Sienna TARO resolves the workflow challenges presented during the transition to tapeless cameras in News, Sports and Production.

Adopting a workflow with tapeless cameras might seem straightforward, but the reality can be quite a different matter - sometimes the simplest of challenges can upset workflow migration. SiennaTaro offers familiar functional metaphors for users transitioning off tape, providing a simple, yet fast and powerful mechanism for 'ingesting' from camera memory cards in the same sort of workflows previously deployed for ingest from tape.

Taro's on-screen status indicator shows instantly if a card is busy, and hence should not be removed, and conversely a user looking for a 'free' slot for a new card can easily see which Taro system is ready to receive media. Taro can also drive a QuickTime video device via PCI,firewire or thunderbolt and displays the card video content allowing review of media with the entire card being represented as a linear virtual tape with markers for each clip.


The real key to Taro's functionality is the powerful software which provides auto detection of cards as they are inserted, determining the video format, and instantly creating a 'virtual tape' representing all of the card’s clips concatenated into a familiar 'tape' style timeline. Accessing the media in-place directly on the card, the Taro software allows playback of the virtual tape, without transferring any media off the card. For outside broadcast trucks this provides a painless mechanism to uplink card content via SDI, and for broadcast ingest, review of card contents is quick and easy prior to transfer.

Taro supports all card reader interfaces, including high speed USB2.0, PCIe connected readers, or a new generation of Thunderbolt devices, providing very high speed transfer onto the internal storage of the mac, or directly onto your shared storage. During the transfer, Taro trans-wraps or trans-codes the media into your station format in a single operation. The Virtual-tape mechanism delivers a single asset per card, automatically logged into the shot sections. This single-asset metaphor once again provides a familiar workflow to tape, rather than the fragmented mess of many files which is created by some other tapeless camera workflows.

In addition to full Sienna MAM integration, Taro delivers a QuickTime movie and a companion XML file for Final Cut users, to load the asset into FCP with each subclip as a marker in the main media, which is editable during transfer. For Final Cut Server users. Taro checks media and metadata directly into FCS without relying on watch folders.

Many other target workflows are supported with Taro converting the media into MXF, GXF or dozens of other formats during transfer. For broadcasters with multiple Taro devices in a centralised ingest system, Sienna IngestControl allows up to 15 Taro nodes to be centrally controlled from a single screen, even mixed-and-matched with Sienna PictureReady base-band video ingest nodes on one display.

Common practice for tape workflows is to store the tape 'on the shelf' for a while before recycling it - so you can revisit the footage. Again, Taro provides a familiar metaphor by automatically creating a disk-image archive of the entire card, stored on a device like LTO or a NAS - acting as your virtual-shelf. Having safely archived the card, it can be erased and immediately sent back into the field.

If you need to revisit the content, you simply select a disk image in Taro and it will be remounted and accessible for playback and transfer just as if you had inserted the original card. Finally Taro incorporates a WAN acceleration and compression workflow for uplink- ing data media from the field to your central infrastructure.

In summary, Taro provides a set of familiar tools, with the very simplest and most direct actions allowing you to load content from a card, playout through SDI, transfer into edit assets and archive card content. Practical, robust and ergonomic software and hardware provide a single solution to all the challenges raised when transitioning to tapeless cameras.

Taro supports all the most common card formatsincluding Panasonic P2, Sony SxS, and Generic ExpressCard (for low cost SxS workflow or JVC XDCam). Support for Compact Flash (eg Canon XF Format, or EOS5D), and Ikegami Editcam are also available.
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