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Media asset management – whoa!

During summer 2011 we had Cinegy Media Asset Management system installed in our TV-studio.

Cinegy’s marketing department definitively needs some help . The website is page after page of small print about geeky high-level technical features, a downloadable PDF brochure states that Cinegy is “An end-to-end infrastructure that can do whatever you want it to do”. Useless all together. It doesn’t say which problem it solves and what the benefits are.

See, what Cinegy does is … ingenious, and it makes file-based video production meaningful. The strange thing is that Cinegy doesn’t mention that.

For the record: I’m a Cinegy user, I’m very happy with my current job and I’m not getting any discounts – I’m just blown away by the sheer beauty of the solution.

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Editing video with Sony Vegas Pro

I’ve been editing video with Sony Vegas Pro for almost 10 years now. During these years I’ve experimented with many different hardware set-ups for Vegas and want to share my experiences of how to get the optimal editing experience with Vegas – now in version 10.

“Why Vegas?” is a question I get sometimes. Why not Final Cut, Premiere, Avid, Edius… They are all good editors, they all get the job done.  It’s a question of habit and what you’re comfortable with. Sometimes, though, when I see others working in their editor of choice I think… well… with Vegas you would have been done by now. That’s the main thing for me – it’s very fast, it very rarely crashes or makes me loose work. It doesn’t get in the way, and very rarely complains about media thrown at it – and will export/render most formats.  Audio capabilities are outstanding, since the origins of Sony Vegas is an audio program – Sound Forge; a lot of audio editing workflow was applied to video editing.

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Supercomputer for encoding video

The wait for files to encode to the computing-intensive H.264/AVC format seems to be over.

Asus has released a motherboard which takes one nVidia Quadro card and three additional GPU-only cards – nVidia Tesla – and provide a theoretical 4 teraflop of processing power from 960 CUDA cores. More on flops at Wikipedia

We have one of these in the studio now and there are GPU-enabled H.264 encoders out there, Sony’s AVC codec and Badaboom, so this will be interesting.

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