Pebble Beach Systems Adds MAM for Playout and Distribution with Blue Lucy Partnership

Pebble Beach Systems has partnered with media asset management (MAM) software developers Blue Lucy to offer customers Beluga, a new content management and video processing solution (and a new fish-themed product name). Beluga integrates closely with Pebble’s Marina automation system to offer targeted file delivery, content preparation, and integrated QC workflows without the need to deploy an enterprise MAM solution.

A complete content management system, Pebble Beach Systems' Beluga bridges the gap between content preparation, linear playout, and the creation of fast-turnaround VOD-ready media. Its drag and drop workflow builder makes it easy for operators to create and edit workflows on the fly. Blue Lucy’s technology combines asset management, workflow orchestration and video processing in a single, complete system, streamlining operations for production, media publishing and archiving.

Beluga’s content management tools streamline the tasks of preparing content for playout and distribution. Checking segmentation, program content, allowing for conformance editing, performing comprehensive QC and generating reports are all essential steps along the playout pipeline. Beluga also adds transcoding and proxy creation to Marina’s existing toolset. As the number of users grows, Beluga’s simple web-based interface enables teams to interact with the media dynamically without having to install dedicated client software.

Tom Gittins, CEO at Pebble Beach Systems, said that his company’s Marina automation system currently delivers a level of content management which suits many deployments, but the addition of Beluga to the range opens up the possibility of more advanced functionality where it’s needed, without the customer having to implement a complex and potentially expensive enterprise level solution.

Beluga will be previewed at the CABSAT exhibition in Dubai this month before being launched at the 2017 NAB Show in April. It is available from Pebble Beach Systems in a number of pre-defined configurations to cater for different workflows, use cases and system sizes, making it flexible and fast to deploy. Designed to quickly and simply handle complex and otherwise time-consuming tasks, it complements the functionality of Marina systems controlling Dolphin and Orca integrated playout devices, or third-party video servers, to deliver a suite of workflow orchestration features (such as File Ingest with transcoding and proxy creation).

Beluga leverages an HTML5 web user interface and can coexist alongside an existing MAM. Users can configure workflows to suit their requirements, and Beluga can support multiple users. In addition, a single Beluga system can link to multiple Marina systems, so that media can be restored by Beluga based on the earliest usage time of media across all systems.

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