Forbidden Technologies’ Blackbird Platform Chosen By Two Leading UK Companies

Forbidden Technologies is pleased to announce two new Blackbird platform customers are using Blackbird’s mobile upload service and Mac Edge technology.

A leading UK production company has now integrated the Blackbird Upload App running on IOS devices as a major part of their production workflow, which allows production to create a simple ‘smartphone to cloud edit platform’ using Blackbird Forte without the need for time-consuming and complicated exporting, backing up, and transcoding media into a unified format for editing. The full HD content will be uploaded to the Blackbird cloud where the Blackbird codec is generated from the content. Editors will curate and select content shot by 30 members of the public.Selects will be exported as a DNxHD format from Blackbird publish and integrated in post-production.

Middlechild is currently using the new Blackbird Mac Edge technology on their series Wildlife Rescuers with the requirement to transcode and upload proxy video based on the high bit-rate content from numerous remote locations. The speed efficiency of the Mac Edge transcode accompanied by the light network requirements of the Blackbird codec solves the challenge of possibilities of low network speeds which are often the reality during remote shoots. The Blackbird Mac Edge technology is utilised on location as a standard part of the DIT file-based workflow. The result is immediate accessibility of the content from anywhere in the world.

“It gets the edit closer to the story, so geographical distance no longer creates a delay while you wait for rushes to be physically delivered back to the edit suite,” Middlechild’s Series Producer Tim Dalby says. “Every day I can see footage shot in remote parts of England automatically transcoded on location into Blackbird proxies with minimal delay.”

“We’re delighted to announce these deals as they showcase two new exciting innovations,” Forbidden CEO Ian McDonough says. “The successful deployment of The Blackbird Edge and the mobile upload extends the reach of the Blackbird platform increasing our addressable market significantly.”


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