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CatDV Enterprise Server

If you work in a large department or production facility, CatDV Enterprise Server gives you all the benefits of CatDV Professional Edition and the Workgroup Server but with the option of applying controls so that users only see and work with files relevant to their current project, along with other tools to simplify sharing data within the team.

CatDV Enterprise Server
  • Authentication and logging
  • Configurable access control, with a flexible users, groups and permissions model
  • Server-based handling of preference settings to ensure that everyone working on a production has the same settings such as pick list values or preview settings
  • Shared group documents, such as a To Do list or production ‘blog’
  • Shared clip lists and smart folders
  • Tape library management (in conjunction with optional barcode reader)
  • Extra tools to simplify browsing clips on the server.

The CatDV Enterprise Server is available for either MySQL or Oracle databases, and is available for most common server platforms including Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.

Read some customer stories describing how the CatDV Enterprise Server is acting as the “gateway to the SAN”, a simple yet powerful user interface to the entire library of online clips.

For more information about CATDV, or to place an order, call (310) 922-1631

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CatDV Workgroup Server

CatDV Workgroup Server uses a powerful client-server architecture and a central shared database, allowing media catalogs to be searched and updated by multiple users concurrently.

How it works
  • The CatDV Workgroup Server is a separate server program that ‘clients’ (the CatDV Professional Edition application) connect to via a local area network
  • Clip metadata and thumbnails are stored in a central SQL database
  • No need to change your file organisation and workflow – media files are stored on your network or digitized from tape when required as you would previously, but CatDV helps you locate them quickly and effortlessly

Our entry level server product, the CatDV Workgroup Server is ideal for teams with up to 5 users.

CatDV Workgroup Server is available for most common server platforms including Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.

For more information about CATDV, or to place an order, call (310) 922-1631

CatDV Pegasus

Pegasus is a new, premium CatDV client. It builds on the foundation of CatDV Enterprise and includes built in support for MXF and archiving plus a brand new solution for integration with Avid Media Composer. It also includes metadata support for Red Epic files. Pegasus can co-exist with CatDV Enterprise clients and is available as a stand-alone product. The product is downloadable today.

CatDV Pegasus provides a complete Avid workflow solution within CatDV. Sequences, Master Clips and Subclips can be exported to Avid Media Composer from CatDV. The CatDV AAF Tool supports import of Avid created sequences, Master Clips and Subclips. Supported media is relinked within Avid media Composer.

This allows for CatDV to collaborate with Avid Editors as never before, providing a full round trip of media and supported metadata. Logging clips and sequences can be performed outside of the Avid edit suite saving valuable time and resources. Shot lists with added meta data can then be prepared off site and then sent to the Avid NLE for editing.

Media can be ingested and transcoded using the CatDV Worker and then Pegasus can send the clips to Avid .

Master clips, subclips and sequences created in Avid Media Composer can be exported to CatDV. Supported media and metadata is imported to CatDV, the Avid MXF media is relinked and metadata available to all CatDV users.

This new tool allows for a complete ‘round trip’ workflow of media and metadata between CatDV and Avid Media Composer. Allowing CatDV to manage and search all your media assets and make them available to your Avid editors.

Clips and sequences can be simply dragged into Avid by selecting the AAF Tool icon and dropping onto any open Avid bin.

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For media playback 3rd party codecs may be required

For more information about CATDV, or to place an order, call (310) 922-1631

SkyTech Media Solutions is proud to be a reseller for CATDV Asset Management Solutions

CatDV Digital Asset Management

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CatDV is a digital asset management system with production management capabilities.

For companies that create or manage a large volume of digital media CatDV helps teams organise, communicate and collaborate.

Its simple, yet powerful tools support some of the world’s most sophisticated media workflows and provide the flexibility to work your way. CatDV brings value to single user installations through to large, dispersed teams in the world’s largest firms.

Unlike many asset management systems CatDV is easy to learn and deploy, has one of the lowest costs of ownership in its sector and has unrivalled ability to integrate with other products, platforms, formats, hardware and software.

systemDiagramUltimately CatDV helps companies find and reuse their media assets, helps teams to collaborate and to get more done, saving both time and money.

Over the last 12 years, CatDV has hundreds of successful deployments across some of the best known names in the media and entertainment world as well as in education, sports, non-profit and commercial settings. At the same time CatDV is used by several thousand individuals.

CatDV’s key strengths are its flexibility, power, simplicity and cost :

  • Flexibility: It can fit with your existing workflow and provides round trip metadata management with many different asset types (video, stills, audio, subtitles, documents etc), video formats, NLEs, storage systems, database systems, operating systems and archiving systems. There are APIs and flexible importers / exporters for customers & integrators to further extend the product.
  • Power: the CatDV worker can automate many tasks in a workflow, including ingest, file naming, file organisation, media logging and transcoding. The worker can also integrate with a wide variety of hardware and software tools so that existing investments are maximised
  • Simplicity: CatDV’s desktop interface is clean and straightforward. The complexity that comes with the flexibility and power of the product is hidden from the user who can focus on getting their job done. CatDV also has web clients that present a subset of CatDV functions, improving usability further.
  • Cost: CatDV is cost effective and pricing is tiered from stand alone, single user clients to systems that support hundreds of users across large, distributed organisations.

Imagen Cloud Media Asset Management & Publishing in the Cloud

+ Manage and publish your videos and images online

+ Monetise your content with your own online video delivery platform

+ Powerful ingest workflows and full asset management

+ Geo redundant storage and back up service

+ Economical and scalable – pay only for what you use

All the benefits and features of Imagen2 – In the Cloud!

ImagenCloud provides a convenient and cost effective way to manage and publish video, images and audio in a hosted (cloud) environment.

ImagenCloud is Cambridge Imaging Systems cloud based version of its popular asset management and publishing system – Imagen2. Imagen2 is a complete MAM and publishing system which can be used for ingesting, archiving and distributing large quantities of video, stills, audio and documents in a themed web interface.

ImagenCloud offers all the great features of Imagen2 but without the need for hardware expenditure and hosting expertise. This makes creating your own online archive easier than ever – easy monthly payments and no IT headaches.

While many larger archives may still prefer to manage their media assets within their own IT network, there are many small and medium size archives which do not have the internal resources nor the technical expertise to set up the necessary IT infrastructure needed to manage and publish their content online. ImagenCloud removes these technical and cost barriers. Simply log in and start uploading and publishing your content!

ImagenCloud Components

ImagenCloud uses standard Imagen2 components. Simply upload your assets, log in and start managing your archive!

+ Imagen Client

Imagen Client is the user interface for the Imagen2 media asset management and publishing system and provides easy access to the database for ingesting, cataloguing, searching records and managing user access.

+ Imagen Workflow Editor

Create ingest, output and distribution workflows using a graphical interface. Simply drag and drop the processes that you want to feature in your workflow, link them up and set the parameters for each stage.

+ Imagen Media Control Centre

IMCC is the central point through which Imagen modules communicate with your database. IMCC provides open REST and SOAP interfaces that can be used by client software to exploit workflow and storage functionality. Data is transferred in XML format, and with the REST and SOAP interfaces, it is possible to integrate Imagen very tightly with third-party applications and websites.

+ ImagenWeb

ImagenWeb is a powerful web module which provides a web based interface for your archive. The interface is configurable, easy to rebrand and offers a number of tools designed to make searching, playback and sharing content easy for your customers.

Main Features:

  • Easy to customise to suit your brand
  • Sorting and Filtering of search results
  • Search for video, images, audio and docs
  • Online clip editing for end users
  • Update metadata in the web pages (admin only)
  • Share collections with colleagues and friends
  • Download watermarked/timecoded video
  • Comprehensive access management
  • Synchronised video and timebased metadata
  • Content Management for easy web site editing
  • Full statistical reporting via Google Analytics
For more information about Imagen Cloud, or to place an order, call (310) 922-1631

Introducing Imagen2 Media Asset Management Solution

magen2 is a media asset management and publishing system which provides an effective way to manage all of your media assets from accession and ingest all the way through to browse, retrieval, output and distribution.

Imagen2 has been developed to manage very large collections of media files for libraries and museums, commercial clip libraries, photo, sound and film collections.

Imagen2 is comprehensive, flexible and has been designed to integrate with standard third party databases such as MySQL, SQLServer and Oracle.

+Imagen Client

Imagen Client is the user interface for the Imagen2 media asset management and publishing system and provides easy access to the database for ingesting, cataloguing, searching records and managing user access.

+Imagen Workflow Editor

Create ingest, output and distribution workflows using a graphical interface. Simply drag and drop the processes that you want to feature in your workflow, link them up and set the parameters for each stage.

+Imagen Media Control Centre

IMCC is the central point through which Imagen modules communicate with your database. IMCC provides open REST and SOAP interfaces that can be used by client software to exploit workflow and storage functionality. Data is transferred in XML format, and with the REST and SOAP interfaces, it is possible to integrate Imagen very tightly with third-party applications and websites.

+ImagenWeb

ImagenWeb is a powerful web module which provides a web based interface for your archive. The interface is fully configurable, easy to rebrand and offers a number of tools designed to make searching, playback and purchasing content easy for your customers.

Imagen2 is now avaialble in three system editions to suit any size archive and budget. Click on one of the links at the top of this page for more information.

Ingest, store, manage, explore

  • Automated process from ingest to website
  • One archive for video, audio, images, docs
  • Unlimited ingest and output workflows
  • Automatically creates browse quality files
  • Support for a wide range of media formats
  • Integration with third party databases
  • Feature rich content management web site
  • Add time based metadtata to your video
  • Segment your video with simple editing tools

ImagenWeb

ImagenWeb is a powerful web module which provides a web based interface for Imagen2. The interface is fully customisable, easy to rebrand and offers a number of features designed to make searching, playback and sharing easy for your customers.

+ImagenWeb Main Features

  • Easy to customise to suit your brand
  • Sorting and Filtering of search results
  • Search for video, images, audio and docs
  • Online clip editing
  • Share collections with colleagues + friends
  • Download watermarked/timecoded video
  • Comprehensive access management
  • Synchronised video and timebased metadata
  • Content Management for easy web site editing
  • Full statistical reporting via Google Analytics
  • Moderated and automatic registration process

For more information about Imagen2, or to place an order, call (310) 922-1631

SkyTech is Proud to be a reseller for Cambridge Imaging Systems Asset Management Solutions

Cambridge Imaging Systems Ltd

Cambridge Imaging Systems has been developing software for media archive management systems since 1991. Our technology has been developed working on large-scale projects for corporate and government clients including the Ministry of Defence, The Police, The BBC, ITN, The Imperial War Museum, British Telecom and British Pathe. Our software systems have been developed over the last twenty years to provide a flexible architecture, able to interface with existing software and able to integrate with existing working practices.

Our archive management system, Imagen, contains a number of modules that are designed to work together in a coordinated way to reduce the manual intervention required to manage very large-scale media archives. It is possible to use Imagen as a complete media asset management system, with an associated website for streamed delivery and e-commerce systems.

Our Approach

We prefer to use industry standard protocols and interfaces and embrace the use of open-source code to speed development and to keep costs down. We have experience of integrating our software with many different types of administrative, commercial and industrial systems.

Our Customers

Cambridge Imaging supplies media asset management systems for a wide range of customers across media, broadcasts, education, public sector and defence

For more information about asset management solutions call (310) 922-1631 for a consultation

CatDV Connects with Avid

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Square Box Systems’ has just unveiled a CatDV asset management system for integration with Avid nonlinear editors. Pegasus is a premium CatDV client that is based on the CatDV Enterprise product and, in addition to integration with Avid Media Composer, also offers metadata support for RED Epic. With this addition, CatDV now offers support for Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere and Apple Final Cut Pro.

Square Box Systems‘ CatDV is an asset management system with production capabilities that has had a deep impact in numerous industries, including media and entertainment. “It’s aimed at people who have a large volume of digital media, which is relevant to many industries,” explains Square Box CEO Dave Clack. “It helps teams to organize and search that media and communicate among their divisions. There’s an insatiable demand for media and more and more large media, and to be able to find it offline and online is vital. So we help people to find the media and thus save money and time.”

Square Box CEO
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Now, Square Box has unveiled a CatDV product that integrates with Avid Media Composer. Pegasus, a premium CatDV client that builds on the foundation of CatDV Enterprise and includes built in support for MXF and archiving, now includes a new solution for integration with Avid Media Composer. Pegasus also includes metadata support for RED Epic files and can co-exist with CatDV Enterprise clients and is available as a stand-alone product.

“This now provides metadata integration between CatDV and Media Composer,” says Clack. “A producer can put together a rough cut together in CatDV and then mark up the data about what they like in the shot and communicate that directly into the editor. All the logging data is stored in CatDV and it can be shared seamlessly with the editing program. So it’s a collaboration tool between the edit team and the creative team.”

“We’re pitching CatDV Pegasus at the premium end of the market,” he continues. “We expect more sophisticated customers might have a niche environment of different editing stations to pick it up. It’s an extension to the existing customers we have, but it’s certainly a more high-end solution.”

Pegasus now enables a “round trip” workflow of media and metadata between CatDV and Avid Media Composer and a complete Avid workflow solution within CatDV. Sequences, Master Clips and Subclips can be exported to Avid Media Composer from CatDV.

The CatDV AAF Tool supports import of Avid created sequences, Master Clips and Subclips. Supported media is relinked within Avid Media Composer. CatDV Pegasus users can save time and create efficiencies by logging clips and sequences outside of the Avid edit suite and preparing shot lists with added metadata off site. Media can be ingested and transcoded using the CatDV Worker and then Pegasus can send the clips to Avid.

The workflow will allow users to export master clips, subclips and sequences created in Avid Media Composer to CatDV and import supported media and metadata to CatDV; the Avid MXF media is relinked and metadata available to all CatDV users. Clips and sequences can be simply dragged into Avid by selecting the AAF Tool icon and dropping onto any open Avid bin.


Clips and sequences can be simply dragged into Avid by selecting the AAF Tool icon and dropping onto any open Avid bin.

Clack notes how this workflow already exists for Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere. “Our roots were the Apple side of the community and when Apple changed, we were keen to have two horses in the race,” he says. “For customers, the decision about what NLE or hardware to buy isn’t such a risky decision. With our open communication between everything in the middle, they’ll never lose data and have an expensive mistake on their hands.”

Pegasus has been in beta testing since the beginning of 2013 and is now shipping

Clack describes CatDV’s key features as “power, simplicity, flexibility, paired with reasonable cost.” He adds, “It can fit with your existing workflow and provides round-trip metadata management with a full array of assets, formats, NLEs, storage systems, database systems, operating systems and archiving systems. With CatDV, you can automate many tasks in a workflow and integrate with a wide variety of hardware and software. At the same time, the desktop interface is straightforward; the complexity of the product is hidden from the user. CatDV is also cost effective. The user can choose from a standalone and single user clients to systems that support hundreds of users.”

CatDV users include such media-rich enterprises as CNN, BBC, NBC Universal, CBS Television Networks, as well as GoPro, Intel Corporation, NFL Films, Iron Mountain and dozens of museums, worship clients, hotels and other organizations that deal with media.

Pegasus has been in beta testing since the beginning of 2013 and is now shipping.

As the creation of rich media continues to explode in the media and entertainment space, the Achilles heel is the ability to easily organize and access assets. Square Box offers solutions that now span the range of NLEs, making them more powerful than ever for professionals within our industry.

For those interested in more information and pricing, in North America, contact JB&A. Outside North America, contact Square Box directly.

CatDV Case Study – SportsMax Jamaica

Technology Partners Deliver Complete Production Ecosystem for Caribbean Cable Sports Giant SportsMax

SportsMax logoWith 23 countries in the Caribbean tuning into sporting content from SportsMax, it has become one of the most successful cable sports channels in the world. Parent company, IMC, founded in 2002, are rights holders for the world’s top sporting content including the 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, the London 2012 Olympic Games and the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.

For the 2012 London Olympics, SportsMax took on its most ambitious challenge; bringing the Olympics to the Caribbean, 24 hours a day in realtime from London. And an even bigger challenge to the production team at Sportsmax, getting a new production pipeline up and running in less than three weeks. “We knew we needed a SAN solution to serve as central storage for the Olympics,” stated Kerry Gibbons, Executive Producer, Production & Technical Operations and Creative Director, SportsMax. “What we ended up with was a much-needed complete overhaul of our entire workflow.”

One of the biggest issues for SportsMax is that investing in an entire studio of new equipment is unaffordable. The Jamaican dollar is currently at 100 to 1 USD making what would cost $50,000 in the states, a half a million dollar purchase in Jamaica. To this point, choosing the right equipment, and the right technology partners and suppliers is not just crucial but a necessity.

Broadcast audio and video consultant, Carlos Sezumaga of Enhanced View Services, assessed the workflow situation for SportsMax. “I was concerned about the inefficiencies in their workflow,” explained Sezumaga. “Or as some at SportsMax have called it, all work and no flow. Not only were they facing the technological challenges that are common in a live production environment but a constantly growing frustration amongst staff which was leading to a reduction in productivity.”

After a week long visit to SportsMax HQ in Kingston Jamaica, Sezumaga designed a strategy for solving the workflow issues then reached out to Technology Partner, JB&A, who helped put together an entire production ecosystem that could handle, not only their needs for the London Olympics, but take them into the future with a solid infrastructure.

“We knew that without the right system in place, it would be total chaos,” said Gibbons. “We had two 14 person teams in London and over 100 people in the Studio in Jamaica–many of whom were students learning on the go. We weren’t sure if we could get a new system in place in time, but Carlos and the team at JB&A made it happen.”

The Olympic broadcast required capturing six different feeds from Satellite and Fibre, coming into the Studio in Jamaica. They had six logging stations set up running 24 hours a day, an all Mac workflow for the Olympics with a mix of iMacs and Mac towers running both Final Cut Pro and the Adobe Creative Suite. With the London team in place and a Studio set up in Jamaica, there were six TV programs running at different times daily producing 12-18 hours of content a day. Quick turnaround on edited footage was essential, often needing to insert relevant clips and/or stills on the fly during broadcasts. Without a clear asset management system in place, no centralized storage, archiving and backup solutions, or the ability to ingest the Satellite feeds, this would have been impossible.

To handle these demands, the newly defined workflow ecosystem from JB&A consisted of several components working together in concert: EVO Shared Storage Server from Studio Network Solutions (SNS) to serve as the central storage hub; CatDV digital asset management application from Square Box Systems to manage, organize and categorize all the multimedia assets; Pipeline Dual HD from Telestream for ingest of the Satellite feeds to EVO and CatDV for shared storage live logging respectively and; Cache-A LTO to archive the files created from the Satellite feeds after the content was created.

Together with Sezumaga, Enhanced View Services and JB&A,the new ecosystem was installed onsite at SportsMax. Lead by Sezumaga, this “dream team” of technology and broadcast specialists worked cohesively to install, train and support the project through the completion of the Olympic games. “This was a team effort,” stated Sezumaga, “It couldn’t have happened without any of the facets missing.” A technician from SNS was also on site in Jamaica to do the install and training of the EVO system.

“We’ve come a long way since I started 14 months ago,” said Gibbons. “With this new system, everything is more manageable. We could never have pulled off the this unprecedented achievement, broadcasting the Olympics to 23 Caribbean countries, without this new system in place. The more we use it the more we love it. SportsMax is well positioned for the future.”

Nexidia and FICO Partner to Deliver Multi-channel, Customer-Focused Collections and Recovery Services

Jun. 24, 2013

Solution Combines Best-in-Breed Analytics to Maximize Collection Effectiveness and Mitigate Compliance Risk

ATLANTA, GA – June 24, 2013 – Nexidia, a leading provider of customer interaction analytics solutions for business transformation, today announced that FICO, a leading analytics software company, will offer Nexidia Interaction Analytics with its FICO® Debt Manager™ 9 collections and recovery platform. Nexidia’s voice analytics will help lenders and collections agencies using FICO Debt Manager to decode multi-channel interactions and improve collections strategies and interactions.

FICO Debt Manager is an end-to-end collections and recovery solution that transforms the way creditors connect with their customers and collect debt.

The best-in-breed solution will help customers get the right information to the right people, at the right time in order to maximize collection revenue while also optimizing contact center operational effectiveness, reducing service costs, and monitoring agent performance.

“Collections teams must not only increase their debt collecting efficiency and effectiveness, but also provide a positive customer experience and meet challenging compliance requirements,” said David Lightfoot, vice president, product management for FICO. “The combination of Nexidia Interaction Analytics with FICO Debt Manager 9 will enable our joint clients to combine best-in-breed voice analytics with real-time decisioning to enable credit grantors and their agencies to ensure an overall positive experience for their customers.”

“Our partnership with FICO will further extend Nexidia’s position in the collections and recovery industry,” commented John Willcutts, president and chief executive officer of Nexidia Inc. “By combining the power of our best-of-breed solutions, we’re offering debt collection professionals an extremely compelling value proposition—a high ROI investment that directly impacts two high-value areas—maximizing collection revenues and reducing enterprise risk.”

In February 2013, the company announced the release of Nexidia Live Collection Assistant, a real-time monitoring and alerting solution designed specifically for the debt collections industry. Nexidia currently provides solutions to United States government regulators and well-known collections industry clients, including 1st Credit, CBV Collection Services, and Cabot Credit.

About FICO
FICO (NYSE: FICO) is a leading analytics software company, helping businesses in 80+ countries make better decisions that drive higher levels of growth, profitability and customer satisfaction. The company’s groundbreaking use of Big Data and mathematical algorithms to predict consumer behavior has transformed entire industries. FICO provides analytics software and tools used across multiple industries to manage risk, fight fraud, build more profitable customer relationships, optimize operations and meet strict government regulations. Many of our products reach industry-wide adoption — such as the FICO® Score, the standard measure of consumer credit risk in the United States. FICO solutions leverage open-source standards and cloud computing to maximize flexibility, speed deployment and reduce costs. The company also helps millions of people manage their personal credit health. FICO: Make every decision count™. Learn more at http://www.fico.com.

About Nexidia
Nexidia provides customer interaction analytics solutions with patented technologies and breakthrough applications that enable companies to drive business transformation by capturing, making sense of, and using the full range of communications they have with customers. As the traditional voice of the customer expands from the contact center to include surveys, email, chats, and even social media sites, Nexidia provides software and service expertise to help companies synthesize this data into both a tactical tool for operational improvements and a catalyst for strategic business transformation. For more information, please visit http://www.nexidia.com.

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FICO and Debt Manager are trademarks or registered trademarks of Fair Isaac Corporation in the United States and in other countries.

Nexidia Contact:
Renee Maler
Philosophy PR + Marketing
925.968.9495
renee@philosophypr.com

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