Shared Production for Avid and Apple Environments
May 12, 2011
Media production facility managers are battling cost and staffing challenges by adding
inexpensive Apple Final Cut Pro edit stations to their traditional Avid edit environments.
In such mixed edit environments, the flexible Omneon storage and processing platform
eliminates the need to maintain multiple application-specific storage solutions, supporting
both Avid and Final Cut Pro editors and easily scaling to meet users’ growing bandwidth
and capacity requirements. The platform also empowers editors to share content and
leverage sequences between Avid and Apple edit systems. A seamless production
environment from ingest through playout and across the two leading edit workstations
finally realizes the dreamed-of efficiencies of file-based workflows.
Omneon Storage and Processing Platform for Production
Omneon MediaGrid adds easily scalable production storage at the center of a production
operation. Transmission feeds and production material from cameras and decks can
be ingested reliably into the Omneon MediaGrid active storage system via Omneon
media servers, standard editor tools, or third-party ingest devices. Once ingested into
the Omneon MediaGrid system, content becomes more accessible and more secure.
Because Omneon MediaGrid replicates every file, immediate access is never interrupted,
even after a component failure. This centralized pool of content, scalable to petabytes,
allows for incremental capacity growth that enhances the efficiency of every application
in the production chain.
Production Workflow Choice
Omneon supports two fundamental production workflow models. The transfer model,
used by hundreds of editors in broadcast operations, integrates legacy Avid and Apple
shared storage and the open Omneon storage and processing platform to leverage their
individual benefits. Legacy storage systems support the Avid or Apple-only edit process,
and Omneon MediaGrid and Spectrum systems support the broader functions of ingest,
processing, playout and archiving (see the ConformTool sidebar).
Edit-in-place with Final Cut Pro and Avid editors and even convert media and sequences between the two leading edit systems.
In the second model, the edit-in-place workflow, content never moves. Final Cut Pro
editors have used this method for years with Omneon storage. Now a growing number of
Avid editors in post, corporate, education and government facilities are editing-in-place
with Omneon MediaGrid. Editors enjoy an edit experience similar to that provided by
application-specific shared storage from Avid or Apple, but with the added benefit of
working in a truly cross-platform production environment.
Not Just Edit Storage
In addition to enabling mixed edit environments, the Omneon storage and processing
platform empowers simultaneous content access by media and archive management
systems, ingest and playout servers, and transcode and distribution engines. The Omneon
platform also can accelerate and manage content distribution, transcoding content in
place so that material destined for Web or phone distribution can simply be placed into a
watch folder, with all necessary transcodes executed faster than real time. By removing
file transfer bottlenecks from the production and delivery workflow, the Omneon platform
brings a new level of productivity to media operations. Getting segments on air or online
cannot be any faster or more reliable.
Opening Up the Edit Environment
The Omneon ConformTool allows facilities to make the best use of legacy Avid shared storage systems while best leveraging
the Omneon storage and processing platform. It provides faster than real time transfers and rewrapping between Avid shared
storage and the Omneon platform. With the Omneon ConformTool, users can work seamlessly with existing Avid systems in
DV, DVCPRO 25/50/HD, IMX and XDCAM.
Integration with Avid Interplay
Making use of the Avid Interplay Web services APIs, Omneon ConformTool gives content producers and broadcasters the ability
to build faster and more flexible workflows. Avid editors using Interplay can use the standard outbox and inbox tools to move
content between Final Cut Pro and the Avid environment.
Enabling Mixed Edit Environments
Effectively bridging two otherwise incompatible worlds, ConformTool simplifies the transfer of content and sequences between
Final Cut Pro and Avid editors. ConformTool transfers all of the material referenced in the sequence in a compatible file format
and recreates the sequence timeline structure in the receiving edit system.
ConformTool Sequence Parking
ConformTool can take a sequence on either Avid or Final Cut Pro and export it to Omneon MediaGrid for archiving.
ConformTool also can import most archive files from one system to the other.