As Suitcase TV continues to develop, now seems like a good time to take stock of the many broadcast solutions we have delivered to give our customers peace of mind. If you have a problem to solve (and who doesn’t?), Suitcase TV are wizards of the first order. Below are just a few recent examples of what we know works.
1. People. People who need people
Technical brilliance is useless unless we can support it. This year we created and expanded our Business Services Group with more than 40 years’ collective experience at the sharp end of broadcast and post-production environments.
Our Business Services Team provide day-to-day support on all of our products and broadcast solutions right across the board. The entire range of support services can be found be starting here.
2. Timing is everything
What happens when you need to check audio timing of subtitles? We propose our audio and subtitle QC management tool, which enables you to visualise subtitles against an audio track, play the broadcast video, and ensure that the media was correct before it went to transmission.
For more information on how to do this, click here.
3. Keeping audio dubbing down low on the QC
A customer had a significant amount of audio dubbing to do and wanted to automate the QC process. We developed an answer that was able to correlate dubbed audio tracks with the original audio and confirm that it was the correct content, for the correct duration, and that the speech patterns were in the appropriate places to minimise the amount of manual QC labour required.
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4. It’s virtually possible to move mountains
A large playout customer of ours strategically wanted to move to a hosted, virtualised data centre-based production environment from their existing, hardware-based on-premises architecture. We assisted by providing a solution that enabled future-proofing of all of their content.
We moved more than two petabytes of media automatically as part of this project. We’ll tell you more about this in print when we can.
As this is an ongoing trend, keep an eye out for a forthcoming case study.
5. How to serve your CDN wisely
Another customer wanted to repurpose content from 20 news channels to create edited bulletins for delayed playback. We solved their problem by providing a solution that captures the 20 services in real time from IP inputs, stores them, and enables their editors to work remotely by marking up the required content for export to the content delivery network. We have rolled this solution into our “Clipper” product, for which you can find more information here.
6. Capture live and return to the wild
A large US corporation wanted to move to a web-based distribution method for their news and sports content, thus taking advantage of the attractive connectivity pricing. They needed to be able to push that content into their existing editing platform in a way that would enable users to access and manipulate it from more than 70 remote sites. We have developed a platform, which runs a virtualised service that captures live web streams, transcodes them, and injects them into our partner AVID’s production management workflow module, so that editors can work with and quickly turn around content while recording. This is a popular way of working and you can find out more about Iphrame Capture here, and we have some additional information here.
7. More with the same
Broadcasters are increasingly expected to cover more live events without a corresponding increase in budget. Our remote production technology enables this by reducing the number of people and amount of equipment that need to be sent to a venue by utilising conventional internet connectivity. Recently, we began testing this in a virtualised environment on AWS and other cloud environments so that services can be paid for as an as-needed opex rather than an upfront purchase. This can be a massive benefit when covering recurring events such as those that take place every four years, e.g. Olympic Games, World Cup, Commonwealth Games, etc.
The aim is not to compromise quality, but to enable the same number people to do things they could not have previously done by empowering them to work in new ways and produce more within the same budget…and it’s working.
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8. Newtek NDI
Suitcase always ensures that it stays close to broadcast solutions and initiatives that make sense. One example is NDI (Network Device Interface) a royalty free interface developed by NewTek that enables video-compatible products to communicate, deliver, and receive broadcast quality video in a high quality, low latency manner that is frame-accurate and suitable for switching in a live production environment. The protocol is designed to be highly robust and is used in many network-connected video devices.
All of our Iphrame product range can now work with NDI, providing easy expansion to benefit from the ever-growing list of lower-cost cameras and equipment that natively support NDI.
If any of the above sounds familiar, or for a solution to your specific problem, why not get in touch? You can call us on +44 (0)1473258251 or email email@example.com to make an appointment.
The Suitcase TV Team
+44 1473 258 251