The falling cost and increasing performance of PC hardware means that tapeless production using commodity equipment is now realistic. Controlling this with an automated system for logging 'takes' in the studio gallery provides an efficient workflow from studio into post-production with considerable savings in time and costs.

To test this approach in practice, BBC R&D has developed such a system and this was used during October 2005 for the production of the latest series of the BBC children's programme 'BAMZOOKi'.

Encouraging results from that production work have resulted in further enhancements to the suite of software, which now includes a media server configuration capable of supporting different editing systems from a common set of media files. Much of the software developed is now available as open source.

This document was originally published in the Proceedings of the International Broadcasting Convention, September 2006.