EditShare Overhauls Master Control Room at the Université du Québec à Montréal

The Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) is replacing its existing video and cinema production and postproduction facilities with two professional HD television studios and master control room powered by EditShare tapeless workflow solutions. The facilities will include Geevs for ingest and distribution, Flow for asset management, XStream for collaborative storage, and Ark for backup and archiving.

The new installation provides an integrated workflow, connecting production, and postproduction systems, including the University’s 75 Avids, 50 Final Cut Pros and 30 Adobe Premiere editing workstations.

“We have been looking at different video servers – recording, post and archiving – for the last two years and have done our share of testing and visits to local broadcasters like Radio-Canada/CBC and TVA, Télé-Québec, etc. After taking the EditShare solution through its paces, we found that it best suited our needs with regards to teaching, production and research,” says Gilles Boulet, Director of Audiovisual Services, UQAM. “We look forward to forming a strong relationship with EditShare and introducing the next generation filmmakers, journalists and media moguls to the tremendous benefits of working in a tapeless workflow.”

Spearheading the tapeless workflow design is EditShare’s Montreal-based business partner INSO. “As an integrator on the project, we worked very closely with EditShare and UQAM, providing project analysis and system integration consultancy,” says Khalid Bouzidi, media sales manager, INSO. “EditShare systems provide tremendous flexibility in terms of workflow integration and media facilitation. Their asset management and collaborative storage platforms are ideal for the unique needs of UQAM.” In addition to customizing the EditShare installation to support the UQAM workflow, INSO is integrating the university’s new media network infrastructure with the existing one to support the new media workflow.

The effect of the EditShare installation spans beyond the UQAM production facilities, offering real-world benefits for the University’s communication students learning to master the tools of the media trade.

“We do more than just sell gear to our customers. We build long-standing relationships that help us better understand where customers want to be with regards of their technology and how we can best serve them. However UQAM is a bit different,” says Andy Liebman, founder and president, EditShare. “In partnership with UQAM, we will launch a number of programs including a competition where students can have their work showcased as part of our corporate demo reel that is shown internationally to thousands of broadcasters. This type of partnership allows us to become an important extension of UQAMs prestigious digital media program and work more closely with the next round of up-and-coming digital media stars. It’s a tremendous opportunity and we are thrilled to be moving forward with the relationship.”