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Rogers becomes first customer for QTube

15 August 2011
Rogers becomes first customer for QTube

Rogers Media, one of Canada’s largest communications companies, has purchased Quantel’s cloud-based edit and review software, QTube, for its Sportsnet, OMNI and CityTV stations, writes David Fox.

The workflow over IP technology will allow it to overcome any geographic barriers by linking Rogers Media bureaux across Canada so that editors can browse and edit media wherever it is stored.

“QTube removes the geographical boundaries of when and where we can create content. It allows us to cover breaking news and sports events in ways not previously possible or imagined. QTube empowers us with the ability to access and bridge our sQ systems globally using economical and readily available network connectivity," said Frank Bruno, Rogers Media VP of Engineering.

“QTube’s intuitive interface and scalability aligns nicely with our growing production needs. Its elegantly simple execution by Quantel is underpinned by a genuinely innovative combination of [commercial off-the-shelf] hardware with Quantel’s special know-how to produce a solution which can help us change the way our business operates for the better.”

Quantel showed a prototype version of QTube at IBC 2010, where Dr James Cain, Quantel’s principal software architect (pictured), described it as "a close-to-air workflow that works globally instead of inside a building. It is not a web page, but an installed application, with the same interface you’d use in the facility."

It will allow any media recorded on Quantel servers to be securely accessed, and frame accurately editable, anywhere in the world within 20 seconds, and users can locally ingest material and get it back to base at the best quality for whatever time and bandwidth constraints they face. It can also be used to flow clips between servers.

The Quantel Virtual File system gives instant access to content over Microsoft Smooth Streaming technology, which enables adaptive streaming of media over HTTP. The Rogers installation is a Canada-wide deployment.

It has an open API, which also supports Apple Live Streaming, so that users can access HD or SD content from any platform, including a tablet (Quantel demonstrated an iPad client at NAB).

"This is the first in a number of significant QTube installations across the world," said Ray Cross, Quantel CEO. "There is nothing like QTube out there – it uses highly innovative techniques and unique Quantel technologies to solve fundamental business challenges. It allows our customers to access media anywhere in the world as if it was in their own office. Our customers can really exploit the power of the internet and their own wide area networks in media acquisition and editing for the first time.”


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