Korea Content Platform Chooses Ooyala Flex Media Platform To Power Their Media Operations

Ooyala, a leading provider of software and services that simplify the complexity of producing, streaming and monetizing video, announced that Korea Content Platform, an American entertainment company offering K-Drama content, is utilizing the Ooyala Flex Media Platform as the unified platform to manage content and metadata from their partners, and automate the processing and publishing of content according to their business rules.

This allows KCP to have a single source of truth for their media operations, eliminate errors from manual processes, and increase the overall efficiency of their business.

Korea Content Platform (KCP), a joint-venture between three major Korean broadcasters, KBS (Korean Broadcasting System), MBC (Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation) and SBS (Seoul Broadcasting System), offers exciting K-Drama KOCOWA (Korean Content Wave) content, to fans around the world. After launching their SVOD (Subscription-Video-On-Demand) service in 2017, they quickly realized that they had complex business rules requiring manual processes in their operations, and that resulted in errors and missing of deadlines to distribute content. With a high volume of metadata and assets coming from different partners, it was difficult to get visibility into their content workflow. KCP needed a solution to orchestrate their workflows better, automate processes and have a single source of truth for their operations.

With the Ooyala Flex Media Platform deployed on cloud, KCP can now collect assets, information and different types of metadata from their partners, and automate workflows to process and manage them for publishing. Business rules behind the processes can also be configured and changed easily within the platform. With robust reporting features available on the Ooyala Flex Media Platform, KCP staff can monitor their media operations effectively and generate reports on how their content business is performing.

“The Over-The-Top media business is competitive and complex, and we need to constantly offer new and exciting KOCOWA content for our viewers and PIP (Platform In Platform) partners. KOCOWA PIP is one of the B2B content distribution models from KCP. OTT video platform operators can easily integrate their clients to KCP’s PIP video platform to acquire K-Drama, K-Pop and Variety shows. With a large volume of content to manage and distribute, our operations team has to be super efficient. The Ooyala Flex Media Platform, with its strong metadata and workflow orchestration capabilities, allows us to automate our media operations and get content ready in a timely manner,” said Mr. Park KunHee, CEO of KCP.

 

“KCP is a modern entertainment company facing workflow challenges as they deal with more and more content, formats and devices,” said Steve Davis, Ooyala’s VP and GM of Asia Pacific and Japan.“We’re excited to be powering their media operations and supporting them to be successful in their business.”

The new Flex Media Platform, which streamlines video workflows and asset management, provides an architecturally open solution capable of integrating with other systems, tools and data across the company’s operation.

“One of our key requirements is the support for the media workflows for B2B and the workflows for B2C together with multiple language environments,” Park added. “The Ooyala Flex Media Platform has solid and open APIs that allow us to build our own user interface and develop the workflow integrations against KCP’s complicated business scenarios to other systems.”

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Flowtech Tripod wins coveted IABM BaM Award in “Create” category

Sachtler® and Vinten® announced that their new flowtech™ camera tripod technology received a coveted IABM Broadcast and Media (BaM™) award at the 2018 NAB Show.

An all-new awards programme from IABM, the BaM awards celebrate and recognise achievements and new solutions in 10 categories spanning the broadcast and media content chain, from creator to consumer.

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Karen Walker and Mark Osborn, both of Vitec Group, accept the IABM BaM award for flowtech during the award ceremony held on April 10, 2018, during the 2018 NAB Show.

Winning top honours in the BaM “Create” category, flowtech is based on an all-new carbon fibre technology that includes the world’s fastest-deploying legs, unique quick-release brakes, and easily adjustable levers for quick and easy setup in any type of remote production environment. In making their selection, IABM BaM judges commented, “It is unusual to see such a radical rethink of the humble tripod… A reinvention of one of the most basic pieces of kit used in location production… It is the new gold standard for camera tripods.”

flowtech features a set of two-stage legs with an easy-to-remove midlevel spreader, rubber feet, and a payload capacity of 20 kilograms (44 pounds). The quick-release brakes enable legs to be deployed simultaneously and adjust automatically to the ground’s surface, saving operators from bending over and manually adjusting multiple brakes on each leg. A unique hinge-lock mechanism allows users to capture extremely low, ground-level shots, removing the need for extra “baby legs.” The exceptional torsional stiffness of flowtech ensures that the tripod will not twist during camera-panning movements, an extremely important consideration in all motion picture productions.

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At the 2018 NAB Show, Sachtler and Vinten showcased flowtech technology with the flowtech 75 tripod, compatible with all major 75-millimetre fluid heads. flowtech 75 is an ideal companion for digital cinema cameras such as the Sony PXW-FS7, Blackmagic URSA Mini, and the Canon Mark II. Lightweight and easy to transport, flowtech 75 can be carried comfortably on the camera operator’s shoulder, with magnetic locks keeping the legs stable during transport. Plus, flowtech now features two optional accessories — a detachable carry handle and a compact and lightweight dolly.

“We are tremendously honoured to be an inaugural winner of an IABM BaM award. With flowtech, we set out to redefine the professional tripod and create a device that truly transforms the way camera operators work — and if the industry accolades we’ve already received are any indication, we’ve succeeded,” said Karen Walker, vice president of product management, Vitec Production Solutions. “With flowtech, we’ve thought of every detail of the camera operator’s workflow, and we’ve created a tripod solution that is far easier to use and more versatile than ever before, accelerating camera operators’ workflows on any type of broadcast, film, or video project.”

Replacing IABM’s previous Game Changer and Design & Innovation awards programmes, the BaM awards were selected by a panel of more than 40 unaffiliated judges, each with specialised expertise in one or more of the award categories.

John Ive, IABM director of strategic insight and BaM judging panel chair, commented, “Changing and updating the awards categories this year has received a tremendous response, not only in quantity but also in the quality and breadth of entries. Traditional products and services still feature strongly but are joined by many applications representing new technologies and business models. The BaM awards represent a real window on the future of the broadcast and media industry.”

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ZDF relies on Robycam cable camera system for international football match Germany – Brazil

During the friendly, which took place on March 27 at Berlin Olympic Stadium, ZDF used the Robycam cable camera system along with a Broadcast Solutions production team.

Together with augmented reality elements, implemented by the graphics service provider netventure production GmbH, new graphic elements could be inserted during the camera’s movement in the stadium. The Robycam signals, including the actual location data in the stadium, and the virtual graphics of netventure were mapped in the computer and then sent. Using these new innovative tools, ZDF was able to offer its viewers additional content and information, even while moving the cable camera system in the stadium.

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The football match was not the first use of Robycam for ZDF. The German broadcaster used the Robycam system already during the production of “Mainz celebrates” on the occasion of the Day of German Unity 2017 and early 2018 during the Biathlon World Cup in Ruhpolding. Robycam is a cable camera system that enables gyro stabilized 3D camera movements. Together with a powerful controller, the system allows movements in all three axes: Pan, Tilt, Roll. All three axes are stabilized. There is also an auto-horizon feature that makes the image absolutely stable in wind or swings.

Unlike other systems on the market, Robycam has a fifth winch that carries the fibre-optic cable in master-slave mode. As a result, using the Polyspast mode the system is more variable in height.

The Robycam system uses four automatic winches, controlled in real time, and a sophisticated motion control system that allows millimetre-accurate and fast camera shots with up to 8 ms in all axes. The largest system has an operating range of up to 250 m x 250 m and more. Robycam is fully redundant (UPS units on each computer) and of course, has all necessary certifications of DGUV17 / 18 (formerly BGV-C1) to be used above people.

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The next productions you can see the system live is the Champions League semi-final Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid in Munich, April 25. An additional and special use-case is planned for the event SportsInnovation 2018 (8 – 9 May) in Düsseldorf. During the event and in front of numerous media and club representatives the Robycam system will perform the camera flights of the test matches in the Düsseldorf ESPRIT Arena. Two days earlier (May 6) and in the same stadium, Robycam will produced the flying cable camera pictures during the 2nd league football-match Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Holstein Kiel.

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