Helmut IO

MoovIT has developed a new rendering workflow for Adobe Media Encoder CC in response to growing demand from broadcasting organisations and production houses for a more efficient way to utilise editing capacity.

In the past, editing workstations often came to a standstill during time-consuming ingest and export operations. Now, MoovIT’s Helmut IO solution frees up valuable time for productive creative work.

Clips and full sequences are exported directly out of Adobe Premiere Pro CC or After Effects CC to separate workstations, servers or a server farm. In addition, user- and project-dependent presets can be used to manage target formats, folders and metadata – helping users to organise their central storage effectively.

How is Helmut IO designed?

Helmut IO comprises a server to manage transcoding profiles, render settings and preferences, plus a panel extension for Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe After Effects CC.

The server can be installed on Windows or Linux, and can be run as a Docker container or as VMware.

All rendering and transcoding jobs are distributed by the server across the available render nodes. Users can choose to utilise available editing workstations within the post-production environment, or dedicated servers.

Profiles can be defined to control exactly which jobs are performed on specific workstations or render nodes; alternatively, the server can be set to assign jobs autonomously. Each workstation and render node is integrated via the AME Connector, which runs in the background on the corresponding machine. AME Connector informs the server whether a given workstation/render node is currently in use, or available to complete a transcoding task. As a result, idle editing workstations can be added into the render farm automatically – at night, for example.

In Detail

Helmut IO is designed to effectively control Adobe Media Encoder while also significantly expanding its functionality.

The tool allows import and export processes to be executed using the panel extension or via watch folders (either local or FTP watch folders may be used).

Profiles are created for every type of import and export process. These profiles specifically define the data source and target location, and the transcoding preset (AME.epr) which will be used to process the files.

Furthermore, freely configurable metadata sets can be assigned to each profile; these can either be created by the user or imported automatically. Metadata from EditShare Flow and EVS can be automatically imported and used for further processing.

The server is fully configurable via an HTML5 web interface, and offers monitoring functionality that includes priority assignment, abort and delay functions for ongoing jobs, and the option to restart individual AME instances on the render nodes. The panel features an auto-import function which automatically processes each clip that is imported into an open Premiere project, based on a defined profile. Here, too, the user is able to transfer metadata, edit clip names and perform encoding tasks.

How ease is Helumt IO to use?

The program has a straightforward design and is easy to learn. There is no need for extensive training.

Operators and users no longer have to think about which transcoding settings are being used for import or export, or about which volume or folders the files should be saved to. Moreover, there is no need to know which format the sound or graphics department will receive. Most significantly of all, the user no longer needs to wait until transcoding or rendering processes have successfully completed.

Users will benefit from the automated coordination and organisation of files. And thanks to a user-friendly interface tailored to their specific needs, they will be free to concentrate exclusively on their core tasks.

Modules

x

Flow Module

A MAM/PAM system can only perform as well as it is maintained. If structures and metadata can be managed easily and effectively, the process of retrieving assets will become easier and more efficient, too.

The Flow module adds new functionality to Helmut IO by integrating EditShare PAM as a source and target location for assets. As a result, Helmut IO is able to check these assets in to the MAM system automatically. During this process, metadata is transferred, proxies are generated and assets are saved to pre-defined folders. To ensure this process is as straightforward as possible, all types of metadata templates can be imported from the Flow PAM at the touch of a button, for immediate use in Helmut IO profiles.

Finally, metadata can also be used within Flow to trigger transcoding or export processes from the MAM, with the process handled via a Helmut IO profile. To ensure high efficiency, Helmut IO makes use of all available render nodes for this task.

Medialoopster Module

Medialoopster – the MAM system created by northern Germany’s Nachtblau – is now available as a module in Helmut IO.

This integration paves the way for a more organised, structured MAM approach, and enables assets to be transferred directly to Medialoopster. With Helmut IO at the helm, assets are checked in and projects are assigned, while metadata is delivered and entered into existing fields.

If metadata is used that was not imported from Medialoopster beforehand, Helmut IO will automatically create this during ingest and fill out the fields itself. Welcome to a new age of digital housekeeping!

Latest Helmut IO News

10.09.2018: Helmut IO Version 2.2.4.1now shipping

What's new in version 2.2.4.1?


• Editshare QScan integration (postprocessing) including report import as sequence marker in Premiere Pro CC
• Improved profile creation dialog for more clarity
• Medialoopster integration: User Medialoopster as a destination within profiles
• Profiles can now be published to Editshare Flow -> Trigger workflows on assets out of the MAM
• Import of Editshare FLOW,- and Nachtblau Medialoopster metadata sets
• Full synchronization between Premiere Pro and FLOW projects (assets, sequences, markers, metadata)
• Premiere Pro XMP schemas are automatically created out of metadata sets.
• Import and display metadata in Premiere Pro


Videos

Coming soon..

Partners

The following partners also distribute Helmut IO:

Teltec AG

Germany

Editshare

United States

Ibertelco

Portugal

the Future Store

Netherlands

Contact us

Please reach out to us if you have any questions, for example – or if you would like to become a reseller.

Address:

Schanzenstr. 29, 51063 Köln

Phone:

+49 221 30200 210

Hours:

Mondays to Fridays - 9:00 to 18:00 o'clock