Cinegy Media Asset Management

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Cinegy Archive

Overview

Cinegy Archive is the innovative media asset management solution for any organization with an archive or productions to manage. With its scalable and open architecture Cinegy offers the most affordable solution to digitize tape-based archives and production workflows. With advanced logging and metadata accumulation over the entire lifecycle of the media assets these become easily searchable and reusable, saving time and money.

Cinegy Archive enables local and remote real-time collaboration allowing loggers, story and video editors to work on video material in real-time even while it is still being ingested. Using the Cinegy Workspace browser-based interface, clips can be searched, browsed, selected and even edited from anywhere. Cinegy Archive brings your assets to life.

MAM Today

Over the past several years, digital storage prices have dropped dramatically. At the same time, the cost of commodity IT equipment and PC hardware has remained low, while their power has soared. As a result, a digital media archive that previously required dedicated, proprietary storage or server hardware can now be created with more capacity, greater flexibility and at far lower cost using standard IT equipment based on standard Intel CPUs with Windows or Linux operating systems. What was formerly problematic is now practical.

The Cinegy Archive architecture is based on open standards and formats such as AAF, MXF, MPEG-2 and H.264. Software controls both encoding and playback. Video and audio are stored in multiple non-proprietary formats in user-definable picture qualities – all the way from web quality to broadcast distribution quality or uncompressed film.

Cinegy’s software player and video codecs are constantly improved and updated through ongoing development, a benefit that does not pertain to other dedicated hardware codecs.

Database Driven

Cinegy software is completely database driven. No data is stored on client systems. Content can be ingested from tape or file, or transferred from existing editing systems or shared storage solutions such as Avid ISIS. Media is stored in a centralized repository within Cinegy Archive, accessible directly through the Cinegy Desktop client or through Cinegy’s platform-independent, browser-based solution Cinegy Workspace.

Changes are visible immediately allowing real-time collaboration. Cinegy Workspace provides all the tools for simple search, browse log and edit, while for more advanced operations such as logging with templates or HD timeline editing, moving to the Cinegy Desktop client is seamless. Changes made to a project from a team member on the road using the Cinegy Workspace client are immediately reflected in the Cinegy Desktop application and vice versa.

Access Your Archive

Cinegy Workspace has been developed as a rich Internet application to provide cross-platform support (running on Windows and Mac OS) and requiring no dedicated application installation. Five Cinegy Workspace licenses are included with every Cinegy Archive, allowing you to transform your digital production system into a modern mobile workflow.

Extra licenses can be added quickly and easily allowing more users to work simultaneously on the collaborative production process. For large organizations a separate Cinegy Workspace Server can be set up to provide a scalable enterprise volume platform. With the Cinegy Workspace Server in place concurrent access is available to all permitted users, with a number of simultaneous connections dependent on server capacity and network bandwidth.

Manage Easily

Cinegy Enterprise Manager allows system administrators to control and modify the Cinegy Archive system without requiring expert knowledge of SQL systems. For example, administrators can use Cinegy Enterprise Manager to manage ingest encoding profiles on a global basis. Similarly, they can employ user rights control to determine which elements individual users are able to see and modify. Administrators also have the ability to restore entries deleted by users by accident or purge elements permanently. Additional features include diagnostic tools that allow administrators to observe system status and detect bottlenecks. System maintenance and managing storage volumes are additional functions that an administrator can perform.

Storage Management

Cinegy Archive has a multi-tier storage concept that can work with different storage architectures which can even be mixed and matched. From simple NAS to complex HSM or combined – all options are supported. Storage can be added during operation. Using simple NAS, SAMBA or Windows Storage Server, Cinegy Archive can perform storage load balancing for increased performance. Automatic push to, or recall from, digital tape libraries controlled by HSM solutions, by vendors such as Quantum and XenData, is also supported. The differentiation between production and archive storage allows different storage architectures for different bandwidth and volume requirements.

Manage Large Amounts of Digital Assets

Cinegy Media Cleaner can analyze media usage and then compact video assets to only contain what is really in use in a production, which can then be copied to archive storage. Cinegy Media Cleaner can perform these operations fully automatically as a scheduled process, e.g. compacting out-of-date rolls and/or moving old rolls from production to archive storage. This can be preset for different production folders with different settings allowing a high degree of automation and storage retention.

Search

A sophisticated search engine allows users to quickly locate required video media and documents. A simple search delivers results quickly; a federated search adds intranet and Internet access; while an advanced search enables further functionality for more precise results.

Metadata

Cinegy Archive uses today’s most advanced accumulative metadata collection methods, with a highly customizable metadata set for meeting any specific user needs. Any number of custom metadata fields can be added to the system at any time. Ingested video clips automatically inherit information including tape or disk reference IDs, cameraman, date, program name, rights, resolution, type, legal information and production notes. Users can add additional information to a video clip or a section of a clip. Any number of the custom metadata fields can be added to the system at any time. Cinegy Archive seamlessly integrates with all Cinegy products, ensuring that metadata is accurately created, updated and maintained on each step of the production workflow.

Rights Management

All access rights can be controlled to the lowest level of detail. Functionality available to individual users depends on their roles and the security level they have been assigned. A particular item or a database sub-tree can be hidden from specific users, while anyone with appropriate user rights can access video material and instantly view, tag or annotate ingested content.
Editors and producers can work on material on the fly as content is accessed in parallel by any number of loggers, producers or any authenticated and assigned end-user. For example, experienced editors could have access to a different set of features and content compared with that available to production assistant

Key Features

  • Affordable
  • Enterprise scalable asset management
  • Collaborative, non- linear workflow
  • Asset lifecycle metadata accumulation
  • Simple and advanced search
  • Active archive
  • Uses standard IT hardware
  • Uses commodity IT storage
  • Flexible & open
  • Future proof
  • Third-party integration
  • Simple operation
  • Rights management and access control
  • AVID, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro Integrationn
  • Broadcast Automation and Traffic Integration

Specifications

Supported TV formats

  • Ultra High Definition 25/30fps
  • High Definition 1080i, 720p
  • Standard Definition PAL and NTSC

Natively supported codecs

  • XAVC
  • AVC-Intra
  • Avid DNxHD
  • XDCAM HD 422
  • XDCAM HD
  • DVCPRO HD
  • IMX
  • H.264
  • MPEG-2 Long-GOP
  • TMPEG-2 (up to 1080i 4:2:2)
  • DV and DVCPO

Links

You can learn more about Cinegy Archive here:
Cinegy Archive product documentation

Cinegy Workspace

Overview

Cinegy’s world leading media asset management solution Cinegy Archive now includes Cinegy Archive Services and the Cinegy Workspace client to access them. Cinegy Archive Services provide a secure way to allow Workspace clients either in the local network or via the Internet to access the Cinegy Archive contents. Cinegy Workspace has been developed as a rich Internet application to provide cross-platform support (running on Windows and Mac OS) and requires no dedicated application installation.

Cinegy Workspace provides secure access to your Cinegy Archive database from anywhere at any time. All that is required is a standard computer or laptop running Windows or Mac OS, and a regular Internet connection. Using the Cinegy Workspace browser-based interface, clips can be searched, browsed, selected and even edited. Users can participate in a collaborative workflow even when they are based in different locations.

Collaboration, Anywhere, Any Time

Changes are visible immediately allowing real-time collaboration. For more advanced operations such as HD timeline editing the Cinegy Desktop client remains the best choice. Changes made to a project from a team member on the road using the Cinegy Workspace client are immediately reflected in the Cinegy Desktop application and vice versa.

Using the latest web advances Cinegy offers a rich Internet application for users on their preferred computer platform, allowing them to access their assets from anywhere and collaborate in real-time. Cinegy Workspace transforms your digital production system into a modern mobile workflow.

Flexible and Scalable

Five Cinegy Workspace licenses are included with the Cinegy Archive database, allowing any five users access at any given time. Extra licenses can be added quickly and easily allowing more users to work simultaneously on the collaborative production process. For large organizations a separate Cinegy Workspace Server can be set up to provide a scalable enterprise volume platform. With the Cinegy Workspace Server in place concurrent access is available to all permitted users, with the number of simultaneous connections dependent on server capacity and network bandwidth.

Convenience

By providing access to media files from anywhere in the world, Cinegy Workspace adds flexibility, efficiency and convenience to the Cinegy workflow production process. Changes made to database content via Cinegy Workspace are immediately stored in the Cinegy Archive database. Users can collaborate on a variety of tasks, including the content of bins, quick selection and logging incoming material.

Security

Granular access rights control, user management and integration with existing enterprise IT solutions allow simple and secure management even for large user bases. Sophisticated security features are included to prevent unauthorized access to the media archive. Logging on to Cinegy Workspace requires a username and password along with a correct domain name and workgroup. Authentication is performed with Active Directory or LDAP to determine if a user‘s authentication is valid.

User access rights and feature availability can be set on an individual basis using Cinegy Enterprise Manager. Individual web users can be granted full rights, read-only rights or no rights, for each folder or media subset.

Easy to Understand and Use

Cinegy Workspace users can navigate quickly and easily through all of the material in their Cinegy Archive. In the Cinegy Workspace explorer view, the content of the Cinegy Archive database is represented as a tree of folders containing objects such as ClipBins, Rolls and Sequences. The familiar explorer interface makes it easy to create and manage items.

The bin interface includes a storyboard view and a table view. All windows can be positioned and sized according to the user needs within Cinegy Workspace. This allows users to see all of their material at a glance, and easily sort items and edit metadata.

A clip can be opened and played by a simple double-click. The player window offers all the features necessary to view and rough edit material. Changes made to the database content are immediately saved to the Cinegy Archive server. A sophisticated search engine simplifies media browsing and material preparation. It takes just a few seconds to locate required Cinegy Workspace windows that can be positioned and sized to suit media assets.

Key Features

  • Web client for Cinegy Archive MAM
  • Remotely manage material. Create, delete, rename and move folders and bins
  • Quickly and easily manage metadata stored along with clips, using the table view of the bin interface
  • Play clips in ClipBins and Rolls, set markers and create sub-clips
  • Submit edited storyboards to Cinegy Convert (Legacy) via integrated job drop folders
  • Easily locate clip origins
  • While viewing clips in the Cinegy Workspace player, windowed or full-screen playback can be controlled via industry-standard keyboard shortcuts or mouse
  • System information, media timecode and duration information can be displayed in the viewer
  • A sophisticated search engine allows video material and documents to be located quickly
  • No installation required
  • Floating license

Specifications

Supported TV formats

  • Ultra High Definition 25/30fps
  • High Definition 1080i, 720p
  • Standard Definition PAL and NTSC

Supported web browsers:

  • Any web browser with Microsoft Silverlight plug-in installed

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