Telestream Releases Vantage Video Workflow Management Software

Following its debut at NAB 2010 in April, Telestream has officially released Vantage, a fully-integrated family of software products that combines video capture, transcoding, analysis, quality control, metadata processing, and clip management into a single, flexible workflow framework. Vantage allows media and entertainment companies and organizations with high-volume video processing needs to simplify the migration to IT workflows, improve video operations, and more easily address new multi-platform business opportunities.

“IT video workflows are getting more pervasive and prominent across verticals,” says Mukul Krishna, Global Director, Digital Media at Frost & Sullivan. “It is important for the workflow to be nimble and accelerate cycle time through automated processes that are proactive and not just reactive. With Vantage, Telestream recognizes that the boundaries of transcoding have transformed from being a niche to become part of an entire workflow solution. The company has successfully merged it with other components, such as video and audio analysis, to provide customers with a comprehensive workflow solution that enables users to compete effectively in a very dynamic digital video environment.”

While many video workflows frequently use discrete solutions for each step in the digital media workflow, Vantage offers deep integration between components in a single unified framework. This in turn allows the creation of complete and seamless workflows that were previously impossible to automate. Vantage consists of three solutions: Vantage Workflow, Vantage Transcode and Vantage Analysis.

Vantage Workflow

Vantage’s video workflow design capability allows media, metadata, analysis data and process flows to be built independently of video file formats or video systems. Flexible process design and an intuitive graphical user interface simplify the design, automation and management of a variety of workflows. Vantage enables fully-automated, self-adapting video workflows to be built without the need for costly software engineering or consultants. Vantage integrates directly with existing video systems, web services, and supports all major video file formats out of the box. This enables video operations to automate video workflows within existing environments, and makes the operational migration to IT-based infrastructure easier and more cost efficient.

Vantage Transcode

Vantage Trancode offers a powerful, affordable, enterprise-class server transcoder that automates transcoding between all major video and audio files formats. Vantage Transcode provides the broad file format support for broadcast, cable, edit, web, mobile, VOD, and IPTV workflows, including MXF, VANC, timecode, captions, multiple audio streams and metadata. Built upon Telestream’s award-winning FlipFactory technology, Vantage Transcode is optimized for speed and reliability. When used as part of the workflow deployment, Vantage can automate “smart” transcoding workflows that incorporate adaptive decision-making and automated encode configuration.

Vantage Analysis
Vantage Analysis allows users to create adaptive workflows that react to content properties and quality. Vantage Analysis supports any video file format and properties, such as letterbox, curtains, black, slate, telecine and ITU 1770 loudness. Results can be fed directly to transcoding, reporting or web services, or used in real-time decision-making. Users can design workflows that detect and correct errors at any step in the workflow process and provide input to other tasks, including reporting and downstream video processing such as trimming and cropping.

Other Vantage Options
Capture from tape or live sources can be added to the workflow using Telestream Pipeline, which integrates with Vantage to automate workflow processes during capture. Graphics assembly can also be added to the workflow using Telestream GraphicsFactory.

Vantage runs on Windows 2003, 2008 R1, or XP Pro servers. Processing can take place on one or multiple load-balanced servers to provide high-volume processing.

Vantage pricing starts at $8,500 per server. Vantage Transcode can be added or purchased as a standalone product for $5,500 per server; $10,500 per server for Vantage Transcode Pro. Vantage Analysis can be added for $7,500 per server. Additional pricing is available upon request. A trade-in program is also available for FlipFactory customers who purchased after March 31, 2009. Vantage products are available from Telestream’s worldwide network of direct sales and distributors.

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