Stratford-upon-Avon, UK, Sept 11, 2014 – Square Box Systems (www.squarebox.com), developer of leading digital asset management systems (DAM/MAM) will showcase CatDV 11, the next-generation of its asset management software, plus CatDV Web 2, a radical new approach to online media asset management, during IBC 2014, 12-16 September, in Amsterdam (Hall 7.J15C).
The new features and toolsets in CatDV 11 and CatDV Web2, along with fresh workflow capabilities between Adobe Premiere® Pro CC editorial software and Adobe® Anywhere real-time collaborative platform, empower content owners to more easily repurpose and monetize their media assets, and significantly improve end-to-end workflow efficiency from production and post production, through to delivery and distribution.
“CatDV 11 and CatDV Web 2 build on the strengths of previous versions of these leading MAM platforms, and deliver a step-change in performance and capabilities for small, medium and large enterprises alike,” said Dave Clack, CEO of Square Box Systems. “CatDV Web 2 in particular provides a fresh, clean user interface that is completely intuitive to non-technical users, making it much easier for marketers and sales teams to repurpose material and monetize their content. These latest advances in CatDV media asset management systems make it far simpler and faster to perform the whole range management tasks on an even wider range of production materials.”
Driven largely by customer feedback, the key features of CatDV 11 include: a dramatically enhanced user-experience, with additional media management tools, accessible to new customers and familiar to exiting users; native-capable playback engine, supporting the very latest digital cinematography cameras; improved integration with major video editing and creative collaboration platforms; and new functions for enterprise-scale deployments. CatDV 11’s new 64-bit architecture delivers a faster and more responsive overall performance.
CatDV’s ability to play a wide range of high-resolution media formats is unrivalled, and the new CatDV 11 extends this support with a brand-new player architecture supporting the latest broadcast formats as well as native RED Epic and AVCHD/MTS footage.
The cleaner, more intuitive user interface of CatDV 11 retains the familiarity of previous software versions for existing users, whilst being more accessible to fresh users. Key features include: the creation of workspaces for convenient browsing, ingest, logging and search functions; tabbed browsing, which simplifies the process of working with multiple catalogues and query results; user-defined colour-coding of smart labels; simplified tree navigation that allows the grouping of useful functions together that improve workflow; pop-up panels with metadata preview; and a hover-to-scrub facility that enables users to quickly preview their content. The addition of global metadata fields within CatDV 11 help to make large, enterprise deployments and automation even easier.
CatDV Web 2
Whilst CatDV 11 is an evolution, CatDV Web 2 is a revolution – taking CatDV’s Web Client facility to a whole new level in assisting content creators and marketers to find and reuse media assets. CatDV Web 2 delivers a completely new, standalone web interface for CatDV. A clean, modern and simple design provides intuitive and powerful media and metadata management toolsets via an entirely browser-driven interface. Features include powerful logging, search and retrieval tools, a rough-cut editing capability, and easy system administration.
CatDV Web 2 can be used as the only interface to CatDV, or can co-exist with existing web and desktop clients, and is suited for cloud deployments, increasing the reach of CatDV outside typical production or engineering teams.
CatDV panels for Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe Anywhere
CatDV is renowned for its of ease of integration with third party systems, and Square Box Systems has worked closely with Abode to improve workflow capabilities between CatDV 11 and Adobe Premiere Pro CC editorial software and Adobe Anywhere real-time collaborative platform.
An integrated CatDV panel within Premiere Pro supports a wide variety of search mechanisms, sub-clips, sequences and markers. Metadata and footage can also be previewed. CatDV for Anywhere adds the power of CatDV media management to Adobe Anywhere for video: sharing CatDV’s content seamlessly with Anywhere productions, within CatDV and via Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
About Square Box Systems: Square Box Systems is a privately-owned UK software company, specialising in media asset management and production workflow. Its popular CatDV application, launched in 2001, brings order to the chaos of media file management and enables content owners to more easily re-purpose and monetize their assets, via a powerful, user-friendly toolset and streamlined integration with a multitude of media workflow vendors. CatDV systems run on Mac and Windows platforms and are scalable from a single-user application to multi-user enterprise solutions, with convenient web and cloud-based capabilities. In 2012, Square Box Systems was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Innovation, conferred by HM Queen Elizabeth II. CatDV has also won Creative Cow’s Blue Ribbon in 2010 for Best Asset Management Tool, and Videography Magazine’s Best Of NAB 2010 Vidy Award. CatDV is sold globally through a network of distributors and resellers providing local installation, consultancy and support. www.squarebox.com.