Brevity: A True Breakthrough Solution
Up until now, the tasks of transcoding, transport and transformation of video files have been handled by a range of separate tools and point solutions. Many of these processes are handled in a linear manner with operators manually managing each step or through automated workflows that streamline some functions after lengthy development work. The Media and Entertainment (M&E) industry has endured these hardened workarounds as workflows and have budgeted them as a cost of doing business. Even with the variety of digital video tools available, the increasing size of large video files are forcing the industry to continue using analog workflows, with overnight delivery of hard drives as the unfortunate norm.
Brevity was formed to refashion these time-consuming and costly workarounds that plague the M&E industry. Brevity developed a breakthrough approach that layers an enterprise tool – with automated project workflows – on top of a range of simultaneous functions such as transcoding, highly accelerated transport, frame rate conversion, standards conversion, and video transformations. These core capabilities are delivered in an elegant enterprise web application with rich social collaboration, a project tracking system, Web Services RESTful APIs, and media asset management tools for workflow management and automation.
Brevity moves securely encrypted files over Internet, fiber, or data satellite at highly accelerated speeds that are faster than otherwise possible, while maintaining high quality resolution and support for leading industry codecs and formats such as Avid® DNxHD, EVS, ProRes, XDCAM, and others. Brevity has been tested successfully on uncompressed, high bit rate video, 2K and 4K DPX files, as well as compressed HD and SD files.
Current media workflows still suffer from complexity, time delays, and cost inefficiencies. Portions of the workflow often require duplicate processes and manual operations. This approach could require a number of diverse tools and steps to complete. Rather than “working around” the problem, Brevity makes it simpler by collapsing transport and transcoding into a single process, enabling the simultaneous delivery of video in multiple formats and wrappers to multiple locations.
With integrated video transformations such as frame rate conversion, standard conversion, up conversion, down conversion and letter boxing, the process of delivering the exact format needed at each destination is now streamlined via Brevity’s unique integrated or “pipelined” packet-based multi-point transport and transcode protocol (MTT).
Brevity’s innovative distribution system eliminates the complexities of multiple formats and delivery to multiple destinations with the press of a button. Files arrive at their destinations without slowing down the speed of delivery or compromising quality, minimizing the challenges of transcoding and file formatting.
Brevity’s patent-pending algorithms, make it possible to accelerate and combine transport and transcoding ‘on the wire,’ into a single step. Image Warp™ guarantees its high quality levels by being tuned specifically to the human visual and perceptual system, addressing the needs of production and post-production workflows. Brevity’s Image Warp is able to accelerate transport by 30X for uncompressed formats such as YUV and DPX 2K and 4K, and by 2X to 10X for other high bit-rate formats. Brevity also offers Data Warp™ – a mathematically lossless transport algorithm that deliver substantial accelerations for high bit-rate video files, and Raw Warp, a mathematically lossless algorithm specifically designed for uncompressed content.
These algorithms support integrated or “pipelined” processes, enabling immediate encoding at the origin and the simultaneous transport and transcoding to one or more destinations.
Brevity’s breakthrough scientific advancement and technology translates into massive gains in acceleration when transporting media files between locations. With Brevity’s ImageWarp™, a ProRes 4:2:2 HQ video file can be transported over a 50 Mbps connection in less than 84 minutes; this is significantly faster than the 4 hours it will be required when using solutions based on file transport acceleration only.
By implementing a solution that combines transcode and transport into a singular process, Brevity reduces the time and complexity required to complete the job when various tools are used. The amount of time it takes a user to copy a file, transcode a file, and then send that file to its end point is significantly reduced, making the overall process faster.
More than the sum of its parts
When time savings from simultaneous transcoding “on-the-wire” — along with gains related to Brevity’s ability to deliver seamlessly to multiple destinations is combined with transport acceleration gains, high performance improvements can be achieved in your company’s media workflow that go beyond mere file transport acceleration or WAN optimizations. These efficiencies open up new business opportunities by reducing overheads and increasing ROI.
Brevity’s online collaboration and workflow management environment applies the latest developments in user interaction design, borrowing from social models and networks to deliver a rich online platform that supports complex workflows in a manner that is friendlier — and beautiful to work with.
Brevity’s user interface is based on a powerful project paradigm that allows for approved users from one or more organizations to access project files virtualized across storage arrays, private clouds, or public clouds like Amazon. If a file is ingested, there can be a set of rules associated with the video that sends it to users automatically via accelerated transport and simultaneous transcode. The video moves with speed to all locations, arriving at the destination already in one or more requested formats based on pre-set profiles. Brevity also has RESTful web-services APIs that enable integration and connections with a wide range of existing applications and tools.
All communication between Brevity devices is fully encrypted with a controlled whitelist, live handshaking shared key credentials, 256 bit AES encryption during transport and storage and 4096 bit RSA encryption of asset keys. Asset keys are uniquely encrypted for each location that is authorized to receive an asset, and only that authorized location is able to decrypt the key generated for it. Additionally, the file that is being moved is not a playable video; rather it is a proprietary set of instructions that needs Brevity’s hardware and software to rebuild a file into a video. Since it is just instructions that are being sent, a video could never be in the clear during transport.