In the past QuickTime technology has been excluded from news workflows, because its lack of realtime capabilities did not allow the immediate editing of footage as it was ingested - something that is essential in time sensitive environments. PictureReady! revolutionises the field, bringing the benefits of QuickTime and Final Cut Pro compatibility to these demanding markets, with instant availability of picture as it ingests from tape or from live satellite feeds, with interactive marking of key moments using ActionHiliter XML clips.
ACTION HILITER XML TECHNOLOGY
Another unique capability of PictureReady! and VirtualVTR is Gallerys ActionHiliter technology. This feature allows the operator of the record or slo-mo replay channel to instantly mark interesting events in the picture as they happen, with a keystroke. This creates XML metadata files containing sub-clips, which define areas around the interesting events. These XML clips can be seamlessly imported to Final Cut Pro, forming the basis of a highlights package, without the need to manually communicate logging information to the picture editor. This enables a massive increase in productivity whilst simplifying the workflow.
PictureReady! unlocks the true potential of QuickTime as a real time architecture for Sports, news and other live action, by enabling real time replay and editing of content as it is recorded. PictureReady! forms the record channel of your modular video server, whilst FinalCut Pro is your editorial station, and VirtualVTR is the on-air Playback channel. You can freely add as many record, edit and playback channels as you like, provided you have sufficient bandwidth available
Slow motion replays and assembly of highlights packages are two of the most important functions of a sports recording system, and yet very few existing systems available to broadcasters perform well on both counts. In many cases, highlights packages must either be assembled with very crude editing capabilities, or else the material must be transferred to tape and loaded into a dedicated editing system in order to prepare a professionally edited package. PictureReady! on the other hand, delivers its recorded media as QuickTime movies, ready to be edited in Final Cut Pro, considered to be one of the best editing systems available, whilst recording continues.
Without any kind of media copying or transfer, Final Cut can cut elaborate sequences from the material being recorded on multiple PictureReady! channels. The finished sequence can even be saved as a QuickTime reference movie and loaded into a VirtualVTR playback channel for immediate playout, once again with no copying of media.
Using this system it is possible to play an edited sequence of video out to air, which is drawn from files which are still being recorded in PictureReady! without copying or conversion of any media. It is even possible to cut in future timecode ranges to a completed sequence, which have not yet even been recorded. This sequence which contains a placeholder for future time, carries this through to the playback channel, ready to be aired, and the content will seamlessly and automatically appear inside the sequence, as it is recorded, without any need for user interaction. In addition to the functional benefits of PictureReady!, VirtualVTR and Final Cut Pro, there are other major benefits compared to existing systems used for these purposes. In particular, the physical size of the equipment offers significant advantages when building outside broadcast vehicles, along with huge savings in cost.
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