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ContentAgent gets a new look

ContentAgent, the workflow management and automation tool from Root6 Technology, has new features and enhancements at IBC. Its automated camera card ingest workflow is now augmented with CardAgent, a tool designed for multi-user ingest intensive environments such as news or reality shows. Operators are able to browse, select, and playback media. Avid integration, in both standalone and Interplay environments frees up resources, as ContentAgent automates the transcoding of ingested clips into Avid compliant MXF files, checking them into the Avid Interplay Production Asset Management database, if required.

Root6 is an official member of the Digital Production Partnership’s (DPP) compliance programme and ContentAgent is already used to automate the creation, QC and delivery of AS-11 UK DPP files. It now includes a Metadata Update feature enabling production or technical metadata to be updated without the need to re-wrap the entire file, and an Insert Edit function. Also featured at IBC is resolution independent, motion compensated standards conversion, the result of ContentAgent’s integration with Tachyon from Cinnafilm and the deployment of GPU acceleration. This technology was used widely by BBC Sport for its recent coverage of the FIFA World Cup to convert more than 3,500 separate clips totalling nearly 8 TB of media for use in editing. ContentAgent was also used to convert a further 37TB of media during the event so it could be added directly the BBC Sport Archive in Salford.