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Live Animation For Video Productions In Schools

Animation has always been an excellent teaching tool. Animated characters provide engaging role models to communicate appropriate behavior and teach worthwhile lessons. Children easily accept messages from what they see as peer friends.

Imagine if your students at your school could take all of the animation assets from a cartoon TV series (like the Rugrats) and create their own episode by only having to write the script and record the dialogue? Story Maker is the new teaching tool that allows students to make their own lessons using all of the assets from an animated series.

Story Maker is a software package that empowers anyone to create high quality live animations from their voice-over, a touch screen panel of actions and a joystick. It’s so easy, grade school students can be up and running in minutes.

The software package offers an extensive selection of characters. Every character comes with a library of movements and expressions and can be customized on a simple touch screen.

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  • Quickly create animated videos to tell your student’s stories
  • The real-time character animation technology is fast & easy
  • Enhance your existing productions with unique, animated characters
  • Seamless integration with real and virtual studios
  • Bring your school mascot to life for morning announcements
  • Best of all, it works great with a NewTek TriCaster!

We have turn-key packages ready to go, including onsite installation and training. If you already have cameras and a green screen, Key Code Media can work with your existing equipment to bring Animation Now to your school.

Contact us today to learn more.

[Video] How to Create a Collaborative Adobe Facility

Are you looking to "cut-the-cord" with outdated editorial platforms? Do you need your Adobe editors networked & sharing with the production team?

Save your team time & money during the post production process! Introducing online/offline editing functionality with Adobe Premiere Pro. Adobe is now optimized to meet your requirements for post production team collaboration infrastructure including servers, storage, standard networking, and a Media Asset Management solution. In this webcast, we’ll cover how Adobe is changing the way facilities interact engage online video editing. Watch the video below to learn more!

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  • Learn More About Adobe Collaboration

    Learn More About Adobe Collaboration

    Adobe Project Sharing. Adobe Storage. Adobe Asset Management.

    Adobe® Anywhere is a collaborative workflow platform that empowers users of Adobe professional video solutions to work together, using centralized media, across standard networks.

    Adobe Anywhere lets you bring teams of talent together to collaborate and create productions from virtually any location with standard network connectivity.

    Are you interested in learning more about:

    • Creating a multi-editor collaborative Adobe facility.
    • Connecting Adobe CC to a shared storage network.
    • Make it easy to find adobe assets within a collaborative project.
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File Based Insert Edit with Cinedeck

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Looking for a way to save time & money during post production? The promise of a simpler post finishing workflow for file-based deliverables has been elusive due to the inability to make changes to flat files. Cinedeck has developed a game-changing patent pending technology that allows changes to the video or audio essence in your closed flat file and have engineered a workflow that allows you to breeze through your file-based deliverables as though you were working with tape.

Punch in and out of your master file and change video, audio or both without re-export or re-rendering to your Prores, DNx, J2K, AVC-I or even 4K resolution deliverables. Additionally, using Cinedeck VMM (Virtual Mastering Media), multi-slate change file-based deliverables are simple and fast. For instance, a deliverable with multiple slate changes that would have taken all day for export and QC can now be done in a matter of minutes.

Learn About Cinedeck File-based Insert Edit:

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Contact Key Code Media to learn more about production workflow solutions. We sell, and support digital media production technology. The difference comes with our 24x7 support, and flexible financial offerings that make it easier for you to make the best decision.

Hewlett Packard LTO-7 Is Now Shipping

We are happy to announce HP, and other LTO partners are officially shipping LTO-7! With 6TB/15 TB storage capacity, and 700 MB/sec transfer speed, there is a compelling reason to upgrade your LTO-6 (and below) drives & libraries. Learn more:

MSL6480 HPE LTO 7 loresHewlett Packard Enterprise Ultrium tape technology has been designed to deliver exceptional reliability and performance at the lowest cost per GB. The Ultrium format builds on the best of existing technologies; open standards increase innovation and widen customer choice in terms of performance, capacity and form factor. Backed by Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s exhaustive media qualification process, HPE Ultrium data cartridges support all HPE and non-HPE Ultrium tape devices.

Key features and benefits
  • Up to 15 TB compressed capacity.
  • Supports transfer speeds up to 300 MB/sec or 1.1 TB hour native with LTO-7.
  • Both Advanced Metal Particle and Barium Ferrite options available for LTO-6.
  • For use in all HPE and non-HPE LTO Ultrium products.
  • Unique colored cartridge to assist with identification in mixed media environments.
  • Very low media cost per TB – maximize storage density within the data center.
  • LTO cartridge memory in media to improve access time and provide enhanced media monitoring.
  • Durable cartridge designed to minimize wear and debris (important in automation).
  • Tested to extremes to a level of specification unique to Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Many of the test procedures required for HPE brand qualification (eg. load/unload, shoeshine, drop testing and environmental stress testing) are not required for the LTO Ultrium logo.
  • Hardware-based encryption for compliance with FIPS 140-2 level 1 security standards.
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise offers both Custom Labeled and Non- Custom Labeled data cartridges in both standard bar code and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) versions.
    • Custom Labeled offerings allow automation customers the ability to customize their label to their specific needs. This includes the ability to define the bar code label type and to specify an exact label sequence.
    • Non-Custom Labelled media allows automation customers the ability to receive labeled media without having to wait for a custom labeled solution. Bar code sequences are predetermined by HPE and are guaranteed to be unique.

pdfLearn more about Hewlett Packard Enterprise LTO Ultrium Media

For more information do not hestitate to contact Key Code Media

[RECAP] 4K Workflow: See What's New

4k Production Workflow Video

AJA Systems, Quantum, and Elemental Technologies joined Key Code Media to discuss challenges of 4K for production facilities. The focus on the webcast was ingest, bandwidth, and delivery 4k technology. We brought on three product experts to discuss how their solutions are solving these challenges.

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Are you looking for more information about technology for 4k broadcast and post production? Contact Us

Adobe Premiere Pro Shared Storage

Are you looking for 4K-Ready shared storage server that gives your team total flexibility, with built-in NAS and SAN, up to 480TB storage per node, multiple direct-connect GbE and 10GbE ports, enhanced asset tagging, cloud integration with Dropbox and Adobe CC, RAID 5/6, and LDAP/AD — all in one box? With project locking for Premiere Pro, After Effects, SpeedGrade, and more – Media professionals can be more collaborative without worrying about the security of their project files. With our added support for XML and a Cloud storage workspace, SNS improves the collaborative creativity that EVO with ShareBrowser and Adobe Creative Cloud provide.

Learn About Studio Network Solutions Adobe Creative Cloud Shared Storage Solution:

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Contact Key Code Media to learn more about shared storage solutions. We sell, and support digital media production technology. The difference comes with our 24x7 support, and flexible financial offerings that make it easier for you to make the best decision.

Quantum Announces Xcellis: High Performance Media Shared Storage

Last month, Quantum announced their new high performance media shared storage product Xcellis. Powered by StorNext this scale-out storage platform looks promising both in price-performance, and scalability. Here is the official press release from Quantum:

 

Quantum Corp. announced Xcellis™ workflow storage, the company's next-generation, high-performance storage solution engineered to optimize demanding workflows, accelerate time to insight and empower organizations to drive greater success. The new solution addresses the explosive growth of unstructured data and the opportunity to capitalize on its strategic value by enabling users to share and leverage this data more quickly, easily and cost-effectively. Powered by Quantum's StorNext® scale-out storage platform and its industry-leading streaming performance, Xcellis can be deployed as a standalone system or as the primary storage component within a multitier storage environment incorporating object storage, tape and cloud technologies.
Quantum Xcellis ResellerFor customers in highly data-intensive fields such as video production, intelligence, surveillance and technical applications (e.g., genomics, medical imaging, oil and gas exploration), meeting business and mission objectives depends on the ability to derive value from their digital assets. However, a key challenge has been storing and managing this data in a way that cost-effectively meets performance and access needs in an end-to-end workflow. While scale-out NAS products have enabled organizations to leverage their IP infrastructure, these offerings have been unable to keep up with the greater performance and scalability demands generated by increasingly larger data files and higher content resolutions. Xcellis overcomes these limitations and delivers a comprehensive solution that automates and simplifies data management, providing a unique combination of converged architecture, continuous scalability and unified access in a single system.
Converged Architecture
At the heart of the new solution is the new Xcellis Workflow Director, a converged compute, network and file system controller that tightly integrates and streamlines the functionality of a StorNext environment. The Workflow Director:
  • Consolidates multiple components into a single system, simplifying the overall storage architecture, operation, management and access for third-party applications.
  • Controls file system metadata and client access for SAN, Distributed LAN Client (DLC) and NAS connectivity (DLC is a connectivity option developed by Quantum).
  • Supports hosted applications that benefit from direct file access.
  • Enables users to take advantage of automated storage tiering.
Continuous Scalability
Xcellis delivers significant enhancements in capacity and scalability for greater efficiency and cost effectiveness:
  • It nearly doubles the number of files that StorNext can handle — to 10 billion files total, with 1.4 billion files under management.
  • Users can start with a small system and smoothly scale to the largest possible system without having to replace original hardware or take the system down, thereby protecting past investments.
  • Utilizing Quantum's QXS disk storage arrays, Xcellis provides higher capacity and bandwidth that can scale independently.
In short, unlike scale-out NAS offerings, Xcellis enables organizations to scale their storage continuously with consistent, deterministic performance as more users access data, pay only for whatever capacity or performance they require and avoid the need for extra compute power.
Unified Access
Xcellis provides built-in unified access to data, including:
  • High-performing Fibre Channel SAN connectivity.
  • DLC connectivity for "better-than-Ethernet" performance over Ethernet.
  • Direct NAS connectivity.
Xcellis supports every phase of the workflow with the most appropriate connection to match the performance requirements of users. While more performance-focused clients will benefit from the high-speed SAN connectivity, less data-intensive operations can be completed via NAS connections over Ethernet. Xcellis ties all of these elements together and simplifies shared access through a single namespace, regardless of the number of file systems, allowing each user to access the needed files at a level of performance appropriate to the job. In addition, because DLC and NAS connectivity are separately licensable options, users pay only for the base unit and the type of connectivity they want.
Xcellis Availability
Xcellis can be ordered today as a standalone system for customers across Quantum's scale-out storage markets and as a customizable configuration within the company's media and entertainment-focused StorNext Pro™ Solutions. In addition, it will serve as the foundation for a new line of surveillance solutions Quantum will be introducing in the coming weeks. Xcellis will begin shipping late next month, along with the latest release of StorNext 5 software.

Key Code Media is a preferred reseller of Quantum solutions. Are you looking for more information about shared storage? Contact Us

How To Live Stream A Multi-Cam Production

On October 16th, Key Code Media live streamed How To Live Stream A Multi-Cam Production. The webcast covered the basics tools necessary to launch a production, as well as some unique add-ons, that will different you from the competition. Here are some the video highlights:

  • Cost-effective solutions and the important basics that will get you started producing and streaming multi-camera productions.
  • How to create engaging content with custom graphics and animation.
  • How to brand your business while producing a TV-quality show.
  • How to stream live video to a worldwide audience — on any device.

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Are you looking for more information about live streaming multi camera technology? Picking the right pieces for your technology workflow is an art. We make it easier. Contact Us to learn more. 

[RECAP] Reality TV Post Production 2015 - Food Truck Wars!

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On October 8th, Key Code Media showcased "Food Truck Wars - A Reality Production Workflow." During the event, a fake reality television promo was shot, edited, delivered, and archived using innovative post production technology just released, live in front of an audience. Reality Television face unique challenges from overwhelming shooting ratio of 100:1 (or more), edited in multi-cam, with a diversity of file formats/codec. Key Code Media brought together partners, Avid Technology, Blackmagic Design, Facilis Technology, storageDNA, and Telestream, to demonstrate how to address reality television post production challenges.

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Are you looking for more information about reality television post production technology? Contact Us to learn more. 

Dialogue Search: Search Your MAM Assets Using Speech Recognition

Do you remember Avid PhraseFind for Media Composer? Searching for video assets using phonetic speech recognition was a fantastic feature, until it died in 2014.

Good News! Key Code found a replacement. Nexidia Dialogue Search works along side your video editorial and media management system to bring you the fastest access to your video assets. Post Production facilities using phoentic search have seen great results, and you can too. Watch the video below to learn more!

IBC 2015: Product Announcements From The Show Floor

IBC Announcements

**Updated September 14th, 2015**

From the show floor of IBC 2015, here are the top announcements from Key Code Media Partners

IBC 2015 Announcements Include:

Adobe Systems

Adobe Creative Cloud introduces expanded HDR tools (including Dolby Vision and OpenEXR), support for touch and gesture control lead enhancements across the board. Adobe Anywhere also sees a new "collaboration only" configuration, making the product more open to less enterprise ($$$) users.

Full Details: http://www.studiodaily.com/2015/09/adobe-announces-feature-slate-next-cc-2015-update/

Avid Technology

Avid introduces new Studio Suite, an entirely new set of graphics and broadcast products acquired by the Orad acquisition in April. Interplay | MAM, and Avid Storage Suite see extended openness with new support for Adobe Premiere and Apple Final Cut Pro X. Lastly, both Avid | ISIS 1000 and Avid DNxIO started shipping last week.

Full Details: http://www.avid.com/US/press-room/

Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design IBC announcements include new Teranex Mini 12G-SDI models, software upgrades to Multiviewers, DeckLink Quad 2 card - for broadcasters looking for more than 4 channels of video - and news that Da Vinci Resolve 12 is now shipping!

Full Details: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/press

CatDV Squarebox

 CatDV Advanced Panel 2.1 for Adobe Premiere Pro, introduces mixed OS/Windows environments, and full round-trip metadata. CatDV Web 2.1 includes a new intuitive design, making it easier for non-technical MAM users (producers, marketers, and executives) to access files in the system.

Full Details: http://www.squarebox.com/ibc-2015-press-release/

Facilis Technology

Facilis Technology introduces a new integration with Marquis Project Parking software. This is unique tool that lets editors work on projects offsite, then later merge revisions with your online project. Reintroducing to European markets, Facilis will also showcase new 24D/HA SSD Hybrid Array shared storage system for heavy-duty 4K Post, along with an all-new media tracking product that combines search, management and access to project assets in a simple interface. Demonstrating Terrablock v6.5, and a brand new affordable compact storage.

Full details: http://facilis.com/press-and-news/

G-Technology

G-Technology adds several new products to their 2k/4k video storage solution family. G|Speed Studio XL 8-bay storage includes two ev Series G-Drives, making it possible for creative professionals to pop-in/out one drive for off location shoots. The ev Series Reader RED MINI-MAG lets RED camera users transfer content from a RED MINI-MAG directly into a G-Dock eve docking station. The G-dock eve SOLO is a USB 3.0 docking solution, to help user quickly dump media into their shared work environment. 

Full details: http://www.g-technology.com/about-us#press-releases

Levels Beyond

Levels Beyond Reach Engine CRAFT now supports content collaboration directly inside Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Adobe users can now track metadata, project files, and media without leaving Premiere Pro CC. 

Full details: http://www.reachengine.com/levels-beyond-launches-reach-engine-collaborate-at-ibc2015/ 

NewTek, inc.

NewTek wants to change the way we connect cameras, introducing NDI - Open Protocol for IP production workflows. Also, NewTek TriCaster Mini family will now have 4-input SDI option, previously limited to HDMI-only. Don't forget, NewTek is offering TriCaster 8000 for the price of TriCaster 860 until September 30th, 2015

Full details: http://www.newtek.com/news-events/newsroom/press-releases/1276-newtek-presents-professional-broadcast-solutions-at-ibc-2015.html

PESA

PESA Xstream R3232 router now integrates with NewTek TriCaster Advanced Edition software to offer 32 3G-SDI I/O. This will significantly expand TriCaster's access to video sources. With NewTek's native support of PESA's P1N router control protocol, you can now access multiple sources directly from the TriCaster GUI. The TriCaster SDI outputs can be connected as sources through the R3232 and routed to multiple downstream devices. 

Full details: http://www.pesa.com/pesa-spotlights-cheetah-flex-hybrid-routing-solution-newtek-integration-at-ibc2015/

Quantum

 Quantum introduces their 2015 announcements to Europe, including Artico - a new intelligent archive appliance that provides the benefits of StorNext optimized tape, cloud and object storage archive to NAS based production outside of StorNext environments

Full details: http://www.stornext.com/ibc2015/

Sony Electronics

Sony introduces the new Sony PXW FS5 camera, a smaller version of the popular Sony FS7. FS5 fits nicely in the palm of your hands, with feaures including inbuilt electronic ND wheel, 240 fps, and s-log 3.

storageDNA

storageDNA at IBC will announces a revolutionary Smart Access archive technology with Sony's Optical Disc Archive and DNA Evolution. DNA Evolution is also receiving a major update with advanced camera archive toolset, low-res to high-res conform from LTO, and Avid/Adobe project based backup/archive.

Full details: http://www.storagedna.com/ibc2015/

Studio Network Solutions

SNS at IBC, will preview new 4k storage workflows with EVO v5.8. Studio Nework Solutions current EVO v5.7 offers increased NAS performance, 6TB disk support, NAS recycle bin, XML exports for FCP 7, FCP X and CatDV, Cloud integration for Adobe Creative Cloud, direct connection of USB drives and card readers.

Full details: http://www.studionetworksolutions.com/sns-at-ibc-amsterdam-2015/

Telestream

Telestream announce new Adobe Premiere Pro CC transodes workflows with Telestream Vantage. VOD Producer DAI simplifies the creation and assembly of DAI-ready cable VOD assets, enabling revenue expansion. Also, VOD Producer DAI automates the assembly of CableLabs VOD content and provisions it for Dynamic Ad Insertion.

Full details: http://www.telestream.net/company/events/ibc/IBC-2015.htm

Please reach out to Key Code Media for any additional information about these product announcements, and how they pertain to your production, broadcast, or post production workflow! Key Code Media sells and supports live production, editorial, storage/archive, media management and automation solutions. Our promise is to provide expert consultation with the highest degree of customer support for your digital media solutions. Keeping you ahead of technology because our business is to understand yours. Our commitment is to continuously improve our capacity to deploy proven solutions that maximize our clients' success. http://www.keycodemedia.com/About-KCM/about-company

Control Your TriCaster Using iPad or Android Tablet

NewTek product expert Kane Peterson demonstrates how to set up your iPad or Android tablet for full control of your TriCaster. TouchOSC turns your tablet into a customized MIDI controller, allowing you to automate simple switcher wirelessly from a mobile device. 

TouchOSC TriCaster Set Up Video: 

If you have any additional feature or purchasing questions about TriCaster Advanced, do not hesitate to contact Key Code Media (The #1 Worldwide NewTek TriCaster Reseller). Learn more: http://www.keycodemedia.com/Products/newtek

NewTek Announces TriCaster Mini HD-4 SDI and Advanced Software Update

NewTek just announced two major product updates. Introducing, a new TriCaster Mini with SDI support, and a free update for NewTek TriCaster Advanced software owners.

TriCaster Mini HD-4 sdi

The TriCaster Mini family is growing. The TriCaster Mini HD-4 sdi shrinks SDI multi-camera production to the size of a Mini HDMI, with four-camera HD SDI I/O. You can now provide customers a choice between professional SDI production that goes anywhere, and the highly popular, ultra-portable HDMI version of TriCaster Mini. TriCaster Mini HD-4 sdi will include the same wide range of creative capabilities that come standard with TriCaster Mini, along with:

  • Plug-and-play input of up to 4 live SDI cameras
  • 2 x 750GB internal drives
  • ISO recording of up to 4 channels simultaneously
  • Storage for ~30 hours 1080i (varies by resolution and format; capacity expandable using additional supported storage)
  • Included case display 7.0 in (17.8 cm) LCD screen with configurable output (source or output only; external monitor required for user interface

Pricing and Availability

  • TriCaster Mini HD-4 sdi is available immediately for $9,995* USMSRP. It includes an integrated display screen and system storage capable of recording approximately 30 hours of 1080i footage.
  • Optional control surface is available for $2,495* USMSRP.
  • TriCaster Mini HD-4 sdi Bundle (includes control surface and travel case) is available immediately for $11,995* USMSRP
  • TriCaster Advanced Edition Update - Even More Power for 460 and 860 owners

TriCaster Advanced Edition Update is due out in September.

This is a free update to current Advanced Edition owners and builds on the 60-plus next-level capabilities introduced in the original release. Now in the updated version of Advanced Edition, TriCaster 460 and TriCaster 860 owners get capabilities that used to be exclusive to just the TriCaster 8000, including:

  • More sophisticated submixes and virtually unlimited layered effects with M/E re-entry and 4-channel mix/effects
  • More new titling and branding opportunities with 4 DSK overlays on the switcher and 4 KEY overlays on every M/E
  • Real-time motion tracking of keyed visuals
  • More live, full-motion sources with real-time animation on 10 of the 15 buffers

Pricing and Availability

  • TriCaster Advanced Edition software update will be available in September at No Additional Cost for current TCAE owners.
  • New TriCaster Advanced Edition customers can purchase the new capabilities automatically as part of the complete TCAE software package with no change in price.

If you have any additional feature or purchasing questions about TriCaster Advanced, do not hesitate to contact Key Code Media (The #1 Worldwide NewTek TriCaster Reseller). Learn more: http://www.keycodemedia.com/Products/newtek

Avid ISIS 1000: 9 Reason To Invest In Now

The ISIS | 1000 brings Proven, Reliable Collaboration, for Everyone. Shipping Now!Buy Avid ISIS 1000

  • Enable users to create compelling content on time and on budget
  • Increase in-house and Global Collaboration
  • Reduce the cost of Media Production

Get the industry-proven performance and reliability of Avid® ISIS® shared storage in a more affordable entrylevel system designed for independent editors, audio post pros, and smaller post-production houses. ISIS | 1000 offers real-time editorial collaboration and the high-speed bandwidth you need to accelerate any media workflow, without requiring you to be an IT expert to set up and manage the system. Plus, get peace of mind— no matter how challenging the production or schedule—with the advanced file management system, enabling you to work the way you want, with both Avid and third-party systems, and attain the trusted data protection, flexibility, and scalability only Avid can deliver.

9 Reason To Invest In Avid ISIS | 1000 Now:

  1. Extensive Capacity - Near From 20TB to 80TB

  2. Performance - HD, UHD, 2K, 4K

  3. Project Sharing - Up to 24 Users

  4. Open & Collaborative - Edit in Avid Media Composer, Avid Pro Tools, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, and Da Vinci Resolve

  5. Easy Configeration - 10 to 24 Network Port

  6. Simple Administration - Avid Support Optional 

  7. Reliability - ISIS = 10 Years Experience

  8. Cost Efficiency - Starting at $17,995

  9. Proven ISIS Technology - Flexible Administration with FlexDrive™. Intelligent Load Balancing.

Want to learn more about Avid | ISIS 1000? Contact Us

Key Code Media is the #1 Avid Reseller Systems Integrator Worldwide! To learn more about Avid products sold & supported by Key Code Media visit: http://www.keycodemedia.com/Products/avid-technologies

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