Epoch Launches Workflow Virtualization Technology At NAB 2013


Broadcasters and studios realize radical improvements in workflow efficiency, flexibility and cost

Last Updated: April 8, 2013 10:28 pm GMT
(Vancouver, Washington--April 8, 2013) Epoch announces the launch of its workflow virtualization technology for media production and distribution workflows. Epoch delivers a dramatically more efficient way to move and transform media that is easier and more flexible than today's manually engineered or Cloud-only workflows in the broadcast, film and video industries.

Epoch's Workflow Virtualization Technology™ is a SaaS that improves speed, bandwidth utilization and ease of deployment for today's complicated multi-site, multi-format workflows by unifying, harnessing and optimizing customer’s existing IT infrastructure, as well as those of suppliers and partners and optional Cloud services. Epoch monitors existing infrastructure and re-engineers workflows in real time for maximum performance and total capacity. Epoch's algorithms intelligently solve load balancing, task partitioning, routing, branching and contention problems to make media flow up to 40 times faster -- without additional capital expenditure.

Broadcasters and studios have unique demands – short time frames, near-live video transmission, remote and dynamic production, extensive use of partners, and an exploding number of distribution formats and locations. Multiple workflows need to be built rapidly and executed simultaneously, and complexity is rising while budgets and response times are decreasing. Epoch makes existing resources work faster and with greater capacity, allocating resources dynamically to where they're most needed and using resources customers may never have thought to include as well as augmenting infrastructure with Cloud services if required.

With Epoch, broadcasters and studios can easily engineer complex, cooperative and ultra-efficient workflows using a simple Web App, improving flexibility and turnaround time. When broadcasters and studios manage their workflows with Epoch, whether local or worldwide, they can work with tighter deadlines, increased productivity and fewer manual processes.

Epoch’s intuitive integration with partners and service providers and software-as-a service model provides easy adoption and collaboration, whether for small or large broadcast, film and video companies.

Epoch features include:
  • Web App accessible from anywhere, simple software client installs everywhere;
  • Complete transcoding including ProRes, MXF, DPX, MPEG2, H.264, numerous camera formats and many others;
  • Frame format and motion-adaptive frame rate conversion;
  • Audio leveling;
  • Multi-site, multi-format workflows across LAN and WAN;
  • Robust transport acceleration over UDP with http fallback mode;
  • Automatic lossless and visually lossless transport compression (user specified);
  • Intelligent routing maximizes speed, minimizes bandwidth utilization (fan-out, p2p, daisy-chain, hybrid);
  • Intelligent and adaptive workflows cooperate for maximum performance;
  • Automatic resource discovery and failover

“Virtualization is difficult technology but Epoch is finally bringing it to video production and distribution. Broadcasters and studios can now focus on what workflows need to accomplish, not how to execute each step, and gain huge efficiencies as a result. What used to take days of engineering can now be setup in minutes on a web app from an airplane. Epoch uses everything you already have in real time, along with optional Cloud services, to give our algorithms workflow design freedom that just isn’t available to hand-engineered or Cloud-only services,” said David Barton, CEO, Epoch.

About Epoch:
Headquartered in Vancouver, WA, Epoch is reinventing media operations by providing revolutionary technology to virtualize how media flows for the broadcast, film and video industries. By leveraging existing infrastructure, network and partners, Epoch’s software-as-a-service model taps all underutilized resources while optimizing workflow productivity.

For further information, contact Epoch: +1.503.662.8258, 1498 SE Tech Center Place, Suite 200, Vancouver, WA, 98683, http://www.epoch-inc.com


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