axle Video introduces axle Gear™, complete solution for media management and transcoding
Software-hardware system is priced disruptively at $6,995
BOSTON, March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- axle Video, the startup which is pioneering radically simple media management, today introduced axle Gear, an integrated rackmount system that integrates browser-based media management with powerful transcode capabilities. axle Gear is available worldwide from axle's network of certified resellers, with shipments beginning March 15th. The company will also be demonstrating the product at its booth, SL14316, at the upcoming NAB show in Las Vegas.
Up to 5 users can log in to the system from any modern web browser; the system supports iPads, Windows PCs, and Macs as browser clients. Additional 5-user license packs can be purchased at any time to support larger workgroups. The system incorporates two of Apple's Mac mini 2.6GHz quad-core Intel i7 CPUs running in a tightly-coupled configuration to provide high-throughput processing of a wide range of media files. In addition to handling video files, the software also catalogs and previews audio files, JPEGs, TIFFs, EPSs, PSDs and PDFs including multi-page documents.
One of axle Gear's Mac mini systems is the primary server for axle's version 1.06 media management software included in the system, while the other runs a tuned version of Telestream's Episode Pro version 6.31 transcode software, also included. The Telestream software is automatically launched and monitored to perform two key tasks in the system:
- generating the H.264 streaming proxy files used in axle's iPad/laptop browser user interface, and
- outputting a user-selectable range of HD and SD video formats for mastering, broadcast and Web applications.
axle Gear's two Mac mini systems are mounted side-by-side in a single 1U (1.75" high, 11" deep) rackmount enclosure, allowing efficient packaging in conjunction with high-density storage systems. axle Gear is compatible with nearly any networked storage, including SAN, NAS and LTO tape technologies. The system can support multiple tiers of storage; for instance, a SAN for shared HD video editing, a NAS for use as a parking area for media that are not currently being edited, and an LTO tape library for longer-term archiving.
The system I/O includes two Gigabit Ethernet ports, two Thunderbolt connections, two FireWire 800 connections, and eight USB 3.0 interfaces. Working storage is provided by dual Fusion drive subsystems, each 1 terabyte in size. Multiple options are available from axle's resellers to expand both the system's I/O and its working storage. axle Gear comes with a one-year warranty on all hardware, and a one-year contract for maintenance and updates on all software.
axle Video, LLC is a Boston-based company aiming to bring radical simplicity to media management applications for small and mid-sized workgroups. axle's software is designed to be installed and configured in less than an hour, and works with nearly all existing filesystems and storage vendors. axle's founders, Sam Bogoch, Steve Ryan and Patrice Gouttebel, all have extensive experience in the fields of media asset management, digital asset management and creative applications. The axle's media management softwarelution received a Best of Show award at its introduction at IBC 2012. Axle will be exhibiting at the NAB Show, April 8-11, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, booth SL14316. For more information about axle, visit www.axlevideo.com
SOURCE axle Video, LLC
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