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​Sony Upgrades Media Backbone MAM to NavigatorX

Media Backbone NavigatorX is a new version of Media Navigator, which benefits from a simpler UI design and an HTML-based web application compatible with multiple browsers.

Sony says Media Backbone NavigatorX - scheduled to be available in October 2016 - can manage files in any format. The solution’s internal transcode engine supports a wide range of SD, HD and 4K video formats, including XDCAM HD422, XAVC and other codecs.

“Users can do more than simply view video in Media Backbone NavigatorX, accelerating the overall media workflow by making it easier to identify the correct asset in question; displaying subtitles, reading PDF files and checking still images are all possible within a single UI,” says Sony.

The archive management application integrates with Sony’s Optical Disc Archive for archiving, retrieval and partial retrieval, providing asset status and tracking of ODA cartridges, even on shelves.

“Our customers told us they wanted a cost effective, intuitive asset management solution that complements our Optical Disc Archive system, in addition to unerring reliability and high-speed access,” said Felip Garcia, Product Marketing Manager, Sony Professional Solutions Europe. “This upgrade delivers just that, providing a wide range of professional customers with a future proofed solution that can easily integrate into existing and future workflows, and equipping them with a tool to boost efficiency.”

The solution also helps customers overcome regular repetitive tasks, says Sony, by providing a richer feature set than standard asset management solutions. “For example, the workflow automation tool in Media Backbone NavigatorX enables users to easily set up a workflow with a series of simple drag-and-drop operations in a matter of hours, rather than relying on a software engineer to write complex scripts,” says Garcia.

Playing a pivotal role in content asset management, Media Backbone NavigatorX integrates with various processes and associated technologies across the media production workflow. The solution’s compatibility with industry-standard NLE tools saves time for users by providing a single central point for teams to work and edit from. Further time saving features include a metadata search function that incorporates Boolean search queries, and search capabilities to run previously saved queries.

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