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Masstech SAvI Smart Avid Interface Enhances Workflow

Direct access to unlimited, low-cost tape-based storage (September 06, 2005)

Masstech Group Inc., a leading provider of broadcast workflow enhancements, today announced the availability of SAvI (Smart Avid Interface). Part of the Masstech MassStore family, SAvI extends the flexibility of Avid Unity systems by providing direct, seamless access from within the Avid environment to unlimited, low-cost, tape-based storage for nearline and archival purposes.

Masstech SAvI lets editors and managers in broadcast facilities save valuable Avid Unity disk space by backing up content and projects to any standard tape library system. Masstech MassStore protects all materials and ensures that they are available on-demand via robust cataloguing and search functions.

"SAvI is a powerful complement to any Avid facility, turning the tape archive into a working asset with unlimited storage." Owen Walker, European Product Manager, Editing Solutions, Avid . "With SAvI facilities can tap the wealth of their archive anytime to support new projects, streamline playout and more. SAvI eliminates the hours now spent converting archive material and turns the archive into a truly on-demand warehouse."

SAvI lets editors trigger transfers of Avid media files directly from within the Avid editing desktop. These files can include master clips, as well as individual or consolidated sequences. When a transfer is initiated, Masstech MassStore protects the files and provides database and tracking functions so that media is searchable and recoverable at any time. All material remains in its native format.

Retrieving files is similarly effortless. SAvI leverages the Avid Unity TransferManager application to transfer media directly back to Unity. Editors simply select the clips they need and SAvI restores them to the Unity system. By storing material in its native format, SAvI ensures that material is ready for editing or playback within minutes.

SAvI and MassStore also integrate with scheduling systems, enabling managers to develop a strategic plan for managing their Avid resources, ensuring maximum availability for the current workload. The system can also integrate with a facility's on air video server for seamless, automated playout of completed projects.

The Smart Avid Interface from Masstech Group is now shipping and is available given the appropriate project-specific licenses granted by Avid Technology, Inc. to Masstech on an opportunity-by-opportunity basis to ensure high quality workflow support.

"Masstech was the right fit. They facilitated movement of files between our Avid Unity server and our ADIC archiving system." Wendy Allen, Director, PBS Media Operations "Anytime we deal with a file it's a faster and easier process and more cost efficient."

About Masstech Group
Masstech Group Inc. is a developer of software and embedded hardware solutions to enable management, conversion, distribution, and sharing of digital content across open IT storage/server platforms and networking infrastructures. The company's offerings in Media Lifecycle Management, Workflow Productivity Enhancement, Business Continuity & Compliance provide customers with value enabling solutions developed through a combination of visionary products and engineering leadership. The company's products are available from a direct sales force and global channel partners.

For more information on Masstech Group and products, please visit or email [email protected]


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