Striving for Efficiency in Video Technology

  • New Data Management Techniques and Technologies to Accelerate Live Broadcast Events  - $15

    Date: April 3, 2024
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    Today’s live event broadcast workflows present unique challenges for storage solutions and data management. These multi-camera environments need high performance storage to keep up with the high bandwidth of streaming data, which can total anywhere from 30TB to hundreds of TBs per event. Not to mention that data then needs to be captured in real time, stored, and moved to different locations, throughout the post-production and delivery process. Factor in ever-increasing video capture resolutions and frame rates, as well as infrastructure and bandwidth variations from location to location—it’s no surprise many professionals in the industry are finding data management an increasingly difficult task. Especially as this type of production environment has rigid and often short timelines that the crew has to operate within. In short, a new kind of data storage solution is long overdue.

    To address this need, broadcast teams are turning to Data-Transfer-As-A-Services (DTaaS) to support these live environment productions.

    Competitive DTaaS services with enterprise removable storage options enable customers to pay for high capacity, 100 terabyte storage arrays with high performance that meet data challenges head on, enabling users to store data anywhere – while only paying for the hardware each specific project needs – and physically transport that data securely to their post-production landing destination of choice, allowing users to choose secure physical transport or rapid ingest to any S3 destination. Not only does an on-demand, consumption-as-a-service model simplify users’ device management, preventing unnecessary on-set IT costs, it also gives video production teams the flexibility they need to alter the numbers of devices they deploy to complete certain projects, as storage needs change. By circumnavigating the headaches that come with owning data storage infrastructure outright, like maintenance fees and technology upgrades, DTaaS-based strategies give users the freedom to expand their production, accelerate their timeline, and even reallocate their budget without having to worry about your data.

    This technical paper will explore how DTaaS accelerates live capture workflows resulting in cost savings and streamlined content collaboration.

    Preliminary research and application results include:
    DAS performance can enable in-field, direct editing and transcoding when logistics prevent the standard workflow
    Cloud import services quickly and securely move event media from camera to the cloud of choice for collaborative post-production workflows
    Secure, encrypted, rugged solution, ensure customers won’t lose or leak content during transport for greater peace of mind
    Transfer content in days, not weeks: high-performance storage arrays on-set can save up to 12-15 hours per week of overtime costs across multiple departments

    In an industry as fast paced as broadcast streaming, data storage capacity, security, and mobility should be the least of a production team’s concerns. With DTaaS, IT professionals can trust their enterprise-level video media will get where they need to go, right on time.

    Jonathan Bauder | Seagate Technology | Fremont, Calif., United States

  • Unlocking Even Better Efficiency and Budget Savings with Enhanced Encoding  - $15

    Date: April 3, 2024
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    Video codecs are an important component of any video workflow. Although the most popular codecs are created through a stringent standardization process, this does not mean that the resulting software options are identical. While open-source codecs are typically available as is (or with community support), commercial codecs generally offer improvements in performance along with added features. This paper opens with a synopsis of the standardization landscape for the various use-cases in TV broadcast and OTT streaming. It then discusses five features that have been implemented in commercial codecs and how they can benefit the typical video workflow.

    Thomas Kramer, Frank Schönberger, Geoff Gordon | MainConcept GmbH |
    San Diego, Calif., United States; Aachen, Germany

  • Video Processing on Quantum Computers  - $15

    Date: April 3, 2024
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    Quantum computing is a multidisciplinary field comprising aspects of computer science, physics, and mathematics that utilizes quantum mechanics to solve complex problems faster than on classical computers. Quantum computers are available today on the cloud, although they are considered “Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum” (NISQ) computers with a small number of quantum bits (qubits) with limited performance due to short coherence time and noisy gates. However, quantum computers are improving all the time, and it is possible that in the future they could provide acceleration to video processing workflows. This presentation will give a short overview of quantum computing basics, some methods for representing images in qubits, and describe some of the research on potential video applications of quantum computing.

    Thomas Edwards | Amazon Web Services | Seattle, Wash., United States