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Mediaflex Ingest Components
- Digital Ingest (born-digital files into Watch Folder)
- Mediaflex Lines (scheduled live ingest)
- VTR (manual ingest from tape)
- Mediaflex Cart (bulk tape ingest)
Mediaflex Ingest provides a comprehensive ingest and digitisation module to maximise efficiency in operations carrying out this type of work. The module supports ingesting of media content including:
- Single Item/Single Tape – such as programmes
- Multi Item/Single Tape – such as interstitials and cartoons
- Single Item/Multi Tape – such a long programmes and films
Mediaflex Ingest is hardware encoder independent and is format agnostic. The module supports parallel ingest to create multiple format files from a single record stream. For example, SD, HD, UHD and proxy browse format for preview and cuts only editing. In each case the Mediaflex Ingest module underpins the encoding process.
Mediaflex Ingest makes use of the Mediaflex Orchestrator to control the throughput in the ingest system from any number of ingest stations. The workflow schedule allows users to pick the jobs they want to work on and system managers to check and progress ingests as they flow through the system.
The actual encoding is performed by a video server or encoder under API control from Mediaflex. The system supports multiple parallel ingest processes which enables, for instance, combinations of SD, HD and Browse content to be captured simultaneously, along with the transcoding of any of the input growing digital files.
Mediaflex Ingest supports the digitisation of media in both hard and soft parting:
Hard Parted – a separate file is produced for each of the segments of the programme.
Soft Parted – a single file is produced for the entire programme with metadata pointers to each of the separate parts.
The ingest GUI is designed to maximise the efficiency and accuracy of the operation by offering ingest operators only fields that are relevant to their current requirements and by prompting responses wherever possible with drop down lists or parameters. All the basic information required for the ingest, such as encoder types, locations and formats, are embedded in the ingest task so that operators are guided through the process. Workflows may be customised, for instance, the parameters required for a particular channel’s ingest, and saved as pre-sets. This helps to ensure adherence to house standard for each ingest type.
Finally, operators may be prompted to perform checks before starting the encoding; these can be mandated so that operators cannot move on unless they have made the required checks.
Mediaflex Digital Ingest
Mediaflex works with physical media (such as film, tapes, CDs/DVDs, physical artefacts, etc.), digitised film and magnetic tape or born-digital files. The digital record of these media types is processed through the Watch Folder.
As the digital record arrives in the Watch Folder, the Processor notifies Mediaflex-UMS and matches any file names with existing files in the system. Some of these files may already be part of a scheduled workflow, or they may wait in the Watch Folder until they are needed for new workflows.
You could think of it as an intuitive waiting room for digital files, some arrive right on cue for their appointment, others are called in later. The system knows exactly what files are where, all of the time, and automatically processes them as required.
To get a better understanding of how the Watch Folder functions, think of it as valet parking. You drop your car off with the valet and they do the work of parking it in the most appropriate place. If you have selected that you want it cleaned and polished, these tasks are done. Then when you want it back, the valet knows its location based on the number on the ticket you provide them and it is returned to you all shiny and clean.
Media organisations record material arriving either on a regular or an ad hoc basis on feeds, often from satellite down links and studios. Mediaflex Lines enables these organisations to capture and digitise video (such as news and sports feeds) directly onto content storage thus making it immediately available for editing and insertion into bulletins or programmes by multiple users. Events can be scheduled at regular intervals (daily, weekly, monthly) or created when required, as well as triggering instant on-demand crash recordings.
Mediaflex supports the manual ingest of videotapes whereby a person inserts the tape into the tape recorder, and the content is digitised via a connected encoder. The digital output is then processed in the same way as born-digital files in the Mediaflex system, beginning the digital journey in the Watch Folder. This content can then be put through workflow tasks, whether automated or manual.
Mediaflex Ingest supports the automated ingest of content from robotic videotape libraries, such as the Sony Flexi-Cart. Linked with the Mediaflex Orchestrator and associated schedules it provides a highly efficient solution to bulk ingest without the need for operator intervention.
The Mediaflex Cart client works together with Mediaflex and provides completely automated ingest. Mediaflex Cart scans the tapes held in the robot and when it recognises a number that is in a current ingest workflow, it automatically starts the task.
The workflow may also include an assisted QC if a suitable system such as Telestream VidChecker or Interra Baton.