LONDON — Zodiak Rights, the international distribution and rights exploitation division of Zodiak Media (www.zodiakmedia.com), is using Marquis Broadcast’s Project Parking (www.marquisbroadcast.com) archive and retrieve solution to create promos for various projects, including material for miptv and mipcom. Zodiak is known for its scripted programming, including the super natural program Being Human (BBC Three, Syfy US), and the dramatic series Wallander (BBC One).
“We might need to create tailored promos for formats which have been sold to multiple different countries,” explains Mark Glennon, head of post production at Zodiak Rights. “Similarly, we often need to create different variations of the same material, where the programming content has been sold to a new region. Project Parking has been invaluable to assist with this process.”
Project Parking is an archive and restore solution that allows users to create a complete copy of any project onto any storage device. “Previously, we would lay out a flattened file as a master, then need to go back and find all original material in multiple locations to re-create the rushes to make a new promo version if required,” Glennon explains. “This was a labor intensive process. However, now by using Project Parking, we don’t need to scrub the rushes to free-up the edit storage, as we can store the project and all the media files associated with it together, offline.”
Project Parking was first launched in early 2012 and more recently Marquis has developed Personal Project Parking, which is aimed at individual editors and freelancers. It includes the basic functionality of the full solution, but at a lower price point. Project Parking Version 3, will be demonstrated for the first time at BE and at NAB 2013. The new version will enable editors to analyze all the projects and media on their edit storage by size, project, location, age, duplicated or orphaned files and then archive files to second tier storage, or delete unused media, take snapshots of versions of projects, or move from one location to another, while still maintaining a usable and easily accessible format for future use.