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SGL unveils Flashbrowse II at NAB 2009

(April 20, 2009)
DMN Newswire--2009-4-20--Software Generation Ltd (SGL), a leading provider of content archive and storage management software for media and entertainment, has today introduced FlashBrowse II, further enhancing its FlashNet archive portfolio.

Not all archive solutions have to be large enterprise wide systems. In some cases a simple, lightweight manual tool is enough to search and restore content from the archive. Enter FlashBrowse II, a thin client-based web tool with powerful attributes that allows FlashNet users to capture simple metadata, and to archive and restore media from many different forms of archive. Web browser based, FlashBrowse II can be used on any platform - Mac, PC or Linux based.

Content can be pushed to the FlashNet archive automatically using a third-party system (such as a Media Asset Management or Automation), or in the case of more cost effective systems, the archive process can be user driven directly from FlashBrowse II. Using the manual archive process the user can search any number of broadcast video servers for content. This can then be tagged and archived by FlashNet. The process is no more complex than a couple of mouse clicks; simply identify the material and click the archive button. FlashNet does the rest.

When the content has been tagged for archive the user can enter descriptive metadata. This metadata capture is essential in facilitating effective searches for content. Additionally, this metadata does not have to be captured when the material is sent to the archive. Any fields can be populated manually for any visible media in the archive at any time.

Both simple and advanced searches are supported in FlashBrowse II, whether by content title or by more specific metadata, for example in a shot list. Not only can users search for the content held in the archive, they can view it in a lower resolution without restoring all of it from the archive. The proxy plug-in for FlashBrowse II means low resolution copies are made of all the material held in the archive.

As well as searching for content to be sent to the archive, FlashBrowse II facilitates the searching of content already in the archive for restoration back to another storage location.  

Mickey Charles, President SGL Americas comments, “We are delighted to announce FlashBrowse II at NAB today, providing broadcasters with a flexible tool to further enhance their workflows. SGL is committed to developing solutions that significantly reduce restore and edit times and provide increased ROI. SGL has a strong presence in the region with customers including VERSUS, PBS, GAC, NBC, WWE, CNBC and CBS to name but a few. ”

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