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SGL unveils next step for LTFS workflow

27 March 2013
SGL unveils next step for LTFS workflow

Software Generation Ltd (SGL), a provider of content archive and storage management software, has today revealed its Notification Service, which will be unveiled at NAB 2013. This latest development continues the LTFS revolution, which has seen traditional archive workflows turned on their head by enabling ingest of material directly into the archive store. The Notification Service takes the next step by allowing details about the archived material to be automatically pushed to a MAM system creating substantial time and cost benefits. The arrival of LTFS has opened up an array of new workflows. Intelligent archive systems can quickly read the index information from an LTFS-formatted tape (that may, for example, have been used on location to capture material directly from HD camera or intermediate disks) and directly assign UIDs to the content, populate the archive database and generate a low-resolution proxy (used for editing). Using a simple subscription setup, the Notification Service then announces the arrival of the new material to the controlling MAM system and pushes relevant data to the MAM describing the archived material based on rules selected by the broadcaster.  Doug Wynn, SGL’s VP sales America said, “SGL has supported LTFS since its launch and has been vocal in the huge benefits that the workflow provides for broadcasters worldwide. By continuing our development with LTFS we’re delighted to launch the Notification Service at NAB and demonstrate the process of automatic information sharing from the archive to the MAM system.” At NAB SGL is also demonstrating FlashBrowse, its web-based portal that enables users to perform archive, search, browse and restore operations from any machine on their network running a compatible web browser. In addition, FlashBrowse captures low-res proxy versions of clips as they are archived, and includes a proxy viewer within the browser window, so that the user can search for and view clips before restoring them. In addition, EVS is demonstrating its integration between SGL FlashNet and IPDirector, EVS’ suite of video production management applications on booth SL2416. This enables broadcasters and production companies to transfer media from EVS live production servers to the SGL FlashNet archive library through EVS’ IP2Archive module in IPDirector.

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