the Solution Brief: Using Vantage with your Avid System

the Solution Brief: Using Vantage with your Avid System
Solution Brief
Using Vantage with your Avid system
This document is an overview of
the Vantage tool set that can be
used to increase the productivity of
your Avid editing systems.
The tight integration of Vantage with Avid systems enables significant gains in
productivity for almost every type of Avid user, from small production houses
to large broadcasters producing national news programs. These dramatic
productivity gains are made possible by making file-based import and export
processes faster, more automated, and less reliant on operator action.
Vantage products can be integrated into a variety of simple and complex Avid
workflows, to support users utilizing everything from standalone edit solutions
to multiple resolutions Interplay/ISIS shared storage systems.
Camera files
Standalone Media
File based
Interplay Avid ISIS storage
SDI–Pipeline HD Dual
Send to
Import - QuickTime/MXF OP1a
AMA - QuickTime/MXF OP1a
Media Tool - MXF OPAtom
Single or multi resolution assets
■ Create a headframe
■ Add metadata
■ Add locators
■ Edit while files are growing
Avid ISIS Client
Vantage Transcodes Media for Ingest into Avid Systems
Solution Brief
Supported Avid Platforms and Products
Vantage workflows can be integrated with the following Avid system implementations:
■Stand-alone Avid editing systems with local, direct-attached storage (DAS)
■Avid editing systems with network attached storage such as Avid ISIS
■Avid editing systems with Interplay Production Asset Management (PAM).
Vantage workflows can be integrated with the following Avid products:
Avid Interplay Transfer Engine (Interplay | Transfer)
Avid Interplay Transfer Engine (often referred to as Interplay Transfer or Transfer Manager) automates the transfer of
media files in and out of Avid environments.
Avid Interplay Asset Management Products
Vantage inter-operates with Interplay asset management products—PAM (Production Asset Management) and MAM
(Media Asset Management)—for both import and export applications.
Vantage seamlessly integrates directly with PAM. Vantage workflows can also ingest media exported from MAM.
Contact Avid for further information about submitting media from MAM into Vantage.
ISIS—Avid’s shared storage environment, a proprietary NAS device—uses Ethernet for networking and file access. The
term ISIS as used in this document should not be confused with older Avid Unity products.
Solution Brief
Vantage to Avid—Delivering Media to Avid Systems
In today’s fast paced world, media and its associated
metadata can arrive in many ways, and in often unpredictable formats. An ever increasing challenge is keeping up
with content arriving from:
Media files
Avid ISIS / Interplay
• News agency feeds, bureau and stringer file deliveries
• Tapeless cameras
• Archive retrievals
• User-generated content (crowd sourcing) enabled by
the ubiquitous camera phone.
Standalone Avid system
Vantage Delivers Media to Simple
and Complex Avid Systems
Most media arrives in a format that must be transcoded
or re-wrapped before being ingested for use in Avid editing
systems. Some media may require aspect ratio or frame rate
conversion as well.
Vantage automatically discovers, transcodes and prepares media for Avid editing systems. Vantage ensures highquality video encoding and can intelligently convert media format, frame size and frame rate to meet your target profile.
In addition, Vantage offers a comprehensive set of components that you can combine and configure in workflows to
solve these media transcoding challenges, from simple to complex Avid media processing systems.
Certain Vantage components are designed specifically for use in workflows to encode and deliver media for use in
specific Avid products, as shown in the figure below:
Deploy Action
Transfer Engine
Avid Transfer
Engine Encoder
MXF Encoder
Media Composer
Asset Management/
Final Cut / Avid
QuickTime Encoder
Interplay Advanced
Avid AAF Encoder
Notify Action
Solution Brief
Avid AAF Encoder
The Avid AAF encoder is implemented in Vantage in the
Flip action. You can use the Avid AAF encoder to
produce Avid-compatible MXF OP-Atom media files
containing video, audio and SMPTE 436M data. The
media can be added directly to a Media Composer bin
or checked into Interplay PAM.
The AAF encoder can be configured to operate with
Media Composer or Interplay.
■ Media Composer—the AAF encoder creates Avid MXF
Op-Atom media (video, audio and data) files along
with an accompanying AAF file. The media files can|
be added to a project bin by importing the AAF file or
by using Media Composer’s Media Tool.
■ Interplay—you can encode and save Avid MXF
Op-Atom media files directly to ISIS shared storage
and automatically check them into Interplay. Avid
Frame Chase can be supported enabling Edit While
Note: There are some limitations as to which formats
and workflows can support Frame Chase (Edit-while-ingest) editing. Please refer to the Integration Guide for
more details.
The AAF Encoder requires an ISIS 5000 or 7000 client
on the Vantage system. The AAF Encoder’s H.264
Proxy codec does not support the preservation of
ancillary data within a SMPTE 436M data track.
Transcode/Direct Convert Formats
■ AVC Intra 50/100 720p & 1080i
■ IMX 30/40/50 NTSC/PAL
■ DV25 & DVCPRO25/50 for NTSC/PAL
■ DNxHD 720p/1080i/1080p
■ XDCAM HD 4:2:0/4:2:2
Transcode-only Formats
■ H.264 Proxy 800K/1.5M/2Mbps
■ JPEG Interchange Format (JFIF) NTSC/PAL
TransferManager/Transfer Engine Encoder with
Deploy Action
The TransferManager/Transfer Engine encoder, implemented in the Flip action, is a legacy encoder for
creating temporary video, audio and data files for
delivery to Avid TransferManager or Transfer Engine,
without requiring Avid Interplay. Delivery is performed
via a Deploy action in the workflow, and requires an
additional Telestream Transfer Manager component to
be installed.
Transcode/Direct Convert Formats
■AVC Intra 100 720p & 1080i
■DNxHD 720p/1080i/1080p
■DVCPRO HD 720p/1080i
■IMX 30, 40, & 50 NTSC/PAL
■XDCAM HD 4:2:0/4:2:2
Note: An Avid data track is not generated by this
Solution Brief
MXF Encoder
Notify Action
The MXF encoder is implemented in the Flip action. The
MXF encoder creates media that can be imported into
an Avid editorial environment.
The Notify action’s Interplay Notifier type enables you to
perform operations within an Interplay environment
using Avid Web Services. Functions include the MOB
ID Generator, Creation of a Master Clip, Moving an
Interplay asset, Copying an Interplay asset, Deleting an
Interplay asset, Extracting an Interplay asset’s metadata, and Adding metadata to an existing Interplay asset.
Files created by the MXF encoder in Generic OP1a, IMX
(D10), or Sony XDCAM HD MXF containers can be
added to an Avid bin using Avid’s MXF AMA plug-in.
Ancillary data in source files can be preserved as an
MXF (SMPTE 436M) data track.
Avid’s AMA MXF plug-in reads SMPTE 436M and
places it in the clip’s data track.
MXF Formats
Note: These may be restricted by your container
The Interplay Notifier supports the following Interplay
Web Services functions:
■Create a master clip in Interplay
■Add metadata to an Interplay clip
■Extract clip metadata from an Interplay asset for use
in Vantage workflows (Vantage 6.3 or later)
■Set a head frame in an Interplay clip
■AVC Intra 100 720p & 1080i
■Copy a clip in Interplay
■DNxHD 720p/1080i/1080p
■Move a clip in Interplay
■Delete a clip from Interplay
■DVCPRO HD 720p/1080i
■IMX 30/40/50 NTSC/PAL
■XDCAM HD 4:2:0/4:2:2
Final Cut / Avid QuickTime Encoder
QuickTime (Telestream)
The Final Cut / Avid QuickTime and QuickTime
(Telestream) encoders are implemented in the Flip
action to create QuickTime media. Files created by
these encoders can be added to an Avid bin through
the Avid QuickTime AMA plug-in or via an Import
function. The Avid QuickTime AMA plug-in does not
read or import Closed Caption tracks.
Transcoding and Direct Convert Formats
■AVC Intra 50/100 720p & 1080i
■DNxHD 720p/1080i/1080p
■DVCPRO HD 720p/1080i
■IMX 30/40/50 NTSC/PAL
■ProRes 422
■XDCAM HD 4:2:0/4:2:2
■X.264 (H.264)
Solution Brief
Avid to Vantage—Exporting Media to Vantage
Once an edit is complete, the finalized sequence is ready to be sent to a play-out system, to syndication, or for online
publication as quickly as possible. Vantage can be used to create media in all distribution platform formats for Broadcast, cable/VOD, IPTV, online/mobile, and multi-screen viewing.
The output of the Avid edit process can be processed in Vantage workflows in a variety of ways. By exporting media
directly to Vantage, you can easily automate the creation of all required file types.
Content distribution
Avid ISIS / Interplay
Web & Mobile
IPTV Playout
Standalone Avid system
Asset Mgmt /
Cable VOD
Vantage Automates Transcoding and Delivery to All Distribution Platforms
Export from an Avid Unity folder to Vantage
Interplay Send to Playback via Transfer Engine
Avid Unity access is implemented in Watch and
Associate actions by configuring them to use the Avid
File Detector.
The Telestream Playback Service for Avid Interplay
Transfer Engine is a Windows service installed on an
Avid Transfer Engine server. Telestream Playback
Service enables editors using Avid Media Composer/
NewsCutter with Interplay Transfer Engine to save edit
sequences as Telestream Intermediary Format (TIFO)
files so that they can be immediately picked up by a
Vantage Watch folder and processed by Vantage while
being transfered.
You can use these to ingest QuickTime, OMF, OMFI,
and MXF files from Editorial for processing in Vantage.
(The Avid File Detector automatically ensures correct file
paths within QuickTime reference movies.)
Solution Brief
Avid Data Track Support
Avid Export (Media Composer 7 and later)
■608/708 captions
■XDCAM HD, with 8 channels of audio. Avid AMA
File Export (Media Composer 8 or later)
■XDS data
– Program Name
– V-Chip/Content Advisory Information
– Ratings
■Active Format Description
Supported Formats
■AVC Intra 50/100 720p, 1080i, 1080p
■DNxHD 720p/1080i/1080p
■DVCPROHD 720p/1080i
■IMX 30/40/50 NTSC/PAL
■Up to 16 audio channels
Note: 10-bit mastering quality video is processed as Full
Quality (8-bit) by Vantage.
Exporting QuickTime Movies from Avid Media
You can export clips or sequences from Avid edit
systems as fully-contained QuickTime movies or as
QuickTime reference movies for transcoding in Vantage.
QuickTime Reference Movie Avid Export
■ Audio is restricted to 2 channels
■ Enable Flatten Video Tracks
■ Enable Fill Spaces with Black
■ Enable Render All Video Effects
■ Enable Premix Audio Tracks
■ Clips and sequences must contain a single video or
audio essence type—mixedcodec sequences are not
■ The timeline must not contain long-GOP media, such
as XDCAM clips.
Note: Data tracks are not exported in Avid QuickTime
Exporting MXF OP1a Files from Avid Media Composer
Vantage can process clips or sequences exported from
Avid edit systems as MXF OP1a files contained in the
following video essences. Use a Vantage Watch action
to automatically submit jobs for processing.
■AS-11, AVC-I
Note: The Avid Data track is included as a SMPTE
436M track.
Extracting Interplay Clip Metadata in Vantage
In Vantage 6.3 and later, you can extract basic metadata, plus optional User Property and Locator metadata,
from an Interplay asset for use in a Vantage workflow,
by using a Notify action.
You can transform the metadata into a label or a set of
variables, or an XML file.
Convert the metadata into a label by using a Transform
action configured with an Attachment to Label
function— you provide and specify a style sheet, and a
suitable metadata label. You can also transform the
label into a set of variables, using the Populate action
configured with the Variables from the Label Parameters function.
Exporting a Simple AAF from Avid Media Composer
You can export Avid Simplified AAF files from Media
Composer for processing by Vantage workflows using
Post Producer Compose and Conform actions.
The Post Producer Compose action configured with a
Simple AAF composer parses the Avid Simplified AAF
files and the Conform action transcodes the video,
processing audio and data track (D-Track) MXF
Op-Atom media referenced in the file ingested from
ISIS storage.
With Post Producer, a Simple AAF allows final rendering
to be performed by Vantage. It also allows the creation
of templates for content assembly, allowing you to
automate repetitive tasks with a single AAF master. See
the Post Producer Developer’s Guide for more details.
Solution Brief
Additional Vantage Information
Licensing Requirements
Certain components in Vantage require licenses to enable them:
Vantage to Avid
■AAF Encoder—requires the following licenses:
– For Media Composer: Vantage Transcode Pro
– For Interplay: Vantage Transcode Pro Connect with Avid Advanced option
■TransferManager/Transfer Engine Encoder with Deploy Action—requires Vantage Transcode Pro Connect with Avid
Advanced option.
■MXF Encoder—requires Vantage Transcode Pro
■Final Cut/Avid QuickTime Encoder; QuickTime (Telestream) —requires Vantage Transcode Pro
Avid to Vantage
■ Submitting Avid generated QuickTime and MXF OP1a files—supported in all Vantage products
■Telestream Playback Service—supported in all Vantage products
■Notify Actions Interplay Notifier—requires Vantage Transcode Pro Connect with Avid Advanced option
■Post Producer Compose and Conform Actions—requires Post Producer
Supporting documentation
■Avid Integration Guide:
■Avid Support in FlipFactory and Vantage:
■Camera Ingest Solution Brief:
International Character Support (Multiple Byte Characters)
Vantage’s underlying internal architecture fully supports multiple byte characters. However many third party components or interfaces used within Vantage do not.
AAF Encoder – The Avid Media Toolkit within the AAF Encoder does not fully support Multiple Byte Characters.
Notify and Deploy Actions – Some Avid Interplay components have restricted Multiple Byte Characters support. See
Avid’s Interplay documentation for more details.
Avid International Character Support (ICS)
Media Composer
Interplay Production v3.0.x Documentation
Interplay Read Me:
Interplay Production v3.1.x Documentation
Interplay Read Me: | [email protected] | tel +1 530 470 1300
Specifications subject to change without notice. Copyright © 2015 Telestream, LLC.
Telestream, CaptionMaker, Episode, Flip4Mac, FlipFactory, Flip Player, Lightspeed,
ScreenFlow, Switch, Vantage, Wirecast, GraphicsFactory, MetaFlip, and Split-andStitch are registered trademarks and Pipeline, MacCaption, and e-Captioning are
trademarks of Telestream, LLC. All other trademarks are the property of their
respective owners. August 2015
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