IBC, Amsterdam, September 13 2014… It is announced today that ContentAgent, the workflow management and automation tool from ROOT6 Technology, has successfully met the criteria set out as part of the DPP’s Compliance Programme, and has achieved AMWA certification.
One of the first products to receive authentication, ContentAgent is already widely used to automate the creation, QC and delivery of AS-11 UK DPP files. At IBC, some important new enhancements to the workflow will be demonstrated including Metadata Update and Insert Edit where users will be able to make last minute changes without the time-consuming need to re-transcode or re-wrap the entire file. ContentAgent users can also benefit from the system’s integration with third party automated file-based QC, and visual QC via SDI/HDMI playback monitoring.
Commenting on the AMWA certification, Owen Walker, Head of Product Management at ROOT6 Technology remarked, “The DPP initiative is a particularly worthwhile cause and we are heartened that ContentAgent has been recognised by an independent external assessment. Our technology is all about reducing time and effort by automating commonly applied processes and the automated AS-11 UK DPP workflow is a great example.”
Kevin Burrows, DPP Technical Standards Lead and CTO Broadcast & Distribution Channel 4, said, “The Compliance Programme has had a very positive response from the industry and we are delighted to be announcing the first tranche of those products that have met the Compliance Programme’s exacting testing. Working with manufacturers to achieve certification has proved just how enthusiastically they have embraced the DPP’s industry standard.”
In addition to automated AS-11 UK DPP deliverables, a number of important new features for ContentAgent were unveiled including CardAgent, a tool designed for multi-user ingest intensive environments such as news or reality shows and enhanced Avid integration in both standalone and Interplay environments.
Motion compensated standards conversion, the result of ContentAgent’s integration with Tachyon from Cinnafilm and the deployment of GPU acceleration, will also be seen at the show. This technology was used widely by BBC Sport for its recent coverage of the FIFA World Cup. At the tournament BBC Sport converted over 3,500 separate clips totalling nearly 8 TB of media for use in editing. ContentAgent was also used to convert a further 37TB of media during the event so it could be added directly the BBC Sport Archive in Salford.
Other new features for ContentAgent include the provision of automated ProRes workflows and integration with Minnetonka AudioTools Server for Dolby E. A new Queuing Engine interface is also provided to streamline third party process monitoring.