WO2010120168A1 - Data management system with digitally acquired footage (dmsdaf) for broadcast/cinema purposes and method of managing data with digitally acquired footage - Google Patents

Data management system with digitally acquired footage (dmsdaf) for broadcast/cinema purposes and method of managing data with digitally acquired footage Download PDF

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WO2010120168A1
WO2010120168A1 PCT/NL2009/050203 NL2009050203W WO2010120168A1 WO 2010120168 A1 WO2010120168 A1 WO 2010120168A1 NL 2009050203 W NL2009050203 W NL 2009050203W WO 2010120168 A1 WO2010120168 A1 WO 2010120168A1
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Data management system with digitally acquired footage with a processor, a hard disk, a first drive unit, a second drive unit, a first connection and a second connection. The first connection is connected to a first external memory storing original imaging data. The second connection is connected to a second external memory. The perform the following actions: - to detect whether the first external memory is connected to the first connection, - to automatically transfer the original imaging data from the first external memory to the hard disk, - to write the original imaging data as stored on the hard disk on a first storage medium located in the first drive unit, such that the copy becomes a master copy, - to convert the original imaging data as stored on the hard disk into imaging data with a reduced format suitable for viewing and to write the imaging data with reduced format on a second storage medium located in the second drive unit, - to convert the original imaging data as stored on the hard disk into imaging data with a reduced format suitable for off-line editing and to send the imaging data with the reduced format to the second external memory.

Description

Data management system with digitally acquired footage (DMSDAF) for broadcast/cinema purposes and method of managing data with digitally acquired footage.

Field of the invention

The invention relates to a data management system with digitally acquired footage (DMSDAF) for broadcast/cinema purposes and a method of managing data with digitally acquired footage.

Background of the invention

A digitally acquired footage for broadcast/cinema purposes uses a process of capturing motion pictures as digital images. Such digitally captured imaging data, which comprises both video and audio data, can be stored on tape, hard disk, flash memory, or other media which can record digital data. Nowadays, this process has become quite common because of the improvement of digital technology. Compared with traditional film acquisition, the main advantage of digital acquisition is its low-cost and easy way of handling.

Normally, two main data storage schemes in the digitally acquired footage area are widely used:

1. Video tape based scheme: digital imaging data is captured to a video tape on a set (shooting location). The imaging data is then sent to a data management system

(DMS), i.e. computer editing software, via a video tape recorder. Once the data is on the DMS, the footage is edited and the output will obtain the final format. The original video tapes can be kept as an archival medium.

2. Tapeless scheme: digital imaging data is directly recorded in files on hard disks or flash memories. At the end of a shooting day, the digital files contained in such hard disks or flash memories are downloaded directly to a large Redundant Array of Independent Disk (RAID) which is connected to the DMS. Once the data is copied from the hard disks or flash memories, they are erased and prepared to store new imaging data. Archiving is accomplished by backing up the digital files from the RAID via data tape or other medium.

In the two main data storage schemes mentioned above, the data management system with digitally acquired footage (DMSDAF) for broadcast/cinema purposes makes a copy of all the recorded data to two different hard disks (mostly via a Fire Wire 800 disk drive) on the shooting location (or nearby). These hard disks are the only location where the digital 'negative' is stored. At best, people use specialised copy programs that verify the integrity of the data that is being copied. Most of the time two copies are made to two different hard disks to ensure there is a fallback copy when one of them is lost or damaged. After each shooting day the hard disks are transported to two different locations. One copy typically goes to a post-production company and the other one typically goes to a producer for safe storage (when they are transported in the same car there is an inherent risk of losing both copies but this is current practice). The post- production company may then make QuickTime off-line files for editing purposes and stores the hard disks in a safe location for future use when editing has completed. When the data on (one of) their disks appears corrupt the production company needs to ask the producer to send the other copy to the post-production company for use as the source for post-production.

It is clear that when something happens to the disks during transport the work for that day is lost and the production insurance company will be asked for a re-shoot of that day. Hard disk drives like FireWire disk drives are very sensitive to shock and electrical failures. Drive failures are common and often result in irreparable damage to the disk.

As is shown in Fig. 1 of the drawing, a typical prior art On-Set mode DMSDAF system comprises a Digitally Acquired Footage (DAF) media 1 which generates original digital imaging data, a Data Management System (DMS) 3 which can run on different platforms such as Windows™ or Mac™, one or more Transport Drives 5 for storing video data on disks for editorial purposes, one or more On-Set RAID systems 7 and one or more Archival Systems 9. The DAF media 1 can be connected to the DMS 3 in order to input original digital imaging data into DMS 3. The DAF media 1 could be a CF (compact flash) card, or other media drive that contains original digital imaging data. The DMS 3 is arranged to send data to the Transport Drives 5, the On-Set RAID Systems 7 and the Archival Systems 9 in order to store data in different locations for different purposes, respectively. The data flow of the prior art On-Set mode DMSDAF system may be depicted as follow:

1. While using suitable input devices (not shown in Fig. 1) of the DMS 3, a user defines the destinations of original digital imaging data as will be received from DAF media 1. 2. The user connects the DAF media 1 such as CF Card, Media drive, etc to DMS 3 and operates a start copy button as shown by the DMS system on a display to the user.

3. The original digital imaging data is sent from the DAF media 1 to the DMS 3.

4. The data will be transferred from DMS 3 to all the destinations simultaneously such as the Transport Drives 5 for editorial purposes, the On-Set RAID systems 7 or the Archival Systems 9 which the user has pre-defined during the first step.

As is shown in Fig. 2 of the drawing, a typical prior art In-Post mode of a DMSDAF system comprises a Data Management System (DMS) 3, Transport Drives 5 for storing imaging data for editorial purposes, one or more Archival Systems 9 and one or more Editorial RAID systems 11 which restore edited data.

The DMS 3 is connected to the Editorial RAID system(s) 11 and the Archival System(s) 9 in order to restore data in different locations for different purposes, respectively. The data flow of the prior art In-Post mode DMSDAF system may be depicted as follows: 1. While using suitable input devices (not shown in Fig. 2) of the DMS 3, a user enters information about imaging data taken on a set and defines the destinations of In-Post data.

2. The data is input from the Transport Drives 5 to the DMS 3.

3. The DMS 3 creates checksums for the received data and passes these checksums through the input process. The user will be informed if one or more bytes of data are missing, modified or added. It ensures that the data input from Transport Drives

5 is the same data that flows throughout the whole In-Post process.

4. The DMS 3 records the information as referred to in the first step to simple text files along with all data referred to in the second step and searches for missing imaging data, or for an audit log of what was transferred where. It ensures that all the data is transferred to the desired destinations.

5. The data will be transferred from DMS 3 to all the destinations simultaneously such as the Editorial RAID Systems 11 and the Archival Systems 9 which the user has pre-defined during the first step.

Some disadvantages of prior art systems are as follows:

• Prior art DMSDAF systems explicitly choose disks as a transport medium and as master copy of the original imaging data.

• Users of prior art DMSDAF systems still have to (and perhaps need to) decide every day what to do with the data. • Prior art DMSDAF systems do not have an automatic conversion to other file formats, specifically for editing (e.g. Quicktime) and for reviewing (e.g. mpeg4).

• Prior art DMSDAF systems have at best an audit -trail that logs information on file level: it notes their checksum and when and whence they have been copied. However, it does not give any information regarding the content in a form that is easily understood by humans.

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discloses a DMSDAF system called "R3D Data Manager". To that end, the R3D data manager operates either in an On-Set mode or In-Post mode that manages digital imaging data storage in a way as depicted in Fig's 1 and 2. Summary of the invention

The object of the invention is to provide a data management system with digitally acquired footage (DMSDAF) for broadcast/cinema purposes which is arranged to support a reliable data restore process.

To that end, the invention provides a data management system with digitally acquired footage comprising a processor, a hard disk, a first drive unit, a second drive unit, a first connection and a second connection, which are all arranged within a closed box, said hard disk, said first drive unit, said second drive unit, said first connection and said second connection all being connected to said processor, said first connection being arranged to be connected to a first external memory storing original imaging data, said second connection being arranged to be connected to a second external memory, said first drive unit being arranged to receive first data from said processor and write said received first data on a first storage medium, said second drive unit being arranged to receive second data from said processor and write said received second data on a second storage medium, said processor being arranged to perform the following actions in an on-set mode as instructed by a suitable software program:

• to detect whether said first external memory is connected to said first connection,

• to automatically transfer said original imaging data from said first external memory to said hard disk,

• to send said original imaging data as stored on said hard disk to said first drive unit and instruct said first drive unit to write a copy of said original imaging data on said first storage medium, such that said copy can become a master copy,

• to convert said original imaging data as stored on said hard disk into imaging data with a reduced format suitable for viewing and to send said imaging data with said reduced format suitable for viewing to said second drive unit and instruct said second drive unit to write a said imaging data with reduced format on said second storage medium,

• to convert said original imaging data as stored on said hard disk into imaging data with a reduced format suitable for off-line editing and to send said imaging data with said reduced format suitable for off-line editing to said second external memory once said second external memory is connected to said second connection.

In a further embodiment, the invention relates to a data processing system comprising a data management system with digitally acquired footage comprising a first processor, a first hard disk, a first drive unit, a second drive unit, a first connection and a second connection, which are all arranged within a closed box, said first hard disk, said first drive unit, said second drive unit, said first connection and said second connection all being connected to said first processor, said first connection being arranged to be connected to a first external memory storing original imaging data, said second connection being arranged to be connected to a second external memory, said first drive unit being arranged to receive first data from said first processor and write said received first data on a first storage medium, said second drive unit being arranged to receive second data from said first processor and write said received second data on a second storage medium, said first processor being arranged to perform the following actions in an on-set mode as instructed by a suitable software program:

• to detect whether said first external memory is connected to said first connection,

• to automatically transfer said original imaging data from said first external memory to said hard disk,

• to send said original imaging data as stored on said hard disk to said first drive unit and instruct said first drive unit to write a copy of said original imaging data on said first storage medium, such that said copy can become a master copy,

• to convert said original imaging data as stored on said hard disk into imaging data with a reduced format suitable for viewing and to send said imaging data with said reduced format suitable for viewing to said second drive unit and instruct said second drive unit to write a said imaging data with reduced format on said second storage medium,

• to convert said original imaging data as stored on said hard disk into imaging data with a reduced format suitable for off-line editing and to send said imaging data with said reduced format suitable for off-line editing to said second external memory once said second external memory is connected to said second connection, the data processing system also comprising a second processor, a second hard disk and a third drive unit, said second hard disk and said first drive unit being connected to said second processor, said second processor being arranged to perform the following actions in an in-post mode as instructed by a suitable software program: • to receive an edit decision list,

• to read copy imaging data stored on said first storage medium via said third drive unit,

• to check whether the edit decision list relates to said copy imaging data,

• to select data files, or parts thereof, from said copy imaging data in accordance with said edit decision list and send the selected data files to a predetermined destination.

The invention also relates to a method of processing data with a data management system with digitally acquired footage comprising a processor, a hard disk, a first drive unit, a second drive unit, a first connection and a second connection, which are all arranged within a closed box, said hard disk, said first drive unit, said second drive unit, said first connection and said second connection all being connected to said processor, said first connection being arranged to be connected to a first external memory storing original imaging data, said second connection being arranged to be connected to a second external memory, said first drive unit being arranged to receive first data from said processor and write said received first data on a first storage medium, said second drive unit being arranged to receive second data from said processor and write said received second data on a second storage medium, said method comprising the following actions to be performed by said processor in an on-set mode as instructed by a suitable software program: • detecting whether said first external memory is connected to said first connection,

• automatically transferring said original imaging data from said first external memory to said hard disk,

• sending said original imaging data as stored on said hard disk to said first drive unit and instructing said first drive unit to write a copy of said original imaging data on said first storage medium, such that said copy can become a master copy, • converting said original imaging data as stored on said hard disk into imaging data with a reduced format suitable for viewing and sending said imaging data with said reduced format suitable for viewing to said second drive unit and instructing said second drive unit to write a said imaging data with reduced format on said second storage medium,

• converting said original imaging data as stored on said hard disk into imaging data with a reduced format suitable for off-line editing and sending said imaging data with said reduced format suitable for off-line editing to said second external memory once said second external memory is connected to said second connection.

In a further aspect, the invention relates to a method of data processing in a data processing system comprising a data management system with digitally acquired footage comprising a first processor, a first hard disk, a first drive unit, a second drive unit, a first connection and a second connection, which are all arranged within a closed box, said first hard disk, said first drive unit, said second drive unit, said first connection and said second connection all being connected to said first processor, said first connection being arranged to be connected to a first external memory storing original imaging data, said second connection being arranged to be connected to a second external memory, said first drive unit being arranged to receive first data from said first processor and write said received first data on a first storage medium, said second drive unit being arranged to receive second data from said first processor and write said received second data on a second storage medium, said method comprising the following actions to be performed by said first processor in an on-set mode as instructed by a suitable software program:

• detecting whether said first external memory is connected to said first connection, • automatically transferring said original imaging data from said first external memory to said first hard disk,

• sending said original imaging data as stored on said first hard disk to said first drive unit and instructing said first drive unit to write a copy of said original imaging data on said first storage medium, such that said copy can become a master copy,

• converting said original imaging data as stored on said first hard disk into imaging data with a reduced format suitable for viewing and sending said imaging data with said reduced format suitable for viewing to said second drive unit and instructing said second drive unit to write a said imaging data with reduced format on said second storage medium, • converting said original imaging data as stored on said first hard disk into imaging data with a reduced format suitable for off-line editing and sending said imaging data with said reduced format suitable for off-line editing to said second external memory once said second external memory is connected to said second connection, the data processing system also comprising a second processor, a second hard disk and a third drive unit, said second hard disk and said first drive unit being connected to said second processor, said second processor being arranged to perform the following actions in an in-post mode as instructed by a suitable software program:

• receiving an edit decision list, • reading copy imaging data stored on said first storage medium via said third drive unit,

• checking whether the edit decision list relates to said copy imaging data, selecting data files, or parts thereof, from said copy imaging data in accordance with said edit decision list and send the selected data files to a predetermined destination.

Advantageous embodiments are claimed in dependent claims.

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The invention will now be explained in detail with reference to some drawings that are only intended to show embodiments of the invention and not to limit the scope. The scope of the invention is defined in the annexed claims and by its technical equivalents.

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Figure 1 shows a typical prior art On-Set mode of a DMSDAF system.

Figure 2 shows a typical prior art In-Post mode of a DMSDAF system. Figure 3 shows an example of a DMSDAF system according to the invention.

Figure 4 shows a flow chart of an On Set Default Protocol of an exemplary DMSDAF system according to the invention.

Figure 5 shows a flow chart of a Create New Project Protocol of an exemplary DMSDAF system according to the invention.

Figure 6 shows a flow chart of an Activate Named Project Protocol of an exemplary DMSDAF system according to the invention.

Figure 7 shows a flow chart of an Active Project Dialog of an exemplary DMSDAF system according to the invention. Figure 8 shows a flow chart of a Copy-to-Tape Queue of an exemplary DMSDAF system according to the invention.

Figure 9 shows a flow chart of a Convert to DVD Video Queue of an exemplary DMSDAF according to the invention.

Figure 10 shows a flow chart of a Convert to Off-line Queue of an exemplary DMSDAF system according to the invention.

Figure 1 1 shows a flow chart of an End-of-Day of an exemplary DMSDAF system according to the invention.

Figure 12 shows a flow chart of a Modify Named Project of an exemplary DMSDAF system according to the invention. Figure 13 shows a flow chart of a Close Named Project of an exemplary DMSDAF system according to the invention.

Figure 14 shows a flow chart of a Create New Master Tapes Project of an exemplary DMSDAF system according to the invention.

Figure 15 shows a flow chart of an In Post Default Protocol of an exemplary DMSDAF system according to the invention.

Detailed description of embodiments

In order to achieve a reliable data restore process in a data management system with digitally acquired footage (DMSDAF) for broadcast/cinema purposes, more than one backup media and a highly robust protocol with minimized error communication protocols is required. As will be explained in detail below, a reliable DMSDAF system can be achieved via implementing one or more predefined communication protocols and more than one backup device, as well as restore schemes therefor.

As is shown in Fig. 3, a DMSDAF block 500 is introduced which provides a storage appliance which is arranged to provide a built-in verification of data stored in one or more proven reliable backup formats while using one or more predetermined protocols therefor.

The DMSDAF block 500 forces one or more protocols to be followed instead of ad hoc decisions and behaviour of individual users as are necessary in prior art systems. These protocols require that a set of predetermined steps have to be taken to insure that a reliable master copy is made.

In the example shown, DMSDAF block 500 has three different kinds of backup devices, as will be explained in more detail hereinafter:

• DMSDAF block 500 writes imaging data on multiple tapes which keep the digital 'negative' imaging data as taken on the shooting location for ultimate safety. For instance, when a car that transports the tapes has an accident the original imaging data files are still available on a hard disk 501 inside DMSDAF block 500 (on the shooting location). New master copies in the form of master tapes can be made immediately and sent to the producer and the post-production company. DMSDAF block 500 makes backup copies in a proven reliable tape format. The system is prepared for future technologies, because the original imaging data as stored in hard disk 501 is independent of this tape format. When new tape formats are introduced that have the same or even better reliability the

DMSDAF 500 can be easily upgraded to use such new formats when making master copies.

• DMSDAF block 500 is arranged to be connected to one or more external disks 507. The DMSDAF block 500 will automatically convert imaging files to a so- called off-line format (e.g. QuickTime) and automatically store them on these one or more external disks such that they store off-line copies of the imaging data taken on the shooting location. This way the editor can start editing right away after receiving the daily off-line files with video data from the set.

• DMSDAF block 500 contains one or more DVD drives 505 to store imaging data on one or more DVD disks 511. The DMSDAF block 500 is arranged to automatically produce and store imaging files on such DVD disks 511 in a file format specifically tailored for viewing, such as MPEG4. which are made as proof of shooting by DMSDAF block 500 at the end of the shooting day, containing all the shots of that day, so the producer can check shooting progress.

Now, the setup of Fig. 3 will be explained in more detail.

In Fig.3, the DMSDAF block 500 comprises: one or more hard disks 501 which can be implemented by internal hard disks in RAID for restoring data, one or more tape drives 503 which can be implemented by a LTO (Linear Tape-Open) or similar tape drive which is arranged to store imaging data on one or more tapes 509, and one or more Digital Video Disk (DVD) drives 505 that can restore data on DVD disks. Moreover, DMSDAF block 500 comprises a processor 545 and a memory 543 for temporarily storing data. Processor 545 is connected to the one or more hard disks 501 via a suitable connection 519, to memory 543 via a suitable connection 527, tape drive 503 via a suitable connection 521 and DVD drive 505 via a suitable connection 523. Moreover, the processor 545 has connections to connectors (e.g. for USB connections), e.g. located in a box 547. By means of those connectors DAF media 1, an external computer arrangement 538 (with at least internal processor and memory, as is known to persons skilled in the art), and an external disk 507, respectively, can be connected to the processor 545 via suitable connections 531, 533, and 525, respectively. As will be explained in more detail below, external disk 507, which may be an external Fire Wire drive or Sata drive, will be used for storing off-line editing data. By using the Tape drive 503 within DMSDAF block 500 on the set, imaging data as stored on tape(s) 509 is from then on not used as a backup but as master copy because it will be used as the source for further processing. This will be also be explained in more detail below.

External processor 538 is connected to suitable devices for communication with a user, such as a keyboard 539, a mouse 541, and a display 537. Other such devices may be provided as well.

The external processor 538 and processor 545 are arranged in a client-server arrangement, where external processor 538 is the client and processor 545 is the server. By doing so, the functionality provided by processor 545 is an appliance that can be used by a user via a web interface. Thus, the software environment within DMSDAF block 500 is properly shielded from the external environment. Only those options that are predefined to be accessible by a properly logged in user of external processor 538 can actually be used by such user. External processor 538 can be connected to DMSDAF block 500 via a network or any other suitable connection.

It is envisaged that, in an embodiment, DMSDAF block 500 is connected to a plurality of such external processors 538.

All connections shown may be wireless. Communication to the external environment is completely controlled by the software within DMSDAF block 500, and goes via the DMSDAF block 500 interfaces, including, but not limited to, Ethernet, FirWire, usb, tape, etc.

Box 547 of DMSDAF block 500 is implemented as a tamper free box indicated with a solid rectangle line such that the imaging data as stored on the different storage devices can be guaranteed as being copies from the data originally stored data on the hard disk(s) 501.

On the left part of Fig.3, DAF media 1 is shown which stores original digital imaging data from the set. Tape 509 can be implemented by many suitable backup devices like LTO or similar tape. The tape 509 can be inserted into tape drive 503 in order to store a copy of the imaging data as present on hard disk(s) 501. DVD 511 can be inserted into DVD drive 505 in order to store a copy of the imaging data in a reduced data format tailored for viewing as present on hard disk(s) 501 for viewing and proof-of-progress purposes. The DVD 511 can be substituted by a Compact Disk (CD) or any other suitable storage medium like a blu ray disk, memory stick etc. DMSDAF block 500 is, preferably, arranged to communicate with other communication units via a network 549, either in a wired fashion or wirelessly.

On the bottom-right part of Fig. 3, an edit station 513 is shown. The edit station 513 is located outside DMSDAF block 500 and arranged to generate an edit decision list (EDL) once it has received an off-line copy of the imaging data via external disk 507 and as instructed by an editor. To that end, as will be known to persons skilled in the art, edit station 513 is implemented as a computer arrangement arranged to receive data from external disk 507 once it is connected to the edit station 513. Edit station 513 is, preferably, arranged to communicate with other communications units via network 549, either in a wired fashion or wirelessly.

The EDL produced by edit station 513 as instructed by an editor operating the edit station 513, will be delivered to an arrangement which an operator can use to edit the imaging data as stored on the one or more tapes 509 which now form the master copy/copies. Such an arrangement may be the DMSDAF block 500 as shown in Fig. 3 which was used to produce the off-line files and store them on external disk 507. However, such an arrangement may, alternatively, be an arrangement identical to but different from the DMSDAF block 500 of Fig. 3 and installed somewhere else, e.g., at the post production site.. Such a delivery of the EDL from the edit station 513 can be done in any way known from the prior art, for instance, via an email, via a data carrier, such as a memory stick, a CD, DVD, blu ray, etc. Assuming that the EDL is delivered to such a DMSDAF 500, an operator of said DMSDAF block 500 is able to use said EDL to identify those shots in the master copy imaging data stored on the one or more tapes 509 that should be used in the final film. The DMSDAF block 500 is arranged to automatically restore only the files, or relevant parts thereof, from the one or more tapes 509 to be used in the final edit to a location of choice. Such a location of choice may be the hard disk 501 of the DMSDAF 500, or any other suitable memory unit, either internal or external to the DMSDAF 500 concerned. For instance, it may be a DVD disk, or blu ray disk. The data as obtained by selecting data from the master copy imaging data from the one or more tapes 509 may, for instance, be sent to a remote destination via network 549.

Communication links 521, 523 and 525 all connect two devices which are both located within DMSDAF block 500. These three communication links transmit data as output by processor 545 as a result of running suitable programs that can be called "queues". Each queue is capable of accepting jobs. Each job specifies a number of files. The queue determines the actions. It can initiate user interactions, e.g. ask for media insertion, media removal, or media labelling.

• The queue relating to communication link 521 can be called a "Copy-to- Tape Queue". The function of this queue is to copy imaging data from hard disk 501 to one or more tapes 509. Each job specifies the files that need to be copied. This queue will be explained hereinafter with reference to Fig. 8.

• The queue relating to communication link 523 can be called a "Convert to DVD Video Queue". The function of queue is to convert data on hard disk

501 to DVD Video format for storing on one or more DVDs 51 1 and viewing by a user. Each job specifies the files that need to be converted, as instructed by the user. This queue will be explained hereinafter with reference to Fig. 9. • The queue relating to communication link 525 can be called a "Convert to

Off-line Queue". The function of queue 525 is to convert data on hard disk 501 to the requested off-line format for editing. Each job specifies the files that need to be converted, as instructed by the user. This queue will be explained hereinafter with reference to Fig. 10.

DMSDAF block 500 can operate in different two modes: On-set and In-post. Before introducing these two modes, several unique terms used in connection with DMSDAF block 500 are explained as below:

• Shooting Day: In DMSDAF block 500, a shooting day number is defined by a sequence number (starting at #1) that is automatically derived from the project history (particularly the closing of the previous shooting day), so that all files/shots automatically go to the correct place and can never be confused with the wrong day, or the wrong project. Files can certainly not be accidentally overwritten. The use of the shooting day is crucial, because it matches the user's mental model. As a matter of fact, DMSDAF block 500 produces a report per shooting day, containing humanly readable (meta-) information about all the shots taken: the shot duration: the file size, the number of copies made to tape, the number of copies made to external disk, the conversion to off-line format (for editing), the conversion to DVD video format (for viewing).

• Shooting Day Report: At the end of every shooting day, DMSDAF block 500 produces a complete project proof of progress report which is available for all interested parties: director, producer, camera man, technician and others. The report is meant to be used by non-technical people, providing information intended for humans: shot duration, thumbnails, the number of master copies created, etc. A complete report is made, up to and including the current shooting day. The report is automatically written to DVD, sent out via e-mail, and/or distributed by any other available means, in accordance with the protocol defined by the project owner.

• Project: DMSDAF block 500 is project based. Several projects can be defined on a single DMSDAF block 500. A single DMSDAF block 500 can collect files/shots for several projects. Only one project can be active at any moment.

• Project Database: In DMSDAF block 500, a project database is defined as to contain all meta data belonging to a project, including the tape catalog. A secure copy of the DMSDAF project database is being written to tape 509 and DVD 51 1 at the end of every shooting day. These tapes 509 are transported. One goes to the producer for safety and the other goes to the post-production company of choice. In this post-production company the tapes are stored for future use after editing has completed. • Project Owner and Operator Role: DMSDAF block 500 can distinguish different users with different roles. Users can have more than one rule. There is a project owner role that allows creation of new projects and the definition of their protocol. The project owner defines the appropriate rules before the project starts, which exclude the possibility of files being removed from the hard disk 501 before sufficient copies have been made.

Another role, the operator role, is only allowed to execute the daily protocol defined by the project owner. Users are typically identified by a username and password, and are required to use their username and password to log in processor 545 via their external processor 538 while using input devices 539, 541. As a matter of fact, DMSDAF block 500 produces a readable report for the director, the producer, the technician, and any other interested parties. At the end of every day, a proof of progress report for the entire project is available.

• Selective restore: DMSDAF block 500 is capable of performing a selective restore from tape based on an edit decision list (in EDL, EDL/XML, or any other format). The edit decision list is typically not stored on the tapes, but is created by the editors while using edit station 513 and arrives at post editing via a separate channel, like USB stick or e-mail.

Below, the invention will be explained in further detail with reference to some flow charts. It is observed that the actions in the different flow charts explained below may be organized as wizards with sensible defaults for each question presented to a user. "Down" arrows in the flow charts may represent next pages. However, actions like "previous page" or "home page", etc. may also be implemented, for instance to allow a user to modify settings already.

The On-Set mode of DMSDAF block 500 comprises three protocols running on processor. These protocols mean that a set of predetermined steps have to be taken to insure that at least two reliable master copies on tapes are made. Also two dialogs and two projects are included in these three protocols.

The three On-Set protocols are described below.

Default Protocol

The Default Protocol is shown when the On-Set mode of DMSDAF block 500 starts up. As will be explained below, Fig. 4 describes this protocol in detail:

In action 21, the protocol starts operating. Five standard buttons are displayed on display 537, which will remain visible until explicitly removed, action 23. These five buttons are: "Create New Project" button, "Active Named Project" button, "Modify Named Project" button, "Close Named Project" button, "Create New Master Tapes" button. The default protocol checks whether any one of the five standard buttons is operated by a user.

In action 25, if a user operates the button "Create New Project", the Default Protocol jumps to Create New Project protocol which is action 35. This latter protocol will be explained hereinafter with reference to Fig. 5.

In action 27, if a user operates the button "Active Named Project", the Default Protocol jumps to Activate Named Project protocol which is action 37. This latter protocol will be explained hereinafter with reference to Fig. 6.

In action 29, if a user operates the button "Modify Named Project, the Default Protocol jumps to Modify Named Project which is action 39. This latter protocol will be explained hereinafter with reference to Fig. 12.

In action 31, if a user operates the button "Close Named Project", the Default Protocol jumps to Close Named Project which is action 41. This latter protocol will be explained hereinafter with reference to Fig. 13. In action 33, if a user operates the button "Create New Master Tapes", the Default Protocol jumps to Create New Master Tapesprotocol which is action 43. This latter protocol will be explained hereinafter with reference to Fig. 14.

After any one of the actions 35, 37, 39, 41, 43 is finished, the protocol ends at action 45.

The Create New Project Protocol

As mentioned above in the section Default Protocol, if a user operates the button "Create New Project", the protocol jumps to the Create New Project protocol. As will be explained below, Fig. 5 describes this protocol in detail. The Create New Project (CNP) protocol starts operating, action 201. The CNP protocol starts a project definition dialog with a user by presenting suitable data on display 537 where the user can define the attributes, properties and behaviour for the project. The dialog includes the following and is terminated when the user confirms the input data as correct by hitting the "Project OK" button presented in the dialog display. Firstly, a General Settings menu is presented and the user can select a "Project name" and "Project owner", action 203. Secondly, an End-of-Day Project Backup Settings menu is presented and the user can select a "Backup Destination (tape, external disk, ...)" option, a "Number of master copies on Tape" option, or a "Backup verification scheme (none, normal, ...)" option, action 205. Thirdly, an End-of-day Off-line Settings menu is presented and the user can select an "Off-line type (Quicktime, ...)", "Off-line Format (DV, DVCpro, ...) " option, an "Off-line Resolution (720x756, 1920x1080, .../' option, an "Off-line Initial color transformation (REDspace, REC709, ...)" option, an "Off-line Quality (full res, half res, quarter res, ...)" option, or an "Off-line File Location" option, action 207. Fourthly, a display confirmation page is presented and a summary of the selected settings and the "Project OK" button is displayed, action 209. Then, the CNP protocol checks whether a user operates the button "Project OK", action 211. If the "Project OK" button is operated by the user, the project is marked as 'open', action 213. Then the project data is stored in the project database, action 215. After that, the button "Activate this project" is displayed, action 217. Then the CNP protocol checks whether the button "Activate this project" is operated by the user, action 219. If not, the CNP protocol ends in action 223. If yes, the protocol activates the project currently displayed on the display, action 221. Then, the CNP protocol enters the activate project dialog, action 222. The activate project dialog is explained below with reference to Fig. 7. The protocol ends in action 223.

The Activate Named Project Protocol

As mentioned above in the section Default Protocol, if a user operates the button "Activate Named Project", the protocol jumps to the Activate Named Project protocol. As will be explained below, Fig. 6 describes this protocol in detail. The Activate Named Project (ANP) Protocol starts operating, action 121. If the user has operated the Activate Named Project button, action 27, the ANP protocol presents a selection of projects marked 'open' on the display to the user followed by a selection of the projects marked 'closed', action 125. Then the ANP Protocol waits for the user to select one of the projects, action 127. Then ANP protocol checks whether any active project exists, action 129. If yes, the ANP protocol de-activates any other active project if present, action 131. If not, the ANP protocol skips action 131. Then the ANP protocol activates the selected project if the user has selected one, action 133. The ANP protocol enters the active project dialog, action 135. The active project dialog is explained below with reference to Fig. 7. The ANP protocol ends in action 137.

The Active Project Dialog In the active project (AP) dialog, the user has already selected and activated a project. As will be explained below, Fig. 7 describes this dialog in detail.

The AP dialog starts operating, action 151. The AP dialog automatically updates a project dayno (day number) to #n. The day number dayno is determined from the project history and the current date, action 153. The AP dialog creates directories for this day on hard disk 501 (if not already present), action 155. The AP dialog also creates directories for this day on the External disk 507 for off-line files, action 157. The AP dialog removes the five standard buttons as shown in Fig. 4, action 159. The AP dialog prompts the user to label a new tape 509 as Project P, Day #n, Tape #i, Copy #j and to insert the new tape 509 into the tape drive 503, action 161. The AP dialog waits for a tape 509 to be inserted, action 163. The AP dialog sets the tape volume label to Project P, Day #n, Tape #i, Copy #j, action 165. The AP dialog displays a single end-of-day button, action 167. After that, the AP dialog performs the following three sequences of actions in parallel, and in a loop, until the end-of-day button is operated:

• Sequence of actions 1 : this sequence comprises actions 169 - 185. The AP dialog checks whether a new DAF media 1 is connected to DMSDAF block

500, action 169. If not, the sequence 1 loop is finished. If yes, the AP dialog disables the end-of-day button, action 171. Then it copies any new imaging data file from DAF media 1 to hard disk 501 in the directory for this day, action 173. The AP dialog verifies the newly copied imaging data according to the current project settings, action 183. The AP dialog puts the newly copied data on the Copy-to-Tape Queue, action 175. The AP dialog puts the newly copied data on the Convert to DVD Video Queue, action 177. The AP dialog puts the newly copied data on the Convert to Off-line Queue, action

179. It is observed that these three queues as referred to in actions 175, 177, and 179 need not be performed in this order. They can be performed in any suitable order. The AP dialog prompts the user to remove DAF media 1 , action 181. The AP dialog waits until DAF media 1 is removed, action 185. After that, sequence of actions 1 is finished and the protocol jumps back to the beginning of all three sequences.

• Sequence of actions 2: this sequence comprises actions 193 and 195.The AP dialog checks whether all three queues have become inactive, action 193. If no, the sequence of actions 2 waits until these three queues have become inactive. If yes, the end-of-day button is enabled, action 195. After action 195, sequence of actions 2 is finished and the protocol jumps back to the beginning of all three sequences.

• Sequence of actions 3: this sequence comprises actions 103, 189, 191, and 197. The AP dialog checks whether the end-of-day button as enabled in action 195 is operated by a user, action 103. If not, the sequence of actions 3 waits until this end-of-day button is enabled. If yes, the system enters the end-of-day dialog, action 189. The end-of-day dialog is explained in detail with reference to Fig. 11. Then the AP dialog disables the end-of-day button, action 191. The AP dialog ends in action 197.

Now the Copy-to-Tape Queue, the Convert-to-DVD Video queue, and the Convert-to- Off-line queue (cf. actions 175, 177, and 179, respectively in Fig. 7), respectively, will be explained in detail with reference to Figures 8, 9 and 10, respectively. The function of the Copy-to-Tape Queue is to copy imaging data from hard disk 501 to one or more tapes 509. Each job specifies the files that need to be copied. Fig. 8 describes this queue in more detail. In action 51, the queue starts operating. The queue waits for a while until tape 509 is inserted into tape drive 503, action 53. Then the queue 521 verifies whether the tape 509 inserted into tape drive 503 is the correct tape, action 55. The queue writes the imaging data specified by the user in the first job currently in the queue to tape 509 and performs the verification requested by the project definition, action 57. After that, the queue 521 removes the first job mentioned in action 57 from the Copy-to-Tape queue 521, action 58. After that, the queue checks whether all the jobs in the queue 521 are finished, action 59. If there are jobs still not finished in the queue 521 , the queue 521 starts to repeat the actions 53, 55, 57, 59 iteratively until all the jobs in the queue 521 are finished. The queue ends at action 60.

The function of the Convert to DVD Video Queue is to convert data on hard disk 501 to DVD Video format for storing on one or more DVDs 51 1 and viewing by a user. Each job specifies the files that need to be converted, as instructed by the user. Fig. 9 describes this queue in more detail. In action 61, the queue starts operating. The queue converts each file in the first job in the queue to DVD Video format for viewing and writes the off-line files to DVD disk 511, action 63. After that, the queue removes the first job mentioned in action 63 from the Convert-to -DVD queue, action 65. After that, the queue checks whether all the jobs in the queue are finished, action 66. If there are jobs still not finished in the queue, the queue starts to repeat the actions 63 and 65 iterative Iy until all the jobs in the queue are finished. The queue ends at action 67. The function of the Convert to Off-line Queue is to convert data on hard disk 501 to the requested off-line format for editing. Each job specifies the files that need to be converted, as instructed by the user. Fig. 10 describes this queue in more detail. In action 71, the queue starts operating. The queue converts each file in the first job of the queue to the off-line format for editing and writes the off-line files to external disk 507, action 73. After that, the queue removes the first job mentioned in action 73 from the Convert-to-Offline Queue, action 75. Then, the queue checks whether all the jobs in the queue are finished, action 76. If there are jobs still not finished in the queue, the queue starts to repeat the actions 73 and 75 iteratively until all the jobs in the queue are finished. The queue ends at action 77.

End-of-Day dialog

As mentioned above in the section Activate project dialog (Fig. 7), if a user operates the button "end-of-day", the protocol turns to the end-of-day (EOD) dialog. As will be explained below, Fig. 11 describes this dialog in detail. The EOD dialog starts operating, action 103. Then the EOD dialog performs the following two sequences of actions in parallel after the end-of-day button is operated by the user. If he does operate this button the EOD dialogue will jump to action 120, end of program. The two sequences of actions are:

• Sequence of actions 4: this sequence comprises actions 105 - 1 11. Via display 537 the EOD dialog asks the user to insert a new DVD 511, labelled project #p, day #j, ..., action 105. The EOD dialog waits for insertion of the

DVD 511 into the DVD Drive 505. Then, the EOD dialog burns the DVD imaging data, thumbnails of all the shots and the project database to the DVD 511, action 109. The EOD dialog ejects the DVD 511. The sequence of actions 4 ends in action 120.

• Sequence of actions 5: this sequence comprises actions 113 - 117. The EOD dialog writes the complete project database to Tape 509 and performs the requested verification, action 1 13. The EOD dialog ejects the tape 509, action 115. The EOD prompts the user to switch the tape 509 to read-only, action 1 17. The EOD dialog marks the project as complete for this day, action 119. The sequence of actions 5 ends in action 120.

Now, the Modify Named Project and the Close Named Project (actions 39, 41 in Fig. 4) will be explained in detail.

Modify Named Project As mentioned above in in the section Default protocol, if a user operates the button "Modify Named Project", the protocol turns to Modify Named Project (MNP) protocol. As will be explained below, Fig. 12 describes this protocol in detail.

The process starts operating, action 141. In action 29, the process presents the user a button "Modify Named Project". If the user operates this button, the MNP protocol starts and presents a selection of projects marked 'open' to the user, action 143. The MNP protocol checks whether a user has selected one of the projects, action 145. If not, the MNP protocol will continue checking iteratively. If yes, The MNP protocol enters the Project Definition Dialog for the selected project, action 149. The MNP protocol ends in action 150.

Close Named Project

As is mentioned in the Default protocol above, if a user operates the button "Close Named Project", the protocol jumps to the Close Named Project (CNP) protocol. As will be explained below, Fig. 13 describes this protocol in detail. The process starts operating, action 81. In action 31 , the process presents the user a button "Close Named Project". If the user operates this button, The CNP protocol presents a selection of projects marked 'open', action 85. The CNP protocol waits for the user to select one of the open projects, action 87. The CNP protocol marks the selected project as 'closed', action 89. The CNP protocol prompts the user to insert a writeable DVD 509, action 91. The CNP protocol writes the complete projects database of the closed project to the DVD 509 and verifies its contents, action 93. The CNP protocol prompts the user to label the DVD as MASTER project database, action 95. The CNP protocol ends in action 97.

Create New Master Tapes

As is mentioned in the Default protocol above, if a user operates the button "Close Named Project", the protocol jumps to the Close Named Project (CNP) protocol. As will be explained below, Fig. 14 describes this protocol in detail.

The process starts operating, action 301. In action 33, as part of the process explained with reference to Fig. 4, the process presents the user a button Create New Master Tapes.

In action 33, the processor 545, waits for a user to operate the button Create New Master Tapes. As soon as the user has done so, processor 545 presents a selection of projects marked 'open' followed by a selection of the projects marked 'closed', action 303.

In action 305, processor 545 waits for the user to select one of the presented projects. Once the user has done, processor 545 presents a selection of days for this project.

Then, processor 545 waits for the user to select a day from the list, action 309.

Once the user has selected a day from the presented list, processor 545 prompts the user to label a new tape appropriately as Project P, Day #n, Tape #i, Copy #j and to insert it into the tape drive 503, action 311.

In action 313, processor 545 waits for a tape to be inserted in disk drive 503 by the user.

In action 315, processor 545 sets the tape volume label to Project P, Day #n, Tape #i, Copy #j and, in action 317, processor 545 writes all imaging data for that project and that day to the inserted tape. In action 319, processor 545 writes complete project database to the inserted tape and performs any requested verification.

After these write actions have been completed, processor 545 ejects the tape from disk drive 503, action 321, and prompts the user to switch the tape to a read only status, action 323. As a safety measure, processor 545, in action 325, waits for confirmation from the user that he has done so.

The process ends in action 327.

All Figures 4 to 14 relate to the protocols used by processor 545 of DMSDAF block 500 in its On-Set mode.

Now, a flow chart of an In-Post Default Protocol of an exemplary DMSDAF block 500 according to the invention will be explained with reference to Fig. 15. This flow chart can be performed by the same DMSDAF block 500 as was used for the On-Set mode operations. However, alternatively, another DMSDAF block identical to the one shown in Fig. 3 may be used.

The In-Post Default Protocol starts in action 231.

In action 233, processor 545 selects a suitable project database created by during the On-Set protocol as explained above as instructed by a user while using an operating system's File Dialog. Such a project database will, for instance, be stored in hard disk 501.

In action 235, processor 545 selects a tape drive 503.

In action 237, processor 545 asks a user to select an EDL while using the operating system's File Dialog. Such an EDL will be stored on hard disk 501 or may have been received in any suitable way from edit station 513, as indicated above. In action 239, processor 545 copies the selected EDL and selected project database to an In Post database on hard disk 501.

Then, in action 241, processor 545 asks the user to select a destination directory and, after he has done so, prompts the user to insert a tape with a certain number associated with the selected project database and selected EDL into the tape drive 503, action 243. In action 245, processor 545 waits for the user to insert the tape with the correct number to be inserted in tape drive 503. After he has done so, in action 247, processor 545 automatically restores all project files, or parts thereof, from the inserted tape as instructed by the EDL to a selected destination. Such a destination may be selected by the user but may, alternatively, be a fixed destination on hard disk 501 or any other suitable destination. So, in dependence on the content of the EDL more or less content of project files will be read from the inserted tape and restored.

While using any known error detection and/or error correction mechanism, processor 545, in action 249, verifies the restored files.

Once, processor 545 identifies that all files specified in the EDL are restored, action 251, processor 545 jumps to action 253. If not, processor 545 jumps back to action 243 and requests the user to insert another tape with specified number into tape drive 503 which other tape also belongs to the project database selected in action 233.

Once all files from all tapes have been restored, in action 253, processor 545 asks the user to remove the last inserted tape. Once that tape has been removed, as detected in action 255, processor 545 generates an "OK" message to be displayed on display 537, action 257.

The process ends in action 259.

The claimed scope of protection is defined by the annexed claims only. They are directed to essential features of the devices shown in the figures. However, also method claims are defined which relate to the functionality of such devices. The functionality can be provided to the devices by suitable software programs which are also defined in the claims. Moreover, the claims relate to suitable physical data carriers (like DVD, CDROM, memory sticks, etc.) storing such a software program.

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1. Data management system with digitally acquired footage comprising a processor, a hard disk, a first drive unit, a second drive unit, a first connection and a second connection, which are all arranged within a closed box, said hard disk, said first drive unit, said second drive unit, said first connection and said second connection all being connected to said processor, said first connection being arranged to be connected to a first external memory storing original imaging data, said second connection being arranged to be connected to a second external memory, said first drive unit being arranged to receive first data from said processor and write said received first data on a first storage medium, said second drive unit being arranged to receive second data from said processor and write said received second data on a second storage medium, said processor being arranged to perform the following actions in an on-set mode as instructed by a suitable software program:
• to detect whether said first external memory is connected to said first connection,
• to automatically transfer said original imaging data from said first external memory to said hard disk,
• to send said original imaging data as stored on said hard disk to said first drive unit and instruct said first drive unit to write a copy of said original imaging data on said first storage medium, such that said copy can become a master copy,
• to convert said original imaging data as stored on said hard disk into imaging data with a reduced format suitable for viewing and to send said imaging data with said reduced format suitable for viewing to said second drive unit and instruct said second drive unit to write a said imaging data with reduced format on said second storage medium,
• to convert said original imaging data as stored on said hard disk into imaging data with a reduced format suitable for off-line editing and to send said imaging data with said reduced format suitable for off-line editing to said second external memory once said second external memory is connected to said second connection.
2. Data management system with digitally acquired footage according to claim 1, wherein said data management system with digitally acquired footage is arranged to operate in a server mode only and to communicate with a computer arrangement that is arranged to operate in a client mode, such that a user of said computer arrangement can only log on to said data management system with digitally acquired footage by providing at least a user name and password.
3. Data management system with digitally acquired footage according to any of the claims 1 or 2, wherein said first drive unit is a tape drive, such as a Linear Tape-Open drive.
4. Data management system with digitally acquired footage according to any of the claims 1 to 3, wherein said reduced format suitable for viewing corresponds to MPEG4 format.
5. Data management system with digitally acquired footage according to any of the claims 1 to 4, wherein said reduced format suitable for off-line editing corresponds to Quicktime.
6. Data management system with digitally acquired footage according to any of the preceding claims, wherein said box is tamper proof.
7. Data management system with digitally acquired footage according to any of the preceding claims, wherein the system is arranged to produce a report per shooting day, comprising humanly readable information about all shots taken, including at least one of: shot duration, file size, number of copies made to said first storage medium, conversion to off-line format for editing, conversion to said reduced format suitable for viewing.
8. Data processing system comprising a data management system with digitally acquired footage comprising a first processor, a first hard disk, a first drive unit, a second drive unit, a first connection and a second connection, which are all arranged within a closed box, said first hard disk, said first drive unit, said second drive unit, said first connection and said second connection all being connected to said first processor, said first connection being arranged to be connected to a first external memory storing original imaging data, said second connection being arranged to be connected to a second external memory, said first drive unit being arranged to receive first data from said first processor and write said received first data on a first storage medium, said second drive unit being arranged to receive second data from said first processor and write said received second data on a second storage medium, said first processor being arranged to perform the following actions in an on-set mode as instructed by a suitable software program:
• to detect whether said first external memory is connected to said first connection,
• to automatically transfer said original imaging data from said first external memory to said hard disk,
• to send said original imaging data as stored on said hard disk to said first drive unit and instruct said first drive unit to write a copy of said original imaging data on said first storage medium, such that said copy can become a master copy,
• to convert said original imaging data as stored on said hard disk into imaging data with a reduced format suitable for viewing and to send said imaging data with said reduced format suitable for viewing to said second drive unit and instruct said second drive unit to write a said imaging data with reduced format on said second storage medium,
• to convert said original imaging data as stored on said hard disk into imaging data with a reduced format suitable for off-line editing and to send said imaging data with said reduced format suitable for off-line editing to said second external memory once said second external memory is connected to said second connection, the data processing system also comprising a second processor, a second hard disk and a third drive unit, said second hard disk and said first drive unit being connected to said second processor, said second processor being arranged to perform the following actions in an in-post mode as instructed by a suitable software program:
• to receive an edit decision list,
• to read copy imaging data stored on said first storage medium via said third drive unit,
• to check whether the edit decision list relates to said copy imaging data,
• to select data files, or parts thereof, from said copy imaging data in accordance with said edit decision list and send the selected data files to a predetermined destination.
9. Data processing system according to claim 8, wherein said second processor is said first processor, said third drive unit is said first drive unit and said second hard disk is said first hard disk.
10. Method of processing data with a data management system with digitally acquired footage comprising a processor, a hard disk, a first drive unit, a second drive unit, a first connection and a second connection, which are all arranged within a closed box, said hard disk, said first drive unit, said second drive unit, said first connection and said second connection all being connected to said processor, said first connection being arranged to be connected to a first external memory storing original imaging data, said second connection being arranged to be connected to a second external memory, said first drive unit being arranged to receive first data from said processor and write said received first data on a first storage medium, said second drive unit being arranged to receive second data from said processor and write said received second data on a second storage medium, said method comprising the following actions to be performed by said processor in an on-set mode as instructed by a suitable software program:
• detecting whether said first external memory is connected to said first connection,
• automatically transferring said original imaging data from said first external memory to said hard disk,
• sending said original imaging data as stored on said hard disk to said first drive unit and instructing said first drive unit to write a copy of said original imaging data on said first storage medium, such that said copy can become a master copy,
• converting said original imaging data as stored on said hard disk into imaging data with a reduced format suitable for viewing and sending said imaging data with said reduced format suitable for viewing to said second drive unit and instructing said second drive unit to write a said imaging data with reduced format on said second storage medium,
• converting said original imaging data as stored on said hard disk into imaging data with a reduced format suitable for off-line editing and sending said imaging data with said reduced format suitable for off-line editing to said second external memory once said second external memory is connected to said second connection.
11. A software program comprising data and instructions to allow a processor to perform the method of claim 10.
12. A data carrier carrying a software program as claimed in claim 11.
13. Method of data processing in a data processing system comprising a data management system with digitally acquired footage comprising a first processor, a first hard disk, a first drive unit, a second drive unit, a first connection and a second connection, which are all arranged within a closed box, said first hard disk, said first drive unit, said second drive unit, said first connection and said second connection all being connected to said first processor, said first connection being arranged to be connected to a first external memory storing original imaging data, said second connection being arranged to be connected to a second external memory, said first drive unit being arranged to receive first data from said first processor and write said received first data on a first storage medium, said second drive unit being arranged to receive second data from said first processor and write said received second data on a second storage medium, said method comprising the following actions to be performed by said first processor in an on- set mode as instructed by a suitable software program:
• detecting whether said first external memory is connected to said first connection, • automatically transferring said original imaging data from said first external memory to said first hard disk,
• sending said original imaging data as stored on said first hard disk to said first drive unit and instructing said first drive unit to write a copy of said original imaging data on said first storage medium, such that said copy can become a master copy,
• converting said original imaging data as stored on said first hard disk into imaging data with a reduced format suitable for viewing and sending said imaging data with said reduced format suitable for viewing to said second drive unit and instructing said second drive unit to write a said imaging data with reduced format on said second storage medium,
• converting said original imaging data as stored on said first hard disk into imaging data with a reduced format suitable for off-line editing and sending said imaging data with said reduced format suitable for off-line editing to said second external memory once said second external memory is connected to said second connection, the data processing system also comprising a second processor, a second hard disk and a third drive unit, said second hard disk and said first drive unit being connected to said second processor, said second processor being arranged to perform the following actions in an in-post mode as instructed by a suitable software program:
• receiving an edit decision list,
• reading copy imaging data stored on said first storage medium via said third drive unit,
• checking whether the edit decision list relates to said copy imaging data, selecting data files, or parts thereof, from said copy imaging data in accordance with said edit decision list and send the selected data files to a predetermined destination.
14. A software program comprising data and instructions to allow a processor to perform the method of claim 13.
15. A data carrier carrying a software program as claimed in claim 14.
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