A modern content archive cannot exist autonomously within a TV company — in addition to it, an integrated content management subsystem is needed that should automatically perform a number of tasks to capture and place materials in the archive (ingest), move them between departments, transcoding, interact with the editing (production) complex, with the broadcasting platform and media planning system. This system is designed primarily to automatically perform operations with archive materials according to certain scenarios.
The hardware and software system that has the functionality to store, catalog, search, transcode and automatically move content is called MAM (media asset management system).
SkyLark presents i-MAM, a comprehensive content management system that enables cataloging, storage, search and management of media and metadata. The software — client and server, which defines the functionality of the system, is integrated in the basic technological processes: capture/ingest (multi-channel recording, file import), cataloging, search, browsing, production (NLE), content delivery (automated broadcasting — playout).
The i-MAM system is designed to be used in a unified technological cycle of television production and broadcasting, including the TV news production.
The i-MAM is based on the Media database subsystem, which contains descriptions (metadata) of the materials-objects, a set of standard and user-created attributes. Using the database solves the problem of assigning objects to categories with the possibility of belonging an object to many categories at once.
Puting materials into the archive is possible in several ways: recording from tapes and external sources, manual and automatic file import, registration of existing files in the repository without copying. In any of the above cases, proxy copies are created to provide network multiuser access to content.
An unlimited number of description fields can be «attached» to materials, the metadata schema can be formed independently, which provides the ability to produce the most detailed description (cataloging). The search system allows you to search for materials and their fragments by metadata fields, media files are managed by client applications within the local network.
The system is integrated with all servers of the SkyLark SL NEO product line and with external traffic systems: Broadview, Provis.
SkyLark SL NEO i-MAM as a base, uses Adobe XMP (eXtensible Metadata Platform) metadata schema — a technology, allowing the formation of text meta-descriptions for media files. The descriptions can be stored either in the central database of the archive system or directly in the media files themselves.
SkyLark storage and content management solutions meet modern technological requirements, use state-of-the-art equipment: disk arrays, high-performance server platforms and software integrated into a single system. As a rule, the storage system is configured for specific functional and technical requirements of the customer.