Advanced Media Asset Preservation
Efficient Storage and Retrieval of Digital Assets
The smartPack for Archive focusses on ingesting, storing and organizing media assets for future retrieval, search, browsing, and editing purposes. It involves collecting, cataloging, and preserving digital media files such as videos, images, audio recordings, subtitles, language tracks, metadata and documents, in a centralised repository.
The main goal of archiving within a MAM system is to ensure long-term preservation of media assets while making them easily accessible for future use.
- Reception of Media: The capability to archive incorporates receiving media assets from a range of sources, leveraging automatic APIs or manual file uploading through the MAM user interface.
- Media Transformation: In the archiving process, the system generates proxy versions of the media for viewing via the MAM web player. Additionally, the system can perform transcoding into any mezzanine format that the customer requires.
- Metadata: Within the archival function, metadata can be provided from various sources. This might include automated Quality Control systems (Auto QC), Artificial Intelligence logging systems, sidecar files, or it can be manually entered via the MAM user interface.
- Media Archival: After media assets have been subjected to necessary transformations, they are stored within the MAM system’s archive. This archival process includes defining storage rules, such as retention policies and backup strategies. Retention policies determine the lifespan of the media assets in the archive based on factors like business requirements, legal obligations, or industry standards. Backup strategies are in place to safeguard against data loss, employing regular backup routines.
- Full Restoration: In situations requiring full restoration, the archive function allows for the retrieval of individual clips or media assets from the archive. Users can select a specific asset and restore it to its original condition, thus making it accessible for further usage.
- Partial Restoration: For partial restorations, the MAM system allows users to restore particular segments of media content based on a subclip or an Edit Decision List (EDL). EDLs provides instructions on which segments or clips to restore and their respective positions within the original content. This feature is beneficial when only certain parts of a larger media file need to be restored.
- Restoration and Packaging: In certain instances, the restored media assets may need further modifications or packaging before they can be employed in specific scenarios. The archive function accommodates these transformations, such as packaging multiple clips or transcoding the restored content into different formats appropriate for distinct distribution channels, VOD services, or social media platforms.
- Bulk Restoration: The bulk restore functionality allows users to retrieve and restore multiple clips simultaneously in a batch process. This feature is helpful when handling a large number of media assets that need to be swiftly and efficiently restored.