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Telestream’s Vantage Enterprise proffes unified workflow, video content collaboration

By PAUL QUIGLEY

ECM Plus +++ At this week’s NAB event digital media workflow specialist vendor Telestream will be taking the wraps off its new Vantage Enterprise workflow offerings.

The company said this new version of Vantage server-based workflow software now automates content ingest, video file interoperability, multi-channel distribution, as well as other video production workflows for content owners and creators, broadcast and new media companies.

According to Telestream, Vantage workflow combine video capture, transcoding, analysis, metadata processing, delivery and notification into a single workflow management framework. Vantage will be available in two configurations that enable scalable, predictable, resilient workflow environments.

“Vantage Enterprise system management products are the first major development to evolve from our acquisition of Anystream last year which brought together the best of both companies” commented Barbara DeHart, vice president of marketing for Telestream. “Vantage now combines Anystream’s proven expertise in large-scale media production and system management with Telestream’s market-leading video transcoding and workflow products to enable companies to capture new markets and optimize video content value.”

Vantage also now supports load-balancing, enabling efficient hardware utilisation, dynamically using the most appropriate resources available, which Telestream said could adapt to changes in processing or media loads. It also enables a smaller server footprint, the company asserted, with less hardware, rack space, power and cooling needed, as well as a lower probability for system failure. Vantage Enterprise is also now able to recover more efficiently from outages, as Telestream said it has fully-redundant failover of all systems and service, so any node can perform any service at any time.

The new software also boats user-configurable automated task retry and failover, the company claims, enables greater reliability, workflow predictability, and reduced overhead for recovery from environmental failures.

The ‘Team Manager’ capability also makes it possible for users to create custom web job status views with the ability to manage multiple internal clients and groups across the enterprise with user access control.

The system also proffers useful workflow analytics, displays real-time and historical workflow execution, with bottleneck analysis, workflow optimisation and tracking of batch jobs throughout the process.

Vantage Enterprises’s new features also include support for a range of video and audio formats, wrappers and systems. It will also support Adaptive Streaming’ encoding support plus industry-first Apple ProRes encoding support is now available for Windows Server OS workflows. Enhanced professional system format support includes Leitch IMX encoding, Omneon QuickTime IMX encoding, Ikegami GF camera MXF file decoding, creation of QuickTime files with XDCAM HD video, QuickTime 608 and 708 caption encoding and decoding, plus EVS DNxHD and DVCProHD. Additional Avid support includes Avid Interplay 2.3 for Send to Playback and Transfer Engine, AVC-Intra video support for Transfer Engine, and native generation of AAF and OpAtom MXF files.

Additional U.S. broadcast regulatory compliance features in Vantage workflow products include 608 to 708 up-conversion, generation of SCC files and timed text XML files from incoming content, EBU R-128 audio analysis, AFD analysis and caption analysis. New Vantage Analysis capabilities include frame accurate calculation of content duration for all supported input file types, and aspect ratio flag detection from headers in MXF, QuickTime, GXF, LXF, plus Program Stream and Transport Stream file types.


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