Quantel revolutionQ wins Inaugural IABM Game-Changer Award

Quantel's Ray Peter and IABM's Peter White

Quantel announced that its new software architecture, revolutionQ, has been recognized with an IABM Game-Changer Award. Presented at the NAB Show, the new award from the IABM (International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers) recognizes five products that have great potential to revolutionize the industry.

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"The 2012 NAB show presented an exciting field for our judging panel, and we look forward to watching how Quantel and other winners of the inaugural IABM Game-Changers Award help to shape the future of our industry," said IABM Director General Peter White.

At NAB 2012, Quantel unveiled revolutionQ, a new software architecture that heralds a real revolution in broadcast production. Using low cost COTS (Commercial Off The Shelf) storage allows customers to choose their hardware platform. With revolutionQ and low cost storage, years of content can be stored online and immediately available to multiple users. Ingest becomes archive; Hierarchical Storage Management is obsolete. revolutionQ architecture integrates fully with Quantel's current Enterprise sQ systems, continuing Quantel's tradition of protecting customers' investments for the long term. revolutionQ enables true fast turnaround workflows and scales to handle magazine and program production too. A major US broadcaster has made a multi-million dollar investment with Quantel for revolutionQ technology.

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RevolutionQ architecture is modular, utilizes open standards and leverages SOA, with everything loosely coupled in a highly resilient, modern infrastructure that enables multiple components from different manufacturers to work together seamlessly.

RevolutionQ allows users to take full advantage of low cost COTS storage to enable years of content to be stored online. The continued dramatic reduction in the cost of storage fundamentally alters the balance in production economics, opening up a new world where everything is open to change. Media organizations no longer need to worry about deleting or moving content to archive: ingest becomes the archive, dramatically simplifying systems, increasing access and reducing costs. Total storage can scale to many Petabytes; and the possibility of having decades of content online and instantly accessible is now a reality.

RevolutionQ delivers massively more flexibility in terms of media formats and interoperability. At NAB Quantel showed editing between native i-Frame and long-GOP content. With years of content online, finding the right clips becomes even more crucial. RevolutionQ stores schema-free metadata and provides web-like search tools, giving it the flexibility to handle today’s metadata schemas and to meet future demands – whatever they may be.

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RevolutionQ supports realtime ingest of hundreds of live streams simultaneously, with hundreds of users able to access all media within seconds of it beginning to arrive on the storage. Editors have instant access to the vast online store, without needing to navigate via a separate archive system, dramatically reducing cost and complexity. What in the past would have required a partial archive restore becomes just a natural system function.

RevolutionQ is not just for large broadcasters. The new architecture supports any scale of operation cost-effectively, allowing all media organizations to benefit and enables incremental growth strategies.

Key to delivering the agility that large scale, fast-turnaround operations require is the Quantel Virtual File System (QVFS). Incoming streams are analysed in realtime and identity is asserted on every frame. This allows users to start working with material close to live rather than waiting for the entire file to be ingested. RevolutionQ uses industry-standard AS-02 bundles as the storage structure, enabling multiple native media formats and metadata schemas to be flexibly stored.

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A panel of impartial experts, none of whom are IABM members, from across the globe reviewed products and solutions during the first two days of the show and selected this year's award-winners. More information about the awards and the award winners can be found at www.theiabm.org/gamechangers

About The IABM
The IABM, the International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers, is the authoritative voice of the broadcast and media technology supply industry worldwide. Its wide range of services to members encompasses market research and intelligence, expert representation at standards bodies and broadcasting unions, executive networking opportunities, and preferential purchasing. A presence at every major broadcast tradeshow, the IABM also provides a valuable channel for communication between broadcast manufacturers, government, and regulatory bodies. Additional IABM activities include awards programs for innovation and scholarships designed to stimulate the development of the broadcast and electronic media industries on an international basis.

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About Quantel
Quantel is a world-leading developer of innovative, high performance content creation and delivery systems across post, broadcast and Stereo3D. We are driven by a passion to create the most open and efficient tools for the digital age. Quantel's product range includes: multi-resolution finishing systems; award-winning color correction solutions; stereoscopic 3D post systems and integrated news and sports production systems. They all deliver the creative, productive and profitable workflows that give post houses and broadcasters the edge they need to thrive and grow in today's highly competitive global media market.

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