April 4, 2019
BY ATELIERE

Deep Analysis: De-Duplicate, Componentize, and Consolidate Your Media Library

Take a look at your computer desktop. For most of us, it can be cluttered with folders, screenshots, and files you haven’t had a chance to organize yet. It’s daunting to even think about going through and consolidating all of it. So it just sits there, taking up storage space and piling up the more you put it off.

If you have a hand in post-production workflows, you know that this same problem exists with media libraries. You’re dealing with hundreds of versions of the same title accumulated with each new delivery. Even for slight variations in audio or text, an entirely new full-length file is created and stored. This issue is magnified with every new OTT streaming service and international distribution point that needs its own version. The problem lies not just with an intensive workflow process, but with a high level of redundancies amongst the different versions as well. The ramifications on time and cost are huge!

Ateliere’s Deep Analysis, with Ateliere's proprietary FrameDNA™ AI/ML technology, automatically identifies the duplication among multiple versions of your content, retaining only the differences between these versions, eliminating storage redundancies, and allowing you to consolidate the necessary material into IMF packages.  

Deep Analysis: Breaking New Ground

Ateliere’s Deep Analysis uses FrameDNA™, an award-winning artificial intelligence-driven feature focused on analyzing content and identifying similarities and redundancies in video content on a frame-by-frame basis. In tandem with the Interoperable Master Format (IMF), this capability allows our clients to reduce the number of video files and deliverables that need to be stored, usually by more than 70%. This reduction in storage results in dramatically lowered storage costs and moves companies closer to sustainability goals by substantially cutting carbon footprint.

How Does Video Deduplication Work?

There are two key technologies at work in Deep Analysis. The first is driven by artificial intelligence. FrameDNA™ works by fingerprinting every frame in the image track of a file upon ingest into Ateliere Connect. Based on structural similarities, FrameDNA™ identifies the scenes that are different, allowing for easy comparison of those differences. Deep Analysis can then automatically extract the clips with the differences without having to manually scan through the entire file. Because FrameDNA™ engages this workflow in a parallel processing and auto-scaling way, the whole process of scanning and identifying the clips takes minutes. The second key technology at work in Deep Analysis is our house specialty – IMF generation in the cloud.

Deep Analysis can convert the results of its scan of that into a base Original Version (OV) Composition Playlist (CPL) that contains your original material that will work as a baseline for your versions. It will also create various supplemental CPLs that combine your original material and deltas together to compose your different versions. 

How Can I Apply Deep Analysis to My Workflow?

Many of our customers use Deep Analysis for video asset de-duplication, including comparing and consolidating texted and textless versions of the same video title. Productions finish with a base (textless) version of a title, and over time, the title is augmented with English text, Spanish text, a daytime version, and an uncensored version—just as a start. The majority of all those duplicate files is the same--it’s only small parts (like those that show in-video text) that are different. Storing all of those versions creates unnecessary costs, especially as most workflows are moving to cloud-native digital media supply chains.  In just minutes, Deep Analysis consolidates all that content into just the base source material, and then takes all the texted clips to generate IMF Packages (IMPs) with CPLs to represent your versions along the way. Think of the texted content on a timeline being toggle-able.

If you’ve got petabytes of data that you’re storing and handling in the traditional way, Ateliere’s Deep Analysis feature within Connect can take that number and reduce it to terabytes. Contact us for a demonstration or allow us to show you how your video content can be de-duplicated and consolidated quickly and easily using Ateliere Connect’s Deep Analysis feature.

About Ateliere

Ateliere Creative Technologies is a leading cloud-native media supply chain company that empowers media companies and content creators to reach consumers on a global scale. The Ateliere suite of SaaS solutions incorporates cutting-edge workflows and formats to make the vision for a studio in the cloud a reality. The nucleus of the Ateliere platform, Ateliere Connect™, delivers core competencies in IMF, parallel scaling, and geographically distributed workflows. Ateliere is built by a team of experts with decades of combined experience at companies such as Amazon, HBO, Netflix, and Microsoft.

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