QUICtools Archive – Advanced Media Archiving

Our innovative MAM product, QUICtools Archive builds on the QUICtools Enterprise platform to deliver a powerful media library solution well suited to any application where end users must be able to search and retrieve content.

Metadata

The heart of QUICtools Archive is our unique, pluggable, metadata repository.  Whereas other solutions might permit the addition of the odd extra metadata field, QUICtools Archive allows complex, relational metadata schemas to be built using a plug-in architecture.  This is achieved using an object based architecture and significantly reduces the cost and implementation time associated with delivering customer specific schema requirements.

QUICtools Archive achieves this incredible flexibility while still leveraging the underlying power of a Microsoft SQL Server relational database to store and index many millions of records.  An archive containing many hundreds of millions of items is easily achievable.

To aid implementation, we offer two ‘off-the-shelf’ metadata profiles – NewsPack & SportsPack that can be deployed as-is or used as an advanced basis for further customisation.

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Search & Retrieval

Finding content within the library is a key requirement and QUICtools Archive offers a variety of highly configurable options.  Our Quick Search function delivers a familiar “Google Style” search that is instantly accessible to users.  Behind the scenes, our indexing engine is totally configurable to match the customer specific schema and search requirements.  The relative scoring of each field within the object schema can be adjusted to optimize search results.  For the more advanced user, Quick Search supports a powerful syntax enabling very precise querying.

In addition to Quick Search, one or more schema specific search providers (shown above) can be installed.  These query directly against the database and are especially useful for locating specific items matched against lookups.

The QUICtools Archive web interface is driven entirely by templates so can be extensively customised to match individual customer requirements.  Within a single system, different object types can be given different layout templates and the information displayed can even vary depending on the credentials of the user.

The media detail page presents all object metadata is a clear and easily navigable layout. Our embedded media viewer makes it simple to view proxy copies of the media and make sub-clip selections for partial restore where permitted.  The restore button makes it easy to retrieve the selected clip (or sub-clip) for use with any attached video server system.

Storage

QUICtools Archive has been designed to be completely agnostic of the underlying storage platform used.  We can store media on traditional SAN, NAS or data-tape libraries; on cutting-edge disk platforms such as the DAC ALTO or in the cloud.  All storage platforms have their inherent advantages and disadvantages and we are happy to advise on the most suitable technologies to support any given workflow.

Architecture

QUICtools Archive lends itself to a wide range of system architectures to deliver multi-site distributed archive solutions.  Media can be stored locally, centrally or a combination of the two to maximise accessibility, fault tolerance and keep storage costs down.  Where content is required to transfer between sites, QUICtools Archive can leverage our QUICtools Link technology to make transfers over WAN or the public internet as efficient and secure as possible.

Integration

The powerful, object based, metadata capabilities of QUICtools Archive makes it simple to migrate metadata from other systems – schemas can be created that precisely model the originating system allowing metadata to copy across without compromise or loss of data.  Migration can either be on a one-off basis as a route to migrating then decommissioning older systems or on an ongoing basis with QUICtools Archive providing search federation across a number of active sub-systems.

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