LIBRARY: Tutorials Reviews Interviews Editorials Features Business Authors RSS Feed

CatDV Enhances Production of JPL/NASA Exploration Programs

COW Library : Square Box CatDV : Sarah Mason : CatDV Enhances Production of JPL/NASA Exploration Programs
CreativeCOW presents CatDV Enhances Production of JPL/NASA Exploration Programs -- CatDV Editorial

Sarah MasonSarah Mason
Featuring CatDV from Square Box Systems, Ltd
CreativeCOW.net. All rights reserved.


When Explorer 1, built by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), launched into orbit in 1958 successfully marking the United States’ first entry into space, America’s excitement for space exploration was ignited and it has been exploring ever since. For over 50 years, JPL has continued to explore the solar system, other stars and galaxies, and even Earth itself with robotic spacecraft. It has played pivotal roles in many historic missions including Mariner, Viking, Voyager and Cassini. Most recently in August 2012, the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover landed on Mars kick starting a two-year mission to determine if the planet could have hosted life.

Image 1: High-Resolution Self-Portrait by Curiosity Rover Arm Camera, courtesy, NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems, image ID: PIA16239
Image 1: High-Resolution Self-Portrait by Curiosity Rover Arm Camera, courtesy, NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems, image ID: PIA16239
JPL has played pivotal roles in many historic missions including Mariner, Viking, Voyager and Cassini. Most recently in August 2012, the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover landed on Mars kick starting a two-year mission to determine if the planet could have hosted life.

JPL is a federally funded research and development facility staffed and managed by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In addition to designing, building and operating robotic spacecraft, JPL is responsible for NASA's Deep Space Network - a worldwide system of communications complexes that serve as portals to distant spacecraft.

JPL's television production facility is tasked with archiving and preserving the historical content of over 50 years of media files from the early days of rocketry and interstellar space exploration. JPL also plays a key role in education, producing videos to communicate details of exploration missions to the public at large, as well as educational materials for students at all levels. To better organize and manage these priceless media assets JPL implemented CatDV as its asset management system.

Image 2: The Rose: Mysterious Hurricane at Saturn's North Pole, courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI, image ID: PIA14944
Image 2: The Rose: Mysterious Hurricane at Saturn's North Pole, courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI, image ID: PIA14944
Prior to bringing on CatDV, JPL's in-house production team had three main workflow challenges: an obsolete asset management database with very limited search capabilities, a time-consuming review and approval process, and a complex procedure for publishing content to the web. "We saw that JPL needed a very tailored solution," stated Dave Clack, CEO, Square Box Systems. "They needed it. We built it. We worked closely with JPL to customize CatDV specifically to their production workflow. We created a new CatDV component that enables labeling of a wide range of physical media, making it even easier to find media across on-line and off-line storage."

Image 3: Taken Under the 'Wing' of the Small Magellanic Cloud, courtesy NASA/CXC/JPL-Caltech/STScI, image ID: PIA16884
Image 3: Taken Under the 'Wing' of the Small Magellanic Cloud, courtesy NASA/CXC/JPL-Caltech/STScI, image ID: PIA16884
The JPL production team consists of multiple producers, editors, technicians, a 3D animator, media librarian, and freelance post professionals. They produce on average three live shoots per week. The editors work on both Mac and Windows OS with Final Cut Pro 7 as the primary editing application. Raw footage from recorded video and/or P2 cards is immediately put on a hard disk; a Pro Res version is automatically created which is stored, along with all the raw materials including audio files, graphics etc, on a storage area network (SAN) server.

Sorting through all of these files was time consuming. The editors would have to search the database by title, hoping it contained the file they were seeking. Now with CatDV, all of the files are catalogued and tagged giving quick and easy access to the media content.

Review and approval of projects involves circulating files between multiple team members and managers. Before implementing CatDV, producers were unable to view projects throughout the editing process, as there was no simultaneous access to all the materials. Now all the meta data generated in the system will simply import directly from CatDV to the project so that everyone can access, edit via proxy or review. The producers will be able to view the source materials or raw materials and mark using timecode or in and out points and simply feed their choices into CatDV. This ability has enabled them to dramatically increase productivity and produce more and more projects.

Image 4: A Splendor Seldom Seen, courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute, image ID: PIA14934
Image 4: A Splendor Seldom Seen, courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute, image ID: PIA14934
Once a project has been edited, reviewed and approved, it needs to be sent to multiple destinations both inside and outside the organization. Because so much of the content produced by JPL is published to the web, they needed an easy tool to work with that maintains the quality of the material. The editors make a back up of the project and using CatDV, create eight different web compressions. They are then effortlessly delivered to the web team and ultimately published onto the website.

In addition to addressing multiple production workflow issues for JPL, CatDV will be used to catalogue finalised programs as well as continuing projects such as videos on the Mars rover, so that viewers can search the website to see what is available to download.

"Solving workflow issues is what CatDV does," explained Clack. "Creating a more efficient way to manage some of the most significant media files in history further affirms that CatDV is the best media asset management solution in the market."






About CatDV
CatDV is a powerful set of asset management, automation and collaboration tools supporting some of the world's most sophisticated media workflows in the media and entertainment, education, sports, non-profit and commercial industries. CatDV is designed to import, catalogue, sort and process video media files as well as audio files, still images, and other supporting documents at the core of any modern production workflow. CatDV is easy to learn and install, cost-efficient, highly flexible and scalable seamlessly integrating with other products, platforms, formats, hardware, software and existing IT network infrastructure. CatDV is MAC and Windows compatible. For more information about CatDV, visit http://www.squarebox.com/




Recent Articles / Tutorials:
Art of the Edit
Growing Up on YouTube: Video Production, The Next Generation

Growing Up on YouTube: Video Production, The Next Generation

Through accessible tools and ease of engagement, young people like Sabrina Cruz have been able to grow up on YouTube and find one another. Underneath the amusing titles and colorful thumbnails, her videos have drawn over 10 million views with thoughtful messages woven together with high production value and editorial skill. Dismiss her as just a YouTuber at your peril. It's not that she's after your job. It's that she's one of the young creators helping change the world with intelligence, wit, drive, and an infectious optimism. Are you keeping up?

Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Peña
Art of the Edit
3 Mistakes All Beginning Editors Make, And How To Avoid Them

3 Mistakes All Beginning Editors Make, And How To Avoid Them

In the latest edition of his enduring series "This Guy Edits", Sven Pape covers the three mistakes that all beginning editors make -- mistakes he knows well, having made them all in his own editing career. Fortunately, he's learned the fixes by now too, and shares the easy workarounds in a high-energy, humorous fashion that will have even the most experienced editors nodding along and smiling in recognition.

Tutorial
Sven Pape
RED Camera
RED IPP2: Real-World Looks At An Image Processing Revolution

RED IPP2: Real-World Looks At An Image Processing Revolution

Science is one thing, the real world is another, and yet beautiful things can happen when the two interact with each other. Our conversation begins with RED Digital Cinema's Graeme Nattress explaining the ways that RED's customers are shaping the company's new approaches to color science, as reflected in RED's new image processing pipeline, IPP2. From there, filmmakers Chris McKechnie and David Battistella get specific about how RED IPP2 has revolutionized their RED workflows, both in the field and in post. No hype here. Just the facts, plus some very pretty pictures, and, okay, more than a little bit of excitement in the lab, in the field, and in the edit suite.

Feature
Christine Bunish
Business & Marketing
Authenticity: The First Step to Stock Video Success

Authenticity: The First Step to Stock Video Success

His stock footage has sold to the tune of $7 million dollars over the past 10 years, earning on average over $30,000/mo. Here, Robb Crocker shares the specific steps he took, and that you can take too, to build a successful stock video business: free from clients, deadlines, and creative limits.

People / Interview, Business
Robb Crocker
An Open Letter to Incoming Women Freshmen in Media Programs, by Kylee Peña

An Open Letter to Incoming Women Freshmen in Media Programs, by Kylee Peña

A lot of so-called “open letters” on the internet address the outgoing graduates of programs. And while they should bask in the glow of congratulations and good luck because they worked hard, they earned it, and they have some serious challenges on the horizon, this letter isn’t for them. It’s for you: the young woman who is leaving high school behind and beginning your first year of college in the next few weeks. Read on as Hollywood workflow supervisor and president of the Blue Collar Post Collective Kylee Peña reminds you: You have so much ahead of you!


Creative COW
My Illegal Internships: An Oral History, by Kylee Peña

My Illegal Internships: An Oral History, by Kylee Peña

Sure, unpaid internships aren’t exclusive to post production; however, for some reason we’ve collectively decided that the single biggest way to prove one’s merit is by working in some capacity for free. It’s almost as if everyone believes that because they suffered the difficulty of doing often humiliating or degrading work for free, everyone else should too. There are certainly times that personal enrichment worth the sacrifice to work for free, but employers, do you know if what you're asking interns to do for you is even legal? Follow along as Kylee gives examples from her own past internships to highlight current requirements, and lays out some suggestions to a fairer, more productive future for everyone.


Kylee Peña
Adobe Premiere Pro
Adobe Premiere Pro: Edit Faster with Overlay Editing

Adobe Premiere Pro: Edit Faster with Overlay Editing

Editor, VFX artist, post-house owner, and plug-in developer Simon Ubsdell shows you how to edit faster and more easily using the very useful but not often known-about Overlay edit function in Premiere Pro. This Quick Tip tutorial also offers tips on grouping.

Tutorial
Simon Ubsdell
Art of the Edit
Always Be Editing: Sculptors & Bricklayers Revisited

Always Be Editing: Sculptors & Bricklayers Revisited

Do you edit like a sculptor, or like a bricklayer? It seems a simple enough question, but as longtime editor, post house owner, and VFX software developer Simon Ubsdell shows, the implications for how this affects the way you edit can be profound. His advice, regardless of where you land on the spectrum? Always be editing.


Simon Ubsdell
Audio Professionals
Hearing The Handmaid's Tale: Jane Tattersall's Sound Career

Hearing The Handmaid's Tale: Jane Tattersall's Sound Career

With Emmy, BAFTA, Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel, Canadian Screen, and Directors Guild of Canada Awards among many more, Jane Tattersall shares insights into a career in sound editing entering its fourth decade with two young women just beginning their own careers in the field. Their conversation begins with Jane's work on the Hulu hit series, The Handmaid's Tale.

Feature, People / Interview
Kylee Peña
Art of the Edit
Indie Film Sound Editing: A This Guy Edits Tutorial

Indie Film Sound Editing: A This Guy Edits Tutorial

ACE Award-nominated picture editor Sven Pape ("This Guy Edits") speaks with Sundance Award-winning sound editor Ugo Derouard on The 5 Five Steps of Audio Post Production: Sound Editing, Spotting, Dialog Editing, Sound Design, and Sound Mixing, paying special attention to the specific needs of, and techniques that can work best for, independent filmmakers.

Tutorial
Sven Pape
MORE
© 2017 CreativeCOW.net All Rights Reserved
[TOP]