Automated frame rate conversion, file-based QC and AS-11 UK DPP deliverables streamline workflow and delivery.
3sixtymedia, ITV’s production facility at MediaCityUK has standardised on ROOT6 Technology’s ContentAgent file-based management and automation system for its expanded transcoding farm. The facility now deploys two ContentAgents running on HP Z820 workstations with a further two JobAgents – affordable render nodes – utilising SuperMicro blade servers.
Following the completion of 3sixtymedia’s move to MediaCityUK by root6 at the end of 2013, the broadcaster’s production facility sought to increase the capacity of its transcode farm and workflow orchestration tools. It was at this point that Technical Manager Taig McNab became re-acquainted with ContentAgent, a system he’d previously worked with. “It was on the list of the kit we needed to look at to achieve a number of objectives,” McNab explains. “In addition to increasing transcoding throughput that would see us into the foreseeable future, we were keen to automate some of our standard processes either side of the edit. We’ve also been doing a great deal of work on creating an efficient AS-11 UK DPP workflow for our broadcast deliverables. Overall we were looking for flexibility in the sense that future workflows could be integrated into our existing infrastructure with minimum fuss.” Continue reading