SGL, Glookast Embark on Major Integration Project

Software Generation Ltd (SGL), a provider of content archive and storage management software for media and entertainment, has announced a major integration project with Glookast, a developer of modular tools for the design, transition, and implementation of multi-format, multi-resolution, and multi-vendor MXF-based digital workflows.  Glookast is using SGL’s XML-based API to integrate its Gloobox and Media Retriever solutions with SGL FlashNet. The combined solution is slated for shipping Q1 2014.

Customers are constantly looking at ways to improve and simplify workflows while reducing costs and this integration has a number of key benefits.  Glookast’s Gloobox provides a family of scalable, modular ingest, and workflow enabling systems that allow multiple resolutions of material to be ingested and sent to multiple destinations.  Integrated with SGL’s FlashNet archive this means that a high-resolution and/or source resolution version of material can be written directly to the SGL FlashNet archive system while a lower-resolution proxy version is automatically written to production storage such as Avid ISIS.  This process removes the traditional method of ingesting high-resolution material, creating a low-res proxy and then sending the high resolution material to the archive.

Once the material has been ingested via Gloobox, the customer can then edit using the low-resolution proxy available on the online storage system.  Upon edit approval, Glookast’s Media Retriever, a dynamic partial media retrieving and conforming engine, will look for matching high-resolution material from the sequence and retrieve those elements either from the nearline or the archive storage systems. Editing effects are automatically accounted for and are maintained after the high-resolution conform process.

This integration provides a complete and reliable online, nearline, archive workflow solution that delivers significant cost savings due to simple integration with the Avid ISIS and Interplay systems.  By enabling the highly efficient use of online storage, the system has built-in capacity for future expansion.  This exciting collaboration also provides the user with a system that can adapt and develop new production archive workflows.

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