Ownzones Connect Now Supports ACES

Ownzones Entertainment Technologies Oct. 4 announced that Ownzones Connect, the cloud-based solution that helps content providers manage, deliver and monetize video, now supports the Academy Color Encoding System (ACES).

The announcement comes less than a month after Ownzones Connect was named by Netflix as the only cloud-native solution in its Post Technology Alliance, a program for manufacturers whose products serve the needs of the post-production community through innovation and support.

ACES, an open-source color-management standard developed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is quickly becoming the gold standard for the production and postproduction industries, according to a news release from Ownzones Entertainment Technologies, an over-the-top video distribution and media company. Capable of encoding every color visible to the human eye, ACES simplifies workflows and maintains a consistent color experience across the life cycle of a film or television series, from image capture through editing, visual effects, mastering, distribution and archiving.

“The industry’s move toward ACES will result in a fully encompassing color accurate workflow and seamless interchange of high-quality motion picture images regardless of the source,” said Ownzones CEO Dan Goman. “Ownzones is uniquely positioned to serve media companies looking to adopt ACES — as well as those that have already adopted it and want a more advanced implementation. Supporting ACES positions Ownzones cloud technology to better support upstream production processes as well as start to workflow around dailies, rough cuts, and other pre-mastered files.”

Ownzones Connect, an on-demand, software-as-a-service (SaaS) video supply-chain platform hosted in the cloud through Amazon Web Services, provides content owners and post-production facilities with a fast and inexpensive cloud solution for processing and transferring video to any major streaming or broadcasting platform.

Ownzones Connect enables transcoding video content up to 35 times faster and can reduce costs by as much as 90%, Ownzones Entertainment Technologies claims. It also supports the SMPTE Interoperable Master Format (IMF), likely to become the industry standard for storing and transferring digital video files.

Ownzones will showcase its new technology at the SMPTE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, taking place Oct. 22-25 at the Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los Angeles.

Netflix Picks Ownzones for Post Technology Alliance

Netflix has picked over-the-top video distribution and media company Ownzones Entertainment Technologies to be part of Netflix’s new Post Technology Alliance, a program for manufacturers whose products serve the needs of the post-production community through innovation and support.

Ownzones Connect provides content owners and post-production facilities with a fast and inexpensive cloud solution for processing and transferring video to any major streaming or broadcasting platform.

Manufacturers of products bearing the Post Technology Alliance logo have early access to the Netflix technical roadmap and collaborate with the subscription streaming giant on technical support, training, and updates. The Post Technology Alliance logo signals that a product meets and Netflix’s technical and delivery specifications.

“At Netflix, empowering our creative partners is incredibly important, and the Post Technology Alliance program will build a more seamless experience from production through post-production,” said Chris Fetner, director of post partnerships and integrations at Netflix. “Products that bear the logo are committed to better interoperability and faster innovation cycles, which will allow artists to focus their energy on what matters most – the storytelling.”

Since it was founded in 2010, Ownzones has created, launched and operated over 400 subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) channels, reaching hundreds of thousands of users and transcoding and managing more than 5 million digital assets. Recently Ownzones has pivoted toward its core technology competencies, building a suite of products centered around cloud-based video supply chain solutions.

“Our inclusion in the Netflix Post Technology Alliance is a huge vote of confidence in our technology and in Ownzones as a trusted service provider to entertainment companies that supply content to Netflix,” said Ownzones CEO Dan Goman. “Ownzones thrives in the evolving entertainment and tech landscape as the partner companies need today for tomorrow’s transformational changes, bringing complete video supply chain and monetization solutions under our customers’ command.”

Ownzones Connect is a cloud-native video supply chain platform with an on-demand, software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution. Hosted in the cloud through Amazon Web Services, Connect eliminates the need for studios and post-production houses to continually make capital investments in data servers and allows them to rapidly deliver any format to any platform, including IMF packages.

Ownzones Connect supports the SMPTE Interoperable Master Format (IMF), which is on track to become the industry standard for storing and transferring digital video files. Netflix already uses IMF to store its masters in the cloud.

Ownzones is currently attending IBC 2018, Europe’s largest media, entertainment and technology show, being held in Amsterdam through Sept. 18. Ownzones is showcasing its products in Amazon Web Service’s exhibit space.