M Foti 10 27 2009 Conf Presentation

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M Foti 10 27 2009 Conf Presentation

  1. 1. Case Study: File Based Workflow From Acquisition to Air . Michael Foti Director of Engineering WGBH Boston
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>WGBH is the flagship station in the PBS system producing more than one third of the content distributed nationally. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Background <ul><li>Over the years technological advancements moved the facility infrastructure from analog to digital but the production workflow was essentially the same . </li></ul><ul><li>Workflow was mainly tape based with file based islands. </li></ul><ul><li>This was a linear process involving movement of physical media from one step to the next toward the final deliverable </li></ul>
  4. 4. Tape Based Sequential Workflow
  5. 5. Why Fix It If It Isn’t Broken? <ul><li>We live in a multi-channel multi-distribution platform world. </li></ul><ul><li>We are doing more with less. </li></ul><ul><li>Moving around physical media is inefficient </li></ul><ul><li>CPU power, storage capacity and network bandwidth are increasing at an exponential rate. (Moore’s Law). Cost is coming down. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Goals <ul><li>Ingest once output to all platforms </li></ul><ul><li>Centralize ingest and trans-code services </li></ul><ul><li>Desktop browsing and logging of SAN content </li></ul><ul><li>Content remains as a file through process </li></ul><ul><li>Archival for finished programs and raw footage </li></ul>
  7. 7. A File Based Workflow I INGEST POST LOG FIELD STUDIO AIR
  8. 8. Planning <ul><li>In Fall 2008 WGBH Production Services (PS) began planning </li></ul><ul><li>PS and Boston Media Productions (BMP) collaborated on workflow definition. </li></ul><ul><li>BMP was already moving toward a file based workflow </li></ul><ul><li>BMP needed more storage and a streamlined production process </li></ul><ul><li>PS needed to sign up the first client. </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Process <ul><li>Define workflow and deliverables with key stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Establish a list of users and their access permissions </li></ul><ul><li>Map out the folder structure of the storage volume and allocate space </li></ul><ul><li>Develop operational procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Educational seminars and training of users and support staff </li></ul>
  10. 11. Studio Workflow (Record to SAN)
  11. 12. Studio Workflow (Record to SAN)
  12. 13. EFP Workflow (Ingest)
  13. 14. EFP Workflow (Ingest)
  14. 15. EFP Workflow (Ingest)
  15. 16. EFP Workflow (Ingest)
  16. 17. EFP Workflow (Ingest)
  17. 18. EFP Workflow (Ingest)
  18. 19. What’s Next <ul><li>Central ingest and trans-coding services </li></ul><ul><li>SAN to air (K2 play out) </li></ul><ul><li>File based program submission to PBS </li></ul><ul><li>Archive services </li></ul>
  19. 20. Thank You Michael Foti, Director of Engineering [email_address]

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