CBS reality series “The Briefcase” employs new high-speed transcoder to speed delivery of camera media to editorial.
VALENCIA, Calif.—One of the most challenging issues confronting reality television productions involves the processing of camera media. Productions often employ large numbers of cameras of different types resulting in dozens of hours of footage that need to be transcoded before editorial teams can begin their work of whittling it down into scenes, stories and episodes. It’s not uncommon for it to take two days or more to transcode footage from a single shoot day, a costly delay that productions would like to avoid.
Post-production technology supplier QSR Systems has come up with a unique solution to this dilemma. The company has developed a proprietary service that significantly speeds up the process of transcoding camera media. Based on hardware and software originally developed for rendering computer animation, QSR’s system performs transcoding through a parallel processing operation. Transcoding is accomplished in a fraction of the time of other methods with the gap between production and editorial reduced accordingly.