“One of the main barriers broadcasters face when it comes to adopting cloud-based workflows is the cost of downloading stored media,” continues Fearn. “MEWS reduces this cost as it allows the ‘heavy lifting’ or preparatory work to be completed in the cloud so only the media actually needed is retrieved. Practically, this Partial File Restore (PFR) functionality can mean only a ten second clip from a football game needs to be downloaded compared with the whole game.
“MEWS also has the capability to transcode HD or big file formats from the source file into another codec so editors can work on a local system using a lower resolution version,” continues Fearn. “Again, this saves on the cost of moving full resolution files.
“In this way, MEWS helps to create a unified working environment for broadcast ingest, post-production editing and transmission playout and now cloud object storage,” explains Fearn. “MEWS can transfer media at faster than real-time speeds over standard data networks to a range of broadcast and production systems, re-wrapping and transcoding into a mixture of media formats as required by the workflow.”
Fearn concludes: “Marquis has developed a simple to deploy, agile and low risk solution that allows cloud and ground workflows to be integrated together. We are looking forward to meeting existing and new customers at NAB to see how MEWS can solve their cloud based integration challenges.”