Technologist Jack Watts began his career in post-production in the Republic of Ireland. In 2013 he joined Technicolor in London where he was head of technology and development. He moved to Deluxe in London is 2015 as part of the joint venture between the two digital cinema business units at both companies. There he primarily focused on mastering solutions for digital cinema, and then eventually, the interoperable master format. There he acted as an internal consultant to the technical operations, client services and business development teams. Externally, there was also the need to consult the business’s premium studio clients.
Interoperable Master Format
The cloud-based video supply chain company OwnZones is helping studios and post houses around the world respond rapidly to the growing global consumption of content through its remotely compatible cloud-based platform Connect.
A major pain point for companies using content supply chain tools in the cloud has been having to download an Interoperable Master Format package locally and re-upload it in order to actually deliver it to a platform. Here’s an all-too-common scenario: you’ve already ingested your content into the cloud, made all the required localizations, and performed final quality control procedures, but when it’s time to deliver your content, it could take you hours upon hours to download and re-upload it to the platform.
Visual Data Media Services, which provides digital supply chain services to global content owners and distributors, has acquired London-based MX1 UK Limited, which offers content preparation services to leading broadcasters and content owners as a part of SES, the world’s leading satellite operator and managed service provider.
MTI Film’s workflow software Cortex v5.2 has been officially certified to support Dolby Vision Content Mapping v4. Cortex can be used to apply Dolby Vision Content Mapping algorithms (v2 and v4) in preparing Dolby Vision interoperable master format packages, and when importing, exporting or modifying Dolby Vision XML and MXF files.
MTI Film, maker of the Cortex family of set-to-screen workflow software, has just been awarded U.S. Patent 10,349,097 for its Graphical Editing Solution for High Dynamic Range Metadata. The software tool provides a simple way to ensure that HDR metadata is properly aligned with associated HDR video. It saves time and eliminates errors in preparing feature film and television content for delivery in formats including Dolby Vision HDR.
The New York facility of Eurofins Digital Media Services has been granted a Certification in Dolby Vision Quality Control Services. Eurofins is the first dedicated Dolby Vision quality assurance facility on the East Coast, meeting the growing demand for quality control and testing services in New York City.
Eurofins Digital Media Services, formerly My Eye Media, has opened an office in New York City’s Chelsea district. The company says it is the first facility in the greater New York area, dedicated solely to master quality control with a focus on 4K/UHD high dynamic range video and immersive audio formats.
The Institut fuer Rundfunktechnik’s IMF analyzer is now available. With the IMF Analyzer 2018, IRT presents the new version of its professional analyzer software for the Interoperable Master Format in the file-based production process. Initiated by the Hollywood film industry and video-on-demand platforms such as Netflix, the IMF standard of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers is becoming increasingly important in the exchange of audiovisual content.
WCPMedia Services has joined the Digital Production Partnership. In joining the media industry’s business change network, WCPMedia is lending its support to the DPP’s mission to encourage the development of a fully digital, global and internet-enabled supply chain for broadcast media.