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  • [Press Release] Quality Control for files in the cloud: Deluxe Media Paris uses the Eolementhe© solution

    Montpellier, France – 29 November 2018 – Deluxe Media Paris uses Eolementhe©, the collaborative media tool box, Videomenthe announces.

    Deluxe is an international group specializing in the creation, transformation, localization (dubbing, subtitling, audio description, etc) and distribution of content for broadcasting operators, suppliers of content and advertising agencies. Deluxe operates in 38 markets worldwide and has 7, 500 collaborators.

    Deluxe Media Paris has chosen Eolementhe©‘s service for quality control of its media files and to guarantee compliance of the content sent to its clients.

    Eolementhe©, the collaborative media tool box for creating workflows and transferring media files in the cloud, offers transcoding, quality control, audio loudness correction, the insertion of metadata, multilingual subtitling, artificial intelligence, delivery of files, etc, all via the same very user-friendly interface, in a multi-provider environment.

    “Our priority is technical and artistic quality, and respect for original content. In addition to operating requirements, we had two further requirements: security of content and control of our budget. Eolementhe© enables us to meet our clients’ criteria in terms of quality of files, while guaranteeing us a secure environment. Another important point is that as the workflow is created entirely in the Cloud, we enjoy the benefit of a flexible, scalable financial model,” Deluxe Media Paris’ Director of Audio Services, Frédéric Taieb, explains.

    Videomenthe has worked with the Deluxe Media Paris teams to put in place the system settings and in particular the processing permissions required for each user. Quality control test plans have also been created and uploaded to the Eolementhe© platform, and can be used by any type of operator, technical or otherwise.

    Quality control is carried out using Interra Systems’ Baton® tool and the “Pause Workflow” feature makes it possible to include stages of editorial and technical checking of files, which facilitates collaborative working.

    Once the workflow has been executed, Deluxe Media Paris has compliant files, ready to be delivered to its clients completely securely.

    “We are in fact working to implement good security practices in terms of both software development and deployment in the Cloud, to be able to offer our clients a secure and reliable platform. This is a crucial point, just like financial flexibility. Eolementhe©, with its more seamless collaborative workflows, is a real asset in monetizing content more rapidly and more effectively,” adds Videomenthe CEO Muriel Le Bellac.

  • Videomenthe in the 2018 Streaming Media's Top101 Companies that matter most in online video

    Videomenthe is proud to be part of the Streaming Media Europe Top 101, which represents an annual look at the most interesting, important, and influential companies in the online video space.
    This is a great recognition of our work on Eolementhe, the collaborative media tool box to connect, process and deliver TX-ready content.

  • [EVENT] Videomenthe support INEDITS' event for archive and content preservation, on 22-25 November

    INEDITS is a European non-profit association with the aim to encourage the collection, the conservation, the study and the valorization of amateur films. INEDITS counts 40 members from different countries (France, Great Britain, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, The Netherlands, Czech Republic).

    Videomenthe is the sponsor of the 28th annual meeting of INEDITS which will take place in Annecy, 22-25 November 2018, and gather association members, audiovisual professionals and partners.

    This meeting will focus on amateur films and travel, and examine the place of animated films in our collections. Three technical workshops will be proposed to participants: the use of 3D printers for audiovisual archives, the reprinting of substandard copies, cleaning and processing video tapes.

    On Friday 23th November, Videomenthe will present Eolementhe, its collaborative media tool box, which allows to easily create and deliver media content, and to better monetize it.

  • [Press Release] coralbay.tv announces integration with Eolementhe© from media workflow specialist Videomenthe

    Cloud playout and workflow specialist, coralbay.tv Ltd., announces its integration partnership with Videomenthe’s media workflow solution, Eolementhe©.

    Eolementhe© is Videomenthe’s collaborative media toolbox which offers everything you need to easily connect, process & deliver TX Ready content. Eolementhe© provides a suite of tools for content management, including quality control, transcoding, loudness control, subtitles, speech to text and metadata handling, operating in a collaborative environment. Eolementhe© will be seamlessly integrated with coralPlay to provide stations with a fully unified workflow platform and playout solution and will ensure clients can utilise the full functionality of both systems to provide a coherent workflow.

    Both systems can be deployed either in the cloud or on premises giving clients a choice to suit their own infrastructure requirements.

    Peter Hajittofi, CEO of coralbay.tv comments “This partnership with Videomenthe reaffirms coralbay.tv’s forward-thinking approach to integration & interoperability. With the advent of cloud solutions, partnerships such as this will help to ensure clients do not have to compromise on functionality when moving to the cloud and they can more easily accommodate changes in approach as they move forward.”

    We are delighted to be partnering with coralbay.tv” said Muriel Le Bellac, Videomenthe CEO. “This partnership will allow all our clients to get a comprehensive and reliable end-to-end solution, thanks to the combination of Eolementhe© and CoralPlay. Preparing and playing out material quickly and easily, on demand and on multi-devices, is the key to monetizing content!”

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    About coralbay.tv
    coralbay.tv develops and supplies real-time playout and content preparation solutions. With considerable prior experience in automation, coralbay.tv is creating a new generation of products specifically designed to work in cloud environments with an emphasis on security, elasticity, redundancy and deployment.

  • [EVENT] Innovation Day Digital Media - October 16th in Paris

    Videomenthe will take part of a round-table during the "Innovation Day Digital Media", organized by Interxion on October 16th in Paris (Maison de la Radio - 22nd floor, one of the best view of Paris). We'll talk about our solution Eolementhe and how innovation can help in monetizing content.

    Three panels:
    With AWS, Colt, Globecast, Ivory, Omnilive, Videomenthe and Wildmoka.

    1/ How do OTT allow content broadcasters to reinvent their business models and answer customer's needs?

    2/ How to improve the customer experience by providing live and on-demand quality content using AWS services?

    3/ What digital innovation strategy can you deploy to engage and manage your audience?

  • Videomenthe at IBC 2018

    The Videomenthe team look forward to welcoming you booth 2.B39 (French Pavilion) and updating you on our new version of Eolementhe©, and our distributed solutions...
    Use our complimentary code 19831 to get your free pass

    IABM Future Trends Theatre will host a programme of presentations that explore up-and-coming technology and business trends.
    Don't miss our contribution on Sunday 16th from 2:50pm to 3:10pm, by Muriel Le Bellac: "Is cloud only a matter of technology? Will new cloud business models be human-centric?"

  • [Press Release] Artificial Intelligence, Conditional Workflows, Multilingual Subtitling and High Availability: Videomenthe unveils Eolementhe© v5.0 at IBC

    Montpellier, France – 2018/08/09 – Today, Videomenthe, the distributor and publisher of software solutions for processing media files, announces the unveiling of Eolementhe© v5.0, the very latest version of its collaborative media tool box.

    Eolementhe© facilitates the processing and delivery of media files via an extremely intuitive and user-friendly interface, which features several leading file-processing tools (transcoding, quality control, analysis and correction of audio levels, creation of technical and editorial metadata, speech-to-text, subtitle insertion, etc.).
    Eolementhe© version 5.0 offers new features and improvements which demonstrate the commitment to optimizing the user experience and industrializing the platform.

    “Eolementhe© is about the aggregation of file-processing solutions via a single interface, optimally linked together by means of features that we are developing”, explains Videomenthe CEO Muriel Le Bellac. “Choices concerning these new features are always guided by client feedback, to enable them to guarantee seamlessness and continuity of workflows. We hope that this 5.0 version will meet their expectations.”

    Artificial Intelligence
    The Eolementhe© v5.0 alpha version includes AI tools permitting facial, object and thematic recognition. This feature offers users finer indexing of content and faster subsequent searches. The information collated can be viewed in FileLib, the tool for previewing the video before rendering: the user can view the areas of the video containing this information.

    Easy-to-create conditional and parallel workflows
    Eolementhe© now incorporates two new functions - represented graphically - allowing time and efficiency gains to be made:
    • Conditional workflows, with the automatic creation of workflow branches in accordance with criteria predetermined by the user: the status of the previous task (e.g., whether it passes or fails Quality Control), the file name or the audio or video technical metadata (format, duration, codec used), etc. Setting the parameters is as easy to do as with the other Eolementhe© blocks: with a simple click or by manual entry.
    • Parallel workflows, which make it possible to execute several tasks simultaneously during the same workflow

    High Availability
    Videomenthe is enhancing its platform’s security and reliability by offering high availability across the content-processing chain, whichever tools are selected, whether proprietary or otherwise.
    Speech to text and multilingual subtitling
    Videomenthe is making significant improvements to FileLib, with the purpose of making the user experience ever better and more intuitive. Editorial changes can now be made more easily, notably thanks to a display taking up the full width of the window on scrolling through the subtitles, on the left side of the rendering thumbnail and on the video. Eolementhe© also incorporates two speech-to-text different tools.

    New dashboard: Tracking and controlling operations
    Finally, Videomenthe is developing its dashboard to give users and administrators a complete overview of the processes under way, in real time.
    Eolementhe© therefore facilitates collaborative working, with intuitive management of internal and external teams as a result of the oversight provided across all operations.

    Videomenthe CEO Muriel Le Bellac notes that “This 5.0 version is true to the guidelines we have always followed: seamlessness of workflows, ease of use and collaborative working. Our solution facilitates improved monetization of content thanks to the speed of its processing and exchange between partners.”
    “Eolementhe is a solution looking to the future. It responds to changing needs, notably in relation to the growing number of video files to be processed, but also the economic circumstances of different industries. Eolementhe is a solution that in fact helps to create a bridge between these different clients and industries (Broadcast, Web, Radio TV, Corporate etc.) and the IBC is the perfect opportunity to identify new partners and move forward together in this direction,” she concludes.
    Hall 2- Booth B39 - French Pavilion

  • A new comprehensive training offer

    Videomenthe has been offering solutions to its clients for 10 years.
    Today, this knowledge is transmitted throughout a comprehensive training offer, dedicated to audiovisual professionals, on the following topics: transcoding, quality control, loudness, workflows, file transfer, infrastructure / IT / Cloud...

    Videomenthe is registered as a certified training company, recognized by the French Datadock platform for the quality of its courses.

  • Cambria FTC 4.1 New Release

    Capella Systems announced a new release 4.1 for Cambria FTC, its scalable transcoding solution.

    New Standard Feature
    • BT.709 to HLG conversion
    • Audio re-mapper filter option to split channels to match output tracks
    • Option to mute target track from the Target Preset track selector
    • Automatic FTC log sizes management
    • Notifications enhancement to add more string replacement variables
    • Adaptive de-interlacer mode to handle video that has both interlaced and progressive segments
    • Adding silent audio if source track doesn’t exist

    New Option Feature
    • Multiple tracks of Dolby audio support
    • Optimizations to S3 file handling
    • XAVC Intra (Class 300 and 480) support

  • [Press Release] Videomenthe announces appointments of Mike Shaw as Business Development Manager and Sandrine Hamon as Back Office and Communications Manager

    Videomenthe today announced the appointments of two new team members, as they continue their international expansion.

    Mike Shaw comes with 30-years broadcast experience having held senior positions on both the operational and supply side of the industry. Mike spent 10 years with the BBC before joining the MAM company IBIS as Managing Director. He now joins Videomenthe as Business Development Manager to bring growth within the UK and beyond.

    Sandrine Hamon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in foreign languages and international trade, and has 10 years marketing and communications experience in the IT and Broadcast industries. Sandrine was notably in charge of the digital marketing and business strategy for a consultant company specialized in the broadcast industry.

    « Mike is an innovative strategist with a clear vision and a keep-it-simple philosophy. His 30 years’ broadcast industry experience are invaluable.
    Sandrine knows the broadcast environment but also has a broad vision which is essential in enhancing the visibility of our media content solutions » explains Muriel Le Bellac. « Our team has many challenges to raise around our solutions, VideomentheCloud, the file transfer service, and Eolementhe©, the collaborative media tool box for content processing and delivery! »

  • What's new on Media Shuttle?

    New features announced in June 2018:
    • Distribution Groups in Share Portals: You can now organize members of Share Portals into groups, allowing portal members to send content to multiple users at once. Portal members can choose distribution groups when sending files.
    • Distribution Groups: Distribution Groups in Send and Share Portals can now contain up to 100 members.
    • Media Shuttle Transfers: You can now transfer content to 100 individual members at a time when using the Send, Forward, and Request Files operations.

  • Eolementhe©, an eco-designed solution, compliant with the « Greenconcept » program

    The digital transition of the economy gives rise to a deep change. It raises several questions since our information systems generate negative impacts on nature (resources depletion, consumption of energy, greenhouse gas…).

    As Videomenthe has been fully aware of these environmental issues since several years, the company chose to integrate the “Greenconcept” program, driven by the CCI Occitanie and financed by Ademe agency and Occitanie Region.
    The goal was to evaluate the results of the eco-design strategy that has been set up to create Eolementhe©, platform for processing and delivering media files, and identify new ways of reducing its environmental impacts.

    The final report shows that all the actions that Videomenthe has been set up since several years give today significant results on environmental impacts. The mutualization of cloud-based servers allowed a reduction from 36 to 67% according to the KPIs (-47% on greenhouse gas emissions for example).
    An analysis of the lifecycle has been done for the Eolementhe© solution (conformity of the file and delivery of a 26 minutes program), and new ways of actions have been found as a result.

    Effectively, to move forward in this « Green » attitude, Videomenthe is working on the possibility to change the encoding proxy file format from H264 to H265.

    The end-users of our solutions can also act on a daily basis, by simple actions, for example:
    - Turn off their screen while a file is being uploaded,
    - Regularly empty the trash to avoid useless use of IT resources,
    - Check the conformity of each file before uploading it to reduce space wasting and useless data transfer
    - Use the « stop and go » feature of Eolementhe©, which allows to add technical and editorial verification steps, hence avoiding useless files go back-and-forth
    Videomenthe will provide the clients a good practices guidance, to go further in this “green” action.
    To combine ergonomic, operational performance and reduction of our environmental footprint is a daily challenge that has to be taken up together, for a responsible digital economy!

    The goal was to evaluate the results of the eco-design strategy that has been set up to create Eolementhe©, platform for processing and delivering media files, and identify new ways of reducing its environmental impacts.

    The final report shows that all the actions that Videomenthe has been set up since several years give today significant results on environmental impacts. The migration of physical servers on a cloud-based infrastructure allowed a reduction from 36 to 67% according to the KPIs (-47% on greenhouse gas emissions for example).
    An analysis of the lifecycle has been done for the Eolementhe© solution (conformity of the file and delivery of a 26 minutes program), and new ways of actions have been found as a result.

    Effectively, to move forward in this « Green » attitude, Videomenthe is working on the possibility to change the encoding file format from H264 to H265.

    The end-users of our solutions can also act on a daily basis, by simple actions, for example:
    - Turn off their screen while a file is being uploaded,
    - Regularly empty the trash to avoid useless use of IT resources,
    - Use the « Stop and Go » features of Eolementhe©, which allows adding technical and editorial check steps, in order to avoid useless file transfers

    Videomenthe will provide the clients a good practices guidance, to go further in this “green” action.

    To combine ergonomic, operational performance and reduction of our environmental footprint is a daily challenge that has to be taken up together, for a responsible digital economy!

  • [Use Case] Eolementhe©, ready to assist marketing and communications departments in preparing and sharing their videos

    Video is a powerful communications tool. It has become the most effective way for companies to publicise their activities and so to convey their vision and values. Video, whether it is for corporate, tutorial, motion design purposes and so on, or whether it is used for marketing or in-house communication, makes it possible to put across a clear visual message in just a few minutes, in situations in which many different media and meetings would normally be needed to convey an intelligible message.

    So, people who already know about Videomenthe are probably asking, “Why is this company that specialises in the broadcasting industry talking about uses of company videos?”

    When Videomenthe launched Eolementhe it was above all with the aim of simplifying the processing and delivery of video files. A new method of working could then be offered by Videomenthe, using its “all-in-one” platform. Instead of possessing large numbers of frequently under-utilised tools, why not incorporate them within a single responsive platform and conceal their complexity behind an extremely user-friendly interface?
    Despite appearances, Videomenthe’s purpose is not challenging ways of working, but really to make the process more fluid and improve it by promoting collaborative methods.
    Here, collaboration is tackled in different areas: the pooling of resources, working together on the same file and sharing of videos with external partners.
    So, this is a generally “win-win” model: the software publisher continues to grant its licences (via Videomenthe or to the end client); the client benefits from quite favourable rates and additional features; and Videomenthe, which is also a distributor, continues to act as an orchestrator between the publisher and the client.

    Whether they are broadcasters, production or post-production companies or advertising content platforms, this option also appeals to a varied broadcasting clientele attracted by the speed of access provided by Eolementhe and also by how easy it is to use. They now have at their fingertips a comprehensive, user-friendly tool for professional video processing and delivery.

    To begin with, Eolementhe was above all a platform for working on technical files. Then its range of applications was expanded to include preparation and editorial validation, using FileLib.
    While continuing to target its core market with this new feature, Videomenthe is also setting its sights on a completely new target: businesses and their marketing and communications departments.
    The idea is to make Eolementhe available to marketing and communications departments for the purpose of communicating and collaborating on multiple versions of the same video and, finally, sharing them.

    Examples of the use of FileLib: subtitling
    Here, the client’s requirement is for multilingual versions of the same video so that it can then be shared with the different Business Units.

    The stages of the workflow

    The workflow is constructed by choosing each block that corresponds to a stage in the process (subtitles, delivery etc.). Alternatively, a preset workflow option can be selected.

    - Ingest block: video upload
    Several methods are available (server, object storage, internet video, video from social networks, etc.)

    - Speech-to-text block: transcription and translation into the desired language
    A transcripts file is then generated, indicating the time stamps and display of the subtitles translated.

    - Pause block: for checking and making corrections manually
    This stage is crucial because it allows the user to check the subtitles and correct them as required. Other checkers may be added; they will receive a notification email inviting them to access Eolementhe via a link to FileLib.

    - FileLib tab: previewing the video before rendering
    This will allow the checker to check the subtitles and make modifications directly in the text editor.

    Once the final version has been approved, the person responsible for the project validates it and resumes the workflow.

    - Burn block: subtitling
    The final version of the subtitles is inserted into the video. These subtitles can therefore be translated or transcribed and can also be used as part of the audio description.

    - Delivery block: multi-recipient sharing
    Once the video has been approved it is shared with all of the recipients concerned (here, around 30 of them) by means of a download link.

    So, the Eolementhe platform permits collaboration on a video and guarantees a smooth process of communication and correction. You can see here that the method is extremely simple. To recap, users first create a workflow or use a preset, then they just have to upload the video for processing. The execution of the workflow automatically launches the stages, one by one, and the pause feature allows the user to intervene manually during the checking process and the technical or editorial correction process. The workflow finally concludes with delivery of the video.

    With Eolementhe, all of the processes are carried out via a single interface, accessed from an internet browser. There is no need for technical skills - Eolementhe is extremely simple to use and guarantees a smooth flow of operations and communication between collaborators.

    Access is rapid and allows videos to be exchanged in a secure environment.
    Eolementhe therefore avoids the need for a lot of to-ing and fro-ing and messages back and forth by text, email, DropBox, Wetransfer, etc, and so helps to save a considerable amount of time!

  • New features announced at NAB 2018 for Baton

    1 - support for autoscaling (peak management, On-demande expansion for On-premises / Cloud andHybrid architectures). Compatbility on AWS, Azure, Google Cloud and IBM

    2- new checks :

    - video compression score
    - HDR quality check
    - check for basic alignment of spech and captions
    - audio language detection for additional languages (Hungarian, Italian, Arabic and Sweedish)

    3 - support for new formats:

    - VAST
    - encrypted DCP content
    - enhancements on IMF formats (HDR IMF, IMF App 2 extended standard)
    - enhancements on ProRes in MXF and HDR support
    - support for Itunes sub-titles

    4 - new DRM support::

    - Apple Faireplay DRM in HLS
    - Playready and Widevine DRM in ISM and Mpeg DASH file formats

  • Eolementhe now available on Orange's cloud

    Videomenthe is offering its clients the option to host their data in the cloud using Orange Business Services’ “Flexible Engine” solution. This partnership, based on using Eolementhe©, the platform for processing and delivering media files, therefore enables Videomenthe to guarantee complete data security, and in particular to resolve any intellectual property issues, thanks to data hosting in compliance with the European regulatory framework.

    Eolementhe© is a web-based platform incorporating many market-leading solutions for broadcast and media professionals, provided via a single extremely user-friendly interface. This platform makes it possible to carry out a great majority of media-file processing and enriching operations very rapidly: transcoding, analysis and correction of loudness, subtitling and speech-to-text, quality control of files and multi-platform delivery.

    In addition to the creation of media workflows, Eolementhe© permits a considerable time saving to be made thanks to the technical and editorial standardisation of files, in just a few clicks, in line with the different profiles and standards of broadcasters. These features allow a user, even a beginner, to create a “ready-to-broadcast” file.

    Backed by Orange Business Services’ extensive experience in Cloud infrastructures, Videomenthe guarantees its clients high availability and great capacity for storing their files. Hosting their data on French territory also makes it possible to guarantee complete security in compliance with the framework of European regulations, while providing the best guarantees with regard to intellectual property of content.

    Videomenthe CEO Muriel Le Bellac explains: “For media companies, the criteria of file performance, security and tracking are key factors influencing the decision to adopt a solution available in the cloud. Our partnership with Orange Business Services, an expert in the sector, operating within the European legal framework, was an obvious choice to enhance our Eolementhe© solution and so to offer a reliable, suitable option to all of our clients.”

  • Eolementhe, part of the Microsoft 'Azure Preview France' program

    The partnership between Videomenthe and Microsoft allows Eolementhe to be deployed into the 'Azure Preview France' platform.

    Now, let's find all Eolementhe features into the Azure France's cloud.

    Contact us to know more

  • France Télévisions chooses Videomenthe as one of the providers for its regional channels’ transition to HD DTT

    Videomenthe Wins Bid Due to the Flexibility, Reliability and Quality of Service of Harmonic’s File-Based WFS™ Workflow Engine and ProMedia® Transcoders

    Following a call for tender, Videomenthe was chosen by the France Télévisions Group to update its file-processing tools for the transition to HD DTT.

    The whole of France switched over from DTT to HD DTT overnight between 4 and 5 April 2016, with the aim of updating its TV provision. This involved the generalised introduction of the MPEG4 standard.
    In preparation for this major change, France Télévisions issued a call to tender, in late 2015, for the file-processing tools across all of its 23 regional sites to be updated with equipment capable of generating MPEG4-standard media. Videomenthe won this bid by offering the Workflow File System (WFS™), WFS™ file-based workflow engine and controlling ProMedia Carbon file-based transcoders, from the software publisher Harmonic, the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure®.

    As a French distributor of Harmonic file-based transcoding solutions, Videomenthe is thus offering a tried and tested, high-performance system. Harmonic’s WFS™ workflow engine is in fact a transcoding solution extensively used extensively by big leading broadcasters worldwide. Using this solution therefore made it possible to guarantee a gradual, reliable, uninterrupted transition for France 3 TV’s regional stations.

    So, Videomenthe’s bid was chosen based on the calibre of its technical provision, notably the flexibility of use and scalability of Harmonic’s WFS workflow engine, but and also for the quality of the services provided during its deployment. The Montpellier-based company in fact provides extensive expertise (installation, configuration and training) right across the range of its solutions.

    The project was launched in early 2016, with the installation and configuration of pilot workstations by the Videomenthe team. Training was then given to a number of designated people to guarantee a successful transition across all of the regional sites. France Télévisions Project Manager Emmanuel Girouard explains: “It was vital that this change should not affect the autonomy of the regional sites. Videomenthe therefore offered us an appropriate technical solution but also training adapted to the individual methods of operation of these 23 sites.”

    Videomenthe founder and CEO Muriel Le Bellac adds: “We are proud of having won this bid, which is a mark of the confidence France Télévisions showed in us to handle this major transition. Furthermore, working hand in hand with France Télévisions and all of those involved in this project has proved to be a very rewarding experience.”

    For Videomenthe, this three-year contract reinforces its position as a key operator in the European broadcast market. The French company is thus forging ahead with its development and offering its own media-file processing solutions: the collaborative file exchange platform, VideomentheCloud, and Eolementhe©, the portal for creating media workflows in the cloud.

  • Eolementhe© enables France 24 to streamline its capture and broadcasting options

    The international news channel France 24 has become a user of the services provided by Eolementhe©, its cloud-based portal for creating workflows.
    Seeking to improve the quality of its broadcast content, France 24 is testing different tools for capturing and broadcasting, with the help of Eolementhe©, allowing it to streamline the choice of solutions and encoding options used. France 24 in fact processes a very large number of video images, so it is crucial to use high-performance and highly responsive tools in carrying out studio-reporter two-ways, live programmes, news roundups, magazine segments and other types of broadcast programmes.

    France 24 is a TV channel that is a subsidiary of France Médias Monde, broadcasting an international rolling news programme in French, English and Arabic via digital terrestrial TV, satellite, cable, IP-TV and the web in more than 177 countries. Some 50 million TV viewers also watch the news prepared by more than 400 journalists in Paris and around 100 correspondents’ bureaux across virtually the entire world.
    “The technical quality of our content is a new challenge. We broadcast a rolling news programme and so we have an enormous volume of images to be processed as they arrive. From the point of reception to the point of broadcast, it’s important for us to be able to have complete confidence in the tools we’re using. That’s why we have chosen to use Eolementhe©, which will enable us to make the most objective technical choices,” Thomas Wiard, head of France 24’s engineering department, explains.

    Eolementhe© is the portal for creating media file workflows designed by Videomenthe. The multi-provider platform offers, amongst other options, transcoding, analysis and audio loudness correction tools, the incorporation of technical and editorial metadata, the delivery of files (object storage with secure, accelerated upload in either manual or automatic mode), quality control and the generation of reports where required, etc.
    Eolementhe’s design also provides a highly modular solution, which has allowed France 24 to customise its workflow. Taking its needs into account, two workflow stages were chosen: Quality Control and Delivery. The media file is simply uploaded to Eolementhe© and the workflow is implemented. Interra Systems’ Baton® tool performs quality control on the content generated by the different solutions tested, then precise, detailed reports are sent by mail and via the portal, enabling the quality of the different videos to be compared. In this way, Eolementhe© makes it possible to carry out comparative Quality Control on the encoding performance (video and audio) of several tools.
    Videomenthe is also carrying out advance preparation work on test plans for France 24, so that the platform is ready to be operated by all types of users. In fact, the extremely user-friendly interface means that all that has to be done is to drag and drop the blocks required or to select your model that has been saved earlier (or shared by another user) to construct your workflow and process your file.

    So Eolementhe©, running in SaaS mode, makes it possible to outsource tasks that, while crucial, are subtasks, without having to draw on resources used in production, and this can be achieved at reduced cost. France 24 was therefore able to avoid purchasing an on-premises solution that would be disproportionately oversized for this type of project.

    “Eolementhe© is not just a tool for processing media files. We designed Eolementhe© with the purpose of meeting the needs of several different media workflow scenarios, to be able to offer a genuinely professional solution to all broadcasting professionals,” Videomenthe CEO and founder Muriel Le Bellac explains.
    She adds: “So by delivering Eolementhe© to France 24, at our French POS level, we also hope to assist the delivery of the high-calibre news service broadcast by the international TV channel”.

  • TSF uses the VideomentheCloud platform to transfer its files during filming in Montpellier

    Videomenthe today announced that TSF, the supplier of film footage to cinema, broadcast and advertising professionals, has used the VideomentheCloud collaborative media content sharing platform during the shooting of a film pilot in Montpellier (South of France). Used mainly to transfer the footage to post-production in Paris, VideomentheCloud permitted the secure, encrypted, expedited transfer of the files during the fortnight of filming, facilitating the work of the teams in Montpellier and Paris.

    “The VideomentheCloud platform is an intuitive tool that is simple to use”, says Danys Bruyère, TSF’s Deputy Director for Operations and Technology. “As well as solving the issues of mobility and reducing our infrastructures, this sharing platform gave us thorough control over all of our content during filming, providing complete visibility and traceability and avoiding any loss of files or wasted time. Most of the file transfers were of film footage, so it was crucial not just to preserve quality, but also to save time in the post-production phase, by ensuring the rapid availability of the files. So Videomenthe was able to offer us a reliable solution in step with these needs, in the form of its VideomentheCloud platform”.

    VideomentheCloud, based on the proven MediaShuttle tm system from Signiant, allows users to share content rapidly and securely in a restricted-access storage area provided by Videomenthe. Upstream, the system administrator carries out a simple configuration to customise the interface and establish the access rights: selection of group members, their rights and the method of identification (using a login or SAML2.0 gateway). The user then connects to the portal and ingests files to the platform to make them available. This content can then be downloaded or can equally well either be stored or purged, according to need.
    This ease of deployment allowed the TSF film crew to transfer a large number of files (an average daily volume of 850GB) to post-production, helping to improve the productivity of the operation. In fact, TSF’s use of the VideomentheCloud platform is a typical example of the current needs of film crews, who have to transfer footage to distant post-production facilities rapidly and cost effectively. More generally, this also applies to broadcast professions as a whole: digitisation is becoming essential and generates a large increase in the number of files needing to be processed.

    “With VideomentheCloud we are also offering great flexibility: our clients are free to choose how long they want to commit to, allowing them to benefit from a very attractive price for optimal use of the platform. TSF is a perfect example of this, making ad hoc use of VideomentheCloud to transfer its files during filming in Montpellier. By providing this solution to the Paris-based company, Videomenthe has demonstrated its ability to update this type of operation and to simplify its clients’ work for them, Videomenthe Sales Manager Eric Schaffner explains. “We are keen to be able to collaborate with TSF again in the future and so to be involved in this way in the development of French broadcast productions,” he added.
    The software publisher and distributor also enables the processing of media files (transcoding, QC, loudness...) as well as making them available in its Cloud via its Eolementhe© portal.