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”.