FileCatalyst & Avid

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Through Avid Everywhere™, Avid delivers the industry’s most open, innovative and comprehensive media platform connecting content creation with collaboration, asset protection, distribution, and consumption for the most listened to, most watched, and most loved media in the world—from the most prestigious and award-winning feature films, music recordings, and television shows, to live concerts and news broadcasts. Industry leading solutions include Pro Tools®, Media Composer®, ISIS®, Interplay®, and Sibelius®. For more information about Avid solutions and services, visit www.avid.com, connect with Avid on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, or subscribe to Avid Blogs. The FileCatalyst and Avid Integration provides a secure and reliable accelerated file delivery solution within Avid workflows, including Avid Interplay | Delivery.

Challenges

Today, live event footage is shot in high-resolution, and resolutions keep getting higher. For editors and loggers to produce content from the footage, they need to be on-site at the event or ship the footage back to head office in a timely fashion. The further the event is located from the production house, the more challenging this becomes. Depending on the type of event, the production team could be in the hundreds of people, which makes transporting an entire team to an event a poor use of both time and money.

Avid supports a distributed deployment where editors can be geographically dispersed from one another, but able to collaborate on media. The Avid Interplay® | Delivery service allows users to transfer files from within an editor’s workspace in MediaCentral or MediaComposer and have the sequences of clips sent to another Interplay system across the world. Since the underlying transfer protocol is FTP, the further the distance apart, the longer it takes to transfer the files. This can be crucial, especially when dealing with live events where time is of the essence.

Solution

FileCatalyst’s UDP-based accelerated file transfer solution not only has the ability to send large media files in a matter of minutes, but it also has the ability to transfer growing files, which is critical when shooting live footage. The integration of FileCatalyst’s acceleration technology with Avid’s production asset management solutions streamlines multi-site workflows by enabling editors and producers to easily transfer media, sequences, and shot lists between Interplay workgroups, directly from within Avid MediaComposer.

When it comes to distributed Avid environments, FileCatalyst has developed a plug-in that is installed on Avid Interplay® | Delivery, replacing the default FTP transfer mechanism. This allows users to send files at full line speed across any long-haul network. Avid users are now able to benefit from the advantages of accelerated file transfer using this method.

Use Case

Capturing Live Events with a Remote Editing Workflow

With FileCatalyst, editors can work remotely on content captured at the remote recording site from their head office. As the live event footage is being recorded, a low-resolution proxy is generated from the high-resolution file.

The low-resolution proxy is transferred over to the broadcast or post-production facility where the editor can then create cuts using the growing proxy file. This is done in near real-time using MediaComposer, and an EDL file can be sent back to the capture location.

The conform happens on the hi-resolution file based on the EDL file, and the hi-resolution clips are generated in a folder. Then a FileCatalyst HotFolder, which is a desktop application installed on the end user’s machine that allows for the creation of scheduled and automated tasks, can monitor and automatically send clips over the network to the edit station at accelerated speeds hundreds of times faster than FTP – reaching up to 10 Gbps.

FileCatalyst’s TransferAgent is used to facilitate transfers between multiple Interplay | MAM deployments by leveraging FileCatalyst’s patented UDP-based technology. MAM users can easily select a media asset and specify the files desired location.

Results

  • Dramatically increased reliability and security for every file transferred
  • Giving editors the ability to work from HQ generates extensive cost savings in terms of shipping and travel