Media Asset Management and Archive Solution for Apple and Adobe Video Production Environments

CatDV Overview

CatDV is at the heart of your workflow, managing all aspects of a complete production. Media is ingested from tape or disk and logged, enabling subclipping and tagging of the media to turn them into usable assets. You can drop or import any kind of media file into CatDV to catalogue and build up a searchable database of all your clips, whether the file is HD, H.264, MXF, MPEG, or any other format.

CatDV will intelligently harvest metadata in the file (such as the video format, audio sample rate, or copyright annotations) and store that in its database, together with thumbnail images and any log notes or other annotations that you may enter—letting you browse, search, and filter your assets until you find that one special shot.

CatDV will intelligently harvest metadata in the file (such as the video format, audio sample rate, or copyright annotations) and store that in its database, together with thumbnail images and any log notes or other annotations that you may enter—letting you browse, search, and filter your assets until you find that one special shot.

Couple this rich set of metadata with the low-resolution proxies that CatDV automatically creates and searching and retrieving those key shots becomes a simple exercise even if the original media file is offline, on a removable drive, or archived to tape.

Above all, CatDV is a communication tool that’s easy for the whole team to use, allowing loggers, producers, and editors to work together effectively and efficiently within a Quantum StorNext environment.

Quantum’s StorNext is a staple for enabling high-throughput workflows for video production environments, being used by hundreds of post-production environments and the major studios. The tight compatibility with Apple Xsan and ability to provide a single pool of storage to Windows, Mac, and Linux workstations and servers in the workflow has made it a popular choice for Final Cut Pro editing. StorNext provides an integrated policy-based tiered storage and archive on top of this collaborative environment to protect valuable content and seamlessly move it to lower-cost storage devices.

An Integrated Solution For Content Archival And Retrieval

CatDV provides intelligent media management for video, audio, and rich media content. Each asset is tracked throughout its lifecycle—from ingest to edit and archiving. Editors can share content and metadata with producers and each other. Producers can preview content remotely using low-res proxies and send catalogue changes back to the central production environment to merge with hi-res files. Editing projects are tracked and managed as a unit and sent to the StorNext archive for content protection and long-term retention. Content retrieval is made easy through the CatDV MAM—which has been integrated with StorNext APIs to enable users and operators alike to archive, retrieve, and see the status of projects in the archive.

The StorNext AEL Archive appliance integrates Quantum hardware and software to deliver a reliable, self-monitoring and self-healing, high-capacity archive intended for the long-term storage of near-line content. Quantum is the only vendor in the industry that offers the integration of a tape library and policy-based tape data integrity checking, giving customers the additional assurance of knowing that the data on their tapes is being tested and validated on a continuous and ongoing basis. And the unique slot-based pricing model preserves your investment—effectively doubling your capacity with no additional software license fees when moving from LTO-6 to future LTO-7 tape standard technology.

The CatDV Advantage

In a fast and ever-changing production landscape, CatDV is a scalable and flexible solution that adapts to production workflows and provides high-end tools for producers and editors to tag and share metadata within a facility.

CatDV is able to pull metadata directly from the files themselves, so-called “harvesting”. User-keyed input and global tagging at ingest stage provide an organizational tool vital to production workflows. It becomes a “hub” within a facility tying together the storage and the archive for all users to find and retrieve their digital assets.

CatDV can create editorial proxy files with frame-accurate representations of the original footage, which can be employed in the editorial process without triggering a restore process. When the edit is finalized, CatDV can then bring the original material back “online”, providing an intuitive method for retrieving files from the archive.

The Quantum StorNext Advantage

In addition to providing a complete, workflow optimized storage and archive solution for CatDV, StorNext provides a next-generation high-performance shared storage pool to other applications running on multiple platforms. Content is held on the most appropriate disk and tape tier, freeing up valuable high-performance disk and providing cost-effective long-term storage. StorNext appliances are built to handle large content production environments with pre-built configurations tweaked to maximize collaborative workflows and intelligent archive and retrieval.

Configuration

Base Configuration - Components
The base configuration environment includes:
  1. CatDV Enterprise (including Worker Node and Quantum Store Manager plug-in)
  2. StorNext Pro Studio solution with:
    • StorNext M440 Metadata Controller
    • StorNext QXS-1200 Disk Storage
    • Optional StorNext AEL Archive
This base configuration provides:
  • An appliance-based storage management environment for your CatDV media asset library
  • 48TB raw space of local, performance disk for your library
  • An integrated tape library starting with 50TB of active tape capacity with vaulting capabilities, expandable to over 1PB
 
Expansion Options:
Whether you are ready now, or planning on growing in the future, CatDV and Quantum are ready to grow with you using:
  • Expanded working capacity with additional drive enclosures. Additional controllers can be added with additional enclosures for up to 1.7PB (2.1PB raw)
  • Expanded bandwidth with additional disk arrays. Additional disk arrays can add additional bandwidth for single stream performance up to 2.2GB/s and up to 6.4GB aggregate performance
  • Expanded archive capacity up to 21PB of active vault with the AEL6000 Tape Archive
  • Increased file count and additional file systems with the M660 Metadata Controller. Swapping out the M440 Metadata Controller for an M660 Metadata Controller will increase maximum file count to over 125 million files per file system, and up to 8 file systems
  • Additional attached SAN and network workstations can be added to up to 1500 total clients

BUSINESS BENEFITS

  • Cost-effective archive for video production environments
  • Strong integration for Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro environments
  • Storage infrastructure from one vendor eliminates compatibility challenges
  • 'Tagging and Bagging' of all types of media reduces the time spent searching for your assets
  • Filtering the assets for specific users, e.g. loggers, editors, producers, etc.
  • Ability to transcode your media for low- and high bandwidth users
  • Integrated enterprise search across the archive
  • Ability to archive entire project directories based on policies or on a file-by-file basis based on user direction
  • Investment protection for video professionals worried about Apple’s commitment to the market
  • Pre-defined recommended configurations based on StorNext appliances reduces costs
  • Seamless upgrade or transfer from Xsan

Featured Products

CatDV ENTERPRISE
CatDV with sophisticated security and search is at the heart of your workflow, managing all aspects of a complete production.
StorNext
StorNext® is high-performance shared storage designed to accelerate complex information workflows. Includes primary storage, extended online storage, and tape archives—all powered by StorNext data management, the industry's fastest streaming file system and policy-driven tiering software.