Video: Real-Time Remote Production For The FIFA Women’s World Cup

We hear about so many new and improved cloud products and solutions to improve production that, once in a while, you really just need to step back and hear how people have put them together. This session is just that, a look at the whole post production workflow for FOX Sports’ production of the Women’s World Cup.

This panel from the Live Streaming Summit at Streaming Media West is led by FOX Sports’ Director of Post Production, Brandon Potter as he talks through the event with three of his key vendors, IBM Aspera, Telestream and Levels Beyond.

Brandon starts by explaining that this production stood on the back of the work they did with the Men’s World Cup in Russia, both having SDI delivery of media in PAL at the IBC. For this event, all the edit crew was in LA which created problems with some fixed frame-rate products still in use in the US facility.

Data transfer, naturally is the underpinning of any event like this with a total of a petabyte of data being created. Network connectivity for international events is always tricky. With so many miles of cable whether on land or under the sea, there is a very high chance of the fibre being cut. At the very least, the data can be switched to take a different path an in that moment, there will be data loss. All of this means that you can’t assume the type of data loss, it could be seconds, minutes or hours. On top of creating, and affording, redundant data circuits, the time needed for transfer of all the data needs to be considered and managed.

Ensuring complete transfer of files in a timely fashion drove the production to auto archive of all content in real time into Amazon S3 in order to avoid long post-match ingest times of multiple hours, “every bit of high-res content was uploaded.” stated Michael Flathers, CTO of IBM Aspera.

Dave Norman, from Telestream explains how the live workflows stayed on-prem with the high-performance media and encoders and then, “as the match ended, we would then transition…into AWS”. In the cloud, the HLS proxies would then being rendered into a single mp4 proxy editing files.

David Gonzales explains the benefits of the full API integrations they chose to build their multi-vendor solution around, rather than simple watch-folders. For all platforms to know where the errors were was very valuable and was particularly useful for the remote users to know in detail where their files were. This reduces the number of times they would need to ask someone for help and meant that when they did need to ask, they had a good amount of detail to specify what the problem was.

The talk comes to a close with a broad analysis of the different ways that files were moved and cached in order to optimise the workflow. There were a mix of TCP-style workflows and Aspera’s UDP-based transfer technology. Worth noting, also, that HLS manifests needed to be carefully created to only reference chunks that had been transferred, rather than simply any that had been created. Use of live creation of clips from growing files was also an important tool, the in- and out-points being created by viewing a low-latency proxy stream then the final file being clipped from the growing file in France and delivered within minutes to LA.

Overall, this case study gives a good feel for the problems and good practices which go hand in hand with multi-day events with international connectivity and shows that large-scale productions can successfully, and quickly, provide full access to all media to their production teams to maximise the material available for creative uses.

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Speakers

Mike Flathers Mike Flathers
CTO,
IBM Aspera
Brandon Potter Brandon Potter
Director of Post Production,
FOX Sports
Dave Norman Dave Norman
Principal Sales Engineer,
Telestream
Daniel Gonzales Daniel Gonzales
Senior Solutions Architect,
Levels Beyond

Video: Simplifying the Media Workflow

IMF is an exchange format for exchanging media between companies. Wrapping up many different versions of a programme or film into one deliverable, this Interoperable Master Format promises to reduce storage costs, to simplify workflows and, of course, to allow any company to deliver to any other.

Niklas Hammarbäck from the Nordic Entertainment Group explains how they have moved their workflows over to IMF and the benefits that has brought. Niklas lays out the problems he was trying to solve – the main one being the many different delivery formats that must be ingested. These differences create complexity and inefficiencies. The talk examines the requirements that the group developed ahead of transforming their workflows; having a single common format, for example.

This leads in to IMF which Niklas compares to baking a cake. The IMF format contains ingredients and a recipe for creating the deliverable. The ingredients in IMF are the video, audio and metadata files and the recipes are also contained in the delivery. This method allows for a video to be delivered once with several audio files. The traditional alternative would be sending the same video four separate times just with different sound.

Niklas goes in to some detail about the contents of an IMF delivery including the CPL files which are the ‘recipes’ for the media ‘ingredients’ giving examples from https://cpl.fishtank.cloud.

The talk finishes with a summary of the benefits, a check against the requirements and what has been achieved and some questions from the audience.

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Speakers

Niklas Hammarbäck Niklas Hammarbäck
Senior Streaming Specialist,
Nordic Entertainment Group

Webinar: See it Differently: IBC2019 Preview

IBC is a culmination of the conference plus the exhibition. While the curation and themes of the conference are evident, the exhibition floor is the result of market forces which are harder to predict.

This panel brings together innovative exhibitors and experienced industry experts to explore what’s new this year, and find out which cutting-edge trends there will be to seek out, including:
• Controlling and monitoring more efficient, automated media supply chains.
• Mapping the rise of cloud and software-defined hyperconverged infrastructure.
• Delivering compelling user experiences for staff and consumers alike.
• Emerging business and technology models for broadcast and digital media.

The editor of the IBC Daily, George Bevir, brings in the people you need to help you navigate the exhibition, conference including IBC hacks: essential tips and tricks for getting the most out of IBC, the RAI and your time in Amsterdam.

Speakers

George Bevir George Bevir
Editor,
IBC365 & IBC Daily
Mathieu Yerle Mathieu Yerle
Director of Sales & Product Strategy,
Connect
Ruben Spruijt Ruben Spruijt
Senior Technologist,
Nutanix Xi Frame
Mary Ann Halford Mary Ann Halford
Senior Independent Consultant
Ciaran Doran Ciaran Doran
EVP International Sales & Marketing,
Pixel Power

Webinar: Automated media workflows in the cloud

Date: September 3rd 2019 Time: 15:30 BST, 10am EDT

Across the media and entertainment industry, more organisations are moving to modern, cloud-based applications to meet growing demands for scale and flexibility.

As a complement to the scale and efficiency of high-volume cloud-based IT operations, process automation can greatly streamline media workflows.

In this webinar, James Wilson from IBM Aspera on Cloud shows its impact on routine processes whilst BASE Media Cloud joins to describe purpose-built cloud workflows for digital media companies, including automated quality control and content distribution.

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Speakers

James Wilson James Wilson
Director of Engineering,
IBM Aspera on Cloud
Ben Foakes Ben Foakes
Managing Director,
BASE Media Cloud