Fox International Channels UK Shows Cunning by Choosing Marquis’ Project Parking


Last Updated: December 2, 2013 10:52 pm GMT
(Pangbourne Berkshire, United Kingdom--December 2, 2013) Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software, has today announced Fox International Channels UK has purchased three licences for Project Parking: Marquis’ solution aimed at assisting editors and facilities to manage their Avid edit storage more effectively. Project Parking will now be used to archive promos plus National Geographic long form content as well in the Operations Department which handles every UK transmission for Fox and National Geographic.

“Like most facilities, up until now our short-form promo content has tended to be stored in various formats and locations including back-ups on tape,” explains Simon Brett, Director of Operations of Fox International Channels UK. “As in internal resource, this becomes an issue if one of our territories would like to re-use a promo for example, as the source material and everything needed to re-visit the content to edit it for a different geographical audience, is not stored in the same place. It is therefore, a time-consuming task to locate and supply the content. However, Project Parking will now enable us to back-up whole projects and restore them at the ‘drop of a hat’.”

Project Parking ‘cunningly’ 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.

Project Parking works by analysing all projects and media across all workspaces and allows them to be viewed in a user-friendly way. This enables the user to rank projects in the most appropriate way. This may be in order of total file size, number of files associated with a project, which workspaces the media is on, and whether media is off-line. The solution also identifies the location of any duplicate files and any orphaned media not associated with a project. The bin archive functionality in Project Parking then allows individual bins or folders of bins to be included or excluded in order to move media to second tier storage. Retrieval is also straight forward and can be easily achieved by restoring whole projects or just the required bins of an archived project for re-editing.

“We will also be using Project Parking for managing long-form content too,” continues Brett. “In the UK, we re-version National Geographic content, often from the US, to make it suitable for a British audience. This may mean re-voicing or adding or taking out material. Similarly our operations department processes every transmission of Fox and National Geographic to get it to a UK specification.

“Project Parking will now allow us archive off complete Avid projects rather than need to re-build them from different sources. In the future, if another region would like to re-use an edit we have created, it will be no-problem,” continues Brett. “We can simply hand over all the elements of the project that they need, ready to go straight into Avid. We anticipate this improved archiving of content, more efficient management of orphaned files and generally better housekeeping will all save our team a significant amount of time.”

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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 Fox International Channels
Fox International Channels (FIC) is 21st Century Fox’s multi-media business. We develop, produce and distribute 300 wholly- and majority-owned entertainment, factual, sports and movie channels across Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa, in 45 languages. These networks and their related mobile, non-linear and high-definition extensions, reach over 1.3 billion viewers worldwide.

FIC UK distributes the entertainment channel FOX (formerly FX), the factual channels National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild, and the toddler channel Baby TV, with their correspondent HD versions, on BT Vision, Sky, Virgin Media and Talk Talk, the main Pay-TV platforms across the country. The company also operates a global online advertising unit, .FOX (pronounced “dot-fox”) which specialises in online video and display.

About FOX
FOX is a one of a kind general entertainment channel dedicated to “smart entertainment with an edge”. Targeting a keen and discerning audience, the channel was originally launched in Latin America in 1993. Currently the channel reaches more than 200 million homes in 125 markets including Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Japan, Korea, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, North & Sub-Saharan Africa and across the Middle East. It is also available in HD, on VOD and mobile in select markets.


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