Assist Corporation Installs GrayMeta Iris 2.0

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Mon, 02/29/2016 - 11:36 -- Nick Dager

Japanese video production service company Assist Corporation is one of the first in the world to install Iris 2.0 from GrayMeta. Reona Kobayashi, Assist’s director of engineering said, “Technology in the Japanese television and film industries moves quickly, and upgrading to Iris 2.0 is keeping us ahead of the trends.”   
Reona Kobayashi, Assist Corporation, left, with Josef Marc of GrayMeta“We see ourselves as technology evangelists in a market where technology moves fast. IMF files are gaining popularity here and while they are relatively easy to build, playing them back can be challenging,” Kobayashi added. “We were excited to find that Iris 2.0 not only provides solid playback of IMF complex files, but also gives us the ability to share annotations so file corrections get made right the first time.”
Currently, Japan has two satellite channels, an IPTV channel, and a cable channel all delivering 4K. In addition, Japanese broadcasting is moving to a 4K/8K hybrid transmission platform this year, and soon after will be moving to 8K in anticipation of the 2020 Japan Olympic Games.
The Iris 2.0 release has added new capabilities that give users visibility on all of a media file’s metadata, including data in unstructured files that may be hidden from view.

Josef Marc, GrayMeta’s senior vice president professional services, recently visited Assist Corp. to run a facility-wide half-day training session covering all the new Iris software upgrades. “It’s great to visit with Assist Corporation where they are eager to learn about all the new capabilities we are adding to Iris,” Marc said.