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Marquis Unveils New Parking and Bridging Edit Sequence Mover and Converter Utilities for Apple and Avid Workflows (22/3/2011)

Improved Edit Sequence and Media Interchange Increases Flexibility and Reduces Overheads in Digital Post and Broadcasting Workflows

Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software, will be unveiling Version 2.0 of Parking Sequence Mover and Bridging Sequence Converter at NAB 2011. These major upgrades feature new functionality for mixed Avid and Apple workflows, making Parking and Bridging highly compelling utilities for a wider range of post-production and broadcast editing environments.   Parking is a cost-effective utility for moving edit sequences quickly and easily to different locations in background mode using a simple drag and drop action. Users are able to fully utilize their online storage capacity by transferring entire sequences, including timelines, edit decisions, subclips, transitions, effects and audio levels, from premium online edit storage to lower cost nearline storage or long-term archives using standard IT infrastructure and networks. By functioning as a background process, Parking enables operators to continue editing while sequences are being moved.

Parking Sequence Mover V2.0 for Apple and Avid Edit Workflows

Marquis will be demonstrating Parking Sequence Mover for the first time at NAB 2011 with support for Apple ProRes , Avid DNxHD and Interplay. This new functionality enables operators to more easily use Avid and Apple editing systems in the same creative environment, moving content to common low-cost storage with no disruption to work in progress. By facilitating the use of best of breed products in a single workflow, Parking also gives more freedom to facility managers when scheduling manpower and equipment resources.   “Parking provides a simple way of performing a critical task,” said Jason Danielson, Vice President, Americas, Marquis Broadcast. “Transferring entire sequences out of oversubscribed edit storage makes a real difference to workflow efficiency. The addition of ProRes, DNxHD and Interplay support now allows Avid and Apple editors to leverage Parking for long-form post production.”

Another major new feature of Parking Sequence Mover V2.0 is the option to automatically verify sequence content prior to moving it to storage. This new ‘pre-flight check-list’ saves time by generating reports of actual and potential issues, enabling operators to instantly locate the affected media.

Parking is particularly relevant for HD production which requires approximately four times the storage capacity of SD editing. By freeing up existing edit storage, Parking reduces the need to purchase additional expensive storage, thereby helping customers to keep within budget constraints. Parking can also be used for disaster recovery procedures, for transferring sequences between editors for tasks such as versioning or repurposing media, and for enabling editors in different geographical locations to collaborate on work in progress.   Essence and edit decisions are kept together in an open file, allowing editing to be resumed at any time in the future without any need to re-ingest and conform media whether it is days, weeks or months after the initial edit has finished. In addition to supporting ProRes and DNxHD, Parking can be used for workflows using JFIF and XDCAM HD. Support for Avid on Mac platforms is also provided.

Marquis will be demonstrating Parking Sequence Mover V2.0 at NAB 2011 with its partners, including Isilon [#SL11614] and Cache-A [#SL8209].

Bridging Sequence Converter V2.0 for Mixed Apple and Avid Edit Workflows

Marquis will be demonstrating Version 2.0 of Bridging Sequence Converter for the first time at NAB 2011. V2.0 includes support for Avid Interplay, giving improved media management functions for Interplay Clients by allowing them to initiate and automatically register restored content entering the production system.

Bridging is a new sequence converter that enables Apple and Avid operators to exchange sequences by simply dropping them from one timeline into the other. Media and timeline structures are moved as background operations, and converted on the fly. Facility managers benefit from improved flexibility when organizing projects and allocating resources as Avid and Apple systems can be easily integrated into a single workflow.

Parking and Bridging are built on Marquis’ Media Highway Technology, an advanced, proven technology on which all Marquis products are built, including Medway, the company’s flagship media transfer and format conversion software. It provides video file format rewrapping, video codec transcoding, audio channel routing and metadata interchange between media production, MAM and distribution systems. Medway will be demonstrated at NAB 2011 on the Dalet booth [#SL6014] and the Harmonic booth [#SL2005]. Marquis will also be demonstrating its full product range during show hours in a private suite at Residence Inn opposite the Las Vegas Convention Center.   Product Availability

Parking Sequence Mover V2.0 and Bridging Sequence Converter V2.0 are available from April 2011. All Marquis products are available from Marquis Broadcast and its worldwide network of business partners.

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