Aframe used on BBC factual series

"Providing a modern solution for the BBC on such a large-scale project has been very valuable for everyone involved." David Peto, Aframe CEO.

How Aframe helped the BBC

The Manor Reborn is a groundbreaking collaboration between the BBC and the National Trust following the transformation of a 500 year-old manor house.

Together the National Trust, Penelope Keith (To the Manor Born) and Paul Martin (Flog It!) lead a team of experts to refurbish nine rooms in four heritage styles - Tudor, Georgian, Victorian and Pre-War Modern.

Broadcasted in BBC 1’s primetime slot, four hour-long episodes revealed how an intricate collaboration has turned an abandoned building into an engaging place to visit. 

Challenges

High shoot ratios are a common feature of many factual entertainment shows as producers try to craft a story based on unfolding events. This leads the production team to film everything in case something interesting happens or the story takes a different editorial direction.

Logging and organising a large amount of rushes before the edit is a long and expensive process, even for established production teams.

The BBC production unit urgently required a dependable vendor that could harness a smarter pre-edit preparation mechanism for The Manor Reborn.

Solution

Aframe began by ingesting all of the high-res media directly from the shoot in Avebury into Aframe's secure cloud storage facility. Clients often benefit from speeds 15x faster than FTP and with far greater reliability.

Once automatically transcoded into a common codec, the crew immediately access and organize footage over a simple web-based interface – saving precious time in the production schedule and capital in courier charges.

The straightforward operational functionality of Aframe benefited the BBC’s initial transition to tapeless workflows. Aframe’s “collections” function is a prime case in point. Tapeless workflows result in hundreds of clips across multiple media cards. Rather than transferring these files to your computer, the BBC could simply select the media card root folder and upload all of the files direct to Aframe. Aframe retained the file naming conventions and file structures used by the camera and replicated them in collections, so producers needn't worry about wasting time organising files in multiple places.

The strength of Aframe’s flexibility was evidenced as the application was quickly modified to include the bespoke demands of the customer. BBC’s production team collaborated with Aframe's dev team to refine the software to better suit their needs. Aframe's revolutionary metatagging service was quickly augmented to include logging that captures editorial content, as well as timeline-based keywords in real time – avoiding the mundane frustrations associated with gathering feedback.

Aframe’s professional taggers quickly and precisely annotated the video to exacting standards, all perfectly synchronized with the timecode. This incremental innovation to Aframe’s transcription services facilitated the crew to search instantly through the rushes to find exact moments from the shoot based on a historian, designer or heritage period - thereby making the Edit go much more smoothly and efficiently.

The BBC crew also took advantage of Aframe's edit integration feature to send media to HALO post via its unique edit workflow. This enables the facility to work with the hundreds of hours of footage as it’s created, without tying up their valuable internal storage by delivering only the high-res required for finishing.

Results

Putting Aframe at the heart of this potentially complex workflow allowed the BBC to view, organize and comment on footage as its created, before transferring the metadata to the HALO post facility for fast and streamlined editing.

"This was a very exciting project to be involved in. Providing a modern solution for the BBC on such a large-scale project has been very valuable for everyone involved. It’s also great to add the BBC to the growing rosta of companies using our system,” said David Peto, Aframe CEO.

  

Quick Look

Industry
TV Production

Services
Edit flow, media movement, indexed archives

Challenges

  • Helping the crew find their footage
  • Enabling the team to work with the hundreds of hours of footage as it’s created
  • Not using the post facility’s internal storage.

Solution
UDP uploads accelerated transfers of rushes. Aframe’s team of professionally taggers went through the footage adding precise metadata to exacting standards. Collections made video searchable.

Results
The BBC continues to view, organise and comment on footage, from any desktop in the world with Aframe.

Benefits

  • Ease of use: Easy integration of Aframe technology made the BBC’s transformation to tapeless workflows smoother.  
  • High-speed transfers: BBC shortened their end-to-end workflows by moving high-res video files to the cloud at maximum speed regardless of network conditions or distance.
  • File movement savings: Web-based content deliveries avoided occurring any courier costs and redundant storage.
  • More streamlined production process: Logs, tags, comments, subclips are directly linked to the video timecode, making the Edit go much more smoothly and efficiently.
  • Use any pro edit system: Edit Flow gives you the freedom to work with your professional edit package of choice through its integration with Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro and Adobe. 

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