No data shuffling anymore: Avid becomes part of the whole team
Share media files natively
With ELEMENTS, Project Management becomes a lot easier, as you can share media files natively, embracing virtually all non-linear editing and VFX applications, on both Windows and OS X. Until now projects involving both Avid and other NLE applications had to be managed in two separate file systems: Unity or ISIS for the Avids and usually StorNext FS for all other applications.
Of course, ELEMENTS also allows users to work on the same project at the same time. The lock mechanism indicates who is working in which bin, enabling a user to edit a bin while other editors can still access the same files. You can grant access to groups or users while protecting the visibility of your shared storage.
Decrease work, increase efficiency: workflow automation for everyone
Workflow automation with hardly any coding skills required
So far, setting up workflow automation procedures was intimidating most people, or rather reserved to IT people with in-depth coding knowledge. ELEMENTS changes all that by providing a smart and powerful, yet easy-to-use task manager that allows for simple workflow automation with hardly any coding skills required. Choose from a variety of pre-defined actions to be executed – or create your own with just a couple of mouse clicks.
The possibilities are endless: take advantage of ELEMENTS Task Manager to reduce the manual effort of housekeeping and maintenance by defining time-based copy or transfer jobs, reordering of still frame sequences or hot folder-based execution of file conversion. Keeping your system neat and well-sorted has never been easier. All the above mentioned options how to put ELEMENTS Task Manager to work are just examples – define and create your own workflow automation processes that work for you.
In combination with the Media Library, ELEMENTS Task Manager can be deployed to send automatic email notifications to certain team members to keep them informed about newly arrived media assets, or recently finished rough-cuts and the like. You define the event trigger – and the action that you want ELEMENTS Task Manager to execute.
Yes, ELEMENTS Task Manager is embedded in every ELEMENTS appliance at no additional charge.
Innovation in collaboration
A New take on media storage: innovative, collaborative, intuitive
Our storage products are more than media storage – they come with a soul. ELEMENTS optional Media Library is not just a comprehensive, yet easy-to-use MAM for organizing and viewing your media files. It allows you to share, comment and even edit your assets from anywhere and with any device – in the most efficient and intuitive way ever.
The Media Library is fully integrated in the ELEMENTS workflow management package which can be enabled on our storage solutions CUBE, NAS, ONE and GATEWAY. The latter even adds all ELEMENTS features, including the Media Library, to your existing storage solutions from other vendors.
Screen, edit and present your footage on a HTML5 platform without being bound to a dedicated editing suite, using any device – both within your network and optionally from anywhere else, via a highly secure internet connection. You will always be in control though, as you can adjust access rights easily and flexibly.
Save time by instantly accessing, reviewing and pre-selecting your footage from anywhere. You gain insight into the metadata, see all available formats and leverage useful features such as mouse-over preview. The integrated full-text search engine helps finding footage quickly and easily by any search criteria, such as metadata, comments, and other indexes – both on the online storage and the LTFS archive.
Every authorized user can view, comment and evaluate new footage instantly – anytime, from anywhere, and with any device available. Unique features such as adding frame-accurate comments and even on-screen drawings simplify feedback remarkably – and make communication processes more precise than ever before.
Both basic editing and export of footage is simple and intuitive. The web player enables you to create sub clips which can easily be combined into a rough cut on the time line. For the export, choose from virtually all professional video formats – from Final Cut XML to OP-Atom export. All comments and notes created in the Media Library will be visible and accessible in those professional applications.
Yes, with ELEMENTS‘ media player you can even play and compare up to four videos simultaneously – side-by-side and frame-accurately.
Stay on top of your assets: anytime, anywhere
Choose your favorite manufacturer
ELEMENTS integrates a fully indexed archive solution based on LTFS, supporting libraries with multiple drives and hundreds of slots – without additional licensing costs. It supports single tape drives as well as tape libraries without vendor lock, so you can choose your favorite manufacturer or utilize existing hardware. ELEMENTS is tested with tape drives and libraries from Quantum, IBM, HP, Spectralogic, Tandberg and many more.
Without the need for a hardware client, ELEMENTS’ LTFS support makes LTFS tapes accessible through the web-interface, both for reading and writing. For each file and tape metadata is written to a database, establishing a fully indexed archive over time, allowing to search for any keyword and information stored in the archive – just like using a web search engine. Adding customized fields provides the option to include additional information, e.g. customer project IDs, tape location or reference numbers, enhancing the scope of the archive significantly.
Complying with LTFS standards, the job manager will refuse to backup files that exceed the capacity of the tape. But it will allow to create jobs consisting of multiple files or folders that are bigger than one tape and will split them up accordingly. Even when a backup job was started already, with ELEMENTS it is possible to pause the backup job and execute a restore job – and resume the paused backup job after the restore job was finalized. Unlike other archive applications, ELEMENTS allows for creating multiple copies even if only one tape drive is available. With the job manager, jobs can be executed asynchronously which is very important when removing the original files from disk or the recording media.
The LTFS job manager allows for creating backup and archive jobs while keeping track of your files. To verify the consistency of the files written to tape, the job manager will create a MD5-checksum of the files on disk and on tape and will store this information for review. To align files that belong to a certain project or customer, tape groups can be created, while tapes can be added to a tape group at any time to increase capacity. Within a tape group the job manager will try to fill up tapes to use space optimally.
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