CardAgent

ContentAgent’s popular automated camera card workflow is now enhanced with a new application which simplifies ingest operations via a new user interface. Non-technical operators can now initiate a variety of workflows from camera card structures (or single clips) in parallel to enable an extremely efficient ingest operation.

Operators are able to browse, playback, make sections, trim clips, re-name camera clips,  and start an automated process for transcoding and/or re-wrapping for the creation of proxies, hi-resolution and viewing copies, backups and the subsequent delivery to editorial. However, CardAgent can also be used to submit any clip to be processed in an automated workflow by ContentAgent.

CardAgent is designed for users such as post production companies, broadcasters (including news and sports) and production companies.

Key Features Include:

  • Simple user interface for operation
  • Multiple CardAgent users can operate in parallel
  • Preview camera card (or individual clips) via in built player, SDI/HDMI output also available as an option
  • Select certain clips to be processed rather than whole card
  • Trim clips if desired
  • Rename clips if desired, CardAgent can automatically rename based on a prefix
  • Submit Jobs to process clips for many different types of workflows, such as Avid ingest, proxy and hi resolution creation (or rewrap) and deliverables such as viewing copies. Only a few pre-defined workflows can be displayed to retain simplicity
  • Jobs are submitted to a ContentAgent for processing
  • Ability to process via Render Farm for faster than real-time ingest
  • Job Progress is enabled at all times with the user interface for operators to view the progress of their jobs
  • Lightweight Windows application

Format Support

CardAgent supports many different camera card structures and formats including:

  • Panasonic P2
  • Sony XDCAM
  • Sony XDCAM EX
  • Sony XAVC
  • Canon XF
  • Canon EOS (C series 100,200,300,500)
  • Canon DSLR (5D,7D etc)
  • JVC MXF
  • GoPro
  • AVCHD
  • Panasonic GH4
  • ARRI Alexa / Amira

Workflow Example

Goal of workflow – enable automated camera card ingest into a fast turnaround Broadcast news operation and Avid post production environment.

  1. Journalists return from a shoot with multiple camera cards.
  2. Newsroom has 4 computers each running CardAgent software. Each computer also has multiple card readers connected including P2, XDCAM disc units, XDCAM SxS and SD card readers.
  3. Journalist inserts camera cards into readers.
  4. CardAgent automatically detects a new card has been inserted and scans the card for camera card clips. Clips are displayed within the user interface, basic information is shown including clip name, format, start and end timecode and duration.
  5. The journalist can playback clips from the card, and even trim clips by marking In and out points to enable only the best take to be processed during the ingest process. For example selecting just 2 minutes of a 20 minute clip.
  6. The Journalist can also select all the clips on a card to be processed or select only certain clips to be processed.
  1. Once the journalist has made their selection, they are presented with a list of workflows. They select the desired workflow and press the Submit button. The Job is then submitted to a ContentAgent system. In this workflow, the Job will transcode the camera card clips to AVC-Intra and also create a H.264 800kps proxy. Both formats will be read written as Avid op=atom clips directly to an Avid ISIS shared storage workspace. The clips will then be checked into an Avid Interplay production assest mnagemnt system. The journalist can then start editing the clips into a story using an Avid MediaComposer or Avid Newscutter editing system.
  2. Many Camera Card clips can be processed in parallel. For example a ContentAgent system with 3 JobAgent engines, (these are processing engines which perform transcoding, re wrapping and file copying). Each engine can process 4 items. So in this example 12 camera card clips can be processed in parallel to enable a very fast ingest process at many times faster than real-time (compared with a traditional based band ingest process)