Saul Carassalle shooting in Greenland
My name is Sara Bonatti (46). Together with my colleague Saul Carassalle (48) I am creating content for Italian TV stations. While Saul is the cameraman in our team, I am responsible for the editing.
We work as an independent team mainly shooting and editing documentaries and regional commercials. Our time schedule is often very tight, and we depend on a fast and stable editing solution to not be held up by technical problems or compatibility issues. EDIUS has therefore been the editing solution of our choice for many years. And although I am checking other solutions such as Adobe Premiere and DaVinci Resolve from time to time they have shown not to be an alternative and there has been no reason to change. EDIUS is just the perfect solution for our demand and fast workflow.
Depending on the topic we might be shooting for a few days in Greenland and shortly after that travel to Dubai to cover the launch of a new cruise ship – like we did in November of last year. Different jobs might require completely different camera setup resulting in a number of different file formats. Sometimes I also include some existing corporate footage, motion graphics or other artwork suitable for the project.
Without any technical restraints
EDIUS allows me to do all of that without any technical restraints. I have never needed to convert any type of source footage. I can use any type of camera, any codec and file type with no need to transcode. And I can even automatically mix different framerates and resolutions on one timeline.
EDIUS allows us to be so fast and versatile that we can fully concentrate on the creative process. It is very handy that EDIUS allows us to do a quick rough cut, so that we can share a first impression almost immediately after shooting. We sometimes use that to give the people involved in the production a quick preview and insight into the project.
EDIUS is fast even on standard hardware because the program is very efficient in leveraging hardware resources like Intel QuickSync. I can edit a complex project even on a notebook. Whenever the real time playback might be about to stutter – because of the multitude of video tracks or exceptional high data rates – I can reduce the preview quality. Editing an UHD project I do not even notice any lesser quality on my notebook screen. And of course, exporting the project will always be in full quality.
Ideal solution for ultrafast turnarounds
I am very happy with the new background rendering feature in EDIUS X. Now I can continue my editing work while an already finished section is being exported by EDIUS X as a background job. This makes EDIUS X an ideal solution for ultrafast turnarounds.
The new audio correction filters in EDIUS X have also shown to be very useful. With these some very typical audio problems can quickly be solved, for example the reduction of reverberation.
While we have used different ENG broadcast camcorders in the past we have soon switched to DSLM cameras like the Panasonic GH5s for creative reasons. As EDIUS supports all recording modes natively we can choose whatever fits our needs. And with EDIUS we can also make full use of the wider colour spaces like V-LOG and HLG. The Primary Colour Correction Filter can then automatically convert the image into the desired target colour space like Rec.709 – fully leveraging the great dynamic range of the camera.
With EDIUS I am not bothered by any technical limitations. I feel I can easily try out new creative ideas because EDIUS never slows me down. We have even won several prices for the art direction of our work.
Besides TV formats we have worked on several low budget documentaries like this one for the Fondazione Leonardo: Di padre in figlio - Documentario Archivio storico OTO Melara (From father to son – Documentary Historical Archive OTO Melara).
Among other competitions we were also awarded the "Festival du cinemà de Paris" prize for our production "In the garden's mind" created for the performer Elisabetta Vittoni.
Powerful and easy to learn
Right now, we are working on the new edition of Mondo Crociera, an Italian TV-Channel covering exciting places all around the world. In one of the first episodes, we will be covering the launch of the new cruise ship MSC VIRTUOSA that took place end of November in Dubai.
EDIUS is not only very powerful, but also easy to learn. I often recommend EDIUS to other filmmakers and I am hearing very positive feedback
The Berliner Philharmoniker is one of the most prestigious and famous orchestras worldwide. And offering about 40 concert programs and more than 130 concerts per year the orchestra is also extremely productive. This requires the media team of the Berliner Philharmoniker to be as effective as possible in production und postproduction as the concerts are being streamed live and then made available to the subscribers of the Digital Concert Hall in just a few days later. For many years, the Berlin experts fully and successfully rely on EDIUS while streaming, editing and during the postproduction process.
Eight stationary cameras in the concert hall of the Berliner Philharmonie
The concert hall of the Berlin Philharmonic was then equipped with eight stationary broadcast cameras. A live studio was installed also fulfilling the most advanced broadcast standards. And the development of an app was initiated serving a large variety of different soft and hardware platforms.
The offering of the “Digital Concert Hall” provides music lovers all over the world with the opportunity to enjoy concerts and documentations of the Berliner Philharmoniker on PCs as well as tablets, Smart-TVs as well as via Apple-TV and Amazon Fire-TV and even selected movie cinemas for special occasions.
The success of the “Digital Concert Hall” allows the Berliner Philharmoniker to generate continuously growing revenues. And this despite the trend of otherwise declining sales industry-wide in the worldwide market of traditional sound carriers.
Fulfilling the highest broadcast standards“2008 the German Newspaper ‘Die Welt’ opened on page one with the headline ‘The Berliner Philharmoniker play for 10 Euros on the internet’”, remembers Christoph Franke, who was involved as sound director and creative producer form early on in planning and accompanying the development of the “Digital Concert Hall”.
Headline on page one: “The Berliner Philharmoniker play for 10 Euros on the internet”
Sponsored by the Deutsche Bank and broadcast suppliers like Sony and later Panasonic the Berliner Philharmoniker are equipped with camera and studio gear at the highest professional level which is continuously being updated. 2008 Christoph Franke and his team started the regular production workflow with Sony HD cameras as XDCAM 422. About two years ago the cameras, now supplied from Panasonic, as well as the live studio and postproduction studio were upgraded to 4K/UHD. The video signal of the eight stationary 4K-cameras is each being distributed by SDI-quadlink to the live studio and from there as AVC Ultra to the server room. Each camera signal is being recorded as AVC Ultra with a data rate of 800 Mbit/s.
EDIUS is an integral part of the Philharmonic’s workflow in multiple ways. “While streaming live we use EDIUS in combination with VisTitle, to playout titles and subtitles. The performance of EDIUS is a perfect partner to the multitude of VisTitle’s design options.”
EDIUS combined with VisTitle
Complex corporate design rules need to be followed. This also means that different fonts as well as font sizes need to be combined in one line. “VisTitle offers these options and the handling of SRT-files for subtitling also works perfectly” says Christoph Franke.
Sound director and creative producer Christoph Franke at the EDIUS desk
Once the concert is over the essential work for the postproduction team begins. The concert recording, which will soon be available in the media center of the Berliner Philharmoniker for all subscribers, is expected to meet the highest quality standards.
In a first step the live mixed audio stereo track is being exported with a compressed video signal. During the audio edit the video picture serves only to check that both are in sync.
Even before the actual concert the media team regularly records both rehearsals. “From time to time musicians ask us to use a certain part from the rehearsal for the master version” explains Christoph Franke. “Depending on the length of the sequence to be replaced we either exchange only the audio part or audio and video both together.”
Video director Robert Gummlich explains the live studio workflow
When checking the recording the team might detect some disturbing background noise like somebody in the audience coughing. “We can then very much reduce this noise applying a Spectral Cleaning.”
Editing and optimizing the audio is being done with a specialized audio solution. Once the audio is finalized all further editing is done with EDIUS. The original audio track is being exchanged in EDIUS by the optimized audio version.
The script to the concert
Each concert is being thoroughly planned. The video directors study the score and mark the exact timing for switching cameras. The settings of the eight cameras – a nineth camera on a tripod in the hall can be added when needed – are all precisely defined by preset numbers.
The score is the script for switching cameras
“Because of the precise script and the experienced team in the live studio we need to do only minor changes during the later editing process” explains Christoph Franke.” But of course, it does happen from time to time that a musician is not yet playing when the camera was switched, or the focus might not be perfect.”
In EDIUS all tracks are available of all cameras that were involved in the recording. “The multi cam function allows us to time the switching differently when needed or even choose another camera as source.”
Realtime playback in multi-cam-mode
Thanks to EDIUS playing back the up to nine video tracks simultaneously with a data rate of 800 Mbit/s per track is no problem and possible at any time as the playback resolution can be lowered if needed. “This is an important feature for us and a great advantage. Whether the timing works right especially for music can only be judged if you can play back your project in real time” says Franke.
EDIUS allows Realtime playback in multi-cam-mode
EDIUS tools like the Layouter and the Primary Color Correction allow fast adjustments of framings, exposure settings and the color balance can just as easy and intuitively be corrected and adapted.
The master: 800 Mbit/s video data rate and 98 KHz 24bit audio
The EDIUS postproduction workflow is streamlined to maintain an optimal and therefore futureproof level of quality throughout the complete process of acquisition, recording and editing up to the final master in the shortest achievable time. Christoph Franke: “To maintain the best quality we export the master as AVC-Ultra 800 Mbit/s which is also our acquisition format. Thanks to the Smart-Render-Function EDIUS only needs to render those short moments, where we have applied changes to the picture. These are about only five minutes of a 2 ½ hours long concert program. EDIUS can therefore export the final master file as 4K HDR HLG (800 Mbit/s video data rate in 50p and 96 KHz 24-bit audio) in a fraction of the time that would otherwise be required.
EDIUS support and feature requests
Christoph Franke: “We are lucky that we have found with EDIUS not only an extremely powerful and stable NLE. We also benefit from a very capable support hotline which is in direct contact and exchange with the EDIUS development team in Kobe Japan.”
Within 48 hours maximum time the Berlin media team always received a qualified answer – and in special cases a little bit later even an enhanced EDIUS feature fully supporting the individual Philharmonic workflow.
Such an enhancement was the modification of the desired AVC-Ultra export function, which originally splits the export file into numerous files of 4 GB size each – fully compliant with the P2 specification by Panasonic. “For our workflow needing to export a master file up to 800 GB in size this P2 required splitting made no sense” remembers Franke. “We therefore asked the EDIUS support if they could help us”.
The support and development team were able to provide the desired solution. Since EDIUS version 9.3 all EDIUS 9 Workgroup users benefit from the extended functionality. XAVC Intra 4K and AVC Ultra 4K can now be exported within the MXF container without a size limitation as one file. The AVC Ultra MXF exporter was enhanced supporting HDR metadata and additional audio settings. Christoph Franke: “With this another important wish could be fulfilled because we produce 4K HDR with Hybrid Log Gamma“.
Remote rendering by the XRE-Transcoder Server
Additional to the concert master the Berlin media team also produces trailers for the social media channels of the Philharmonic. “And we use EDIUS to edit and subtitle the interviews with artists which are being shown during the intermission of the live concert streams”.
Also trailers, interviews and social media content are being produced with EDIUS
A lot of content is being produced and as many projects need to be edited and exported as master files. To reduce render times exporting files even further the EDIUS workflow was complemented by an XRE-Transcoder Server. This boosted productivity to the next level because the processing and rendering is now being performed completely by the XRE-Transcoder Server. Franke: “Our EDIUS seats only need to initiate the process and are then available for further editing tasks with all of their performance.”
By the time the management team of the Berliner Philharmoniker was developing the concept of the “Digital Concert Hall” about 15 years ago, the mangers clearly did not have in mind how helpful this digital concert hall might once become facing a global pandemic. With this the Berliner Philharmoniker succeeded in overcoming restrictions of the Corona crisis, keeping and even intensifying the contact and digital link to their audience.
Reliability and performance
Christoph Franke: “Within the last 15 years we have been able to gather a steady number of subscribers counting more than 70.000 customers. Among those are many private music lovers as well as many institutions like music academies and colleges worldwide. For this we are very thankful.
One important factor in this success is the reliability and performance of our mastering and creative solutions with EDIUS being an integral part from the very start.
All images origin from the EDIUS-user-video report produced by magic multi media on behalf of the release of EDIUS X.
Initially producing animated cartoons, Przemek Petryszyn moved on to produce TV sports reports and then founded his own TV channel, which is now one of Poland's leading lifestyle channels with over four million subscribers. EDIUS was there from the beginning and still is the core of all activities.
Przemek Petryszyn and EDIUS have a long history together. More than a decade ago, the now 42-year-old had already made a conscious decision to use EDIUS. And this, although Przemek Petryszyn did not produce any video films at that time. Przemek Petryszyn lives and works in Bielsko-Biała in the south of Poland near the Czech border. Many famous animated films were made in Bielsko-Biała.
Przemek Petryszyn, Founder and CEO of “Active Family”
"My father was already working in this industry, and I also enjoyed the creative collaboration with the animation artists," Przemek Petryszyn describes his way to EDIUS. However, often the technology was problematic, then as now, because artists delivered their hand-drawn animations in a wide variety of file formats and codecs. "We tested editing programs like AVID Media Composer, Apple Final Cut and Adobe Premiere Pro extensively. But these programs didn't support the variety of file formats we needed. What's more, they kept crashing" recalls Przemek Petryszyn.
“We couldn't afford delays or even crashes”
Petryszyn and his team supplied agencies with animations for TV commercials. "We had fixed deadlines and even then, we couldn't afford delays or even crashes. After we switched to EDIUS, we had the exact platform with the combination of performance, reliability and versatility we wanted."
EDIUS also gave Przemek Petryszyn a perfect overview of the status of projects. The lower of the three tracks contained the storyboard design. In the track above, the artists' supplied clips were arranged. "And this was done without any conversion, because even back then EDIUS processed almost every format natively" reports Przemek Petryszyn. Finally, the result for file export was in track 3 above.
"This was an absolutely perfect workflow, and we were able to work with it very successfully. Around 2013, however, the animation market in Poland went into a deep crisis." At that time, coverage around recreational sports such as Nordic walking became all the more popular. Did this offer a new market with new opportunities? Przemek Petryszyn: "It had always been very time-consuming to create the animations. I was 30 years old at the time and wanted a medium that would allow us to achieve results more quickly. We invested in our first camera, at that time it was the Sony FS-100, and started producing our own reports. We also started to prepare a demo of a TV channel because the feedback was so positive.”
Founding of TV channel “Active Family”
These sports reports were indeed so successful that Przemek Petryszyn founded his own television station after only a short time. Originally founded as "Family Sport" and recently renamed "Active Family", the channel is available in Poland both on the cable network in HD quality and via satellite in SD.
Today, the channel is one of the leading Polish Pay-TV lifestyle channels with over four million subscribers. "Active Family" features international shows and documentaries, which are purchased under license and then customized for the Polish market. However, the special highlight of "Active Family" are two one-hour daily talk shows, which Przemek Petryszyn produces completely on his own.
In the "Moontalk" show, celebrities and actors present current film and theater projects. The second in-house production, "Wielkie Oczy" ("Big Eyes"), is about records and superlatives of all kinds. Here, too, a host leads through the show in conversation with guests and celebrities.
Two days of shows equal 600 gigabytes of footage
Four episodes of each show are recorded in Warsaw on two consecutive days. The fact that the shows are generally recorded without an audience proved to be a great advantage during the Corona pandemic. When the schedule permits, Przemek Petryszyn accompanies the production on location in Warsaw and finally, then equipped with around 12 memory cards, drives back to the postproduction studio in Bielsko-Biała, some 300 kilometers away, for editing.
"We record the shows with four Panasonic S1s in UHD quality. In total, this is 600 gigabytes of material, which we then transfer to the editing PC. After that, editing begins with EDIUS 9.5 as a multicam UHD project in proxy mode." Przemek Petryszyn explains: "We are really looking forward to the extended possibilities of EDIUS X, so that, among other things, we probably won't need the proxy files at all then."
During the runtime of the current season, however, Przemek Petryszyn does not plan to upgrade to the current version yet to exclude any risk of disruption. And indeed, Przemek Petryszyn is already completely convinced by EDIUS 9.5, both in terms of workflow as well as features and stability.
Przemek Petryszyn: "EDIUS is very easy to learn and convinces with its logic. If someone comes from another editing program, then this person should have no problem at all to work effectively with EDIUS very quickly."
Currently, "Active Family" has two EDIUS editing suites. Of these, one station is tailored for editing the purchased shows of mostly UK and US origin. Polish voice-overs are added here, as well as current popular music.
“With EDIUS I still enjoy editing and post-production”
The two in-house productions are edited on the second editing suite. Przemek Petryszyn explains: "I do the editing and processing myself, because with EDIUS I still enjoy editing and post-production. To edit a complete program of 42 minutes net divided into three segments (due to the commercial breaks, the total broadcast time is 60 minutes), I need about six hours of working time including color correction, audio optimization and multicam editing.
For the audio processing we use the Izoptope compressor as an EDIUS plugin. With only minimal effort, we achieve optimal speech intelligibility and an even audio level. We work with additional audio tracks for adding music and comedy audio effects like clapping and laughing. To control these tracks quickly and conveniently, I like to use the audio mixer being able to adjust the volume on the fly during playback.
The high-quality UHD recording leaves us plenty of latitude for any needed corrections. For color and brightness corrections, I use the 'Primary Color Correction' filter. This makes it possible to match any color shift of the four cameras quickly and intuitively. The exposure can also be optimally adjusted with this filter.
“Our most important creative tool”
I particularly like working with the EDIUS shortcuts, because this allows a very effective and fast workflow. This also includes the ability to switch from one camera recording to another camera during playback in real time in the multicam project using the keyboard.
This 'live switching' gives you the feeling of working in a broadcast studio and allows you to work very spontaneously. And if a cut isn't spot on, we can easily fine-tune it later by moving the markers on the timeline."
Using batch export, the three segments of a show are being exported as HD files in MXF format. "Again, we're happy that EDIUS X will allow us to perform the export as a background job. So, we will be able to already edit the next show while EDIUS X will be exporting the files."
Przemek Petryszyn has further plans for the future with his "Active Family" channel. Soon, the program will also be available to subscribers via the Internet. The program lineup is to be expanded even further. He says it is still too early to announce details. But one thing is certain for successful channel operator Przemek Petryszyn: "EDIUS will continue to remain our most important creative tool, now and in the future!"
To the website of “Active Family“: https://activefamily.pl/
Steven Fastook is Senior Vice President of Technical and Commercial Operations at CNBC responsible for the worldwide operations of the network. In this role he has advanced the use of tapeless technology and created the first-ever totally digital process at CNBC. Steven Fastook has also worked as an editor and can therefore fully appreciate how critical the right editing tools are to a successful workflow. Grass Valley's Trevor Francis had the opportunity to speak to Steven Fastook about his experience of CNBC working with EDIUS.
CNBC produces a huge amount of high-quality content. Can you give us some idea of the scale of it? How much do you produce in a day?
We produce 15 hours of original live content every day. That includes our 7 p.m. show - the news with Shepard Smith, so 15 hours of live original content every day. I have about 50 people on my edit team here in the US and about 20 or 30 more globally. And just for context, for the news show at 7 pm we are producing between 50 and 60 elements for a single hour.
That is all very impressive! How much has the covid pandemic made a difference to editing?
Some has increased and some has decreased but everything changed big time. So, the need for content increased dramatically in daytime. What I call daytime, that is our business news coverage. When the pandemic hit, at the same time our markets moved dramatically and when markets move dramatically that is when we spring into action. So, our systems throttled up big time for the covid situation. And at the same time about two-thirds of our editing team were working from home and only a third of them here on the property.
CNBC is a long-term customer of Grass Valley and strong user of EDIUS. What do your people most value about it?
I kind of came out of the editing ranks so I am very dear to this. I like its layout; I like the way the tracks are handled. It is very intuitive; it is very clean. I think that is the best word I can use. Obviously, we talk about speed. Speed is a big deal for us. Our editors like the fact that we can be working on things. We have some shows that we time shift. We are still cutting while the show is on the air. Speed and volume of movement is really important to us.
Imagine you are in an elevator for 20 or 30 seconds together with other broadcast experts not knowing about EDIUS. How would you sell EDIUS to them?
Well, I like what the claim says, and I have a little sticker. I think it is still on one of my monitors. It says, "edit anything" and I really think your single greatest asset is the fact, that anything that comes around can be instantly played and edited on the timeline without transcoding. No one lives in a vacuum; everyone has multiple formats. It is a fact of life. And the fact that we can bring things in and send them out the way we want them and conform them to our program is probably the biggest feature.
How would you characterize the synergies between EDIUS and STRATUS?
We run hundreds of people through our systems. Hundreds of editorial people go through our systems, and they live in STRATUS too. Producers can make editorial decisions about content at their desk or at home during the pandemic. Content can be put together in a rough cut, the editor can pick up the rough cut and do what they do best. This makes our editing highly efficient because we are not waiting, we are not screening. Instead, we are making beautiful pictures.
It is frequently said these days that editing has become totally commoditized, that an NLE is just an NLE in the same way that a keyboard is a keyboard, and I can type a novel on a mac or a pc or a tablet. So, what difference does EDIUS make?
I always say, it is what you are buying and who you are buying it from. Yes, I see a lot of them come out now. There are more platforms out there than I have ever seen before in my life. Grass Valley has done right by me for many years. So, it is not only what I am buying but it is who I am buying it from. And it is not only the solution by itself. It is also the expert knowledge in sales as well as product development, support, and system integration.
Thank you very much for your great insights!