Published on Sunday, 17 June 2012
NHNZ broadcast production facility is using a Quantel Max HD assist station with Genetic
Engineering to speed up the output from its editing and finishing eQ suite.
|NHNZ television production company in New Zealand runs a Quantel eQ system for multi-resolution editing, effects, grading and deliverables. The facility has now purchased a Quantel Max HD assist station with Genetic Engineering shared workflow infrastructure. The Quantel Max takes over tasks such as conforms, quality control and playout, intending to allow the artists to push more work through the eQ suite and make more use of its creative tools. Using the GenePool shared storage, NHNZ can work on multiple projects across the eQ and Max without copying media or waiting for transfers.|
|NHNZ located in Dunedin produces factual programming and works on projects for National Geographic International Channels, Nat Geo Wild, Discovery Science, Travel Channel and Smithsonian. NHNZ has approximately 100 hours of television in production this year, including seven series and two pilots.
On-line editor at NHNZ, Stuart Moffat said, "There's always been a bottle-neck in our workflow around conforming. Previously we had to wait for deck time with our two HD-Cam SR recorders. Now that we are file-based we can do conforms whenever we want. Max will be ingesting or laying-back to tape while the eQ is grading or in a finishing session, with the potential to work twice as fast. I can finish one episode while I'm ingesting the next one.
|“We're also looking at future workflows, one of which could be to edit, then output as one long HD clip and use Max to scene detect before it goes for grade in our eQ system. eQ is great for its sheer 'grunt'. It's fast and can complete some tasks in a day that may take other platforms three.
He also commented that every editing and finishing platform has its own distinctive look that the systems architecture gives the end product. “eQ's look is solid and looks like it's been finished. It’s hard to explain from a technical perspective, and has more to do with how I feel as an operator, but I guess it’s to do with Quantel proprietary software and how it processes footage. You get used to different platforms and can’t get the same material to look the same across platforms. After a job is finished, operators usually think - is there more I could have done, could I have done this or that better? I have fewer of those thoughts with this system.”
General Manager at NHNZ, John Crawford said that NHNZ has been able to push into new broadcast genres, in part by improving the efficiency of their production pipeline. They are now one of A&E Channel's preferred suppliers and had success with the series for Bio Channel, 'I Survived...', including a special broadcast 'I Survived...9/11'. www.quantel.com