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Media Distributors Introduces Constellation VCM; Innovative Asset Management Solution for Production Industry

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DMN Newswire--2009-3-25--Media Distributors, a leading provider of services, systems, and products for professional audio and video production today announced that it has introduced an innovative asset management system, Constellation VCM?, for the production industry. Constellation VCM is an integrated storage management and archive management system for professional video environments.  The software system includes an end-user interface that offers full search, retrieve, and manipulation of video and project files, without touching the original video source content.  

Media Distributors has entered into an original equipment manufacture (OEM) agreement with SoleraTec, LLC of Escondido, CA, and will be the exclusive sales partner for Constellation in the broadcast media, television, and entertainment industries.   The two companies have jointly engineered Constellation VCM to match the requirements of the video production industry, enabling a flexible "information repository" approach to managing video files, rather than a monolithic file structure.  

Constellation VCM is the first video asset management system to leverage next-generation enterprise tiered storage techniques and is the first to include digital fingerprinting, to deliver a highly flexible, scalable storage and distribution system for a wide range of customers, from large-scale video rights holders to small production and post-production companies.  The system easily conforms to the existing workflow of any organization.   

Media Distributors will demonstrate the Constellation VCM solution today in an event at its Studio City, California headquarters (10960 Ventura Boulevard), from 5:30-8:00 pm.  Media Distributors will demonstrate Constellation VCM at the NAB 2009 conference in Las Vegas, April 20-23, booth #C10408, in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center- adjacent to the Sony Electronics booth.  

"There is a strong need for more efficient asset management solutions, and we have been working with some of our leading customers to deliver the kind of seamless value that Constellation VCM brings to the production and post-production industry," said Richard Myerson, president of Media Distributors.  "We can now deliver a massively scalable, intelligent asset management and workflow solution to our core entertainment and media customers that are far superior to any previous solution, at far more attractive price points."  

Using Constellation VCM, customers can conduct on-site video ingest (using Sony F23/F35, EX3, and Panasonic Varicam, DVCPRO and P2 cameras), archive, and editing ? including color correction ? and can automatically distribute to CD, DVD, or to digital delivery systems.   

Constellation VCM was specifically designed to manage video data and video file metadata, and the system recognizes and supports data from todays 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.  

"The entertainment industry requires an extremely thorough understanding of the how the workflow processes take shape and Media Distributors has a long history of providing quality service and support to this market," stated Mark Armstrong, CEO of SoleraTec, LLC.  "We are proud to be working with such a solid and reputable company as Media Distributors."  



Since 1998, Media Distributors has become the nations 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 & disposal, custom barcoding, consultation and systems integration. Offices nationwide, including LA, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle and San Diego.  



SoleraTec is a leading developer of archive, storage, and digital asset management software for corporate customers. SoleraTec leverages a heritage of nearly a decade and a half to deliver a level of quality, sophistication, and technological advancement that has established it as one of the premier data protection solution providers in the industry. SoleraTec works through OEM relationships with hardware, software, and technology integrators to deliver complete data protection solutions and also provides its technology on a private labeled basis. The company was established in 1997 by a team of industry veterans with experience deploying data protection, HSM, and storage management solutions to some of the largest companies around the world.  

EDITORS NOTE: If you would like a color photograph of Richard Myerson, president of Media Distributors, Mark Armstrong, CEO of SoleraTec, or product shots of the Constellation VCM system, please contact Chris Pfaff at 201-218-0262 or [email protected]

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