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Marquis Unveils New Features for Medway Media Highway at NAB 2007

Marquis Extends HD Support for Medway and Demonstrates New Transcoding Functions (April 13, 2007)

DMN Newswire--2007-4-13--Marquis Broadcast, specialist in broadcast workflow studies and software solutions, is announcing a number of new developments for its Medway Media Highway system at NAB 2007, including extended support for HD, and powerful new transcoding capabilities. Marquis also announces integration with a range of broadcasting systems including, for the first time, Avid MediaStream playout servers.

Medway enables media files from multiple sources to be moved seamlessly between multiple vendor platforms without incurring bottlenecks in workflow caused by file incompatibility. Media is moved at full capacity network speeds and with complete reliability in any format including DV and 50-Mbps IMX.

Medway Adds Support for Sony XDCAM HD and DVCPro100
Marquis is announcing extended HD support for Medway, enabling media captured on Sony XDCAMHD and DVCPro100 camcorders to be quickly and easily transferred between file servers and postproduction and broadcasting applications using Medway as the media highway. Users will be able to browse files captured using Sony XDCAM HD and DVCPro100, and read and write them to a range of servers by rewrapping media and its associated metadata in the appropriate formats to ensure the process is smooth and efficient. This functionality adds to that already available for Ikegami FieldPak and Panasonic P2 media storage.

“Medway is becoming the preferred media highway chosen by broadcasters and broadcast systems manufacturers to provide fast and reliable delivery of content for workflows and infrastructures where a variety of hardware platforms and software architectures are employed,” said Granby Patrick, CEO, Marquis Broadcast Ltd. “This year, Medway will be integrated with more broadcasting systems than ever before, including HD workflows, from media acquisition through to playout and delivery.”


New Medway Transcoding Functions
Marquis is also showing Medway’s powerful new media transcoding functions enabling broadcasters to achieve higher levels of interoperability in their acquisition to playout processes. Medway is now able to transcode video sequences created on Avid and other editing systems quickly and easily to a range of servers for immediate playback. Medway transcoding is compatible with DV25 PAL and NTSC with stereo audio, and PC-based Avid systems, Leitch Nexio 4000 and 3600, .AVI PC based servers, and Omneon QuickTime. Broadcasters no longer need to spend time outputting to tape and re-ingesting media. Instead, Medway automatically initiates a fast transfer from the source application to the target destination server in the selected format.

Medway Integration with Avid
Marquis and Avid have agreed a number of partnership and licensing agreements. Medway now supports all DNxHD formats and includes support for the Avid MediaStream server. Medway also supports Interplay systems, with extended metadata support under development.

Medway with Harris
Medway is also being demonstrated with the Harris media asset and workflow management system on booth # N2502. Medway brings increased productivity to workflows using Invenio systems in a nonlinear editing and finishing environment. Visitors will see Medway’s ability to move media files quickly and easily between Invenio ingest, editing, playout, archiving and other automation applications, based on Nexio 3600 and Apple Final Cut pro.

Medway and Blue Order
Blue Order, a leading international provider of MAM solutions, will be demonstrating Marquis’ Medway media highway system on its booth #SU11610 at NAB 2007 integrated with its range of asset management systems and Apple’s Final Cut Pro.

Marquis and KONAN Digital
Marquis will also show integration between Medway and KONAN Digital's DigitalArc SUITE of componentised media asset management (MAM) solutions on booth #SU11605. Marquis and KONAN will demonstrate how the integration brings new efficiencies and interoperability to multi-vendor broadcast and production environments. Medway allows media files, including those based on MXF, AAF, OMF and KONAN Digital EDLs, to be transferred seamlessly between the DigitalArc MAM solutions and other manufacturers' broadcasting systems.

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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