Installing an all-cloud video editing solution from Qvest has powered the Mediacorp newsroom to even higher level performance. News video editors at Singapore’s national media network and largest content creator can now work faster and more flexibly without compromising data security or user experience. Moreover, new virtual editing suites also pave the way for Mediacorp to implement significantly more efficient, collaborative, and remote workflows at Channel News Asia (CNA).
With its cloud workflow technology solution, Qvest has contributed to Mediacorp’s future-proof and agile editorial collaboration standards. Their CNA team can now work more flexibly outside of premises, thanks to highly integrated cloud editing workstations. Central cloud management via the qibb integration platform enables access to fully integrated and location-independent, predefined programs and functions, such as Adobe Premiere Pro. The PC-over-IP protocol, powered by the cloud workstation’s dedicated GPU, provides highest quality, lowest latency, and end-user experience when using the integrated applications. This connection protocol, and additional supporting services, allows all members of the editing team to collaborate efficiently and remotely in an identical production environment.
According to Walter Fernandez, Editor-in-Chief & Chief Sustainability Officer at Mediacorp, “CNA is one of the largest English language news networks in Asia, delivering trusted news reports about Asia to millions from around the world on a daily basis. So, it is no surprise that resilience coupled with innovation are crucial in shaping our ever-evolving daily operations, especially as we adapt to post-pandemic work norms. Our news gathering, production and delivery systems need to be flexible, efficient, and secure. Our partnership with Qvest to deploy a cloud based news editing system is just one example of how we are looking to empower our editorial teams to be able to create and deliver relevant content where ever they are using the most efficient workflows.”
The cloud system is based on qibb, managed as a platform-as-a-service, and is easily operable from any end device. Qvest uses Amazon Web Services for its infrastructure. The high-performance cloud architecture, individually configured to meet Mediacorp’s requirements, has been tailored for HD resolution editing enabling frame-accurate video editing in real time in the cloud. CNA journalists’ cloud workstations are available automatically at the start of their workday based on the intuitive scheduling system, which can be scaled up as needed for different days of the week.
Thanks to the flexible integration capabilities of the qibb platform to scale up and down, Mediacorp can customize the functionalities of the cloud environment with additional services at any time. For optimal control of resources and costs, data can be visualized via the qibb dashboard to quickly identify budget-relevant developments, assess if resources are being used effectively and act as required.
According to Thomas Müller, Qvest Group CTO, “Ever-faster production cycles in the media landscape and limited resources, both in the technological supply chain and in terms of skilled staff, call for new solutions. Thanks to the possibilities and potential of our cloud-based editing workflow, the newsroom gains flexibility – while ensuring the highest journalistic standards. We are proud to be able to support the Mediacorp team with this solution on a sustainable basis.”
The Qvest Cloud team tailored the system design to meet the requirements of Mediacorp to be flexibly adaptable for use by other departments. Mediacorp, based in Singapore’s innovative high-tech cluster “one-north”, employs over 2500 professionals, including more than 300 journalists and engages over three million people in Singapore daily across the four national languages of English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil.
At IBC2022, experts from Qvest and Mediacorp will share insights and details about the project. The presentation can be attended on September 9th – 11th in the “Adobe Theater” in hall 7, booth B35, at the RAI Amsterdam, The Netherlands.