​Editshare Flow Update Includes Automated QC and Cloud Delivery Workflows

The new release of Editshare’s Flow Media Asset Management platform (v3.3.0.3) adds automated batch import of sidecar metadata, expands Cloud-based production capabilities with new remote editor and boasts a new, fast-turnaround editing application.

“While we recognize that many smaller and medium-sized customers appreciate the simplicity of an all-in-one storage and MAM system with built-in media and project browsing, asset management, transcoding and archive integrated under one vendor’s toolset, we also know that many of our growing enterprise customers prefer an open platform to integrate best-of-breed solutions for the different functions of their workflow,” comments Jeff Herzog, EditShare Flow product manager. “Whether it’s video QC analysis, file acceleration, import of third-party metadata through batch metadata import, or delivery to Amazon S3, recent releases of EditShare Flow have been focused on opening up the platform to support third-party tools within the Flow-driven asset management workflow. And we will continue this integration with future Flow releases, adding important third-party solutions that enhance EditShare customer workflows.”

Developed for third-party integration, the new release of Flow supports automated workflows with Interra Baton, Vidcheck, Aspera and Amazon S3. Flow automatically sends media to QC systems for analysis and, depending on the result (Pass or Fail), next steps are automatically performed according to the workflow defined in Flow Automation. Flow attaches QC reports and markers, automatically flagging suspect media for review. Combined with Flow Automation, tasks such as 'distribution to web' or 'send to broadcast' can be fully orchestrated with user-defined stop-measures for suspect media.

Where EditShare Flow customers have Aspera accelerated file transfer, they can now use Flow Automation to automate the transfer of mass media across accelerated Aspera links between sites and systems. Customers with multiple EditShare Flow systems can also use the 'Send To' task to transfer high-resolution media files, proxy files, and/or Flow metadata between Flow systems. The ability to send high-resolution, proxy and metadata files enhances efficiencies for distributed production scenarios, including multi-location news bureaus and productions.

Flow’s new 'Send to Amazon S3' feature automates migration of content from EditShare shared storage systems to low-cost, secure offsite cloud storage, making it distribute content to collaborators, clients and other third parties. Direct integration with Amazon storage buckets lets Flow users automate delivery of clips, sequences and full packages from on-premise EditShare storage direct to S3 or Glacier services.

The latest release further includes a number of usability improvements as well as a brand new, fast turnaround editor that supports cloud-based production and remote workflows.

With an improved user interface and new features, AirFlow, the web-based module that ships as part of the Flow MAM platform, lets staff search, log, edit and play proxies in a web browser from any location. AirFlow also offers users the ability to securely download and upload proxy or high-resolution media from on-premise EditShare storage systems to anywhere in the world using a laptop, tablet or smartphone.

Flow Story is the first in a new generation of content creation applications for collaborative and remote workflows. Unlike traditional NLEs, Flow Story can operate as a standalone editor on local high-resolution media, or when users are on the road, connect to a remote Flow database and edit off proxies, with seamless relink and finishing within Flow Story or via AAF/XML sent to Avid Media Composer or Premiere Pro.

The recently released Batch Sidecar Metadata Import feature lets users bulk-migrate historical video assets from legacy archive and MAM systems to Flow. Metadata is preserved and mapped into user-defined custom metadata fields. The feature has been extended to allow users to map information from a file’s folder path into Flow metadata fields.

Herzog elaborates on the importance of this update, “ManyEditShare customers organize content using a folder hierarchy within EditShare media spaces to store material by shoot day, customer, project, etc. Metadata mappings within Flow scan can now be defined to read this folder structure and tag all clips in a given directory with the name of that directory. This makes searches within Flow even more powerful, allowing users to search for content by project, shoot day, customer, etc., as defined by the folder they are located in.”

The new Search and Scan capabilities have been optimized to accommodate growing Flow databases. Whether searching from AirFlow or Flow Browse, customers can expect faster Flow search results when searching across hundreds of thousands or even millions of assets. The new, faster Flow scans also increase the speed of metadata extraction for each clip and allow users to concurrently scan more than one space at a time.

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