fortium

Fortium is a leading provider of digital content security for media and entertainment supplying innovative technologies that give businesses greater control over their digital content. MediaSeal file encryption protects all file types in Windows and Mac and can be used for all b2b workflows. Fortium’s products also protect the Academy and BAFTA award screeners with Patronus and Blu-Lock anti-rip.

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11 2017 Sep

Marquis Broadcast introduces cloud support for Project Parking at IBC 2017

Marquis Broadcast, the leading manufacturer of media and metadata management tools for post-production and broadcast, has announced cloud support for its Project Parking Avid storage management solution. This successful Avid ISIS and NEXIS application provides project analytics, visualisation, management and archiving, with cloud support delivering a seamless multi-site Avid workflow, ideal for film production and broadcast.

Project Parking is compatible with many different cloud storage providers, including Amazon, Microsoft, Dell EMC, Oracle and IBM, and is Avid-certified for added confidence. The software understands the relationships between Avid projects, folders and bins and all its media, examining project files and compiling a list of complete media references. Project Parking identifies how space is used, removes unused and duplicate media, archives projects and moves projects with media to other storage or systems. Projects can also be merged from other systems without media duplication. The system monitors how media storage is used, regularly reporting on usage, showing usage over time, plus archiving projects and executing analysis in the background.

Chris Steele, Managing Director, Marquis Broadcast, comments, The addition of cloud support for Project Parking makes for a great collaboration story. For example, you could be editing a film in Los Angeles, while filming is still taking place in New Zealand. The project can be parked in Los Angeles at night, then restored to the other side of the world via the cloud, enabling the director to see the story so far and to understand what still needs work. The director can then in turn upload the daily assemblies to the cloud via Project Parking, allowing the editing team to work with the very latest footage. Cloud support for Project Parking now makes it simple to move complete Avid projects, together with all the bins, sequences and media files, to any other location worldwide. In fact, we’re enabling the easiest transformation to hybrid cloud post production.

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11 2017 Sep

Marquis transforms Avid DR speeds to any location with Workspace Backup

Marquis Broadcast transforms Avid disaster recovery speeds to any location with new Workspace Backup cloud support – Recovery to live production in minutes, not weeks. Marquis Broadcast, the leading manufacturer of media and metadata management tools for post-production and broadcast, has announced an update to its Workspace Backup system that now also offers full cloud support. Entire workspaces can now be backed up to S3 storage, whether ground or cloud-based, allowing projects to be restored to anywhere that’s required.

The ever-increasing capacity of Avid shared storage has completely transformed production processes, with faster networks, greater storage and more concurrent clients operating at ever-higher resolutions. However, the risk of outage especially of work in progress  has become concentrated in increasingly larger systems, many of which are of petabyte scale. Conventional off-the-shelf backup software is singularly bad at recovering Avid projects and workspaces; it is neither fast enough to hit key production deadlines, nor is there any guarantee of recovering Avid projects with integrity. There¿s also no ability to recover work in progress based on operational priorities. This is where Workspace Backup can help; this powerful business continuity solution, designed especially for Avid ISIS and NEXIS¿ systems, analyses and understands Avid architecture, offering the fastest restoration of mission-critical projects by workspace, project or bin. Project-aware analysis allows an individual project, or individual bin, to be restored to any location, together with only the media it references. Media may be on the workspace, or located in the cloud, but is not duplicated, no matter how often it is used.

The expectation of heads of production or operations is that ¿recovery to live production¿ should ideally take minutes, not a week¿ explained Paul Glasgow, sales and marketing director of Marquis Broadcast. ¿Our design brief was not just to come up with a ¿me too¿ backup application, but to develop a solution that¿s wholly-optimised for disaster recovery and business continuity for Avid ISIS and NEXIS shared storage. We wanted to transform the recovery speed of mission-critical work in progress and, for larger enterprises, we wanted to provide a solution that could form part of an ISO 22301:2012-certified business continuity plan.

11 2017 Sep

Marquis Broadcast launches improved Workspace Tools

Marquis Broadcast launches improved Workspace Tools – Advanced risk mitigation and protection for Avid ISIS and NEXIS storage Workspace Tools from Marquis Broadcast, the leading manufacturer of media and metadata management tools for post-production and broadcast, has been upgraded to protect Avid ISIS / NEXIS work in progress. Combining Workspace Backup and Workspace Sync tools, the system offers the highest level of resilience and protection whilst providing the industry’s fastest recovery time when measured against the hardest performance benchmark recovery to live production. Marquis will be demonstrating this new system on stand 7.G05 at IBC2017.

Workspace Backup provides disaster recovery for Avid ISIS/NEXIS systems, using unique Avid project and workspace data analytics to understand the nature and context of assets held within a workspace and linked assets in other workspaces. With the large volume of data typical in post and broadcast houses, recovery using conventional tools is too slow to enable a restart of production of critical projects within a reasonable time frame. In one customers case using traditional disaster recovery methods, there would have been a weeks outage while a large ISIS system was recovered. This has significant adverse business, operational and commercial impact, including missing on-air schedules and contractual deadlines. Workspace Backup can be used for complete restoration of ISIS/NEXIS workspaces, or you can restore individual projects or bins as required for fast recovery of mission-critical work-in-progress. There’s also a retention period that protects files from accidental deletion from the working storage. Workspace Sync adds to this by providing a complete duplicate of ISIS/NEXIS for immediate failover, enabling production to be recovered to the last sync point within seconds. Workspace Tools is installed at many leading media enterprises worldwide, using clever workspace analytics to provide a simple and ultra-reliable advanced risk mitigation and protection solution for Avid shared storage. Importantly for business owners, Workspace Tools offers disaster recovery that can form part of an ISO 22301:2012-certified business continuity plan. Marquis Broadcast has written a white paper that describes benefits and best practice of Workspace Tools and why analytics is fundamental to recovery speed and integrity; this is available to read at

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11 2017 Sep

Panasas to Showcase an Acquisition-to-Post-to-Delivery Workflow Demo at IBC 2017

Panasas will demonstrate an acquisition-to-post-to-delivery workflow that illustrates what post-production facilities are calling the “Fastest in Hollywood” media production experience. The demo will feature Panasas ActiveStor® with DirectFlow® for Linux® and Mac®, which is purpose-built to deliver a fast, high-performance experience handling modern-day media and entertainment workflows within an easily managed storage environment.

Demo components include axle Video® 2017 media-management software for searching and organizing clips, Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC and Avid® Media Composer powered by DirectFlow for Mac for editing, and an AWS Elemental™ encoding server powered by DirectFlow for Linux for faster-than-real-time transcoding delivery.

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About Panasas
Panasas is the performance scale-out NAS leader for unstructured data, driving industry and research innovation by accelerating workflows and simplifying data management. Panasas ActiveStor appliances leverage the patented PanFS storage operating system and DirectFlow protocol to deliver performance and reliability at scale from an appliance that is as easy to manage as it is fast to deploy. Panasas storage is optimized for the most demanding workloads in life sciences, manufacturing, media and entertainment, energy, government as well as education environments, and has been deployed in more than 50 countries worldwide. For more information, visit

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©2017 Panasas, Inc. Panasas, the Panasas logo, ActiveStor and DirectFlow are registered trademarks or trademarks of Panasas, Inc. Other trademarks are the property of their respective holders.

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19 2017 Jun



 The rich schedule includes highly relevant sessions on Artificial Intelligence,

Machine Learning, Cloud, Connectivity, IMF, HDR and more


(London, UK,) 13 June 2017 – The HPA has announced the main programme for its 2017 HPA Tech Retreat UK, featuring deep analysis and highly informed debate encompassing the most timely and vital topics impacting the industry. The HPA Tech Retreat UK is a pivotal gathering of experts engaged in the creation, management and dissemination of content for the dynamic landscape of distribution environments. Presented by SMPTE, Ltd., the event returns this year to Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire, 11 to 13 July.


Many of the industry’s leading experts will be participating at The HPA Tech Retreat UK. Main programme speakers include:

  • Tom Burns of Dell EMC, SVP, Networking
  • Paul Charleston of BT Media & Broadcast, Technical Consultant
  • Matt George of Equinix, Subject Matter Specialist: Broadcast, Digital Media, Cloud Technology & Interconnection
  • Mark Harrison, Managing Director of Digital Production Partnership (DPP) and Andy Wilson, Head of Business Development of DPP
  • Neil Hatton of UK Screen Alliance, CEO
  • Chuck Parker of Sohonet, CEO
  • Emma Perry of BAFTA, Head of BAFTA Media Technology
  • Richard Reid of Discovery Communications, Vice President, Platform Services
  • Gurpy Saini of Avid Technology, Solution Integration Architect at Avid
  • Matt Stagg of EE, Head of Mobile Video
  • Richard Welsh of Sundog Media Toolkit Ltd., CEO
  • Gareth Williams of YellowDog Limited, Founder
  • Darren Woolfson of Pinewood Group LTD, Group Director of Technology


The conference program is delineated into sections addressing important topics including State of the Industry, Connectivity, Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Interoperable Master Format (IMF).  The State of the Industry sessions include review and trend analysis from the Digital Production Partnership, the Consumer Electronics Show and updates on the post, visual effects and animation sectors from UK Screen Alliance. Sessions in Connectivity include ‘Cellular Solutions for Next Gen Production Pipelines’, ‘Streaming Onset Workflows’, ‘Can Remote Collaboration Revolutionise the Production Process’; cloud sessions include ‘Practical Uses of Cloud Applications’,’ The Storage Launderette’ and ‘Discovery Networks Cloud Migration’.  In the artificial Intelligence sessions, topics include ‘Creative AI Democratises Content Creation’, ‘Learning from Machine Learning’, ‘How Machine Learning Can Tackle Media and Entertainment’s Big Data Problem’, and ‘Machine Learning for Image Processing’ as well as a panel overview of AI.  HDR and IMF sessions include ‘HDR as a Leading Aesthetic,’ HDR OB over IP’, ‘Better, Faster, Cheaper and Lighter – Now It is Possible…’,  ‘IMF For Masters Delivery and Archiving’ and ‘Deploying IMF at Scale.’  For full programme and speaker details, please refer to

The HPA Tech Retreat UK kicks off at 1:00 p.m. on 11 July, with TR-extra (TR-X), a separately ticketed session focused on a specific topic.  This year’s TR-X is a dedicated deep dive into virtual, augmented and mixed reality (VR/AR/MR). Further, as previously announced, the Supersession (Wednesday, 12 July) discusses ’The Format Explosion’, featuring Eric Pearson, Post Supervisor for Home Entertainment at Pixar Animation Studios on ‘The Versioning Explosion’; the team from Planet Earth II on ‘Predicting the Explosion in Advance’; and speakers from Lost in London on ‘Exploding the Format’, among others.

Attendees are also offered the opportunity to engage directly with the latest technologies, services, and workflows in the Innovation Zone, featuring a select group of companies showcased for their ingenuity and inventiveness. Space is still available; participation details are available on the HPA website. Attendees will also enjoy expert-led breakfast roundtables and integrated networking events from morning into night.

Richard Welsh, co-chair of the HPA Tech Retreat UK, noted,” In addition to the diligent work of the programme committee, we received an influx of truly outstanding submissions to our Call for Proposals. As the programme took shape, we began to see a genuine breadth and depth to the presentations that are of keen interest to attendees. You’ll hear thought leaders talking about key trends and developments and then everyone is invited to continue the discussion over drinks and dinner. It is this informal but productive sharing of knowledge which makes the Tech Retreat unique.”

The HPA Tech Retreat UK features breakfast roundtables, where thought leaders lead in-depth discussions on important topics. This year’s facilitators include: Andy Quested of the BBC examining IMF for broadcasters, Lydia Gregory of Jukedeck discussing opportunities presented by artificially intelligent music, and Kevin Shaw of the International Colorist Academy offering a colorist’s perspective on ‘creating and delivering in HDR’. To participate in breakfast roundtables, simply send a request, including name/company and topic, to

Seth Hallen, President of the HPA, commented, “One look through the outstanding submissions, and it became apparent that engagement in the HPA Tech Retreat UK has taken hold in just our second year. Experts, companies and organisations submitted panel concepts and will be on hand to share their perspectives. I commend the work that Richard and the committee has put into creating three days of solid information and connection. I can hardly wait to get back to Heythrop Park and see what transpires over these three days.”

Barbara Lange, executive director of SMPTE and HPA, concluded, “Our industry is inventing and setting the pace for advanced technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. And of course, the advancement of VR, HDR, and IMF continue to be of critical importance to content creation. The best way to continue to be informed is to put several of the most interesting, innovative and smart people together – both as speakers and delegates – and explore and learn where we are on these critical topics. The HPA Tech Retreat UK is a uniquely engaged opportunity to do just that.”


For complete information including registration for the HPA Tech Retreat UK, visit the HPA website.




About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®)
For the past 100 years, the people of the Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers (SMPTE, pronounced “simp-tee”) have sorted out the details of many significant advances in entertainment technology, from the introduction of “talkies” and color television to HD and UHD (4K, 8K) TV. Since its founding in 1916, the Society has earned an Oscar® and multiple Emmy® Awards for its work in advancing moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. The Society has developed thousands of standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines, more than 800 of which are currently in force.


SMPTE’s global membership today includes 7,000 members, who are motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students. A partnership with the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA®) connects SMPTE and its membership with the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide the expertise, support, tools, and infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television programs, commercials, digital media, and other dynamic media content. Information on joining SMPTE is available at


About the HPA Tech Retreat

The HPA Tech Retreat® is a gathering of the top industry engineering, technical, and creative talent, as well as strategic business leaders, focused on technology, from all aspects of digital cinema, post production, film, television, video, broadcast and related technology areas, for the exchange of information. The HPA Tech Retreat takes place in Palm Springs, California and Oxfordshire, UK.


About the Hollywood Professional Association
Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content. Through their partnership with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the leader in the advancement of the art, science and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, the HPA continues to extend its support of the community it represents. Information about the HPA is available at

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18 2017 May

NET Levels Up

By Debra Kaufman

On May 24, HPA will hold its second NET (Networking Education Technology) event, the first since last summer’s. Last July, the then-SCRG (Sales Career Resource Group) changed its name to NET and announced a meeting featuring a “revitalized, disruptive and evolved format.” Taking a page from HPA Tech Retreat’s popular breakfast roundtables, the get-together featured tables with topics ranging from audio, VR and IMF to archiving and localization.

At this event, says NET co-chair Josh Wiggins, chief commercial officer of startup GrayMeta, the format has evolved. “It’s like the HPA Tech Retreat breakfasts meet speed dating,” he says. The number of topics has also been condensed to three main tracks, on complex content workflows, immersive content (360-degree video, VR/AR) and AI/machine learning. Each of three sessions lasts 20 minutes, with five minute breaks in between. An attendee can move among the tracks and topics at will during the three 20-minute sessions where, at ten tables, a table host leads the discussion.

Even though the table host stays at the same table, they too find the conversation interesting. “That’s because the attendees change, so does the conversation and the opinions,” says Wiggins. “Each session is different – and we’re stocked with good topics and participants.” To create the NET event, HPA president Seth Hallen and Wiggins tapped Eliot Sakhartov, a Microsoft account technology strategist in media & entertainment, as NET co-chair.

Sakhartov, who was a table monitor on a cloud discussion at the last NET event, notes that feedback from the past two events played an important role in transforming it. “People wished there were more time to go to more tables,” he says. “We revamped it a bit so people can understand the tracks and decide which portion of the business they’re interested in. We’re streamlining the themes.”

Along with Wiggins, he’ll be floating through the room on May 24 making sure everything works smoothly. “It’s not only a good experience for me,” Sakhartov says. “But the event itself is so valuable. It’s creating a way where people in our industry can come together and learn something new.” Wiggins points out that NET has also connected with the Women in Post and Young Entertainment Professionals teams to help organize the event and promote it among its members.

Wiggins stresses that no one is there pitching products, and that the topic-specific conversations can and will vary. Each topic or theme will devote a table to the beginning, middle or end of the supply chain. By picking among the 10 tables, an attendee can mix up topics and choose to focus anywhere in the supply chain. “If you don’t give a hoot about virtual reality, you can sit at the artificial intelligence tables,” says Wiggins. Just like the HPA Tech Retreat breakfast roundtables, if a table fills up, attendees can grab a chair and join.

Sakhartov enthuses about the AI portion of the event, as well as the examination of HDR, IMF and UHD. For the former, ETC @ USC project director and Novamente chief executive Yves Bergquist and Novamente chairman Dr. Ben Goertzel will lead a deep discussion on how machine learning and AI will play a growing role in the supply chain for entertainment. For the latter, Sony Pictures’ Greg Geier and Disney’s Ryan Kido will host a table discussion on the joys and challenges of mastering and distributing IMF, UHD and HDR.

Wiggins says that NET plans to maintain the three topics for the foreseeable future, since all the new technology looming in the near future fits into these buckets. “There’s room for growth,” he says. “Meanwhile, you can network, get education and keep up with technology.”