• News FocalPoint Server to Attend NAB Las Vegas to Take the Pain Out of AS-11 Workflow Transition


      PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release –  20th March 2018

      Contact: Ken Bell

      Tel: +44 (0) 1173700963

      The FocalPoint Server team will be attending NAB Las Vegas on stand SL5124. FocalPoint Server is a unique Workflow Asset Management (WAM) software solution that deals with your projects from pre-production to archive. Already trusted by Fox Sport, NBC Universal, BT Sport and the BBC, FocalPoint Server is bringing further solutions to NAB Las Vegas.

      Media Asset Management (MAM) can’t keep up with a forever changing broadcast landscape, Workflow Asset Management (WAM) can. FocalPoint Server has already helped the BBC and are ready to come to the USA to help you deal with AS-11 deliverables, file syndication and EBUCore concepts. AS-11 production and its North American equivalents (AS-11 X8 for MPEG-2 or AS-11 X9 for AVC). AS-11 workflow is growing and maturing – It can’t be ignored.
      The FocalPoint Server rule based system ensures your are compliant without even knowing it. Simply drag and drop your projects to a folder and compliancy is dealt with, without you knowing it. In a predominately freelance market, these rules save time and money.

      FocalPoint Server won an award from Innovate 2016 in recognition for pioneering work in this field. This has enabled us to take our software solution to a different level and we are keen to demonstrate this at NAB Las Vegas.

      Already trusted by Fox Sport, NBC Universal, BT Sport and the BBC, FocalPoint Server is bringing the solution to NAB Las Vegas to provide you with a solution before you run into a problem. Our solutions leave you and your team to do what your do best – Create great broadcast compliant content from anywhere in the world.






      Notes for the Editor:

      About FocalPoint Server:

      FocalPoint Server came out of the “fires “of the London Olympics 2012. The task was to manage existing users and the extra 200 freelancers who were not familiar with company work practices. The key was to make it simple so people would use it.

      What is FocalPoint Server Software?

      Launch your graphics or editing application through our gateway/simple interface that allows users to collaborate in the Cloud, WAN or LAN, and find their files in three clicks. We track projects from ingest to archive, ensuring correct naming of projects, bins and their storage location. We set project preferences for each job, with version control. This filtering or traffic light approach to managing users increases workflow efficiency and collaboration. As the number of users and department’s increase, the importance of this approach grows exponentially. Remote working via the Cloud reduces the cost of hotel, space and associated expenses while ensuring flexible working and collaboration.

      About AS-11 International Versions

      Use of the AS-11 specification simplifies the process of creating and moving program material between post houses and playout companies – and the benefits are being recognized around the world. New specifications for the delivery of finished programs have been created for use in the Nordic countries, Australia and New Zealand, building on the success of the “AS-11 DPP” specifications for the UK. These new Specifications are closely aligned and based on the new rules based format.

      About NABA DPP AS-11 Specifications for North America

      The North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) and the Digital Production Partnership (DPP) have worked in partnership to develop two technical specifications for the delivery of air-ready HD television programs. These specifications are designed for use in Canada and the United States and require that program files must conform to either AS-11 X8 (MPEG-2) or AS-11 X9 (AVC).

      Rules based specifications

      Traditionally, AMWA specifications have been text based. While being easily human-readable, they do not support automated processes or allow the specification to be quickly and efficiently adapted for new users. This has led to the development of rules based, machine readable specifications. Building blocks, or rules for each of the video, audio (etc.) elements are combined into the final specification. Human-readable descriptions can automatically be generated from the machine versions, and these blocks can be re-used in other specifications. This new approach has proven especially valuable as AS-11 has been extended to accommodate the needs of new international users.

      A new approach is also being taken to the publication of AS-11 Specifications. Specifications are now being published on GitHub as “code” and move through different “maturity levels” from “Work In Progress”, to “Proposed Specification” to “Specification”.

      Contact for FocalPoint Server:

      sales@focalpointserver.com   |   +44 (0)1173 700 963   |  www.focalpointserver.com