SGL and Masstech Display Union

Masstech Innovations Inc., the merged entity of Masstech and SGL, will make its exhibition at IBC. It claims to be the market’s largest provider of solutions “for managing the lifecycle of valuable media assets.” Specifically, there will be news of how SGL’s FlashNet content management system ties up with Masstech’s MassStore media management and workflow platform.

"The merger has dramatically strengthened our business, providing a robust foundation for delivering the next generation of media lifecycle management solutions while further bolstering our world-class customer service," said Joe French, President and CEO of Masstech Innovations. "We are excited to share our vision with IBC2017 attendees and to showcase the amplified benefits of our combined product portfolio."

SGL FlashNet can now use Amazon's S3 and Glacier storage as archiving destinations, with rules-based automation to move assets between platforms. In addition to its own new S3 storage support, MassStore itself can now be hosted in the Cloud. Customers can deploy the MassStore platform or individual components in public or private clouds, or locally on 100% virtualised or physical systems. 

FlashNet Infinity provides users with a dashboard and toolset for archive and restore functionality, system health, monitoring, analysis and more. New features include Navigator, providing a visual file explorer view of all archived assets; Disk Explorer, enabling users to archive selected files and folders easily and visually; Verify, validating the presence of expected content in the archive and identifying assets that need to be updated from disk; and a refreshed user interface.

Enhancing MassStore's newsroom workflow, a redesigned plug-in for third-party newsroom computer systems (NRCS) will make its IBC debut. Aligning with the latest MOS standards, the new plug-in is based on HTML5 and brings media management, searching and embedded video manipulation capabilities to users within their familiar NRCS interface. Upcoming functionality will also be previewed that streamlines the integration of video with stories from third-party newswire services.

Integration with Sony's second-generation Optical Disc Archive system is also shown. This lets users store valuable media on optical disc-based cartridges with 100-year shelf life and 3.3TB data capacity. The ability to read and process AXF objects ensures long-term content accessibility and compatibility, while DPX format support provides efficient handling of cinema-oriented media.

Finally, new MassStore features include speech-to-text capabilities and intelligent metadata extraction which automatically creates structured metadata from free-form documents such as production scripts.

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