​EditShare Release Standalone Flow MAM

EditShare has made its Flow MAM software independent of EditShare storage environments. Also, the firm’s flagship EditShare XStream EFS shared storage will now feature Access Control Lists (ACL) Media Spaces.

EditShare says it has “completely re-engineered” the software “to maximize the value of customers’ existing storage infrastructure”. Flow software is now compatible with Avid NEXIS, Storage DNA and Amazon S3.

The new version of Flow features a redesigned UI, across web-based and desktop apps. Flow Story and AirFlow now have a similar look and feel, making it easier to switch between them in different scenarios. Flow has also introduced new capabilities to remotely view Avid Media Composer or Adobe Premiere edits in a web browser using AirFlow; Range Markers for enhanced Logging and Review capabilities; new software licensing with a customer portal and license management tools; and seamless integration with EditShare’s new QScan AQC software, making AQC available at any stage of the post-production workflow.

“This latest version of Flow offers a wealth of features for any storage environment. As shooting ratios increase and budgets decrease, managing your media assets becomes a critical part of any production, large or small,” comments James Richings, managing director, EditShare.

EditShare also introduced a new pay-as-you-go model for Flow.

Flow will be available from the end of May priced from $19 per user, per month and will be available through month, year and multi-year subscriptions as well as outright licenses.

Adding ACL 

The firm’s flagship EditShare XStream EFS shared storage solutions will now feature Access Control Lists (ACL) Media Spaces.

Access Control Lists with EditShare

Access Control Lists with EditShare

“The big attraction of ACLs is the fine-grained control over user permissions,” comments Bill Thompson, EditShare Storage Product Manager. “While EditShare has traditionally focused on keeping storage management tools simple for creative users, 'power-user' administrators who are more accustomed to SAN storage and Windows-NT style controls will appreciate this new addition.”

The ACL Media Space is for those who prefer to manage storage via Access Control Lists instead of "read-only" or "read/write" rules that govern current EditShare EFS media spaces.

For example, ACL entries can be created for local users and groups, as well as Active Directory users; ACL entries govern Read, Write, and Execute access; ACL entries on directories can be set to be "Inherited" or not. If they are inherited, all files and sub-directories made inside that directory will inherit the same ACL. It will also be possible to create Drop Boxes where users can write files but then can't see what they wrote — or what anybody else wrote.

Along with the new ACL Media Spaces, EditShare has revamped the way it reports used and free space on its EFS systems.

“Because EFS administrators can choose between several different file protection schemes, each requiring different amounts of storage capacity overhead, showing how much physical disk space is being used by a set of files, and reporting remaining capacity, can require some tedious mental gymnastics," says Thompson. "Our new reporting package dramatically simplifies the situation.”

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