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Generic Formatting for Storage

Objective

Reduce cost of European programme production by providing content efficiently and cost effectively through developing and demonstrating an improved broadcast chain compared to tape-based systems. G-FORS will provide flexible, fast non-linear editing, connection with telecommunications channels, storage of HDTV/electronic film images and faster-than-real-time data transfer. A generic file "wrapper" format for the distribution and storage of television images will provide interoperability between acquisition storage and contribution systems.

Transcoding techniques will be developed to increase the flexibility of the proposed system. A broadcast chain consisting of camcorder, solid-state/disk based camcorder cartridge, server, transcoders and very high-resolution viewer for monitoring images will be delivered. Results will be communicated to standardisation bodies.

Objectives:
The goal of the G-FORS project is to reduce the cost of European programme production. This will be achieved by handling content efficiently and cost effectively throughout the broadcast chain compared to tape-based systems. The project will provide the flexibility and speed required for non-linear editing, connection with telecommunications channels, and storage of HDTV / electronic film images and faster than the goal of the G-FORS project is to reduce the cost of European programme production. This will be achieved by handling content efficiently and cost effectively throughout the broadcast chain compared to tape-based systems. The project will provide the flexibility and speed required for non-linear editing, connection with telecommunications channels, storage of HDTV / electronic film images and faster than real time data transfer. A generic file "wrapper" format will be created for the distribution and storage of programme content. This will provide interoperability between acquisition, storage and contribution systems.

The flow of essences (video, audio and data) and metadata ("bits about bits") will be seamlessly interchanged between elements of the demonstration system. Faster than real time interchange will be explored within the context of a broadcast environment where low latency and minimal overall buffering are operationally important, particularly in a live environment. The project will develop transcoding techniques to increase flexibility of the proposed system. It will deliver a broadcast chain consisting of camcorder, solid state/disk based camcorder cartridge, server, transcoders and very high resolution viewer for monitoring images.

The viewer will be capable of displaying the advantages of the transcoding techniques developed within the project as it will be capable of showing the artefacts present in other coding schemes. The project will communicate with standardisation bodies (such as EBU T SMPTE) to ensure a standard for the seamle

Work description:
Workpackage 1 (WP1), Management, is responsible for the overall co-ordination of the project. WP1 will ensure that communication between the partners and the Commission is effective. Liaison will be made with other bodies working in this area such as the EBU and SMPTE with the agreement of the Steering Board. A "Technology Watch" task will ensure that changes in technologies relevant to this project are reported to the consortium and the EC and taken into account within the project. The leader of WP1 is e Co-ordinating Partner Snell and Wilcox.

Workpackage 2 (WP2), User requirements, will run from the start of the project until the end of month 14. The requirements capture will be a two-part process. Initial user requirements will be sought based on the existing mind-set of users. Methods will include networking at conferences such as NAB, IBC, and Montreux, and mining of the BBC's own requirements, which are seen as representative of the larger production houses. The requirements will be identified thru structured interviews with a group of users selected to be canvassed in the second requirements capture and by questionnaire for the remainder.

The aim of Workpackage 3 (WP3) "System Specification", is to define and specify the software and demonstrators hat will result from the project, and to investigate the transfer of data between components within the system. WP3 will run for most of the project in parallel with WP2 and will result in two deliverables. This Workpackage will also include a survey of present and foreseeable peripherals as well as of appropriate loss-less compression algorithms for the storage of data to be implemented in the camcorder. The leader of WP3 is Enertec.

Workpackage 4 (WP4) "System Development and Integration" will result in the construction of number of hardware and software prototypes which will contribute to deliverable D4.1 "Feasibility Demonstrator", which will be a capture and storage chain that will be integrated, test

Milestones:
Bimonthly management reports - M2-M22/ Risk report on meeting objectives - M2/ Report on definition of measurable objectives - M2/ Initial user requirements and validation criteria - M2/Project website - M3/Initial research report -M6 Dissemination plan - M6/Risk report - M9/ Market trends report - M12/ Updated user requirements and validation criteria - M14/Interim research report - M15/G-FORS workshop and demonstration - M18/ Validation criteria - M20/ Feasibility prototype - M21/Prototype validation and usability report - M21/Demonstration of chain - M23/Final system specification - M24/Confidential exploitation plan - M24/ Final report - M24.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

SNELL AND WILCOX LIMITED
Address
Southleigh Park House Eastleigh Road
PO9 2PE Havant Hampshire
United Kingdom

Participants (6)

BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION
United Kingdom
Address
Broadcasting House
W1A 1AA London
CRIL INGENIERIE SA
France
Address
25/27 Rue Jeanne Braconnier
92360 Meudon La Foret
ENERTEC S.A.
France
Address
185 Avenue Du General De Gaulle
92140 Clamart
INESC PORTO - INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIA DE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES DO PORTO
Portugal
Address
Campus Da Feup, Rua Dr. Roberto Frias 378
4200-465 Porto
THOMSON BROADCAST & MEDIA SOLUTIONS NEDERLAND B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Kapittelweg 10
4800 RP Breda
THOMSON BROADCAST SYSTEMS S.A.
France
Address
17 Rue Du Petit Albi
95801 Cergy-pontoise