Telethon Mexico workflow changes

Production of video that is transmitted during the Telethon in Mexico required the purchase of a system to edit and manage all recorded material at low cost and to facilitate the work.

by EditShare


Every December, Mexico attends a marathon 27 hours of live TV with the main objective of raising money that allows the development of CRIT (Teleton Children's Rehabilitation Centers). Within these 27 hours, 27 mini documentaries that tell the stories of overcoming those children with various disabilities, including autism or cancer.

These documentaries stand out as the Rehabilitation Center have helped these children during their recovery through medical, educational and motivational assistance. The goal is to help integrate his family, society and schools.

"The Telethon is show in greatest living Mexican TV, and 35% of the program content is composed of the documentaries that we produce," said Andres Jimenez Cascella, coordinator of post-production of the Telethon Foundation, located in northern Mexico state.

He added that "Our production employs a producer and two production coordinators who oversee the final result." Besides the great work they do in Mexico, other 27 documentaries are aired in the edition of Telethon in the United States are produced using the same production structure.

Many stories
Andres tells us, "Every year, there are many more stories to review 27. Therefore, once the director filmed interviews and other material, he or she returns to the edit and produces a 'teaser' to teach their colleagues. All directors vote on which stories are transformed into documentaries that are broadcast during the broadcast of the Telethon. "

There are many sides to every story, the child's interaction with his parents, progress in treatment, among others. Each story requires a lot of interviews, resulting in a significant generation of video material. With so much footage produced, and the need to track the progress of each child during rehabilitation, the production team needs a very efficient way to handle those files.

When Telethon began production operations, the format was the MiniDV, and that material is still used in stories that occur today. Today, most of the material is produced using Panasonic HVX2000 and HPX170, as well as the D600 Nikon DSLR cameras. The system chosen editing are Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro 7.

"Until this year, we were keeping the material in a SAN with a small hand file in LTO. This system has served us from the 2010 but its expansion was not according to our possibilities budget. 24 occur around terabytes each year and grow cost disks was too high, "Andrew explains.

So he could investigate several alternatives during his visit to the NAB in April 2013. "We tested almost all available systems and decided to adopt the solution EditShare company. As important as it offers, is its cost. We work with a very limited budget and we must make every penny count. "



As a result, in June Telethon completed the installation of a Xstream of 64TB, including Flow for file management and a library of tapes 48 LTO6 Ark.

cash Workflow
Andrés emphasizes that "the advanced file management and EditShare offers projects that are essential in the development of the stories we produce. Telethon editor can very easily take the 'teaser' that produced the director and go from there. When a story comes into development, post-production decision to perform color correction and checking audio. The ability to share files and projects daclave us to manage collaboration among directors and post-production department. "

Andrew explains that using Ark Telethon has given the ability to manage efficiently your files in the process of post. "Ark Tape allows us to very easily archive and retrieve material. And it is very economical, and very easy to grow. Proxy automatic generation of files that makes the Flow system allows easy search and retrieval of archive material. "

Another benefit that stands out is the way it handles multiple formats without conflict. Whether MiniDV, P2 or DSLR, handles all formats without problems. Moreover, Telethon uses functionality intake trascodificando to DVCPROHD directly to the centralized storage of Xstream, freeing the islands for publishers editing files.

According to Andrew, it allows the computer to control the production budget in an efficient manner without compromising functionality or technological capacity. In fact it confirms that Telethon now has a more efficient workflow thanks to the strong integration of Xtream, Flow and Ark with sitema handle editing and post-production equipment.

Andrew concludes, "Because our work impacts the lives of many people, it is essential that we use the best tools offered by the market to ensure that our stories are seen, heard and generate impact in the hearts of people. At the same time, achieving this high level of production can not siginificar keeping within budget. It is important that most of the funds raised are allocated to rehabilitation centers. With EditShare, we have a facility with the highest technological level, expandable and versatile enough to handle the volume of material generated by our program, at a cost that fits perfectly with our possibilities. "

Telethon Mexico
Telethon is a worldwide organization that raises money to build and maintain rehabilitation centers. Most paísesde Latin America have a local telethon, being Mexico one of the most important. In fact, in that country, Telethon subsidizes 21 impressive number of rehabilitation centers distributed throughout the Mexican territory. And from 2012, also it manages Telethon efforts in the United States for the Latino community.

When it comes to giving to charity, people are generous. Millions of dollars are raised each year for causes as remarkable as the search for a cancer cure, the city of discpacidades or help people with families who have attacked terrible diseases. In Telethon he raised over 2012 472 million pesos (37 million) for the work of the foundation in Mexico.

However, those entities that raise money also have operating costs. And to ensure that every dollar / peso / pound that is donated is spent in the best way, you must find the most effective solutions. Among the operational issues is special production for television transmission.

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