The Guardian

Aiming for the moon going to pluto

The Guardian is a leading British daily newspaper, that has long been an innovator in the digital space.

The Guardian

The Challenge

The Guardian approached a number of video technology providers to supply a tool for structuring and handling all of the video content both produces internally and buys in. The Guardian wanted to replace its legacy software, specifically the Final Cut Server. The end goal was to create a sustainable and future-proof system for handling all types of video content.

What we did

Design

  • UI & UX design
  • User testing

Engineering

  • Back & Front-end

The Guardian chose to work with a Vidispine + Cantemo Portal stack. Codemill customized and built new features on top to suit the newspaper's workflows for video production. To achieve this, we built several Portal applications and integrated them with existing internal systems. Codemill supplied UX-design, front-end and back-end development throughout the whole project.

The results

The end result was PLUTO - a system used daily by journalists and editors, as well as management. As a platform, Pluto handles media all the way from ingest, through editing and transcoding, to playout on web and delivery to external sources such as YouTube.

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Techniques used
Python
Java
CentOS
Portal
Vidispine
Partners
Vidispine
Cantemo
NMR

It has been an absolute joy to work with a team who is solely focussed on the quality of the end-product, rather than costs or schedules; a team who is immediately responsive and keen to discuss new ideas and directions without letting it distract them from the delivery deadlines and who is simply fun to work with!

Andy Gallagher
Studio Video Producer, The Guardian

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