The V-Station HD Solution

What is the Problem?

While today's cameras have been getting less expensive, and quality has gone up, the real cost in video production is actually the post-production tasks (or workflow). Yes, you can spend anywhere from a few hundred dollars to ten's of thousands of dollars on high-end cameras, but each time you do a video production, the personnel costs to run the equipment and those needed to edit the production exceeds the cost of the hardware quite rapidly.

So how do you reduce the costs and time involved to create and edit your videos? That's why we invented V-Station HD. It changes the paradigm of your workflow from shoot to delivery to make it less expensive and quicker to get your video projects completed... and with fewer people involved.

What is V-Station HD?

V-Station HD is a "Multi-Track" Video Recording System, It is used for multi-camera video event recording or audio-visual communications presentations, training, observation, or lecture applications. It provides a revolutionary way by which video can be captured from multiple angles (operator or ISO) from up to 8 HD cameras or camcorders using multi-channel video recording technology. As "multi-track" implies, the recordings are synchronized to a common clock. V-Station HD systems record full HD 1080p60 video from up to 8 HDMI or SDI cameras simultaneously as 8 independent tracks with 2 channels of audio per track. This 4 or 8 channel DVR also provides synchronized playback of up to 8 videos at a time (Studio system), allows logging events as they happen or upon review. If that were not enough, it has a built-in media asset management system (SQL database) to organiize all your clips as “projects” - with automatic assignment of Reels, Scenes, Shots and Take numbers. It provides for backup and restore of the video content and its metadata to multiple choices of backup locations – local USB external drive, Local Network or file server, and over the internet to a FTP server. Then for delivery, the line-cut edited reel produced by V-Station HD Studio's Multi-View AutoProducer is uploaded to your preferred video sharing site such as YouTube, or a private FTP server. If you're likely to take the recordings and line-cuts to a professional editing system, we've provided a seamless XML project transfer to Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Vegas Pro non-linear editing systems, that can be used to make the job of the editor quick and easy using all camera footage shot on the V-Station HD Producer4, Studio4, and Studio8 systems.

Why V-Station HD?

In order to understand the motivation for inventing V-Station HD, it’s a good idea to see how the workflow from acquisition to delivery is done in a multi-camera shoot before there was a V-Station HD, and how V-Station HD changes the paradigm by automating some of the manual tasks that are done today, as well as managing all the footage shot at the time of the event, when under the control of a single system.

Traditionally, in "file-based" workflow, footage is acquired on removable storage media and is usually not synchronized by a common clock, and then copied to a asset management system, or directly to the post-production system for synchronization and editing.

As any editor knows, it takes time to not only find and copy the footage, but to create the bins for the project, decipher which camera, which scene and shots were taken at the same time and determine the synchronization of all angles, and decide where the cuts are to be made. Also if there are re-takes, then it can get a bit confusing. If the camera’s are from different manufactures, clip names can be quite different and this makes it even harder to sort out. If there is no time code, then synchronizing can be difficult if not impossible if there was no common audio or image at the start. In addition, removable media can be damaged or lost in the process. Once everything is sorted out, only then editing and review can be done.

V-Station Multi-Camera Workflows

Multi-Camera Workflows

In contrast, in a "structured system", multi-camera workflow is greatly simplified, where the V-station HD software keeps all the recordings together in one system and each project has a structure to it. It maintains synchronization by using a common clock. This way, from the very start, project management, clip management, and synchronization is done automatically. As clips are captured from the 4-8 cameras, they are organized into the current project and synchronized, instead of the way traditional post-production workflow is done. Although, V-Station HD uses the terminology used in Cinema production - Reels, Scenes, Shots, and takes, these terms can be re-labled to conform to your application. As recording are made, clips are automatically named and then classified into divisions that you define. They can easily be found via our integrated clip browser and immediately identified by the classification system. This not only saves time, but prevents loss of valuable footage while in the process of moving from the production to post-production. As a result, fewer people are involved and less time is spent in post-production. The bottom line: wrap to delivery ... in minutes!

Who Needs V-Station HD?

The applications for V-Station HD are diverse. It can do multi-camera event recording or be used in pro audio-visual communications applications. In the event video production world, applications include theatrical/musical performances, interviews, religious services, community television, web content creatioon, screen tests for casting television and cinema, pre-visualization of a cinema productions, V-Station HD makes an excellent real-time asset management system to backup your camcorder footage during the shoot in case the storage card is lost, fails, or even runs out of storage space. Applications for pro audio-visual include multiple cameras for classroom capture, scientific observation and analysis of events -- such as clinical behavioral studies, focus group studies, sports training, military training and mission simulation, aerospace, medical training, safety and security studies are other applications.

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