Producers at studios, digital media groups and video production teams need to deliver promos, commercials and trailers in very tight timeframes. Every second counts in this high pressure environment. Current file management systems continue to be barriers to operational efficiency. Storage volumes grow rapidly, and the creative teams are frustrated by their inability to efficiently locate required digital assets both online and offline. Network bandwidth is constantly challenged due to large video file sizes and the subsequent inability to quickly upload and download full versions of video assets. Manual processes create unnecessary activity, cost and risk as a growing number of stakeholders want to provide inputs, edits and approvals.
evolphin Zoom Digital Asset Management and workflow solutions bring order to the chaos of creating video assets. The solution provides efficient post-production digital asset management and control over the entire creative lifecycle. Tight integration with content authoring tools; an industry leading versioning solution for in-progress assets; and an iterative approval workflow solution together deliver a platform that is rich in functionality and already delivering value to some of the worlds’ leading video production organizations.
Web-based Video Annotations
Video annotations and comments can now be applied to any video asset. Users can stop a video and place their annotations on an individual frame. Editors can then easily locate where in the timeline the comments exist, simplifying and speeding up the video revision process.
Work Unattended with Render Queue Plugins
Integrate with render queue in Cinema 4D and Adobe After Effects to automatically classify and import rendered image sequences or videos into evolphin Zoom. Operators can avoid constantly monitoring the rendering process, which can take hours or even days. Image sequences created by multiple passes of 3D rendering tools can be automatically moved to a pass-specific sub-folder in the Zoom repository. Users can be notified via desktop alerts when rendered files are available for their inspection.
Zoom Smart Copy
With Zoom Smart Copy, digital assets can be copied at a specific version by storing only a pointer in Zoom to that specific version. Changes made to the "linked" assets are stored as "deltas" against the original parent version. Designers can now create hundreds of copies of a digital asset, even assigning different names to the asset versions without the overhead of disk consuming duplicates.
Reduce Storage and Bandwidth Requirements
The storage requirements for digital assets such as video can grow exponentially. This creates challenges for the IT department and makes it difficult for creative teams to efficiently locate and retrieve their digital assets. The Zoom solution will reduce the amount of storage necessary by leveraging a technology called de-duplication. This technology ensures that only changes or deltas are saved when file versions are created, creating less burden on your network.
Streamline the Approval Chain
Digital asset projects often require multiple levels of approval. Comments, edits and instructions are often exchanged through manual processes including email, phone or in-person conversations. In the absence of an automated and structured process, updating assets with the necessary edits, managing and reporting progress and securing the necessary approvals can be a very time-consuming exercise.
Low-res Video Proxy Support
Whenever a video asset is checked into the Zoom repository, time is saved because the Zoom solution can automatically transcode the source video into various formats and resolutions. Users can preview large format video in 360p or 480p and be certain that they have located the correct version of an asset before downloading the source file for editing. Teams separated by geographies will find the low-res proxy support a time saver because there will be less bandwidth required to transmit a low-res proxy.
Self Service downloads via the Lightbox
Download and repurpose video assets using the self-serve web based Lightbox. End users or clients can convert HD videos on the Zoom server to the format of their choice and at the resolution they require. Creative teams and IT staff do not need to spend valuable time fulfilling transcoding requests from other users.