MTI Film Helps Dailies Move Online

New Convey features accelerate time-to-delivery and ease engineering headaches for web-based dailies delivery and review

MTI Film has announced availability of two new modules for its Convey for Control Dailies system. The new QuickTime and Windows Media 9 modules are designed to increase efficiency in facilities with internet-based dailies review systems, such as PIX Project. Convey is a sister application to Control Dailies that harnesses the powerful project data management features in Control Dailies to produce high-quality, consistent deliverables through automation. With Convey, Control Dailies offers the only truly complete dailies processing workflow that supports digital file, digital tape and film camera productions with a flexible end-to-end turn-key solution.

Now available for delivery, the new QuickTime module addresses the needs of facilities using PIX Project for dailies delivery and review online. With this new Convey module, facilities can upload the results of their dailies session directly to PIX Project with no intermediate steps. MTI Film worked closely with the PIX team to ensure that the files generated in Convey are fully compatible with their system and immediately ready to use. "PIX is an incredibly popular solution for production companies who want to be able to review their dailies online any time." notes MTI Film Product Manager David McClure, "Convey has made it that much easier and faster for the post house to get dailies onto the PIX system."

To fully support all facilities' online workflow systems, MTI Film is also introducing a Windows Media 9 module for Convey. Windows Media 9 is a popular choice for proprietary web-based project systems and some off the shelf products. "The goal with Convey is to eliminate inefficiencies and duplication of effort by enabling a truly tapeless environment." observes McClure, "MTI Film always strives to take the extra step to make integration with downsteam applications simple and hassle-free. We did this with our ready-to-edit DNxHD output and wanted to offer the same workflow benefits for the review side of dailies."

"We're in a perfect storm right now of transition to new technologies, coupled with an economic slow-down." adds CEO Larry Chernoff, "The goal of every vendor should be to save their customer money and reduce engineering and labor overhead. By working with our partners to ensure Convey output is fully compatible and ready to work with as soon as rendering is complete, we make Control Dailies a solution, not a new problem."

Introduced in 2008, Convey improves dailies workflow by directly generating file-based output for editorial and review. This eliminates time that was previously lost laying off to a tape that was then re-ingested into another system, such as an Avid. AutoDVD, the first Convey module, generates fully-authored SD DVDs with chapter stops for each camera take and multiple options for viewing in user-selected sort order. Released at NAB 2009, the AutoBlu-ray module supports the same features for high definition Blu-ray discs.

The other supported formats announced at NAB include DPX files for archiving in an industry-standard format and for compatibility with other post-production applications. Convey DNxHD generates MXF-wrapped DNxHD files with audio and metadata for direct delivery to editorial. A single Convey system can be configured to output multiple types and multiple copies of each supported format simultaneously.

Convey is an integral part of the award-winning Control Dailies environment, which includes the Control Dailies core, the DA Head for ingest of digital camera originated media, and Control Color, an integrated primary color corrector. Control Dailies distinguishes itself among other digital and film dailies systems as a feature-complete, easy to use solution that supports all popular capture and output formats. With a proven track record of delivering major time- and cost-savings, Control Dailies is the choice of major post houses throughout North America.