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51 minutes | 5 days ago
#57 Scaling Out Workflows; Audio Production vs. Video Production with Ben Meadors, Post Production Engineer, Spotify Studios
On this episode of The Workflow Show, Jason and Ben speak with Ben Meadors, Post Production Engineer at Spotify Studios about the differences between a video production workflow and an audio production workflow. Ben covers the processes of Spotify and where the production team has grown. Ben Meadors shares the thorough, detailed documentation at Spotify that enables the teams in their onboarding and in troubleshooting. Tune in for some highly useful first-hand experience. Episode Highlights: Covered processes Spotify uses to provide documentation to new editors and users in their production team(s) Ben Meadors describes his influence on Spotify Studios’ workflow and transitioning workflows during the pandemic for remote work (work from home) The differences in video production and podcast production are discussed including media asset management We talk about exciting new tools in the podcasting space and innovations in media production The Workflow Show is available on Spotify, Stitcher, iTunes, Amazon, YouTube Subscribe on Castos About Ben Meadors: Ben is the Post Production Engineer at Spotify Studios, guiding post-production workflow for video and podcast creation. Previously Ben was the Integrated Services Manager at AbelCine, where he designed and installed shared storage and asset management systems, post-production facilities, and broadcast studios. More From CHESA and The Workflow Show: Episode #54, "Education to Innovation: A Conversation with Mike Szumlinski of iconik.io, Cloud Based Media Asset Management" iconik.io
54 minutes | a month ago
#56 Engineering Empathy: Building Innovative Access Systems and Preserving Video Testimony with Sam Gustman, CTO and Associate Dean at USC Shoah Foundation and USC Libraries
On this episode of The Workflow Show, hosts Ben and Jason interview Sam Gustman, CTO of USC Shoah Foundation - The Institute for Visual History and Education (USC Shoah Foundation) and Associate Dean and CTO at the USC Libraries where he oversees IT for the Libraries and started USC Digital Repository (a CHESA client). Their discussion covers the intricacies of maintaining a media archive to last for generations, including file management and migration, avoiding bit rot, preservation quality video codecs, and the Dimensions in Testimony project which uses AI to allow people to have a real-time conversation with Holocaust survivors and other witnesses to genocide. Sam Gustman also elaborates on the origination of the Shoah Foundation and the important work they do for education, highlighting the voices of genocide survivors and leveraging technology to engender respect and understanding. Episode Highlights: Sam Gustman outlines the start of the Shoah Foundation as an effort to archive and maintain interviews of victims of the holocaust, founded by Steven Spielberg after the release of Schindler’s List. Ben and Jason ask about the hurdles of storing and managing a multi-Petabyte collection of digital video, such as monitoring for bit rot, ingesting metadata, preservation quality video codecs, and even the possibility of utilizing blockchain to preserve video across the internet. Sam, Ben, and Jason discuss the importance of the Visual History Archive’s work in education providing compelling ways to access a vast library of experience as the Shoah Foundation continues its mission to document and provide students and researchers with tools to interact with, search, and learn from testimony. The Workflow Show is available on Spotify, Stitcher, iTunes, Amazon, YouTube Subscribe on Castos Resources We Mention: See the 60 Minutes on the Shoah Foundation's Dimensions in Testimony project using Artificial Intelligence. More From CHESA and The Workflow Show: More on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning from The Workflow Show on AI and taking advantage of the value of your content library, and how automation for your infrastructure might be the solution you’ve been seeking.
44 minutes | 2 months ago
#55 Creative Journeys: Surprise! You Work in IT Now
Feeling the Pain of Being Out of Your Technical Depth? Don’t Suffer in Silence - CHESA’s got a Workflow Therapy couch ready for you. Take heart from your CHESA friends’ struggles with “Imposter Syndrome”- and tactics to overcome it! – throughout their careers. CHESA Business Development rep Louise Shideler returns to chat with hosts, Ben Kilburg and Jason Whetstone, about their journeys from the creative realm into the technical domain of Media IT. They share similarities along their paths and suggest characteristics, attitudes, and habits that anyone working in Media and Entertainment technologies can apply. How do skills from traditional “creative” fields transfer to Media IT roles? The importance of critical problem-solving and analytical skills, as well as one’s mindset, for successfully managing such a career How to find your mentors in the industry: communities that support continuing education, such as professional organizations and online forums & blogs Why and how “Imposter Syndrome” affects those in this field — and even the customers who seek workflow consultation
58 minutes | 2 months ago
#54 “Education to Innovation: A conversation with Mike Szumlinski of iconik.io Cloud Based Media Asset Management”
On this episode of The Workflow Show, Ben and Jason speak to guest Mike Szumlinski, Chief Commercial Officer at iconik.io, about what it means to foster the growth of a product and creating a collaboration tool for media asset management in the cloud. Mike also talks about his background, working at PVT, and emphasizing the sharing of knowledge via blogs and education. The hosts and Mike discuss how to spot innovation through customer feedback and anticipating growth beyond the current need of a product, including how Iconik utilizes Kubernetes and how that fits into the future of cloud based workflows. Mike recounts his history in the industry, from studying at MSU to working with Pro Video Tech, and eventually Cantemo AB. Ben and Jason discuss with Mike the importance of education and community learning in Media IT. Mike discusses the values of ICONIK in ease of accessibility to other tools, open API, and the growth of the customer base in the last year due to WFH needs. Ben, Jason, and Mike dig into using kubernetes and the use of VMs (virtual machines) to better the ICONIK product and what it means for the next round of innovation in media technology.
73 minutes | 3 months ago
#53 Shared NVMe Storage, Object Storage, and the Future of StorNext, with Eric Bassier
CHESA’s Ben and Jason chat with Eric Bassier, Senior Director of Product and Technical Marketing at Quantum. Ben and Jason ask Eric about the future of storage systems in and out of the cloud, and what changes within Quantum’s products are helping businesses adapt their workflow to the current climate of on-prem, cloud, and hybrid systems. Eric details the benefits and use cases of NVMe and how companies are migrating to it. Storage and Networking Technologies behind StorNext from Quantum Talk about Hybrid Cloud and File Systems entirely in the Cloud Cover use cases for Block Storage vs Object Storage, NVME vs SSD Talk innovations in the future for Cloud Level Storage and changes to the industry from these technologies More From CHESA on NVMe: For more on NVMe read Ben Kilburg's blog Is NVMe Right for You Right Now?
42 minutes | 4 months ago
#52 Creativity Driving Innovation, a talk with Michael Cioni
In the second half of our interview with Michael Cioni of Frame.io, Ben and Jason ask Michael about his background and the sights he saw in filmmaking along the way. They discuss Michael’s trip to be featured at Cannes, despite his college’s wishes. Michael details the lessons he’s learned from mentors about adapting to changing tech and looking for innovation in an industry that can be slow to change its tools. Finally, Jason and Ben explore with Michael what the creative contributes to the building and designing of production and post production workflows and digital film production, in order to make editors and filmmakers excited about their process. Highlights: Michael details his journey from college to Cannes, Light Iron to Panavision, and today at Frame.io The risks and benefits of moving against traditional tech to pursue innovation that changes the industry, even when big players don’t recognize what’s coming Huge changes to the filmmaking industry: cameras, workflows, storage and tech digital, film and video production and post production workflow Discussion on why the creative is such an important piece of tech innovation - how they use tools influences design If you love The Workflow Show and want to reach out, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or check us out on Twitter @chesapro
48 minutes | 4 months ago
#51 Workflow In the Cloud - Creativity Drives Innovation - A Talk with Michael Cioni
For this episode of The Workflow Show, we're delighted to have guest Michael Cioni, Global SVP of Innovation at Frame.io, as our guest. Jason and Ben ask specifically what it means to lead innovation, what's next for Media IT and post production in film, and how to inspire creative teams with UI and editing tools. Michael presents the benefits of editing video in the cloud versus traditional workflows and Frame.io completely changes the workflow of review and approval. They discuss the art of being uncomfortable in order to learn and adapt to changes in the Media and Entertainment industry, as well as managing the hurdles of new innovations as the business comes to eventually adopt the newest tools. Michael explains the problems of deletion among content creators and how to plan an archive and MAM around the needs of exponentially expanding file sizes and equipment specs. For more information on Michael Cioni and his work visit Frame.io Check out our other episodes on post production and working in the cloud, such as our interview with Micheal Kammas of Bebop on Cloud Editing Realities and Myths . Reach out to us via email at email@example.com and follow us on twitter @workflowshow EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS: Ben and Jason speak with Michael Cioni of Frame.io about editing and workflow innovation in the cloud and the impact on the state of the industry Discussion on creativity as the force that drives original ideation and the relationship between the technology and the tools we use Michael relates Frame.io’s tech to enable multiple editors and reviewers to work more efficiently in a remote environment What are some possible next pieces of innovation in filmmaking, including addressing the problem of deletion and archive management
51 minutes | 5 months ago
#50 Media Workflow Basics : Part 2.5 of 5 Media Storage
In this second half of the second installment, or part two of part two, of the Media and Entertainment Digital Workflow Series, Jason and Ben continue their discussion of storage. They explore erasure coding, what differentiates it from traditional RAID, and what it’s advantages and disadvantages are for M&E workflows. Additionally, they talk through storage tiering concepts, business continuity plans, and provide examples of sizing a shared storage volume for an organizations aggregate bandwidth needs.
59 minutes | 6 months ago
#49 Media Workflow Basics: Part 2 of 5: Media Storage
In this second installment of the Media and Entertainment Digital Workflow Series, Jason and Ben discuss storage. They cover the inner workings of, and the differences between the most common storage technologies we use in media and entertainment workflows. Meant as a breakdown and comparison of these technologies, the hosts review the importance of file systems and their associated metadata, block and file level storage, and safety considerations in maintaining high performance systems. For a deeper view on this topic, make sure to check out the first episode of this series on Ingest of media and video, along with The Workflow Show episode on SAN vs NAS and the episode on File Systems. We want to give another thank you to SVG for featuring The Workflow Show. You can check out that article here. We'd love to hear more from you, our listeners. Send topic suggestions, questions on the series, and share how you found our podcast at firstname.lastname@example.org
25 minutes | 6 months ago
#48 Media Workflow Basics: Part 1 of 5: Ingest Media and Ingest Video
Join Jason and Ben as they begin a multi-episode tour through the digital media workflow and entertainment workflow creation process. In this first episode, dedicated to ingest media, they discuss some of the common mistakes made in media organizations. Join as they share some simple best practices and cool MAM tricks for getting your assets where they're going, and keeping them organized. Reach out at email@example.com
51 minutes | 6 months ago
#47 "Building a Bridge between Media Production and IT Professionals with Daniel Rosenberg, Lead Creative Technologies, PVH Corp."
Creative professionals are used to driving their technology decisions based on the technical requirements of their media creation processes. What happens when they find themselves working for, or within, a larger company with strict rules and regulations for corporate governance? Or maybe you're an IT professional who now finds themselves saddled with a new group of end users who's needs and requirements are way outside the norm by way of comparison to the rest of the organization? Jason and Ben explore this topic with Daniel Rosenberg, Lead Creative Technologies for PVH Corp., and talk through some strategies for media and IT teams to work together successfully when their worlds collide.
48 minutes | 7 months ago
#46 "Solutions Architect Round Table — Remote Workflow Strategy"
How do we see organizations changing in order to provide their production teams with the tools to succeed to create engaging media at a distance, now, and in the future? What are the most common solutions and tools organizations are using to remotely access their media and collaborate creatively? Join Jason and Ben as they discuss the challenges and effects of the pandemic with the Solutions Architecture team of Chesapeake Systems, including Peter Price, Tom Kehn, Kurt Clawson. [gravityform id="1" title="true" description="true"]
41 minutes | 7 months ago
#45 "Work from Home Culture with Dave Helmly of Adobe Part 2"
Does Adobe battle test new features and versions of Premiere Pro in the field before the put it in your hands? When should you absolutely delete and rebuild your media cache? How is Apple's new afterburner card performing in Adobe/s Premiere Pro? In the second part of this two-part episode, Ben and Jason continue their discussion with Adobe's Dave Helmly and spend time looking forward at some of the items on the development road map for Adobe's video applications and discuss the potential of some of the coolest new features coming to the Creative Cloud suite of applications. https://theblog.adobe.com/introducing-productions-in-premiere-pro/ Project Fast Mask: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPVx4Tg9EZ0 Auto Reframe for Premiere Pro: https://youtu.be/KYz-LuGWFNE Cache Cleaning: https://blogs.adobe.com/davtechtable/2020/03/improved-clearing-cache-method-premiere-pro-v14.html [gravityform id="1" title="true" description="true"]
42 minutes | 8 months ago
#44 "Work-From-Home Culture with Dave Helmly of Adobe"
How has the immediate need to work remotely affected our editing and production disciplines? How are creatives, and the solutions they use, rapidly adapting to the challenges that we're all facing in this evolving culture? In the first part of this two-part episode, Ben and Jason hunker down at home and discuss how the sudden need for a new work-from-home culture has affected the media and entertainment industry. Joining them is Adobe's own expert workflow therapist, Dave Helmly. The workflow therapists discuss disciplines, considerations, and solutions that creatives are now employing in their work-from-home toolkits. [gravityform id="1" title="true" description="true"]
66 minutes | 10 months ago
#43 "Cloud Editing Realities and Myths"
When and where does it make sense to incorporate the cloud into your post-production workflow? The cloud is here and it's staying, but confusion prevails in the M&E space. Every company has different requirements, and practical implementations vary. How can you meet the needs of the creatives and IT department while keeping the budget people happy? Michael Kammes, founder of the 5 THINGS tech web series and Director of Business Development for BeBop, joins podcast co-hosts Jason Whetstone and Ben Kilburg to explore what’s possible with editing and storage in the cloud; the reality of security concerns; hidden costs associated with egress and compute power; as well as other factors to consider when devising a cloud strategy. Don’t get tripped up by the unknown if you’re exploring how to transition from traditional on-premise workflow to a more cloud-centric infrastructure. Hear real-world examples of what is and is not working on this episode of The Workflow Show. Transcript [gravityform id="1" title="true" description="true"]
59 minutes | 10 months ago
#42 "Preserving Treasures"
Media storage technology has come a long way since the days of cellulose film. The film and tape still around today may contain hidden treasures just waiting to be found. But how long can these formats last? What does it take to transition valuable content over to modern storage formats? Join Emily Halevy of Preserve South on The Workflow Show for an in-depth conversation with host Jason Whetstone and Chesapeake’s Louise Shideler about format migration challenges and ways to think about preserving precious content for your organization. Transcript [gravityform id="1" title="true" description="true"]
60 minutes | a year ago
#41 "Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning: Why Should You Care?"
The verdict is in. So much data is being produced today that humans can’t keep up. For many years now, CHESA has been exploring the benefits of automating processes in media workflows, especially when it helps creative people do their creative jobs – which a machine cannot do. But how can you harness the solutions out there to make your content work for you? On this episode of The Workflow Show, Veritone’s President, Ryan Steelberg, and Chesapeake’s CEO, Jason Paquin, discuss real-world use cases that demonstrate how Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) solutions have made inconceivable tasks possible. Listen in to learn more about taking advantage of the value of your content library, and how automation for your infrastructure might be the solution you’ve been seeking. For more on Artificial Intelligence on The Workflow Show [gravityform id="1" title="true" description="true"]
78 minutes | a year ago
#40 “How to Buy a DAM...and How Not To”
Are there right and wrong ways to purchase and deploy an asset management system? Ghost ships happen. Is there a failed MAM or DAM deployment adrift somewhere in your data center? Were you sold a side order of MAM with your last shared storage system but were not successful in making it a valuable part of your day to day workflow? Join The Workflow Show co-hosts, Jason Whetstone and Ben Kilburg, as they talk with Bryson Jones, Founder & CEO of North Shore Automation, and Jeremy Strootman, VP of Business Development for Squarebox Systems, about the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of MAM, DAM, PAM, and WAM deployments. We discuss what it takes to make a MAM deployment successful, and what the common stumbling blocks are on the road to asset management nirvana. [gravityform id="1" title="true" description="true"]
67 minutes | a year ago
#39 "Better, Faster, Stronger: Making Workflows Easier with MAM Solutions"
Primestream Co-founder and EVP Namdev Lisman has been candid about how media technology is supposed to make workflows easier, and that MAMs play an important role in that evolution. However, in a recent TV Technology article, he notes, “You’ve got more and more media every day. MAM—media asset management—is supposed to make all your painful media issues disappear. But that hasn’t been the case.” On this episode of The Workflow Show, join Lisman and his Primestream colleagues Alan Dabul, Director of Product Development, and JC Sierra, Director of Solutions Architecture at CHESA, as they untangle some of the current frustrations with today’s media environments. With Workflow Show co-hosts Jason Whetstone and Ben Kilburg of Chesapeake Systems, they’ll explore how to use MAM tools to enable global collaboration within organizations and discuss methodologies that work best for displaying metadata generated by AI (artificial intelligence) and ML (machine learning). Listen in! [gravityform id="1" title="true" description="true"]
49 minutes | a year ago
#38 "The Codec Wars"
Join hosts Jason Whetstone and Ben Kilburg in this episode of The Workflow Show as they discuss “the codec wars” with Nick Smith from JB&A Distribution. Can you survive the ever-growing onslaught of new codecs? Is Nick Smith really from Earth? Tune in to find out! [gravityform id="1" title="true" description="true"]
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