How we did it
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.” said NMR CEO Neil Anderson
Cantemo Portal, which was selected from a shortlist of five MAM
vendors, is used not just for content management and project sharing but
also for content discovery and improved distribution.
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 were
installed throughout, replacing the current Apple Final Cut Pro set-up,
NMR provided the Final Cut Pro to Premiere training. Object Matrix
MatrixStore is used as a high-speed nearline archive with offsite
replication with the LTO tape being implemented for storing sensitive
material internally within GNM.
Significant customisation was carried out with Swedish IT consultant
CodeMill providing a User Interface design while Moo Systems 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.