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Ateliere’s cloud-native, supply-chain orchestration platform Connect was designed to help media companies ingest, manage, encode, package and deliver video content to any and all endpoints. Ateliere recently assisted a major studio in an enormous digital transformation project, which included overhauling how it managed its massive film and TV archive. In the past, in common with many Hollywood institutions, most of its processes had been done manually. But the studio saw an urgent need to leverage technology, and increase its scope for producing and distributing more content. Cloud was at the centre of this vision, with a focus on not going beyond typical cloud workflow processes, and leveraging the deep capabilities of public cloud services like AWS. Consequently, the studio was looking for more than a traditional media
asset management system, and embraced Ateliere Connect’s built-in QC workbench, IMF deep analysis, and the ability to do easy, templated distribution to multiple partners.
A stunning 15 petabytes of content were brought back under control of the company after years in the hands of external partners. Once ingested into Amazon S3 storage, it could be organised, managed, tagged with metadata and turned into useful assets. With Ateliere as a partner, the entire epic process took only a couple of months.
Ateliere’s componentised workflow leverages the benefits of the IMF format to massively reduce a customer’s storage footprint – often by over 70%. A massive amount of duplication happens in file storage, often with very little paper trail (or sometimes a literal paper trail) to describe what files are, or even why they exist. Ateliere’s supply chain platform compares the various versions of content using AI and machine learning to identify the duplicated media. The IMF format then permits saving only the unique elements across the archive.
“The challenge is that most libraries are overburdened with duplicated media, due to the many versions of a title created,” explains Bill Admans, Ateliere’s COO. “This versioning often results from localisation, to accommodate the many languages for all the countries a title will play in, along with changes for compliance and distribution channels. When you consider large studios and content owners’ libraries are often more than ten petabytes in size, savings can quickly add up to millions of dollars.”
The capacity to rapidly make large, disorganised content archives available will give broadcasters a head start in the race to publish. Efficiently orchestrating these workflows, and incorporating formats like IMF, turns a task no human could pull off into a practical element of a business strategy.
“We’ve taken IMF to the next level,” says Admans. “We’ve looked at how IMF enables automation throughout the entire workflow. You can potentially save content owners millions.”
Ateliere is applying its cloud expertise to easing other industry tech pain points. “We’ve focused on building out the media supply chain for content management and distribution. Now, we are stepping into other parts of the workflow. Our vision is to bring those efficiencies to the content creation process, from concept all the way through to consumer.”