Mission: integrated media and asset management
Mission provides a totally integrated media asset management facility for Enterprise sQ systems. Mission’s holistic approach enables broadcasters to get the very most out of the Quantel workflow within news, sports and other fast-turnaround operations, maximizing the potential and value of every media asset. With Mission, asset management is a naturally integrated part of the production process.
Mission 2 expands and updates the powerful asset management tools, providing Unicode support, Browser based viewing of assets and partial restore from archive.
With Mission, everyone in the facility who needs to store, access and use media and metadata has all the tools they need at their fingertips. It all adds up to a naturally far more productive and creative production environment, with the kind of workflow that delivers on the full potential of every asset.
"Quantel's end-to-end solution, with Mission at its heart, enables us to manage the entire production and transmission chain, without any limitations in input or output material."
Nicolas Bruxer, Chief Engineer, NRJ Television Services
Mission brings full asset management, search, retrieve and deploy capabilities to every connected desktop. Producer, director, librarian, journalist, editor, legal – with Mission, all get the media they need, when they need it and how they want it.
Mission sits right across Quantel server systems and archives, providing an overarching media asset management layer that gives full access to all material held, both on- and offline. Mission is tailor-made for the new media age, where UGC has to sit comfortably alongside professional file and video formats.
- Low cost, high performance MAM
- Archive to desktop in a single click
- Streamlines multi-platform delivery
- Enables you to get the most out of all your assets – media and metadata
- Empowers your people – better teamworking produces better results
Mission 2.0 introduces Unicode support allowing Mission to work with double byte character sets such as Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Now everyone can take advantage of the powerful media asset management toolset, tight integration with sQ Server and multi platform delivery that Mission delivers.
“Only Quantel could provide the tools for Woods TV to remain competitive in the international arena without compromising on quality.”
Tom Woods, Woods TV, France
The Mission Asset Management toolset
Here's a brief overview of the elements of Mission that together provide totally integrated, comprehensive asset management facilities for Quantel server-based produciton systems:
MediaCenter is a new browser-based application built on Microsoft Silverlight Technology. This technology allows a much greater customization of the interface, new workflow possibilities and provides more detailed feedback to the user.
Operators can log on from any computer and:
- Search: Choice of three search modes. Handy shortcuts to media via new 'Workfolders.'
- Browse: View video, keyframes and metadata for all assets, whether they are in the sQ storage or in the archive.
- Edit: Annotate and edit detailed clip metadata
- Automate: Launch transfer processes to or from the archive, deliver content for the Web, iPhone/iPad or any file-based destination.
- Organise: 'Action Basket' is like a 'shopping cart' for your clip selection, with various 'checkout' actions.
Partial Restore: Use Mission MediaCenter to mark up a segment of an archived clip and ingest only your selection. Restoring from archive becomes far quicker - consider the time saved by restoring only the ten seconds of a goal rather than the whole game!
Instant access and two-way control of all media, both in the server and offline. Mission Tracker runs on all the operational workstations around the system, using familiar Quantel menus to search, display and drag & drop media assets and their associated metadata.
Mission Transfer is a sophisticated ingest and export tool that takes the pain out of scheduled operations – including transcoding – by performing them automatically thanks to a wide range of advanced tools for managing the ingest of video and files.
An extension of Mission Transfer that takes all the rich metadata such as scripts, keyframe, location etc from incoming agency file feeds and automatically associates it with the media files.
Drives the customer’s chosen disk or HSM (Hierarchical Storage Management) Archive solution to transfer media to and from the store for production use.
Mission Central provides the system-wide MAM database and production access. Based on an industry standard SQL database, Mission Central not only holds all the metadata and browse proxies of all online and archive material, but also keyframes (selected reference frames and change points) and thumbnail pictures. Any production changes to media made in the Quantel server environment are instantly reflected in the Mission database, and vice versa. The result is a system that lets users do their jobs to the full in they way they need to, without hindrance.
Mission VTR provides tape ingest from VTR and playout to tape, that is, it simultaneously manages the VTRs and sQ server ports. Mission VTR can control up to four VTRs for simultaneous tape loading/dump sessions. Mission VTR can accept EDL and ALE files for conforming clips sequences from tape into the sQ Server centralised storage.