Marquis and Object Matrix Announce Technology Partnership

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Parking and MatrixStore Provide New Cost-Effective Edit Sequence Archive and Restore Solution

Basingstoke and Caerphilly, UK, 30 June 2010: Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software, and Object Matrix, a leading developer of media archive systems, have announced a joint technology partnership. The two companies are providing a new cost-effective solution for broadcast and post-production workflows, using Marquis’ Parking archive and retrieval software and Object Matrix’ MatrixStore near-line archive system. Powered by Marquis Broadcast’s Media Highway Technology, the new development takes advantage of Parking’s easy to use edit sequence archive and restore functionality and MatrixStore’s secure, cost efficient near-line storage.

Users are able to move entire sequences, including edit decisions, subclips and metadata, from dedicated Avid or Final Cut Pro storage to the MatrixStore environment in a simple one-click process. No specialist knowledge of storage or archive management systems is required. At any time in the future, sequences, together with all metadata including essence and edit decisions, can be retrieved and dropped directly into the editing system.

The joint development offers a number of significant benefits to broadcasters and post-production companies, for example, workflow efficiency and resource management are improved as valuable online edit storage is freed up. The process of archiving is fast and easy as Parking wraps the sequence elements and metadata into a standard TAR file as they are transferred to MatrixStore. Similarly, the process of file restore is also fast and efficient as Parking eliminates the need to re-ingest and conform media before editing can begin. Furthermore, by providing easy access to media, the Parking/MatrixStore system provides customers with a very productive and flexible working environment. This means that more time is made available for the creative processes and therefore the final product is often of a higher quality.

“We are delighted to be working with Object Matrix,� said Granby Patrick, Technology Director, Marquis Broadcast. “Customers are always looking for ways to improve the cost efficiency of their broadcast and creative workflows while maintaining a flexible approach to resource management. We believe that the Parking/MatrixStore solution will improve workflow efficiency by simplifying the storage and retrieval of content, giving users the ability to respond to their customers’ requirement quickly and easily.�

“Post Production companies, broadcasters and content creators recognise the storage and asset management challenges that exist when working with tapeless content. Online storage infrastructures are put under huge strain, frequently suffering from unacceptable drops in performance or at worst, complete failure,â€? said Nicholas Pearce-Tomenius, co-founder, Object Matrix. “The integration between Marquis’ Parking system and MatrixStore is a much needed development that enables content to be moved with minimum effort. We are very excited to be working with the Marquis team who, like Object Matrix, are focused on creating solutions that solve real problems faced by customers.”

Pricing and Availability
The integrated Parking/MatrixStore solution is available now from Marquis Broadcast and Object Matrix’s network of reseller partners. Contact Object Matrix for pricing.

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About Media Highway Technology
Developed by Marquis Broadcast, Media Highway is an advanced technology that allows file-based media to move quickly and efficiently between a range of manufacturers’ systems in broadcast and creative content workflows.

About Object Matrix
Established in 2003, Object Matrix is a software company based in Caerphilly, Wales, dedicated to the development of advanced, secure file-based systems for the broadcast and post-production industry. Its flagship product, MatrixStore, is used by broadcasters and content creators worldwide. The Company also provides consultancy, training, systems integration and support services. Object Matrix is supported by YFM. www.object-matrix.com

About Marquis Broadcast
Founded in 1998, Marquis Broadcast provides a range of media integration products designed for the data-intensive and challenging requirements of today’s fast-paced broadcasting environments, enabling broadcasters and other users of digital media to achieve maximum efficiencies from their workflow processes. The company has considerable experience in integrating an extensive range of broadcast systems and devices, providing easy to use workflows via Medway, its widely installed interoperability engine. www.marquisbroadcast.com

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