NexGuard Civolution forensic watermarking
Invisible Watermarking is an important tool in tracking where media files originate in the fight against media piracy. ContentAgent v3.5 introduces a new node to add a NexGuard forensic watermark to video content as it is encoded. The Watermark ID is assigned automatically with integration to the NexGuard Manager database. For more information about this exciting feature please contact Root6 Technology Support.
Camera Card Viewing Copies
Source timecode can now be burnt into the image when “join clips when transcoding reels” is selected within a Platinum template. The allows the user to create a workflow which can transcode all clips on a camera card (or a selection of clips) into a single clip but burn the source timecode of each clip into the video. This is very useful for sending viewing copies to production members for logging purposes.
XAVC Platinum Templates including UHD and 4K
Encoding as XAVC has been possible since v3.4. However in the latest release XAVC templates are now available for HD, UHD and 4K XAVC with VBR or CBG encoding as MXF OP1a or elementary streams.
Aspera and File Catalyst Node
WAN acceleration has become a de facto way to send large media files quickly and efficiently. ContentAgent now supports a node which integrates with industry leading Aspera and File Catalyst WAN acceleration tools to provide an automated WAN delivery as an option.
File Catalyst node features include:
- Log into File Catalyst Account
- Automate Delivery to a FileCatalyst Server
Aspera node features include:
- Log into Aspera Account
- Delivery files using PTP or FASPEX
- Enable encryption if desired
- With FASPEX delivery option you can send an email with download details and notes
In this release the workflow designer has been updated (using a new graphics technology) to make constructing workflows easier. With the new designer you can:
- Navigate around large workflows with ease
- Turn on Grid Lines and Snap to Grid for better alignment of nodes
- Undo changes
- Hold down shift key and left hand mouse button to select a region to zoom in on in a workflow
- Save partial workflow
- Jobs Tab – In Workflow Preview, you now have an option to “Exclude Cancelled”. If selected this will adjust the workflow display to show the path taken by a workflow. Nodes not used will not be shown.
Send to Workflow Node
This new node allows users to connect multiple workflows together to create an overall workflow. This allows complex workflows to be broken down into separate sections as a number of smaller workflows to aid configuration management.
Additional email reporting features
ContentAgent’s email reporting and generation features have been significantly extended within the latest release. New and improved features include:
Configuring email groups
It is now possible to create multiple groups of email addresses to ease reporting within workflows. Creation and administration of groups is possible within the email section of the main ContentAgent Settings menu, as shown below:
New groups can be created with the “New” button. The group should be named in the middle text box and email addresses entered in the lower text box, separated by semi colons. These groups are accessible in a variety of locations.
Email reporting for batches of multiple jobs
When submitting batches of multiple jobs, it is now possible to automatically generate an email report detailing the completion state of each job after processing of all the jobs is complete. This supplements the existing functionality of being able to generate a case by case email report for the completion state of each individual job.
A new Watchfolder system has been added as a tab. A new user interface and number of enhancements have been made to Watchfolder workflows including:-
- Move or delete Jobs if completed successfully or failed
- View status of Watchfolder Jobs at any time within the Watchfolder tab
- Import / Export Watchfolders to and from another ContentAgent system
Avid Interoperability Features
- Avid AAF Merger and Sequence creation
- Automatic Avid PMR Database creation and update
- Avid H.264 proxy creation can now encode compressed MP2 audio or PCM 24bit audio
- Avid Edit While Transcode now supported – start editing while source file is still be transcoded or re-wrapped
- Avid OP-Atom File wrapper DNxHD MOV files can now be wrapped into OPAtom MXF.
- Avid DNxHD OP1a wrapped clips can be now created
- Avid OP-Atom File wrapper – Custom metadata groups can be selected by loading an example clip, and their field names and values will be written into the MXF files
- Decision Nodes: Users can now add a custom decision, ‘can this format be re-wrapped by AMT?’
- Platinum: chapters in the source file are set as markers when the AAF file is generated (or spans if a duration was set when the chapter was imported)
- Avid OPAtom wrapper: R6 AMT mode now allows chapters in the source file are set as markers when the AAF file is generated (or spans if a duration was set when the chapter was imported)
Avid Edit While Transcode
The ability to start editing before a clip has finished transcoding is now available with the new Edit While Transcode option during an Avid Interplay PAM ingest workflow. As ContentAgent starts to transcode a file, the clip is checked Into Interplay PAM, as the Avid compliant media file grows, editing can begin. Users can browse the clips in Interplay PAM and log or edit as the file grows. This feature saves a huge amount of time as users do not have to wait until the transcode process is finished before editing can begin.
This feature also works with clips which are being frame rate converted using the Advanced motion compensated frame rate conversion option to provide an extremely efficient ingest process.
Avid AAF Merging and Automatic Sequence Creation
The latest release of ContentAgent features extended support for grouping, consolidating and assembling clip based media into an AAF file. In previous releases, each piece of transcoded media would generate an AAF file, containing one master clip. This would mean that for a camera card with, for example 10 clips, 10 individual AAF files would be generated. In the latest release it is now possible to:
- Group all generated master clips into a single AAF file.
- Automatically generate a sequence of the master clips.
- Optionally maintain timecode gaps between master clips in the sequence, for a “time-of-day” sequence.
These new automated processes significantly reduce common time-consuming tasks typically employed when preparing media for edit and make for easier media management.
Metadata substitutions within the Interplay Check-In node
Similar to the improvements in the Network Copier node, it is now possible to choose or create Interplay folders from one or many metadata values when checking in a clip to Interplay. When editing the template, substitutions can be placed into the text box as shown below:
In this instance, this would create or select a subfolder for the current day of the week within the “Projects” folder based on whether or not the folder already existed. As with the Network Copier node, it is also possible to nest metadata values within each other.
Avid Automatic Database creation and update
When creating Avid OP-Atom media it is now possible for ContentAgent to automatically create and update the msmFMID.pmr file that is present in all Avid MediaFiles folders. This avoids lengthy rescans by an Avid Media Composer client and means that media imported via AAF is instantly available.