​Axle Video Launch AI Hub for Search

A sub-$4000 appliance integrates face and object recognition, media management and low-res proxy collaboration.

Axle ai presented a compact network appliance, the axle ai Hub, designed to solve the critical problem of finding video content in creative environments.

Tools for searching and managing content on storage have lagged, says the firm, and the axle ai Hub is designed to be an integrated solution to this problem.

It can be plugged in, powered up and configured by a non-technical user in under an hour, it is claimed. It immediately begins cataloging media on one or more attached storage devices (both networked and local), and makes low-res proxy media, populates an integrated database and displays a clean browser interface that can be viewed on Macs, PCs and mobile browsers.

Media can be analyzed for face and object recognition, as well as additional metadata such as speech transcripts, using the point-and-click AI analysis tools on the Hub.

The appliance includes the media management software for two users, a panel for Premiere Pro CC and an integrated remote media upload tool. Integrated face and object recognition licenses are offered for one month and Microsoft Video Indexer AI also for one month. Four Terabytes of storage can be held for proxy media.

Additional months of AI-driven face and object recognition are priced at $500 per month, and additional months of the axle ai connector for Microsoft Video Indexer are priced at $250 per month.

Sam Bogoch, axle ai CEO, said "We're thrilled to be offering such a powerful appliance, a big step in making video search and collaboration radically simple. The main hurdles to adopting the power of machine learning and media management have been cost and complexity, and this one-box solution that can be plugged right into your network, solves both."

There’s a fresh OEM relationship with Amazon's AWS Elemental transcode solutions and a cloud solution with partner Wasabi. 

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