HD services are continuing to boom, and here at JCA we are committed to staying ahead of the stampede. We are finding that broadcasters and distributors are increasingly looking for faster turnarounds with more content entering the pipeline, so we have invested and expanded, again!
Our recent £450k investment into HD servicing involved welcoming seven new team members who will focus on account management and operations. Bigger teams mean we can maintain our hands-on approach.
In terms of kit, we have had three unique HDCAM SR decks built as well as invested in CandIT media’s WARP. Finally, despite the rise of digital workflows, we have also invested in a further three file playback devices to satisfy the demand for file to tape services.
Watch this space for more…
It was great to welcome back familiar faces to what is fast becoming an annual JCA event – the formidable pub quiz! With a prize table bursting with goodies up for grabs and drinks in hand, the battle for the trophy and glory began. In the running were teams from Shine, BBCWorldwide, Fremantle, Disney, KidsCo and JCA, with special guest Neal Romanek from Screen International. With team names filed, (apologies ‘Nibbles Please’ for the misunderstanding), we were set for a good contest.
Nick Pannaman and Simon Kay, joint MDs, kicked off the show as quiz masters with some good old general knowledge, which saw KidsCo take the lead early on. The competition began to heat up and after four rounds the wedding celebrations next door were definitely overshadowed by screaming media professionals cheering correct answers and attempting to qualify inaccurate guesses!
There were rounds for the media buffs too, and we were pleased to see that the audience knew that ‘You talkin to me’ is in fact a quote from Taxi Driver and not Dirty Dancing. This was in fact a trick question to test everyone!
All teams put in a great performance, except perhaps Marcus’ team who brought up the rear winning a bag of lemons. But it was BBC Worldwide that stormed from behind to take the trophy in a true outsider victory.
Thanks to everyone for making it another great JCA Pub Quiz. We look forward to seeing you at the next one!
Check out the JCA Facebook page for more photos and the video below for highlights.
Another year, another IBC. Once again we crossed the Channel to Amsterdam to participate in the annual broadcast industry conference. The biggest IBC yet, it was a very busy day!
In terms of what impressed us, Digital Rapids’ new Kayak system certainly made an impression and seemed to have a lot of interest.
We were also interested in StorageDNA, which is providing tools to optimise the delivery and management of file-based assets. This includes the move to “warm” storage integration rather than the current methods of LTO or server solutions.
It is safe to say that digital workflows were still a popular topic of conversation this year. When it comes to workflows, at JCA we we believe what client wants is just as important as what clients need to fit into their system.
Therefore we were excited to see that manufacturers seem to be moving away from single-set solutions, and more towards multiple applications that they now appreciate would fit into pre-existing workflows, or more specifically allow greater flexibility with the many different approaches that clients have.
Advances in cloud-based services and their integration into multi-platform delivery solutions were also a hot topic of interest among both speakers and visitors.
We are already looking forward to what next year will bring!
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Tagged content delivery, digital distribution, digital media, digital media services, digital restoration, digital workflows, IBC, JCA, media asset management, Storage DNA, transcoding, video encoding
Peter Gabriel: Secret World Live
Iconic music concerts such as Peter Gabriel: Secret World Live should not be sitting dormant hidden away on reels of film stored in an archive library. Luckily for us this is no longer the case. Nowadays, more and more music content owners are increasingly seeing the opportunities that digitisation techniques can bring, in enabling them to fully maximise on the commercial value of this historic content.
One such project we recently completed was for Eagle Rock Entertainment and Real World, digitally restoring Peter Gabriel: Secret World Live into high definition for Blu-Ray release.
We began with Real World’s original 16mm negatives, which we used to create offline copies and then conformed. From this, we produced an edit decision list (EDL) in Final Cut Pro (FCP) and then performed a Super 2k scan on the shots required.
Our talented restoration team then restored the footage frame by frame and gave it a grain treatment to improve the sharpness of the image. Finally our award-winning colourist, Ray King, graded the final film to Eagle Rock Entertainment and Real World’s exact specifications.
It was a fantastic and challenging project to work on, and we look forward to helping to restore more concert footage in the future.
Peter Gabriel: Secret World Live is available on Blu-Ray and DVD.
More details can be found at http://yorktillyer.com/journal/comments/secret_world_live
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Tagged deluxe, digital restoration, eagle rock entertainment, encoding, film restoration, HD format, JCA, peter gabriel secret world live, real world, remastering, transcoding
Before digital restoration
- After digital restoration
It is not just broadcasters and production companies that qualify as media content owners. In this digital age, organisations of all types are keen to utilise video, in both tape and file format. Some develop new content and need to distribute it online, whilst others have content siting on reels of tape doing nothing but collecting dust. However, more and more of these content owners are now realising that this content can be restored and digitised for today’s digital savvy audiences.
JCA did a project with the Wellcome Trust, a global charity committed to improving human and animal health and funding innovative biomedical research. It wanted to make its archive of historical medical videos digitally up-to-date and available online to the education and research communities as well as the general public. Its film collection is home to a vast amount of archival footage covering aspects of medicine, health and social care provision and practice. Content includes footage of WW1 military hospitals treating ‘shell-shock’, early surgery and public information films from the British government.
In order to make this historical footage available online, the Wellcome Trust selected JCA to restore and digitise the range of content belonging to the Trust, the BFI and the CIO, which came in many different formats of all ages. Here at JCA we first had to treat any damaged tape. We could then transfer the film to HD and SD formats. Offering an end-to-end solution from the initial appraisal of the film and video material, to providing a suite of digital services, we were able to take the reels of tape and create high quality online files. We worked closely with the trust throughout the process including transfer of video media and selected film elements. The final step was digital media serving, which included the transcription of all media segments and delivery to educational institutions via accelerated FTP.
Check out the finished work below. There are hundreds of digitised, free and easy to access programmes available at: http://library.wellcome.ac.uk/wellcomefilm.htm
Posted in Company News, Digital, Online
Tagged archive, digital archive, digital content library, digital restoration, film restoration, hd formats, JCA, transcoding, video encoding, wellcome collection, wellcome collection digital library, wellcome trust
The way content is distributed, stored and managed is evolving. At JCA we have seen a sharp rise in demand for our digital media services, particularly digital distribution. To ensure we meet this increase in need from the market, we have embarked on a staged expansion plan.
The first phase is a £600k+ investment, which will increase capacity across all service areas. The expansion of bandwidth provision, an increase in storage, and the addition of extra transcoding farms for automated versioning and delivery, will allow us to ensure we continue to grow as a company alongside the rise of digital.
However, that is not to say that tape solutions are redundant within the media industries. Despite the rise of digital workflows, we have ironically seen a considerable increase in demand for file to tape services. It is true that there has been considerable uptake of digital workflows by new entrants to the market, but there are still a lot of companies whose infrastructure is not geared towards file delivery. Therefore, additional capabilities have been developed in this area too.
The new kit we have invested in includes HDCam SR Decks, additional standards conversion capacity via an Alchemist Platinum HD, XDCAM, further PF Clean licenses and Mac workstations. We have also expanded our quality control facilities and now offer HD/SD Harding (Photosensitive epilepsy check) in the file and tape domain.
To ensure we maintain a hands-on service for clients, we have expanded our technical and operations teams with 8 new recruits already this year. Watch this space to find out more about the new JCA team members.
So what’s next? We will be looking to invest in additional shared storage along with establishing premises. We are also continuing to develop international strategic partnerships in order to provide a more global service to clients. The second half of 2012 is set to be as successful and busy as the first.
Posted in Business Development, Company News, Digital, Tape Storage
Tagged digital asset management, digital distribution, digital media services london, digital services, encoding services, film restoration, jca expansion, transcoding services
The majority of classic content shot on 16mm film now looks dated and old by today’s high definition standards. But content/rights owners can maximise these assets by restoring and re-mastering them for digital distribution.
We have worked with ITV Global Entertainment on various restoration projects, including classic series Sharpe’s Rifles and Poirot. ITV commissioned JCA to digitally re-master the 1993 hit show, Sharpe’s Rifles, for HD broadcast and Blu-ray DVD release. Staring Sean Bean, Sharpe’s Rifles is the first of the Sharpe television dramas about a British sergeant in the Peninsular War.
JCA was briefed to restore and enhance the 1993 “original negatives” for HD viewing. Originally shot on Super 16, this process included the complete recreation of post-produced visual effects and subtitles, as well as preparation of the original negatives through scanning, conforming, grading and restoration. Not forgetting to mention the final delivery of the project.
In terms of results, we were able to take the colour deeper whilst removing dirt, scratches and damage. We re-graded the film scene-by-scene with both best-of-breed technologies and hands-on techniques, meaning we could stay true to the original vision of the film-makers.
With the advent of HD formats, many popular classic series now look drab and dated. But they do not have to be kept in the content attic; they can be restored to their former glory. Content owners such as ITV Global Entertainment are increasingly unlocking these hidden treasures and public nostalgia along with it, all using content they already possess.
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Tagged blu-ray, content owner, digital distribution, grading, high definition, itv, JCA, re-master, restoration, Sean Bean, Sharpe's Rifles
The sun made a welcome appearance at the annual Broadcast Fives football tournament last weekend with the JCA Rapids, consisting of Perry, Graham, Patrick, Mark, Charlie, Carl, Jack, Harry, Dave and Paul, dusting off their boots ready for action.
In the group stage the JCA Rapids played four games. Winning against the Broadcast Bandits (3-1), they were in with a chance of progressing. Unfortunately the three losses that followed did not put them on the most promising footing. Suffering a further 2-0 defeat against All 3 Media, the tournament was over for the team this year.
It was a great performance by the boys, with the scores not nearly reflecting the run of play. The team will be working on their finishing touch to make sure the opposition’s net bulges more frequently next year. It must be said that Graham ‘The Cat’ Davies was on great form, whilst everyone else played well too, and Jack was Man of the Match in the game they won.
The JCA Rapids are already looking forward to Broadcast Fives 2013. Bring it on!
2011 was a busy year for JCA, and we are increasingly working with clients of a global nature and so have launched an international partner program. To kick it off we have formed a transatlantic partnership with LA-based SMV Complete Media, an integrated media management services provider. The joint venture will allow global clients access to local service centres in LA and London for both tape and file-based solutions.
Media companies are increasingly adopting digital workflows, meaning content can be zipped around the world more easily than ever before. Now laborious courier costs and stressful time delays can be avoided in favour of a flexible, digital solution. At JCA we still see the importance of being able to offer global clients local services around the world. Therefore, by forming alliances with companies that hold a similar business philosophy, such as SMV Complete Media, we can ensure that our clients get quality and flexible media solutions with a personal touch and fast turn-around.
This transatlantic partnership is a strategic move by JCA to support international clients based in industry hubs such as LA and other cities along the west coast of America. We are excited about forming similar alliances across Europe, Australia, the Far East and the East Coast of America this year.