Square Box Systems’ Worker 7 Includes Plug-in for Streamlining MAM

Square Box Systems’ Worker 7 now includes plug-ins for automating a wide range of common tasks in broadcast, production, and postproduction facilities, as well as enabling third-party integrations for cloud archiving of assets.

Square Box Systems' CatDV Worker 7 is a general-purpose automation engine that enables users to build customized workflows and automate file processing. Worker 7 is has the ability to automate functions such as content ingest, proxy creation, transcoding (including control of external transcoders), content movement and archiving, and file renaming.

It can automate tasks including copying content securely from camera cards to a SAN or NAS, automatically ingesting assets into CatDV, sending emails to a logger to tag content, performing transcoding to create a web proxy, and archiving to partner LTO solutions. One of the new plug-ins for Worker 7 is a file-and-folder path cleaner that offers the potential to save many hours of work each day in busy mixed-platform production facilities.

The plug-in cleans special characters from file and folder names to make them readable by all tools in the media workflow and resolves translation issues between Mac, Windows, and Linux paths. It also streamlines archiving to linear-tape file systems by cleaning file paths and standardizing file names for master, mezzanine, and proxy assets, and then relinking the content in CatDV. Another Worker 7 plug-in enables automatic archiving to third-party storage solutions that have integrated with CatDV, such as Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure, Scality RING, Spectra BlackPearl, and HGST. 

A new analyzer plug-in enables CatDV to extract and store text from a wide variety of documents and image media, including PDFs, images, and Microsoft Office files. Worker 7 also now includes an automatic backup plug-in for the CatDV database.

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