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Marquis Launches Medway Media Highway 2.1

Major Upgrade Delivers Significant Business Benefits for Broadcasters and Ensures Workflows are Future-Proofed for HD Process (January 14, 2008)
DMN Newswire--2008-1-14--Marquis Broadcast, specialist in broadcast workflow studies and software solutions, will begin shipping a major new version of its Medway Media Highway ?interoperability engine from February 2008. Developed in response to exhaustive research conducted with Medway customers world wide, Version 2.1 represents a major upgrade that gives broadcasters a range of operational and business benefits to help ensure their workflows are efficient not just now but also well into the future as new HD technologies emerge.

?The digital broadcasting environment is constantly evolving and broadcasters need to adopt flexible, forward-looking workflows in order to take advantage of new technologies if they are to remain competitive and efficient, said Granby Patrick, Director Partner, Marquis Broadcast. ?Medway 2.1 has been developed using ?future-proof architecture which already supports a range of SD and HD formats including DNxHD. As broadcasters continue to migrate to HD, we can easily add support for other HD formats according to market demand thus ensuring Medway always provides the perfect fit for all broadcasting infrastructures.

Medway 2.1 features an improved graphical user interface for faster access to information concerning the movement of media within the broadcasting environment. Users are presented with additional information showing the status of media moving to and from the Avid environment. This enables them to more easily identify when and where to purge storage, thereby maximising workflow efficiencies.

Marquis has also added new features based on extended use of metadata management, for example, metadata payload can now be individually mapped according to its destination. This means that a transmission server can be sent different metadata to that of an archive or web server for the same piece of content. It is also possible to capture metadata automatically from ?comment markers or ?programme segments. By adding these powerful new metadata management features to Medway, customers can easily customise content according to multiple distribution platforms and business models.

Medway 2.1 includes greater integration with Apple Final Cut Pro with new capabilities for handling the more complex QuickTime files.

Marquis has added intelligent multi-codec handling which ensures that Medway automatically selects the most appropriate compression CODEC when transferring media between different source and destination compressions schemes. This provides users with optimised picture quality and minimises any concatenation issues. This new version of Medway includes an intelligent transfer process, ensuring media is transferred only once even if it is being used in multiple projects. Medway checks to see if content is still available from an earlier transfer when referencing it in any subsequent transfer.

The addition of genealogy gives users the ability to investigate the history of source content and clips relating to an edited sequence. This includes source video tracks, slo-mo or off-speed sequences, audio tracks, FX processing as well as other XML metadata. A beneficial spin-off of this feature is the creation of information that can be compiled for usage, performance, royalties or rights billing reports.

Finally, Medway 2.1 includes new fail-safe redundant architecture that provides automatic back-up operations should there be a hardware failure on any of the transfer servers. In such an event, the back-up system would take over as the primary server and would be updated automatically with the status of all transfers, as well as continue to manage the transfer processes. Should the failed device come back online, it would act as the back-up device and would itself be updated with the status of all transfer processes. This intelligent fail-safe feature delivers further peace of mind for users by providing assurance that processes will continue to function without loss of performance in the event of a hardware failure.

Medway 2.1 will begin shipping from February 2008 and will be available from Marquis network of business partners. Under the terms of Marquis customer support philosophy, existing Medway users will receive the new 2.1 software upgrades at no additional cost as part of the companys beneficial support contract.


About Marquis Broadcast
Founded in 1999, Marquis is a leading specialist in the identification, design and implementation of new workflow practices in the broadcasting industry, and has been instrumental in the redesign of hundreds of television centres and newsrooms worldwide. Marquis is also a developer of project management and systems integration solutions that enable broadcasters and other users of digital media to achieve maximum efficiencies from their workflow processes. Although broadcasting continues to form its core business, Marquis software and services are designed for all IT-based processes.

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