As part of its ongoing commitment to open standards architecture, Grass Valley has announced a partnership with UK-based Marquis Broadcast to expand the functionality and capability of its GV STRATUS Nonlinear Media Production toolset and the K2 Summit media server. Grass Valley will incorporate Marquis’ MEWS API services to enable the quick and easy exchange of files between GV STRATUS and Avid solutions, as well as other third-party products. Marquis’ technology will also be used to enable the interoperability with other products requiring OP Atom file creation and additional file transfer types.
Marquis Broadcast has announced ‘good sales’ of its archive and retrieve solution Project Parking through its main channel partner JB&A in North America. JB&A, which focuses on building and managing channels on behalf of vendors, sells Marquis’ solution Project Parking, aimed at assisting editors and facilities to manage their Avid edit storage more effectively, through its network of resellers across the USA and Canada. Through its resellers, JB&A has recently sold Project Parking to broadcasters in New York, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles.
“We became Marquis’ main channel partner for North America last year and have already seen strong interest and sales of Project Parking across the region through our resellers,” explains Jeff Burgess CEO, JB&A. “Project Parking is a particularly clever solution which enables editors to analyse all the projects on their edit storage by size, project, location, age, duplicated or orphaned files and then archive files to second tier storage, or delete or move unused media all at the touch of a button, while still maintaining a usable and easily accessible format for future use.”
“Project Parking also allows production staff to transfer entire projects from multiple locations to tiers of storage or different destinations if required,” continues Burgess. “Users can also create multiple archive destinations, for example another shared storage area or even a locally attached USB drive. A detailed report is produced upon completion of an archive providing certain knowledge that the project will be in exactly the same state when restored. As a result, Project Parking can give editors the tools to optimise the efficient use of their edit storage.” In addition to supplying Project Parking, JB&A also have the facility to develop and define specific workflows for its resellers’ clients by taking advantage of Marquis’ Medway tool kit. Medway is an ‘interoperability engine’ which enables enhanced integration between leading broadcast content applications within file based workflows.
“JB&A’s expertise and experience in taking products into the reseller channel has given us access to the North American market place,” confirms Daniel Faulkner, business development manager, Marquis Broadcast. “Project Parking is now being sold across the globe and providing broadcasters and post houses with the real benefits of transferring projects easily and freeing-up valuable edit storage.”
Marquis will be showcasing Project Parking at JB&A’s reseller event prior to NAB. Featuring some of the most innovative technology in the industry, JB&A’s annual reseller event will be held at the MGM Grand Hotel Convention Centre on April 5-6, 2014 - the weekend before NAB.
Storage specialist GB Labs has announced a collaboration deal with Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software. The partnership will now mean full support is provided for Marquis’ popular Project Parking application that gives Avid facilities total control over their media files and video projects. The result is a seamless shared editing and archiving workflow that delivers considerable cost-savings and greatly enhanced productivity.
Front Porch Digital, the global leader in content storage management (CSM) solutions and cloud services, has announced an expansion of its partnership with Marquis Broadcast. Marquis has integrated the API for Front Porch Digital’s advanced DIVArchive® CSM system with Marquis’ new Project Parking storage analysis and management tool for Avid® editing projects. The integration allows Avid users to archive and restore editing projects based on either a stand-alone or shared Avid storage environment. Marquis and Front Porch Digital’s customers will be able to manage shared edit storage more effectively and use the power of DIVArchive to control the archive.
Marquis Broadcast has been working with Software Generation Limited (SGL), technology-leading provider of content archive and storage management solutions to the broadcast industry, to create a solution to allow easy archiving and access to media assets. Parking, Marquis’ archive and restore solution now integrates with FlashNet, SGL’s popular content storage management product to make archiving and subsequent access to stored media a straight-forward task.
“Storage management and content retrieval is a key challenge for broadcast facilities,” explains Bernie Walsh world wide sales director, SGL. “The combination of our content storage management solution and Marquis’ Project Parking aims to address the need for easier access to digital assets.”
Marquis’ Project Parking offers a fast and cost-effective archive and restore process by creating a complete copy of any Avid project and media onto any storage device. By providing a simple vehicle for archiving all media associated with a project, Project Parking enables Avid users to archive complete projects safely, quickly and easily between systems within the same facility or between sites. FlashNet is a highly scalable content storage management system, providing resilience, flexibility and adaptability. Regardless of the installation size or environment, SGL FlashNet's clustered architecture and Open System approach provide secure, future-proof solutions that fit together seamlessly.
“The combination of Project Parking and FlashNet potentially offers an economical answer to archiving and storing file-based content as it can free-up expensive shared storage by creating portable projects which can be stored off-line,” explains Simon Fearn, product manager, Marquis Broadcast. “Parked projects also provide significant advantages for disaster recovery procedures, business continuity and inter-site workflows. We are excited to be working with SGL, one of the industry leaders content storage management solutions, to continue to provide practical solutions for the needs to modern day broadcast facilities across the globe.”
Marquis Broadcast has announced support within Marquis’ Project Parking of Sohonet Media Storage. Sohonet Media Storage is a new service provided by Sohonet that enables Sohonet Media Network customers to expand and extend their current storage infrastructure. Marquis’ Project Parking helps editors to manage their edit storage more effectively, The solution has now been enhanced to support the direct interface with the recently launched, Sohonet Media Storage service, described as the first private Cloud infrastructure as a Service optimised for the media sector. With the native support for Sohonet Media Storage, Project Parking further enhances this offering by enabling clients to use Sohonet’s shared storage for parking and short-term archive. Disaster recovery and security backups can also be scheduled overnight to allow transfer of critical data at off-peak times.