The BBC reported recently on its progress on removing tape from its post workflow. They believe in open source software, so if you want to use their Linux-based software for your tapeless production, download the sourcecode from SourceForge.

The software includes:

A Windows package that takes a Avid rendered show and wraps it in the correct flavour of MXF so that when put onto a P2 card can be output from SDI on your Panasonic P2 camera.

A Samba VFS module for Linux that allows teams of Final Cut and Avid users to share media on ‘low-cost commodity storage.’

The BBC report that they use the system on their highest rated evening soap: EastEnders (4 x 30 min a week), and plan to use it to digitise the million tapes in their archive.


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