the media services integration platform: unifies production and supply chain operations for the multiplatform age
Operationally Focused Blue Lucy enables your media business to:
- Drive efficiencies through automation:
Blue Lucy enables the controlled migration of production and distribution operations to service based models using mixed cloud-ground systems and services.
- Reduce operational costs and exploit new revenue opportunities:
Blue Lucy enables content owners and distributors to rapidly capitalise on multiplatform consumer channels.
- Connect disparate systems:
Blue Lucy connects production and business systems to provide broad visibility and enable ‘low friction’ business operations.
The Tasks application allows operators to view and interact with manual operational tasks which have been assigned to them, or the Group of which they are a member. Typically, tasks relate to functions which an operator may carry out within the platform. Blue Lucy Tasks link to workflows to provide a 'joined up' operating model.
The Catalogue is a new and efficient way in which operator with large inventory Catalogues may quickly navigate to find specific content. Coming Autumn 2023.
Metadata provides a consolidated view of data stored on an Asset. The application has four modules: the viewer which displays the asset essence, the metadata overview which provides a configurable summary of key data, the catalogue which allows operators to view and edit the metadata and merge which provides the mechanism for matching file Essence to an Asset placeholder.
The Logging application allows operators to create, review, update and delete temporal data on an Asset. Temporal data is data held against time and in this context generally means a video media asset. Temporal data may be layered in separate strata so that it may be filtered. The Logging application displays data in both timeline and list views. For live or fast logging on screen and keyboard shortcut keys may be configured.
Edit allows simple video and audio edits to be carried out within the browser view. The layout of the application is similar to a tradition ‘timeline’ editor although it is principally designed for simple cuts edits. Typical applications include simple long form content re-versioning for VoD, or ‘rough-cut’ shot selection edit prior to creative edit. The edits are stored as EDL assets which may be sent into configured workflows such as render or conversion to AAF.
Storyboard Edit allows simple video edits to be carried out within the browser view. The design allows for an entire video asset to be viewed as a Storyboard for accessibility and is principally designed for simple cuts edits. Typical applications include fast turn-around edit and edit for delivery to social media platforms. Edits are stored in the EDL model common across the platform so these may be picked up in other applications or sent directly into available workflows.
The Transfer application is designed for the bulk transfer of material into and from the platform. The application allows upload and download of material through the browser and preserves folder structure in either direction so that material remains organised between online and offline operations. The application Transit module which manages file movements may optionally include file transfer ‘accelerators’.
Upload is designed principally for the ingest of media files of up to ~2GB. The application features auto-resume for poor internet connections and allows operators to fulfil placeholders, upload directly into a folder hierarchy, or create asset relationships. Typical applications include the ingest of ancillary media files such as audio stems, subtitles, images or documents.
The Review and Approve application provides a content approval function with audit logging. Driven from the platform Taskflow capability, the application may be used to ensure that material has been reviewed and ‘signed off’ prior to publication or delivery. Any keyed commentary is stored on the asset with the approved status YES/NO being used to control the flow of an asset through workflows.
Shot Logger is a simple editing application designed for operators to quickly segment media for fast edit operations. Together with a timeline, the application provides a shot list view for ease of navigation. Operational usage includes sports highlights package creation or pre-edit of long form rushes, e.g., non-scripted ISO camera recordings.
The Asset application allows technical operators to view the Asset, Version and Essence detail, including location information, technical data and Assets relationships. Subject to the User Access permission on a given operator's Group, other actions such as edit and delete may also be carried out in this application.
The Asset application allows technical operators to view the Asset, Version and Essence detail, including location information, technical data and Assets relationships. Subject to the User Access permission on a given operator's Group, other actions such as edit and delete may also be carried out in this application allows operators to visually inspect AQC flagged errors. The application also provides for human QC data to be captured together with structural information such as program layout.
BLidgets are the microservices that provide the overall functionality of the platform. There are atomic and the lowest level components of the platform. The BLidget monitor provides an overall view all services on any given workflow runner. These are collated into four states: Queued, Running, Completed and Failed.
The Workflow Monitor provides a real-time view of platform workflows. Presenting an overall workflow status together with timing data for each individual microservice BLidget. The monitor is object based, that is to say it will create an individual monitor for each and every run of the workflow. The view provides filtering by status together with a search capability for rapid navigation.
BLAM is truly transformative in operational optimisation
Blue Lucy CORE
Blue Lucy COMBINES MEDIA MANAGEMENT, WORKFLOW ORCHESTRATION and operator TASK flows IN A SINGLE integrated SOLUTIONMore on technology
Workflow The workflow runner (WFR) is the heart of Blue Lucy providing a scalable runtime environment for the 450+ microservice BLidgets. Operational process run in WFR & are developed using a no-code drag-drop-connect-configure interface.
Search The search engine provides powerful and super-fast Google style search capability for both structured and unstructured data. The platform includes entirely new methods for media operators to visualise large data-sets.
Tasks Blue Lucy supports manual and creative operations through the task flow capability which drives operational efficiency, precision and provides a complete view on business functions for managers.
Access Blue Lucy supports a true multi-tenant model for User Access Control (UAC) allowing operators to logically separate the media and system access rights between different organisations.
Management Blue Lucy provides a completely open metadata model, supporting controlled vocabularies, validation, hierarchical models and display masks. Layered temporal metadata is also provided to support production operations.
Storage Blue Lucy manages any storage medium: disk, object and cloud storage with connectors available for a wide range of proprietary and HSM systems. The platform seamlessly manages any number of storage pools to unify operations.
Configure Blue Lucy your way with BLidgets
Operationally specific workflows are built in the Blue Lucy core using BLidgets (Blue Lucy Widgets). These are the microservice functional building blocks of workflows. BLidgets perform a range of specific functions such as file transfers, controlling cloud services such as transcode, as well as operational functions such as parsing or writing metadata. There are more than 500, and counting, BLidgets available to operators.