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Media Distributors Delivers Innovative Asset Management System For Universal Sports; Enables Faster Access to Archival Conten

Constellation VCM ? Provides 24-Hour Sports Channel with Flexible Deep Archive Solution (March 26, 2009)

DMN Newswire--2009-3-26--Media Distributors, a leading provider of services, systems, and products for professional audio and video production today announced that it has delivered a new video content management system for Universal Sports, the 24-hour Olympic-related and lifestyle sports network owned jointly by NBC Sports and InterMedia Partners.  The Constellation VCM?, introduced today by Media Distributors, provides Universal Sports with a flexible network-based system for archiving video assets.   

Universal Sports currently uses the Constellation VCM system for deep archival storage of video assets, enabling the company to pull elements from edited or raw masters of its enormous daily flow of live sports event feeds, which are then edited and processed with voice-over and graphics overlays.   

 "Our primary goal with Constellation was to archive material so that we had more direct online control of our assets," said Keith Manasco, vice president of operations for Universal Sports.  "In the past, we created masters that were never backed up to tape.  These files were stored on miscellaneous drives, and I wanted to institute an archive system that provided control of our own assets so that, should we ever sever from our system, we could have all of our video assets reside here, there and everywhere --- on each facility's separate system."  

Constellation VCM was designed as an integrated storage management and archive management software application to manage video data, and track and manage various metadata attributes within those files. The system recognizes and supports data from leading video editing systems, including Apple Final Cut Pro and Avid, among others.  Constellation VCM's software also recognizes other standard video formats, such as mov, mpg, wma, and others.  The system's user interface provides full search, retrieve and manipulation of video and project files, without touching the original source content.  

"We have recognized the unique workflow requirements of film and television production companies, and the Constellation system significantly reduces the management requirements for handling digital video assets.  There is a strong need for more efficient asset management solutions, and we have been working over the past few years to deliver the kind of seamless value that Constellation brings to the production and post-production industry," said Richard Myerson, president of Media Distributors.  "The installation of Constellation with Universal Sports is a pivotal milestone in understanding how large-scale production environments will migrate their daily, and long-term, video assets within a network in today's diverse video ecosystem."   

Constellation VCM was specifically designed to manage video data and video file metadata, and the system recognizes and supports data from today's leading video editing solutions, including HDCAM SR, HDCAM, XDCAM, EX3, P2, RED, Codex, Apple Final Cut Studio, Avid, Pro Tools, and PilotWare. Constellation VCM supports all SAN, NAS, RAID, JBOD, and external drives.  It also supports XSAN, Avid Unity, Blu-ray Disc and DVD library systems, and all tape drives and tape library systems.  Constellation VCM supports a range of operating systems, including Windows 2000, 2003, Windows XP, Windows Vista, OS-X, Linux, and Unix.     

The software also recognizes other standard video formats, such as mpg, wma, mov, and more.  Once video file assets are ingested and cataloged within the Constellation Information Repository, user-configurable policies can then migrate and replicate the video assets to secondary, less expensive, storage, immediately generating a greater return on investment of storage resources.  

"We have twenty-two channels that originate out of our Burbank facility, and a vast amount of our programming is created and edited in Apple Final Cut Pro. The Constellation system plays into our storage strategy, as edited masters are dropped in a drop folder and sent to a facilities system where the assets are then flipped and ingested into a server," said Manasco. "We will gradually determine how to integrate this with our asset management workflow, including how to share, for example, assets between our archive with NBC Sports' Olympic offices in Stamford, Connecticut."  

The Constellation VCM system is sold by Media Distributors Line 1 Media subsidiary. For more information on the Constellation VCM system, please call 888-889-3130.   

About Universal Sports

Universal Sports, a partnership between NBC Sports and InterMedia Partners, serves as the pre-eminent multiplatform destination for Olympic-related and lifestyle sports programming available on television and online.  Universal Sports is a 24-hour television channel available in 45 million television households in markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., San Diego, San Francisco, Houston, Denver, Seattle, Las Vegas, Indianapolis, Reno and Omaha.  Major world championship and Olympic qualifying events found on Universal Sports range from track and field, skiing, swimming, gymnastics, marathons and cycling, to volleyball, rowing, triathlon, fencing, speed skating and martial arts. delivers an immersive experience via live and on-demand competition coverage, interaction with top athletes through blogs and in-depth access to Olympic sports news and information year round.  For more information on the availability of the Universal Sports 24-hour television channel, please visit



About Media Distributors

Since 1998, Media Distributors has become the nation's largest independent distributor of professional recording media products to the production, broadcast, and entertainment industries. Supported by 85 full-time employees, it has earned this position by leveraging its numerous authorized dealer relationships to provide its customers with outstanding service, competitive pricing and a best-in-class branded product offering. The company offers a vast array of products, including professional videotape, motion picture film, data media, storage, video editing systems, rentals, software, disc duplication/publishing systems and media accessories.  In addition, Media Distributors offers a number of value-added services, including product re-certification, recycling and disposal, custom barcoding, consultation and systems integration.  Headquartered in Los Angeles, with offices in New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and San Diego. 


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