This week in digital asset management news: FileCatalyst and Aspera provide speedy file transfer technology, OpenText releases Media Management 7.2 and its Portal, Extensis unveils Portfolio Server 11, and how you can evaluate the ROI of your DAM. 

Faster and Faster

Media files are large and getting larger, and large files take time to upload and download, particularly over the Net. To help deal with this bottleneck, two new alliances will result in faster transfers for media assets.

Unlimi-Tech Software, maker of the accelerated file transfer solution FileCatalyst, recently announced an embedded partner agreement with Empress Media Asset Management, maker of the Web-accessible eMAM Media Asset Management platform.

eMAM will now have faster transfers of media files through the FileCatalyst UDP-based file transfer technology. The companies say the accelerated transfers could be as much as 138 times what it would be using FTP.

Similarly, Aspera, whose products move large files quickly, has released its faspex technology for Telestream Vantage, a range of video transcoding and intelligent workflow orchestration products.

Telestream’s Director of Product Marketing John Pallett said in a statement that,

instead of manually initiating an Aspera transfer, now customers can automatically deliver finished video via Aspera, knowing that the content will be delivered at maximum speed as soon as it is available.”

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OpenText DAM, Now Faster

Speed is a key theme this week. OpenText has released version 7.2 of its Media Management product, which, the organization says, is the first media asset management system with embedded file transfer acceleration technology. According to OpenText, large files can now be transferred as much as 80 times faster than normal. Other new features include a new workflow engine and central repository, and integration with Adobe Creative Suite 6.

The company has also announced its OpenText Portal for Media Management, an add-on for creating branded, customized, Web-based and mobile portals for non-DAM users.

Extensis’ Updates Portfolio Server

Extensis is out with Version 11 of its DAM system, Portfolio Server. The update features streaming HD video playback, a customizable user interface and metadata fields, iPad support, updated camera file support and other enhancements.


How is your DAM ROI? Over at Digital Asset Management News, Ralph Windsor has pointers about how your DAM system is being used, and how you can measure your Key Performance Indicators. His detailed directions involve analyzing user feedback and user data, as generated by your system’s audit trail and reports.