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Kwesé Streamlines Workflow with Marquis’s Medway

Middleware solution allows edit while ingest for fastest workflow from live feeds

Kwese Sport
Kwese Sport

Pan-African broadcaster, Kwesé, has taken delivery of a Marquis Broadcast Medway system, supplied by Zimele Broadcast, to streamline its sports production and facilitate fast-turnaround coverage of a recent major sporting event in Asia. The Medway middleware was retrofitted to an Avid® NEXIS®/ Interplay®, Oracle DIVA and Dell EMC Isilon infrastructure, to enable Kwesé’s team to edit while ingesting media for the fastest possible turnaround of incoming live feeds. Importantly, Medway enabled this critical functionality without needing to replace any existing systems.

Kwesé uses Imagine Communications’ Nexio® AMP® video server for live ingests of sports feeds, attached to Nexio Farad™ storage, while its edit systems are connected to the Avid NEXIS software-defined storage platform. Moving files between these two systems previously meant waiting for recordings to finish before being able to start editing, which was obviously not ideal when creating sports highlights. Marquis Broadcast’s Medway middleware solution has now provided Kwesé’s sports edit team with instant access to footage, plus the ability to edit while growing. This has dramatically reduced turnaround times of sport content, without the need to update any of its existing editing systems or storage.

Medway is a very powerful and scalable media-centric middleware solution, enabling a complete digital workflow to ensure edit platforms, MAMs, video servers and archive systems can work seamlessly together. Designed to meet the demands of the most challenging production environments, Medway is used globally by broadcast, production, post production, newsrooms and playout facilities. It offers integration between incompatible systems in media production workflows and is cloud-enabled too, bringing the richest set of legacy and contemporary integrations to cloud and hybrid workflows.

“The team from Marquis Medway were very helpful every step of the way, assisting us with seamless setup and testing. This system is a perfect addition to our workflow.”

Medway simplifies Avid workflow complexity by use of the world’s largest library of certified workflow and metadata integrations. It has enabled Kwesé to build out the precise workflow it needed, with support from Marquis during setup and testing, delivering a cost-effective integration between its broadcast content applications and edit platforms – both standalone and using shared storage. This new workflow is now used daily by Kwesé, reducing turnaround times and providing an improved offering to viewers. “The team from Marquis Medway were very helpful every step of the way, assisting us with seamless setup and testing,” explains Kwesé’s Head of Broadcast Engineering, Baxter de Jager. “This system is a perfect addition to our workflow.”

For further information about Marquis Broadcast’s range of professional broadcast and production workflow tools, please visit www.marquisbroadcast.com.

 

About Marquis Broadcast

Founded in 1998, Marquis develops specialist software to perform tricky integrations, including apps for post-production, disaster recovery, analytics, cloud workflows and large complex enterprise middleware integrations. Its customers range from big studios, including Warner Bros and DreamWorks, broadcasters such as CBS and the BBC, large service providers including Ericsson and Telefonica, right through to post houses such as ENVY and The Farm Group, and finally to many thousands of creative individuals. Marquis partners with most major industry players and many OEM our technology. Marquis Broadcast is an Avid Certified Alliance Partner with its Project Parking and Workspace Tools, which are managing over 60 Petabytes of data worldwide. For further information or images, please visit the Marquis Broadcast website at www.marquisbroadcast.com.

 

About Kwesé TV

Kwesé is a Pan-African entertainment company, the newest kid on the block redefining TV in Africa. Premised on the concept of TV everywhere and anywhere, Kwesé is revolutionising the media industry on the continent by catering to the changing needs of today’s globally connected African viewer. This fresh new television brand is part of the Econet Media stable, a subsidiary company of the globally networked Econet Group founded by Executive Chairman Strive Masiyiwa. Kwesé aims to change the face of African broadcasting by providing premium, affordable, exclusive viewing choices, that include sports, music, movies, series, kids, lifestyle, faith, news programming and so much more. Kwesé prides itself in being innovative and disrupting the current media landscape in Africa, offering the very best in local and international content. Kwesé’s product offering is available on satellite and internet based platforms, including video-on-demand and mobile options. African consumers also benefit from the infrastructural strength of Econet Media sister companies, Liquid Telecom and Econet Wireless. Their expertise and capacity in the areas of mobile and fixed telephony services, broadband, internet, satellite and fibre optic networks have been utilized to establish Kwesé products. Visit www.kwese.com for more information.

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