SGL Rolls Out Notification Service for LTFS Archives, FlashBrowse

Software Generation Ltd (SGL) will roll out Notification Service at NAB, allowing details about archived material on a Linear Tape-based File System (LTFS) 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 says, “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 allows 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 seamlessly from EVS live production servers to the SGL FlashNet archive library through EVS’ IP2Archive module in IPDirector.

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