Marquis’ Project Parking Provides Flawless Editorial Flexibility for Zodiak Rights


Last Updated: January 28, 2013 8:56 pm GMT
(January 28, 2013) Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software, has today announced that Zodiak Rights has saved time and improved editorial flexibility with Marquis Broadcast’s archive and retrieve solution: Project Parking. Zodiak Rights, the international distribution and rights exploitation division of Zodiak Media, known for award-winning scripted programming including: Being Human the supernatural hit for BBC Three and Syfy US; and Wallander the BAFTA award-winning drama series for BBC One starring Kenneth Branagh, has used Project Parking to help create multiple promos for various projects including material for miptv and mipcom.

“We might need to create tailored promos for formats which have been sold to multiple different countries,” explains Mark Glennon, head of post production at Zodiak Rights. “Similarly, we often need to create different variations of the same material, where the programming content has been sold to a new region. Project Parking has been invaluable to assist with this process.

“Project Parking is an archive and restore solution which allows us to create a complete copy of any project onto any storage device,” continues Glennon. “Previously, we would lay out a flattened file as a master, then need to go back and find all original material in multiple locations to re-create the rushes to make a new promo version if required. This was a labour intensive process. However, now by using Project Parking, we don’t need to scrub the rushes to free-up the edit storage as we can store the project and all the media files associated with it together, offline.

“From an editorial perspective, because this avoids the need to re-create the original edit, we can simply find and tailor the content as necessary,” confirms Glennon. “Time is saved and we also have infinitely more editorial flexibility due to the ease of access of the files. The team has described Project Parking as flawless. It is simple to use and gets the job done.”

Project Parking was first launched in early 2012 and more recently Marquis has developed Personal Project Parking aimed at individual editors and freelancers, which includes the basic functionality of the full solution at a lower price point.

Project Parking Version 3, will be demonstrated for the first time at BE and at NAB 2013. The new version enables editors to analyse all the projects and media on their edit storage by size, project, location, age, duplicated or orphaned files and then archive files to second tier storage, or delete unused media at the touch of a button, take snapshots of versions of projects, or move from one location to another, while still maintaining a usable and easily accessible format for future use.

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About Marquis Broadcast
Founded in 1998, Marquis Broadcast provides a range of media integration products designed for the data-intensive and challenging requirements of today's fast-paced broadcasting environments, enabling broadcasters and other users of digital media to achieve maximum efficiencies from their workflow processes. The company has considerable experience in integrating an extensive range of broadcast systems and devices, providing easy to use workflows via Medway, its widely installed interoperability engine.

About Zodiak Rights
Zodiak Rights is the international distribution and rights exploitation division of Zodiak Media. With offices in London, Paris, New York and Los Angeles the company is a market leader in the worldwide distribution of television and home entertainment programming across all platforms. It also has a fully-fledged merchandising and licensing arm and digital exploitation team.


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