ENCO Accelerates Live Audio Clip Delivery for Broadcast and Production at IBC2018

ENCO, a specialist in automated workflow and instant playout solutions for radio, television and commercial AV systems, is bringing renewed emphasis to its live audio playout range at IBC2018 with its latest version of HotShot, the audio playback appliance that first launched ENCO’s range of instant media playout solutions.

HotShot3, introduced at IBC2017, returns this year with new features that tighten interoperability with other pertinent workflow systems. Retaining its sleek and intuitive interface along with unparalleled speed and reliability, HotShot3 now offers customizable, automated features across logging, compliance, rights management and royalty reporting.

“HotShot3 simplifies how broadcasters and production teams manage both the entertainment and legal requirements of their operations in one easy to use package,” said Ken Frommert, President, ENCO. “Interoperability with royalty reporting is perhaps of most interest, ensuring that artists are paid for their intellectual property and creative endeavors. Collectively, we are ensuring that our customers are protected by seamlessly feeding important data to logging and compliance systems that they can leverage upon request.”

Along with these new workflow interoperability benefits, HotShot3’s inherent flexibility gives customers creative freedom to inject excitement into a variety of events across sports, performances and live TV broadcasts, for example. To optimize efficiency, HotShot3 provides instant access to local and network audio assets, with a user-friendly design ideal for control rooms, audio suites and mobile production trucks. Stereo and surround sound capability ensures that HotShot3 can be utilized for any broadcast and live event audio requirements.

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HotShot3 provides several playback options, including on a pre-labeled 80-button keypad or touchscreen operation – as well as remote operation using an iPad – to support all broadcast and production applications. The layout adopts ENCO’s on-screen “button box” layout to accelerate learning curves and allow users to navigate up to hundreds of active icons with ease, each displaying a visual thumbnail with clip information.

In addition to HotShot3, ENCO will demonstrate ClipFire, its companion instant playout system for video; as well as MOM and DAD, ENCO’s flagship automated production and playout systems for television and radio, respectively. ENCO will demonstrate all of these systems at Stand 8.A59 during IBC2018, which takes place September 14-18 at the RAI Amsterdam.

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Imagine Products and StorageDNA Make European Debut of myLTOdna and HyperTape at IBC2018

Imagine Products, creator of software utilities for backing up, viewing, sharing, transcoding, and archiving video assets, and StorageDNA, a leader in intelligent nearline and archiving workflow solutions for media professionals, make the European debut of their joint long-term storage solution, myLTOdna, at IBC2018.

Both thought leaders, the two companies have collaborated on an integrated solution that enables random access to files on an LTO tape, essentially turning it into a hard drive with HyperTape — an LTFS adaptation that was never available before. The results are time savings and easier access to assets in production and postproduction workflows.

The new solution is an integration between Imagine Products’ myLTO tape-authoring application and StorageDNA’s HyperTape high-performance, direct-access tape solution. The result is a simple and intuitive user interface with which to administrate HyperTape operating modes manually or automatically from creative applications such as Imagine Products’ PrimeTranscoder — a process that is highly preferable to command-line operations.

“This solution is a first for the industry,” said Doug Hynes, senior director, business development for StorageDNA. “No other company can provide direct access from an LTO tape with an easy-to-use interface. By joining forces with Imagine Products and integrating our capabilities, we are providing media professionals with the simplest and fastest LTO workflows available today.”

myLTOdna is the Mac-based, front-end interface for HyperTape. It allows users to switch modes of operation and direct HyperTape to train, write, and read to and from an LTO tape. With myLTOdna, users can now access files directly on tape without having to restore them for sequential operations such as transcoding, ingest, or QC. Instead, they can drag and drop files to or from tape at the desktop level at speeds exceeding 300 megabytes per second. Those benefits can save facilities hundreds of hours in time and resources.

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“Together with StorageDNA, we’ve created a cutting-edge solution unlike any other — a way to access files from an LTO tape like you would a hard drive,” said Michelle Maddox, marketing director at Imagine Products. “This kind of LTO solution has never been available before, and we look forward to sharing it with a European audience at IBC.”

myLTOdna benefits any segment of the media and entertainment industry in which ever-increasing amounts of content regularly exceed spinning-disk storage capacities. It is especially useful for field/camera file offloads, postproduction facilities receiving field/camera files, facilities wanting to manage their online storage capacity levels, and those looking to keep files long term for repurposing.

Those who use myLTOdna with PrimeTranscoder can still archive to LTO tape with standard LTFS (myLTO) and use all the functions of PrimeTranscoder: transcoding files to useable formats, stitching together clips, burning in timecode, performing color correction, and adding watermarks.

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