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COMMA - shining a light into the archives (BBC R&D)

COMMA - shining a light into the archives (BBC R&D) | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

One of the biggest challenges for the BBC Archive is how to open up our enormous collection of radio programmes. As we’ve been broadcasting since 1922 we’ve got an archive of almost 100 years of audio recordings, representing a unique cultural and historical resource.


But the big problem is how to make it searchable. Many of the programmes have little or no meta-data, and the whole collection is far too large to process through human efforts alone.


Help is at hand. Over the last five years or so, technologies such as automated speech recognition, speaker identification and automated tagging have reached a level of accuracy where we can start to get impressive results for the right type of audio. By automatically analysing sound files and making informed decisions about the content and speakers, these tools can effectively help to fill in the missing gaps in our archive’s meta-data.


BBC R&D decided to develop these automatic meta-data extraction technologies in a way that would allow large-scale audio processing. Building them into a cloud-based platform (more on this later) allows us to work through very large archives quickly, cheaply and many times over.

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JPEG 2000, from master to archive

JPEG 2000, from master to archive | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Today's broadcasters are looking for the highest image quality, flexible delivery formats, interoperability and standardized profiles for interactive video transport and workflows. They also have a vested interest in a common high-end format to archive, preserve and monetize the avalanche of video footage generated globally.

 

This is the story behind the rapid adoption of JPEG 2000 compression in the contribution chain. Standardized broadcast profiles were adopted in 2010 to match current industry needs (JPEG 2000 Part 1 Amendment 3 — Profiles for Broadcast Application — ISO/IEC 15444-1:2004/Amd3), ensuring this wavelet-based codec's benchmark position in contribution.

 

In parallel, these broadcast profiles have also filled the industrywide need for compression standards to archive and create mezzanine formats, allowing transcoding to a variety of media distribution channels. The ongoing standardization process of the Interoperable Master Format (IMF) by SMPTE based on JPEG 2000 profiles brings the adoption full-circle.

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SOA-based archiving process for News - proof of concept (IRT study)

SOA-based archiving process for News - proof of concept (IRT study) | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

 The concept of service-oriented architecture (SOA) is currently being introduced in professional broadcast environments. It offers, in principle, a more effective way of integrating systems in a production platform.


This article illustrates the concept of SOA and describes an actual implementation that has been used in a proof-of-concept study. This study demonstrated the archiving of news as an integrated end-to-end process. The experience gained gives an insight into where, as an integration platform, the benefits of service-oriented architecture lie ... and also where specific challenges might arise.

 

READ PAPER HERE : http://tech.ebu.ch/docs/techreview/trev_2012-Q2_SOA_archiving_Elser.pdf

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Front Porch Digital Announces LYNXdr Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery and Media Asset Storage Service [PR]

Front Porch Digital Announces LYNXdr Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery and Media Asset Storage Service [PR] | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Front Porch Digital, the leader in solutions to migrate, manage, and market media content, today announced LYNXdr, a secure, cloud-based, disaster recovery (DR) and long-term asset storage service for the media marketplace, from broadcast to government. LYNXdr is the first commercially available product from the company's LYNXsm cloud-based content storage management (CSM) initiative announced last fall -- the first of its kind in the industry, and the first to integrate cloud-based online video publishing (OVP).

 

Front Porch Digital's LYNX technology is an integrated cloud-based environment for managing assets on a global scale, from any device and any location. Leveraging established secure "cloud" technology, the LYNX family of products supports a range of networked and distributed solutions, giving media organizations a next-generation approach to global asset management with an outstanding range of benefits in adaptability, on-demand scalability, capital cost reduction, and simplified maintenance. Tightly integrated with multiple, geographically diverse hosted CSM solutions based on the company's flagship DIVArchive technology, LYNX services provide a route to sustained profitability in fluid and competitive operating conditions by offering rapid infrastructure deployment on demand, matching IT investment to revenue opportunities, and making it easier to bring new channels to market, for both play to air and online delivery.

 

PRODUCT BRIEF : http://www.fpdigital.com/Resource/Files/Lynx_brochureV2.pdf

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