Ingest to Delivery Workflow for Avid MediaCentral

netxcode logosmallNet-X-Code Server provides multichannel ingest, with direct capture to Avid MediaCentral compatible formats for edit while capture, transcoding to mezzanine and proxy formats for editors, stakeholder review with FlowCaster, and Net-X-Code delivery to multiple formats. Here is a general overview of this workflow.

Ingest, Transcode, Edit, Review, and Deliver


Net-X-Code Server can provide a number of time saving advantages for Avid editors. In this solution brief, we outline a MediaCentral ingest-to-delivery pipeline and describe the benefits of Drastic's wide format support, its cloud capabilities, and the flexible yet secure review and collaboration environment.

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Ingest to Avid MediaCentral/Interplay

For Avid editors, Net-X-Code Server captures directly to Avid compatible formats, so that they can be saved directly into the MediaCentral environment for immediate use. Net-X-Code supports both converting directly into MediaCentral from any supported file format as well as recording directly into MediaCentral with support for Edit While Capture (EWC).

Net-X-Code can work locally or in the cloud, and provide secure access to cloud or networked storage for content creation workflows. Users can ingest locally from SDI/HDMI, and remotely from IP streams such as SRT/RTP/UDP etc.

This workflow involves ingesting multiple streams from cameras, and having remote editors immediately begin making clips, setting up sequences, and so on, for live broadcast.

While the file is recording and still open, Media Composer can open and start editing the live recording file. All the material recorded up to about a second before the current time is available for editing, review and export. As the live event goes on, more material becomes available automatically with no intervention necessary by the operator. Multi-channel recordings, like the ones controlled by Net-X-Code Server, means multi-camera editing can be started during the event. Once the recorded event finishes, the last few edits can be made, and the production can be ready without unnecessary delay.

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Transcode for Proxy Editing

Increasingly editors are able to access, and enjoy the convenience of a remote workflow, using proxy files for viewing and collaboration. Drastic provides automatable transcoding to the widest range of formats available, including lightweight proxy files for editing.

Using Net-X-Code's MediaReactor components, any source file can be transcoded into MediaCentral compatible files.

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Edit in Avid Media Composer

The ingest files begin arriving in MediaCentral, and now the editing stage of the production begins. And it can begin without delay, since all the files are automatically checked in and available.

Since the ingest files are all Avid compatible, editors can immediately access the files, including while they are being ingested.

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FlowCaster for Remote Collaboration

So we've made some edits, but does the producer like the pacing? Do the product placement and continuity teams like what they are seeing? Let the team discuss.

Drastic's FlowCaster elements provide numerous ways to view and collaborate on the production in progress. FlowCaster can send out IP streams to anyone in the world for review and collaboration. There are a wide range of free and retail products available for viewing FlowCaster output streams. For more info, please check out this article on Viewing FlowCaster Streams, at the following location:

Stakeholders can also use to discuss the work in progress, and chat, use webcam/telestration while viewing the output of the editor. With, the review and feedback, including all comments and drawings, are saved to a session file and can be imported into Avid as markers on the timeline, matched to the time code location at which they were made.

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Conform Edits and Deliver Content

Once everybody is happy and all the edits are conformed using the source, high resolution media, the files can be delivered.

Digital Cinema, television, webcasting and so on, require the same media to be delivered in different formats. Drastic's Net-X-Code Server provides output to all major industry standard delivery formats. 


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