Louise Duffy ©RapidTVNews | 21-07-2011

Endemol has deployed solutions from EditShare to manage its new Big Brother Jakarta production.

It will use EditShare Flow, XStream and Ark. EditShare adds a layer of automation to the production. Flow automates media ingest from the multiple cameras and microphones placed around the house direct to the XStream shared storage system. Recorded media can be viewed from a standard desktop system connected to the network — no edit suite necessary — allowing producers and editors to collectively view material. Purpose-built Flow production tools let editors get a jump on post by creating selects and sequences before going into the edit room. Once in post, the XStream shared storage system centralises all media and facilitates media sharing, enabling multiple Big Brother editors to work on footage concurrently.

Ark bookends the workflow with media protection and archiving fully integrated with Flow and XStream, providing a tiered storage environment with full file restoration across disk and tape-based models. Media protection not only gives the production team peace of mind, it becomes an integral part of the workflow by moving media files to LTO-5 tapes. All editors can still access archived clips in Flow Browse via playable proxy video files. They can make clip selections, edit sequences with the proxy versions, and restore selected high-resolution material without the need for any additional engineering support.

Claudia Vermeulen, consulting producer for Endemol International, said: "EditShare systems assist us in better managing the frenzied pace of Big Brother Jakarta's production cycle.

"Reliability is extremely important to us. There are no second-takes in reality TV. There are multiple cameras recording footage 24-hours a day, and EditShare has been flawless in ensuring that every second is captured for our audiences."

Paul Hayes, VP sales and marketing at EditShare Asia Pacific, added: "EditShare does more than support the fast-paced workflow. It provides a structure in which the production team can take a step back and establish a timeline for the developing story well before it enters into post-production.

"Several other Big Brother franchises have deployed the EditShare workflow with the same degree of progress. We have been successful by listening to market needs and developing the specific features requested by our clients. We are proud to have a solution for reality TV genres, but we have long term plans to extend these capabilities far beyond what we offer now."