"They have a great track record within the media space and experience of bespoke projects like this. It is not an IT project. It is digital video. But neither is it a ‘Soho’ type installation. This is a new world of broadcast, using broadband to satisfy the public’s appetite for on-demand video content viewed on mobile and other non-TV devices." Grant Bremner, Digital Transformation Consultant
Guardian News & Media Transformation
Video content creation capabilities upgraded with flexible and future-proof set-up based around Cantemo Portal.
London, August 2014: Systems integrator and reseller NMR won a six figure contract to upgrade the digital video infrastructure at Guardian News & Media (GNM), the leading global media organisation which publishes theguardian.com, the Guardian newspaper and The Observer newspaper.
Transition from Old to New
The project enabled the current video editing and content creation technology to be replaced with a flexible and future-proof set-up based around Cantemo's Portal Enterprise Media Asset Management (MAM) software, using Vidispine backbone APIs.
The turnkey solution also includes Adobe Creative Cloud with Premiere Pro editing, ToolsOnAir Just:In ingest, a Quantum StorNext high performance SAN and an Object Matrix MatrixStore nearline archive with off site replication.
As well as supplying equipment through its partners, NMR provided installation, integration, customization, migration, training and on-going technical support services.
Final Cut Server Migration
A key component of the project saw current Final Cut Server content migrated to Portal creating a central repository that can be accessed by Guardian staff not only in London but also in other group offices around the world.
"Part of the driver for this upgrade was a requirement to access video from any location. One of the trends we are seeing is that people want web-based interfaces and the ability to access, upload, edit and approve rich media from anywhere in the world. This suits perfectly what Portal offers." NMR CEO Neil Anderson
Cantemo Portal, which was selected from a shortlist of five MAM vendors, will be used not just for content management and project sharing but also for content discovery and improved distribution.
Website, Apps, TV & Cinema
GNM creates digital video content for its websites and apps and also for TV, cinema and other platforms. Content types include interviews, news and feature items, multi-camera studio shows and re-purposed licensed online feeds. Adobe Premiere editing workstations will be installed throughout, replacing the current Apple Final Cut Pro set-up, NMR providing the Final Cut Pro to Premiere training. Object Matrix MatrixStore is used for as a high-speed nearline archive with offsite replication. LTO tape being implemented for storing sensitive material internally within GNM.
Alongside hardware and software integration NMR, an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Consultant Partner, will provide custom S3 Glacier cloud-based long-term archive integration and will build a custom Portal for this. Significant customization is part of the project with Swedish IT consultant CodeMill providing User Interface design while Moo Systems is provided a plug-in for the Final Cut Server to Portal migration as well integration of the Portal with the tape library, via Archiware PresSTORE software. A dedicated production management layer will be added to Portal along with rights management capabilities.