Articles by Bruce Devlin

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What is HDR, WCG and Dolby Vision and why does it matter?

Alphabet soup starring HDR and WCG  “Hey Guys, let’s re-invent the entire TV and Cinema chains from Camera to Screen!” said no high-ranking executive in any board meeting ever. The whole concept sounds like crazy talk when you say it out loud, but in reality that’s what the High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Wide Color Gamut (WCG) revolution have done over the…

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Virtualization - is it always best?

I like to be told that I’m wrong. It usually means that I’ve made some broad sweeping assumption that over-simplifies the world. My most recent blunder was assuming that the whole world will obviously move 100% of its media operations to the cloud. It seems to me that in the space of a few short…

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Why is Hollywood interested in DPP?

The Digital Production Partnership (DPP) is a thoroughly British concept. Its major sponsors include the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky. From its earliest inception, DPP was an initiative forged by the British broadcast industry, for the British broadcast industry. So why is it that in my day-to-day dialogue with executives in and around the…

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Clarifying the Words: Captioning Beyond the Public Service Obligation

A little while ago, I wrote here about the US requirement for subtitles – closed captions – to be included on IP-delivered content as well as television. But what about the rest of the world? The first thing to say is that the world is a pretty big place, which means that the practice of subtitling and captioning, and…

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How can countries outside of the UK benefit from the DPP initiative?

The Digital Production Partnership (DPP) is a wonderful thing. Not only has it provided the means of creating standards and guidelines for the implementation of common interchange formats, it has also helped the whole UK broadcast industry to come together: So, in the UK the DPP has invested a great amount of time and effort in establishing…

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QC control within file-based workflows – an EBU update

Quality Control (QC) has always been close to our hearts. Media files must always be fit for purpose – when they are not they quickly become toxic and can be highly destructive within any file-based workflow: The EBU shares our point of view- QC is key. “Broadcasters moving to file-based production facilities have to consider how to use…

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How DPP Will Revolutionize File-based Workflows

Not for the first time, I’m guilty of using the term revolutionary in association with the Digital Production Partnership (DPP). No, I have not been reading too many subversive texts – it is the simple truth that this UK-based initiative leads the world in supporting the widespread adoption of digital file-based workflows: It has the potential…

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Digital Production Partnership - A Broadcaster's Perspective

Recently, we staged a webinar in partnership with ATG Broadcast which focussed on the Digital Production Partnership (DPP) file standards. We had a number of contributors giving the perspectives of a service provider, a media facility and a broadcaster. The broadcaster’s perspective was provided by Shane Tucker from UK broadcaster, Channel 4. The broadcaster does not produce…

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DPP – The Facility Perspective

As previously discussed on this blog, DPP standards webinar threw up some fascinating perspectives on this area of file-based workflow standardization. Another interesting perspective came from Chiswick-based international media facility, TVT, which was represented on the webinar by its managing director, Kim Thesiger: TVT can claim to be one of the first (even perhaps the first) European…

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