ContentAgent’s popular, automated, and scalable camera card and file ingest workflows are essential to any Avid ecosystem. Whether ingesting content into a single Avid Media Composer system or into Interplay PAM (production asset management) enterprise environment, ContentAgent’s powerful and flexible toolset is guaranteed to save time, money and resources. The simple and intuitive CardAgent user interface allows multiple non-technical operators to submit media for parallel processing, leaving editors and creatives free to do what they do best.
• Create customised, multi-resolution ingest workflows with the Workflow Designer.
• Create Avid compliant Op-Atom MXF media.
• Transcode or rewrap clips in parallel directly to Avid or third party shared storage.
• Automatically back up and verify (via MD5 checksum) source media.
• Handle a wide range of camera card formats (with metadata) alongside individual files.
• Automatically stitch clips together, add locators, create Avid sequences, and add custom metadata to files for unparalleled interoperability.
• Process parallel media across multiple PC computers to meet demand with scalable render farm engine JobAgent.
• Get consistent output, whatever the source format, with source-agnostic image scaling and frame rate conversion.
• View, select, trim, log and manage clips before easily submitting to a custom workflow with easy-to-use CardAgent software interface.
• Automatically check clips into Avid Interplay PAM, create folders on the fly, initiate frame chase transcoding for dynamic relinking workflows.
• Automatically create and update Avid Media Composer database files in a non-Interplay environment for instantly accessible media.
News organisation workflow: Automating ingest of card-based media into an Interplay PAM environment
The workflow creates multi-resolution clips, automatically joins selected clips together as a sequence (obeying trims on individual clips if required), and checks them into Interplay PAM, creating a new Interplay PAM folder automatically. The ingest process is operated by non-technical journalists, but also allows playback of the media for clip viewing and selection before ingest.
1. Journalists return from a shoot with either multiple camera cards, drives containing multiple camera card structures, or a mixture of the two. The journalist plugs the drives into a newsroom computer where they are automatically recognised and scanned by the CardAgent software.
2. A clip list for each card is displayed and journalists can view each clip, deselect unwanted clips, and trim clips to remove unwanted material (selecting only a few seconds if they wish). Clips and cards can be individually or batch renamed and comments added to each clip.
3. Once the clip selection process is complete, journalists are presented with a list of pre-configured workflows, assigned to their user account from the central ContentAgent system. In this case, two workflows have been designed by the administrator; one for fast turnaround and one for slow.
Workflow tip: Workflows can be modified to make other non-Avid media files in parallel, for example a stitched, H.264 QuickTime (with timecode burnt into the picture for a viewing copy).
4. The workflow for longer turnaround work creates AVC-Intra high resolution (automatically rewrapping the native media if possible) and an H.264 low resolution Avid media for a multi-resolution workflow, assembles an Avid sequence, and then automatically checks all master clips and sequences into a newly created Interplay PAM sub folder.
5. For fast turnaround, another workflow again creates AVC-Intra high resolution and H.264 low resolution Avid media, but as a stitched, growing master clip, adding a timeline locator at each join. The media is immediately available in Interplay PAM for frame-chase editing. In this instance the journalist chooses the first workflow for longer turnaround work. They submit several cards to the workflow, and choose to send a customised email report to themselves when all jobs are complete.
6. Behind the scenes, ContentAgent is distributing tasks across all its available render nodes (in this case, several PC computers) and writing both resolutions of the media direct to the Avid NEXIS storage.
7. Using metadata substitutions from the camera card, the sequence is automatically named and checked into an automatically created Interplay PAM folder, based on the day of the week.
Workflow tip: In non-Interplay environments, the workflow can be easily modified to copy a single AAF file for all media to an accessible location, making for immediate import into Media Composer.
8. The journalist can monitor the progress of their jobs within the CardAgent user interface or within the ContentAgent web monitoring web page from their desktop. An administrator can monitor the job progress in more detail within the ContentAgent user interface, and decide to push another journalist’s job to the top of the processing queue if it is needed urgently.
9. Once all the journalist’s jobs are complete, they receive a company branded email report saying that all their jobs have been processed successfully. They can start editing the media directly within Media Composer/Newscutter or using MediaCentral for remote editing.
Simply put, users working in all aspects of production can benefit from ContentAgent and the CardAgent user interface, as well as the multifaceted, customisable ingest workflows they provide. And best of all, non-technical operators don’t face a steep learning curve – simply plug in your drive, select a workflow and ContentAgent will take care of the rest.
If you’d like to find out more about what ContentAgent and CardAgent can do for your workflow, drop an email over to the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.