Square Box Systems brings AI, enhanced workflows to MAM at NAB

Square Box Systems will feature the latest updates to its CatDV media asset management solution during the 2018 NAB Show in booth SL5421.

The updates focus on AI, customization and extensibility, expanded support for creative workflows, support for large, cloud and hybrid deployments and new features for managing sports assets.

“At the 2018 NAB Show, we’re looking forward to showing prospects, partners, and customers powerful new enhancements for CatDV that empower small-, medium-, and large-scale enterprises to repurpose and monetize millions of assets with ease and efficiency,” said Dave Clack, CEO at Square Box Systems.

Enhanced Support for Creative Workflows


CatDV now enables even more creative workflows through integrations with Adobe Creative Cloud and Avid Media Composer. The system now features an updated and more powerful Advanced Adobe panel that can also operate in Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. CatDV also boasts enhanced support for Avid workflows.

Enhanced Customization


Through features such as enhanced JavaScript support and an all-new custom user interface tool kit, CatDV will now offer more customization options than ever before for completely tailored MAM workflows. Both the desktop and web versions of CatDV and the 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, along with OR as well as a tool for uploading assets to YouTube.

Enhancements for Cloud and Hybrid Deployments


CatDV now offers a range of cloud and hybrid (supporting both on-premise and cloud) deployment options, including the seamless management and movement of content for creative workers who prefer to focus on making compelling content rather than worrying about NAS, SAN, cloud, or object storage tiers. New integrations with file acceleration tools from Aspera make these options even more compelling. In addition, CatDV now offers extended support for AWS S3 archive including 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 an integration with Media Silo and support for Backblaze B2 archive.

Expanded Support for Micro-Services and Distributed Deployments

CatDV now includes the ability to deploy server plugin components on separate servers. Examples include data movers for archive plugins such as Black Pearl, S3, Azure, and B2.

New Workflow Automation Options and Extensions

CatDV now offers powerful new workflow automation enhancements, including a file path cleaner for removing invalid characters that can wreak havoc with storage and creative tools downstream; an MD5 checker; policy-based archives and restores; a document/PDF analyzer with simple OCR; and a YouTube uploader. Also available is a two-factor authentication and single sign-on solution based on SAML2– providing additional security for both web and installed CatDV users.

New Sports Capabilities


For supercharging sports deployments, CatDV now includes uprated, button-based logging and sports-focused search options. Capabilities like these have made CatDV the obvious choice for more than 50 sports teams worldwide.

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