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sQ Fileflow is a workflow application designed to integrate media files between Enterprise sQ systems and IT-based workflows.It is a 'mid-tier' SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) component making its services available via Web Services.
sQ fileflow supports all the existing Enterprise sQ media formats - AVC-Intra, DVCPRO HD, IMX, DVCPRO and DVCAM. It also has the ability to transcode XDCAM HD files on import or create them for export.Files from both an XDCAM HD disk or network folder location are supported.
sQ Fileflow is desgned to be scalable. It consists of two applications: a Queue Manager that schedules and monitors file movement jobs, and an Engine that moves the actual media. Additional Engines can be added to enable multiple import/export jobs to be processed at the same time, and additional system-level resilience is available via clustering and control workflows.
The user interfaces to sQ Fileflow are Web-based and run in standard Browsers on networked computers without the need for special Firewall configurations.The HTTP-based API is also available for customers to create their own client applications and control workflows.
The import and export workflow can be automatic, based on import watch folders and keyword triggered exports, driven manually via the Queue interface or cotnrolled via the API for an external application.
The diagram shows an sQ Fileflow system and how the components connect to the media in Enterprise sQ and network folders.
sQ Fileflow enables an elegant, simple and economical archive workflow between Enterprise sQ and Front Porch Digital DIVArchive - read more here>
sQ Record is a great application to easily and quickly implement recording sessions for Enterprise sQ and Newsbox HD servers. It supports direct recording from SDI feeds, as well as VTRs via RS422 control, and will record automatically using station timecode as a reference. This application runs on the sQ Record PC or can be another application running on any system workstation, for example, sQ Edit.
sQ Load is a new central ingest tool for native loading of P2 and XDCAM. sQ Load delivers faster-than-realtime ingest for file-based media to shared storage. The ingest operator is also offered the ability to supplement camera-originated metadata and a choice of loading clips as a single story or individual rushes.
sQ Play is a network application for Enterprise sQ series servers, designed not only to create playlists but also to play content rapidly to air.
sQ Play manages up to four channels of playout, with optional MOS download from newsroom computer systems.
sQ Play can also be configured so that ports on a second sQ server are assigned to perform the same commands as the ports on the primary sQ server. This provides 100% playout redundancy while leaving other operations on the second server such as editing, ingest etc. to continue unaffected.
Other new sQ Play facilities are:
LiveTouch introduces the ability to perform live sports highlighting and playout from a single workstation. Operators load a live ingest onto a port and use the Quantel jog/shuttle controller to search backwards and forwards along the clip, mark in and out points and add highlight clips to a playlist.
Final Cut Pro Interface
Quantel has developed an interface that integrates Apple's Final Cut Pro into the Enterprise sQ production environment, allowing FCP to participate fully in the Quantel workflow - creating stories, finishing those started on Quantel workstations and publishing directly to the Quantel server for playout. The Final Cut Pro editor is working directly with media held on the Quantel server - there is no requirement to import the media, and output can happen the moment the edit is completed. More information> or see a video demo>
The Quantel MOS Gateway is a software application that provides the user with a full MOS-compliant protocol connection between Enterprise sQ server-based production systems, the sQ Play application, and Newsroom Computer Systems (NRCS), including ANNOVA Systems' OpenMedia, Octopus, AP's ENPS and Avid iNews.
The MOS Gatway fulfils a number of functions:
Quantel produces a range of Power Portals which provide interfaces from material held within the sQ server to third party systems in a variety of common formats. Each model comprises a computer and pre-loaded software.
The Quantel VDCP Interface allows Quantel sQ server ports to be controlled by VDCP-enabled systems, meaning that ingest and playout in Enterprise sQ production systems can be run from a wide range of automation and controller providers. These currently include systems from Harris Louth, Hi-Tech Systems, Pro-bel, DNF, Ross Video and Pebble Beach Systems.