I'm writing from the University of Waterloo in Ontario. I'm getting my
feet wet on this topic before what I think could be a flood of video and
audio content, with archiving, cataloging, and delivery needs, and all
of the inherent access controls necessary to provide those.
We have what is probably a typical scenario where video and audio is
being created, stored and delivered by various diverse means. Examples
- digital audio and video recordings, many later edited
- videoconferencing and web conferencing session recordings
- vBrick recordings
- "podcasts" captured by various means
- Camtasia (and other) desktop training recordings
- burned to DVDs
- stashed on local and server hard-drives
- learning management system (files uploaded there, having been
converted to an appropriate format)
- various servers across campus
- various recording/delivery systems (such as Tandberg Content
Server, VBrick capture/streaming server)
In initial investigations, there seem to be various degrees of solution
spaces to solve this disparate and disorganized means of storage and
1) A streaming server where the media files are stored and delivered
(like Darwin and others). Depending upon the volume and usage, this may
suffice for some, but we're beyond that now.
2) Various servers, with an "amalgamating" system to catalog and provide
access portal, expiry dates, etc. An example is Ensemble
(http://www.ensemblevideo.com/). They are interesting, but they don't
get to the heart of the full lifecyle of the video (hard to explain, but
for example, if the link to the video expires on Ensemble, it still
lives on at the server, so your "retention" and clean-up still needs to
be addressed at the server side. That's just an early understanding, I
may be incorrect.)
3) A complete Digital Access Management system, such as a couple of
respondents have described and at which I'll be looking more closely.
Anyway, I'm glad to know others are struggling with this as well. I'd be
interested in any summary, and in whether there is a subgroup interested
in keeping in touch.
Instructional Technologies and Multimedia Services
Information Systems and Technologies
University of Waterloo
Vincent Galgano wrote:
> Hi all,
> I was wondering if any of your institutions have a digital media manaagement
> model that you could pass on. Right now we have a lot of storage, but no
> system in place for submitting, tagging, accessing media assets (video,
> photo, audio).
> My background is video with Final Cut Pro experience, so I was looking at
> Final Cut Server, but am curious about other solutions.
> I'm looking to propose a system for archiving and accessing media assets for
> PRINT (images) and WEB (all media) and FULL QUALITY.
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