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Vans loaded to the brim, engineers packed and ready, and Origin is off to Glastonbury 2022!
With our Senior Solutions Architect James Fishwick returning for his 4th year and one of our newest, but experienced engineers Chris Frankland joining him, they headed off to Worthy Farm for the post-covid return of this highly anticipated Festival.
Working directly with our friends at the BBC, our role was to deliver the whole Avid and EVS ecosystem for the BBC’s multiple hours of live coverage, highlights packages and iPlayer content as well as provide extensive onsite support, expertise and ingest management.
Consisting of multiple Avid Symphony systems and ingest stations, we supplied the editorial team with the latest HP Z8 workstations making them more than capable of ingesting/transcoding, cutting and exporting the various flavours of footage, and for the team working in the field (quite literally… a field) they were delighted.
With the edits setup, these were connected back to our server van via 10GbE Fibre, where we hosted 120TB of the latest Avid NEXIS storage alongside our Avid Interplay servers - configured for frame chase editing capabilities. An Avid Transfer Manager was also included to allow background transfers of completed sequences back to the TX OB trucks EVS system, so the editors could quickly continue.
In addition, we supplied, configured, and supported a sizable number of EVS XT-VIAs and EVS XHUB3 for the OB Trucks. Our EVS server rack hosted multiple XTAccess servers and one of our EVS PMZ virtual host servers, running 3x IPDirectors virtually in an environmentally friendly reduced footprint of just 1RU.
With a main feeds and an Isolated camera for each stage, we managed the capture and archive of all the acts onto our 8bay Synology NAS stations as backup and integrating into the on-site logging feeds with the API running on one of our virtual IPDirectors, we were supplied with live time-of-day logging from each stage. Allowing us to know which stages were starting late, or running over their allotted time.
With the buzz of the BBC’s trial of UHD on the Pyramid Stage we were on-site and on-hand to supply our knowledge and expertise in its capture and ingest.
With everything going to plan and a great team in place, James and Chris even found time to enjoy the 70’s psychedelic rock vibes of Khruangbin on The Park stage and Wolf Alice’s Friday set! With a quick turnaround on the de-rig both were back at base on Monday morning ready for some well-earned rest.
A big thank you to the BBC and all involved.
Join us to celebrate and support Earth Day 2022!
Earth Day is about awareness and action to combat our greatest threat, climate change. From individuals and businesses to organisations and governments, we need to keep making positive changes and we need to do it faster than we ever have before.
When Origin was first launched, we asked our team what was important to them personally, and without fail each and every person highlighted the importance of doing what was right when it came to the environment.
After considerable internal discussion and with the help of external consultancy we undertook a detailed review of our business and how we could deliver an organisation which not only supported and embraced change, but actively encouraged it.
With a strong set of sustainability and environmental policies in place covering everything from waste management and transport to utility consumption and supplier review, we have now implemented “project impact” planning as part of our review when tendering for new work. Not only does this ensure that we are adhering to our commitments, but it helps highlight areas where our clients can support change and best practices.
We believe that together we can make change, but it’s not just today, its every day.
Earth Day #InvestInOurPlanet #OriginFilmTV
What do you do when you’re 1.6 KM up a mountain in the Italian Alps, and your client requests another IPDirector workstation?
Traditionally, this kind of request kick-starts a chain reaction. Grab the kit off of the shelf back at base, running it up or wiping it down, sorting out information for a carnet, booking a courier, and then waiting for the kit to arrive… and that’s if there are even any in stock on the shelves.
However with the new PMZ virtualisation platform from EVS, I was able to deploy a new virtual workstation within minutes of the request coming in from our client. With PCoIP agent installed on a spare PC, all that was needed was a quick phone call to EVS support for a new set of licenses to cover the remaining length of the job.
Of course, virtualisation is not new technology but the application of it in the Broadcast and Film industry most definitely is. We’re often led by technology suppliers qualifying hardware and workflows, so that we have rock solid solutions out on location and in studios. Now that we have a fully qualified solution from EVS, it opens up a whole new selection of Broadcast solutions.
We’ve been using the new PMZ platform to keep “rack real estate” down, with zero impact on performance on many of our larger scale jobs for the past year, but this is the first time that the flexibility to spin up a new instance has been the desired feature.
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