FOCUS Introduces Line of Media Servers

Jul 22, 2005

FOCUS Enhancements Inc., a provider of video production and conversion technology, has announced the availability of ProxSys Media Servers, a Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution specifically designed for video, multimedia, and broadcast applications. ProxSys enables Digital Asset Management solutions for customers and markets that have the need to organize rich media, but cannot afford enterprise-focused solutions. ProxSys is designed for medium and large scale deployments in video-driven applications, including broadcast archive and play-out, TV monitoring, sports analysis, education and training, multi-channel recording and monitoring, and video archiving. ProxSys manages terabytes of low- and high-resolution video, audio, images, documents, and data from a simple Web browser interface designed to allow preview and access to clips from any location over the Internet.

The ProxSys system is based on several key components, including: the main ProxSys Data Storage and Administration module, which is the core of the system and contains a media database, Web server, video archive, metadata storage, and the MPEG-4 proxy engine; the ProxSys Capture Suite, which offers live or scheduled capture with automatic or manual indexing, and post-capture file format conversion tools. Upon video ingest into ProxSys, a low-resolution MPEG proxy of the clip is created and stored along with the editable high-resolution version. Clients can view a proxy version of the file prior to receiving the full resolution version; the ProxSys Playout Suite, which controls distribution of the content for presentation or 24/7, single or multi-channel broadcast via a network, or traditional video formats. ProxSys categorizes stored media content based on customizable metadata fields that correspond to media timecode data. Different parts of a single media file can be tagged with unique metadata information. When a user is ready to retrieve a particular media file, only the relevant portion of the clip is presented to the recipient. Before downloading the full resolution clip, the user can additionally edit the portion of the clip(s) required, saving both download time and streamlining workflow. Users can also export content directly to an NLE system for editing purposes and alternatively, export selected media to an optical media duplicator. Complete ProxSys suites, including digital acquisition, indexing, conversion, storage, and play-out, are available for under $50,000.