Sony has launched Media Navigator, for flexible asset management and for streamlining visual media workflows:
The platform, aimed at media professionals working with massive and different formats, is claimed to be user friendly and can handle many modern media formats including 4K and is ideal for large institutions like studios, production houses, broadcast companies or even for a solo professional working on multiple projects.
Most asset management systems only support a restricted amount of formats and can handle certain file types only. The Media Navigator, however, promises to offer seamless interoperability and collaborates with different formats across the line. Also, it supposedly does not have a steep learning curve, nor does it need a prerequisite knowledge of jargon for operating the platform.
One can also create custom workflows, to cater to specific needs. Media Navigator tackles ingesting, cataloging and editing to review, approvals, distribution and archival, all under one platform.. The interface is intuitive and customizable, allowing users to create their own working environment for faster and more efficient workflows.
Here are the different types of formats supported by Media Navigator:
Video file formats
- XDCAM Optical (MPEG2 & IMX),
- XDCAM EX (MP4),
- NXCAM (AVCHD),
- HDCAM SR (SSTP),
- DVCAM 25bps,
- R3D ,
- M2T (wrapper),
- Panasonic AVC Intra,
- DVCPro (50/100),
- Apple ProRes,
- FLV (Flash),
- MPEG4 (H264),
- MPEG4 (DLSR),
- Motion JPEG,
- BMP, JPG, PNG, TGA, TIFF, EPS, PSD, GIF, RAW
Audio file formats
- WAV, BWF, MP3, WMA, AAC , PCM, Dolby E
- Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, XLS, Keynote, TXT, RTF, HTML, XML, STL (subtitles)
here are a few of its salient features:
Integrates seamlessly with popular non-linear editors (NLE)
Trim assets and add them to a storyboard. This can be either be saved as a new asset altogether, or the storyboard exported as an EDL to a non-linear editing (NLE) system.
The EDL is first passed to MBC (Media Backbone Connector, the core of the Navigator), which converts it into the NLE’s correct project/sequence format and delivers the right media in the right format to the NLE’s storage environment.
Instantly uploads content to designated content sharing platforms including Sony Ci.
Allows users to browse and download content on the Sony CI platform directly from Media
Navigator and integrates seamlessly with Sony’s Catalyst suite of media preparation tools.
Provides internal encoding and decoding features, from SD to 4K, reducing the need for external transcoders.
Enables any media to be archived safely onto rugged, dependable removable Optical Disc Archive system that offers a nominal 50 year operating life.
For more in-depth info, check out this brochure.
The big question is: Is Media Navigator really relevant ? Let’s wait till it comes out in September.