Axle Video at NAB 2017

Axle Video is stepping into the big time with a media management system capable of handling up to 2 million assets.

“This is the year that our axle Video media management software really comes of age,” Sam Bogoch, CEO of axle Video told The Broadcast Bridge in an exclusive pre-NAB interview.

“The axle Video 2017 release we are bringing to Las Vegas, our fifth major generational update, can now handle 2 million video, image, and audio files. Following our philosophy of ‘radically simple’, its features and refinements reflect the growth of axle’s widespread user community, now including more than 400 sites, encompassing broadcast and online news, entertainment, education, business, arts, government, and worship.”

Among the new features of axel Video 2017 media management are an Advanced Transcode option that allows proxy encoding of clips and subclips from a transcode engine powered by Imagine Products’ Prime transcode and additional integrated transcode tools.

“We’ve added an expanded range of metadata fields, including multi-select tag clouds, pop-up date fields and larger text fields that can be utilized for scripts,” Bogoch explained. “We’ve even given it an Elastic Search functionality that suggests auto-hinting of search results as you type.”

The axle Video interface can run on any portable device

The axle Video interface can run on any portable device

Then there is now also a Cloud Mirror option that puts a copy of what you have in axle and also uploads a copy of it into the cloud so clients or other partners can securely search through it without opening ports in our own local firewall. That way, your own H.264 media remains protected while those with authorized permission can see a low rez preview of it.

Craft editors will also appreciate that axle Video now sports refined versions of axle’s Premiere Pro Panel and Final Cut X export which let you search the axle Video database from those Adobe and Apple editing applications.

Bogoch was very proud of his company’s new strategic partnerships, many of which were announced at IBC 2016.

For example, Avid now includes axle Starter software with all Avid NEXIS|PRO storage configurations.

Symply, which provides scalable workgroup storage, is now an axle partner, as is the storage from G-Technology.

The Linux folks from Red Hat are using axle Video in its open source storage called Gluster that can scale up to 72 brontobytes (that’s 1024 yottabytes, or 1027 for those who are counting) and LumaForge, based in Hollywood, is adopting axle Video into its small storage systems for Apple’s Final Cut teams.

One final hint for those visiting the newly-designed axle Video booth at NAB Show 2017, ask about their axle Edit project. This is a cloud-based edit system designed to run on mobile devices that they have been tantalizing us with over the past few years. Once you see a demonstration, you will understand why axle Edit has generated so much buzz.

Axle Video is one of those innovative smaller companies with really big ideas that make their discovery one of the best reasons to attend the NAB Show in the first place.

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