IT

Square Box Systems’ Industry-Leading CatDV MAM Now Includes Expanded Support for Enterprise Deployments

By Dundee Hills Group

WARWICK, U.K. April 4, 2018 — Square Box Systems today introduced several new enhancements geared to larger-scale enterprise deployments of its flagship CatDV media asset management (MAM) solution. These include expanded customization capabilities for tailored MAM workflows, new enhancements for cloud and hybrid installations, and expanded support for micro-services and distributed deployments.

“Our enterprise customers asked, and now we’ve delivered. With these latest enhancements, we’re offering more customization options than ever before for deploying completely tailored MAM workflows based on CatDV,” said Dave Clack, CEO, Square Box Systems. “And now, CatDV can operate seamlessly in hybrid IT environments consisting of both on-premise and cloud-based resources. This enables the transparent management and movement of assets for creative workers who prefer to focus on making compelling content rather than worry about NAS, SAN, cloud, or object storage tiers.”

CatDV’s new customization features include enhanced JavaScript support and an all-new custom user interface toolkit. Both the desktop and web versions of CatDV and the system’s Worker automation engine now support JavaScript, and the user interface toolkit enables customers to build completely new user experiences for every CatDV component. Recent CatDV customizations, built on these APIs, include a document analyzer that can extract text from PDFs, photos, and MS Office documents for indexing by CatDV; and a tool for uploading assets to YouTube.

CatDV’s new cloud/hybrid enhancements include integrations with file acceleration tools from Aspera, as well as extended support for AWS S3 archive, such as KMS encryption and Glacier support with configurable expedited restores. CatDV has also built an all-new AWS deployment template with proxy playback from S3. Additional enhancements include support for Backblaze B2 archive and Contigo object storage.

In addition, CatDV now includes the ability to deploy server plug-in components on separate servers. Examples include data movers for archive plug-ins such as Black Pearl, → continue…

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SMPTE Adds Thomas Bause Mason to Staff as Director of Standards Development

By Dundee Hills Group

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. April 2, 2018 SMPTE, the organization whose standards work has supported a century of advances in entertainment technology and whose membership spans the globe, today announced that SMPTE Fellow Thomas Bause Mason will be joining the staff as the Society’s new director of standards development. Howard Lukk, who is returning to his career in postproduction, will conclude his tenure as SMPTE director of engineering and standards in May, after assisting Bause Mason in transitioning to his new role.

“We’re pleased to be welcoming Thomas to the SMPTE team as a staff member,” said SMPTE Executive Director Barbara Lange. “Not only has he been deeply involved in the standards development process, including chairing several technical committees and study groups, but his IT background lends itself well to our ongoing need to be more software-focused. Thomas has also been instrumental in the creation and delivery of standards-focused educational programming through our Virtual Classroom course offering. I am delighted to have Thomas on board.”

Bause Mason, formerly owner and managing director of Open Media Consulting, began his career in Cologne, Germany, as a computer programmer for automation software in the nuclear and automobile industries. Before his move to Los Angeles, Bause Mason worked at West German Television (WDR) and Cologne Broadcasting Center, where he led the quality control department. In Los Angeles, he became a postproduction consultant and then built and managed the encoding operations for Ascent Media. Joining NBCUniversal in 2005, he focused on emerging digital media technology, spending two years in London to support the company’s international business. While at NBCUniversal, he was the company’s lead on the Video Services Forum (VSF) TR-03/TR-04 and SMPTE ST 2110 standardization efforts.

“SMPTE has made great strides in enabling the industry to move forward into the future of media creation and consumption, → continue…

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Revolabs Given 5-Star Rating in CRN’s 2018 Partner Program Guide

By Dundee Hills Group

Annual guide recognizes the channel’s top partner programs

SUDBURY, Mass. April 2, 2018 Revolabs®, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has given Revolabs a 5-Star rating in its 2018 Partner Program Guide. This annual guide is the definitive listing of partner programs from technology vendors that provide products and services through the IT channel. The 5-Star Partner Program Guide rating recognizes an elite subset of companies that offer solution providers the best partnering elements in their channel programs.

To determine the 2018 5-Star ratings, The Channel Company’s research team assessed each vendor’s partner program based on investments in program offerings, partner profitability, partner training, education and support, marketing programs and resources, sales support, and communication.

Revolabs’ and Yamaha’s professional microphone systems and conference phones for telephony and unified communications are exclusively sold through its CORE (Committed, Open‐Minded, Responsive, Engaged) Reseller Program. This network of global partners is dedicated to delivering the best audio experience through Revolabs’ and Yamaha’s best-in-class audio solutions. The program helps distinguish their business from the competition, with every channel partner receiving the tools and benefits to drive growth. This includes attractive incentive programs, online deal registration, sales support, marketing tools, onboarding support, and training.

“Finding the right technology vendor to partner with can be a daunting task, given the vast array of choices now available to solution providers,” said Robert Faletra, Executive Chairman of The Channel Company. “CRN’s Partner Program Guide and 5-Star ratings help them narrow the field and find the best fit, identifying the most rewarding partner programs and providing crucial insight into their strengths and benefits. We are pleased to present our 2018 PPG list, recognizing the strongest and most successful partner programs in the channel today.”

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