CBS reality series
“The Briefcase” employs new high-speed transcoder to speed delivery of camera
media to editorial.

VALENCIA, Calif.—One of the most challenging issues
confronting reality television productions involves the processing of camera
media. Productions often employ large numbers of cameras of different types
resulting in dozens of hours of footage that need to be transcoded before
editorial teams can begin their work of whittling it down into scenes, stories
and episodes. It’s not uncommon for it to take two days or more to transcode
footage from a single shoot day, a costly delay that productions would like to avoid.
Post-production technology supplier QSR Systems has come up
with a unique solution to this dilemma. 
The company has developed a proprietary service  that significantly speeds up the process of
transcoding camera media. Based on hardware and software originally developed
for rendering computer animation, QSR’s system performs transcoding through a
parallel processing operation. Transcoding is accomplished in a fraction of the
time of other methods with the gap between production and editorial reduced

“We can transcode media from an entire shoot day in a matter
of a few hours,” says QSR Systems president Rob Cloyd. “It’s a big time savings
that enables shows to begin the creative work of editing a day or more sooner.”
QSR is currently providing its high-speed transcoding system
to the new CBS reality series The
as part of a complete editorial workflow package. Created by
David Broome and produced by 25-7 Productions, the show is shot on location at
sites around the country with more than a dozen cameras used in production,
ranging from Sony F55s to GoPros.
Each shoot day results in 1 – 1.5TB of camera media. Crew in
the field collect all that data, create back-ups and send copies to the show’s
editorial team in Los Angeles. There, the files are logged but instead of being
ingested and transcoded individually, the entire day’s shoot, 400 files or more,  is added as a group to the high-speed
“The transcoder does a couple of things,” says Frank
Salinas, the show’s v.p. of production and post operations. “It detects that the
files are in the appropriate codec for the camera source, it creates proxies
for editorial, and transcodes the media a second time at higher resolution for
editorial finishing.”

The high-speed transcoder’s method of processing files in
parallel results in significant time savings. “We are able to turn things
around a lot quicker with fewer resources and man hours,” Salinas observes. “A
process that normally would take 30 or 40 hours is being done in less than
Assistant editors are able to begin the work of grouping,
labeling and syncing footage much sooner. “Forty-eight hours after we’re done
shooting, everything is ready for the story department,” Salinas says.
The high speed transcoder also saves time in editorial
finishing through the way it manages metadata. “The system inserts timecode
into the metadata for files from GoPros and similar cameras where that information
is lacking,” explains Cloyd. “It’s guaranteed to relink during the conform, so
there is no more worry over human error. With our solution, the metadata is
always identical.”
The result is a more efficient and worry-free path from
production to delivery. “Post production has never been so smooth,” says
Salinas. “We haven’t experienced any problems with corruption or duplicate
files. It’s been rock solid start to finish.”
About QSR Systems
Established in 2002, QSR Systems is a leading provider of
post-production equipment rentals, sales, & service to the entertainment and
broadcast industries.   The company
provides state-of-the-art technology, workflow design, technical support and
unparalleled customer service.

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