IPV Shows Enhancements to its Curator Tapeless Workflow System at IBC 2008

IPV, a global leader and largest independent supplier of low bit-rate, frame-accurate video technology to the broadcast and professional video sectors, will for the first time showcase the latest version of its Curator system at IBC2008 in Amsterdam.

An affordable, proxy-based tapeless workflow environment running on both PC and Apple Mac platforms, the Curator system is designed to allow communities of media professionals add value to their content and efficiently fulfill tasks such as desktop editing media annotation, review and approve and general media browsing. It is a complete solution that can efficiently ingest, encode or transcode, at low bitrate, proxy SDI or file-based media, which can then be used concurrently by multiple users. Whatever the source of the material, the Curator version is guaranteed to be frame accurate at all times giving an unprecedented desktop experience.

Product enhancements to the Curator system at IBC2008 include the ability to:

  • Capture third party externally generated event metadata for the live generation of sub-clips, complete with annotations, speeding up operations such as highlight package creation;
  • Ingest graphics and audio files and associated metadata into the Curator library for use within the Curator Media Desktop providing the browse viewer an enhanced rough-cut viewing experience of proxy material. Additional independent audio tracks allow for elements such as voiceovers and different language tracks to be created;
  • Provide a complete file-based workflow solution for integration with craft editing systems. Curator ensures that both the rough cut EDL and the correct high resolution file-based assets are transferred to the required craft editing system, whilst automating the process of file re-wrapping and EDL translation as required;
  • Provide full support for desktop usage of ShuttlePro 2 hardware controller, enabling Curator Media Desktop users to jog, shuttle, edit and annotate media, with optimum efficiency and superb media transport control.

“The Curator system offers a swift route to a tapeless workflow environment at an affordable price,” said Nigel Booth, executive vice president for sales and marketing at IPV. “We have systems in use at a number of key installations including the National Geographic Channel in Washington and the UK’s Five in London - and it is currently being evaluated by many more around the world. The introduction of these new enhancements at IBC will further the appeal of the Curator to media organizations.”

Curator uses Windows Media 9 VC-1 format storage for its browse resolution content. This can be ingested directly from SDI video or transcoded from other file formats. Whatever the source of the material, the Curator version is guaranteed to be frame accurate at all times. Tools included in the system include shot change detection, closed caption overlays, handling of multiple audio tracks, speeding tasks such as scene by scene transcription, review and approval and metadata preparation.

IPV will be at Stand 8.B67.