SGI Unveils StudioCentral Library 3.0

Third-Generation Asset Management System Provides Robust Environment

For Enterprise-Wide Deployment



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from SGI

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive Press Release/ --
 With more than 100 hundred small to enterprise-size SGI(TM) StudioCentral(TM)
 Library installations already in place worldwide in the entertainment,
 education and government markets, SGI (NYSE:   SGI) today announced the
 availability of SGI StudioCentral Library 3.0-the first digital asset
 management system for enterprise-wide deployment. The powerful asset
 management application immediately benefits any organization wanting to better
 manage the creation and delivery of content. Unlike other out-of-the-box
 solutions, StudioCentral Library is engineered from the ground up to
 seamlessly scale to global, multiplatform usage; harness the content-sharing
 power of fiber-optic wide area networks (WANs); and rapidly integrate other
 off-the-shelf asset management software.
     StudioCentral Library's flexible and scalable infrastructure enables
 customers to start with a small workgroup on a local, single server containing
 repository, database and content and then evolve to multiple workgroups using
 multiple geographically distributed servers and repositories. Assets are
 secured and shared between workgroups, and, with the Web-based administration
 tool in StudioCentral, system administrators or asset archivists can manage
 users, groups, assets and repositories as well as transfer assets between
 repositories from any desktop on the local area network (LAN)/WAN.
     StudioCentral Library's new Asset Management Protocol (AMP) provides a
 programming language and platform independent open architecture for
 developers, including software development companies, application service
 providers (ASPs) and IT departments, to quickly build applications and
 services for the specific needs of their digital asset management
 environments. E-commerce-enabled XML output provides standard delivery of
 assets to third-party devices and software.
     Among the digital assets that companies may need to store, share, find and
 play are photos, videotapes, film, graphical images and sound clips. With
 StudioCentral Library, any type of file can be managed, including versioned or
 nonversioned assets and assets that represent a variety of formats, from text
 files to streaming media.
     StudioCentral Library 3.0 allows users to choose the right technologies to
 integrate into their asset management environment, including:
 
     -- Automatic cataloging and thumbnail generation for common media formats
     -- A plug-in facility for non-supported media file typing and event
        creation
     -- A versioning feature that tracks changes made to assets as they evolve
     -- Extensive data modeling for defining metadata attributes of assets
     -- Database independence, providing support to relational and
        object-relational databases
     -- Access to a variety of content servers, including filesystems,
        streaming video and audio servers, hierarchical storage management
        systems and other storage devices
     -- Kasenna(TM) MediaBase Player support
     -- Support for SGI Media Server(TM) for broadcast asset archiving
     -- QuickTime(TM) movie support
 
     StudioCentral Library is a complete asset management system that can be
 tailored for unique organizational requirements by internal IT departments or
 through SGI Professional Services. In addition, SGI asset management software
 partners utilize StudioCentral as the base on which to build their asset
 management solutions.
     "Asset management is at the core of our Media Commerce strategy that
 enables our customers in media and entertainment as well as government,
 defense, education, sciences and manufacturing to create, manage, deliver and
 transact any type of content over any type of network," said Jason Danielson,
 director of market development, Telecommunications and Media, SGI.
 "StudioCentral Library as an enterprise solution or a development platform for
 our asset management solution partners combined with our scalable SGI Origin
 family servers and storage systems enables new applications for workgroup
 collaboration, learning-on-demand, asset repositories and e-commerce."
 
     StudioCentral Library Installed Base
     More than one hundred small to enterprise-sized customers in
 entertainment, education and government are using StudioCentral Library
 worldwide. For example, media companies use StudioCentral for tracking all
 aspects of production, from managing and archiving images, text and audio to
 workgroup collaboration across continents and contracts and rights management
 of production materials. Government agencies use StudioCentral for the
 capture, archive, analysis and distribution of still and streaming files.
 Universities and schools use StudioCentral as a way to enable distance
 learning and learning-on-demand (LOD).
 
     Kasenna MediaBase
     For customers who are already using Kasenna MediaBase for LOD and
 video-on-demand (VOD) and require an asset management system for efficient
 management of video content, StudioCentral is designed to integrate with
 MediaBase on the same server.
     The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) recently added StudioCentral
 to its existing MediaBase VOD library as a way to more effectively manage its
 expanding collection of MPEG-1 videos. UT Austin is currently developing an
 in-house client for StudioCentral that will be used by professors to create
 LOD courseware.
 
     Keyvia Key-MediaWorks(TM)
     Key-MediaWorks is a digital asset management solution for the broadcast,
 post-production and corporate training markets from Keyvia (formerly Keops
 Broadcast). Key-MediaWorks is built on top of StudioCentral Library and
 utilizes its asset management search and retrieval functions. It is also
 integrated with SGI Media Server for broadcast to store high-resolution video
 clips. Key-MediaWorks records video to SGI Media Server and to a frame
 accurate MPEG-1 file server at the same time. This enables the low-resolution
 files to be browsed and edited at the desktop client while the high-resolution
 files can be edited or played to air on SGI Media Server. The typical
 Key-MediaWorks installation includes SGI(TM) Origin(TM) family servers for
 StudioCentral, SGI Media Server for broadcast for high-resolution video
 storage, SGI(TM) 1000 series servers and SGI storage products for control
 applications and low-resolution video storage.
     At Danish Radio, Key-MediaWorks is being used in a trial for ingest,
 management, browsing and rough-cuts editing of news programming. Training
 divisions of the U.S. military use Key-MediaWorks to quickly turn video, shot
 during battlefield training exercises, into edited training and debriefing
 material.
 
     Rumble Group/Blastmedia
     Leveraging key extensibility and scalability improvements in StudioCentral
 Library 3.0, Blastmedia, in conjunction with SGI Professional Services, is
 developing RichNet 2.0, an ASP-delivered digital asset commerce application
 running on SGI Origin family servers.
     Delivering digital asset management and commerce functionality directly to
 the user's desktop via a web browser, Blastmedia RichNet 2.0 enables content
 owners to share their valuable content with a spectrum of end-users and in a
 variety of commercial and non-commercial environments.
     "Without SGI Professional Services and StudioCentral Library 3.0, we
 wouldn't have a scalable product. In today's ASP environment, you have to be
 prepared for the 'hockey stick' growth pattern, and when you're dealing with
 high-volume, high-bandwidth applications such as digital asset management,
 only SGI can deliver that level of linear scalability," said
 Sean-Michael Daley, CEO, Rumble.
 
     Kreode Technologies
     Kreode Technologies of France offers an ASP-style asset management service
 for any company's multimedia assets. A key part of the Kreode offering is SGI
 StudioCentral Library, which is used as the asset management engine of the
 Kreode system, along with SGI Origin family servers.
     The service offered by Kreode Technologies is built around consistent
 management, transport and publication of content. In the management phase,
 Kreode will structure and organize the mass of information belonging to a
 company as well as store and archive it, allowing for true collaborative
 processes to be developed. Data transport uses a telecommunications
 architecture that calls on various resources, including satellites. The
 publication aspect is handled by a customizable intranet or extranet portal
 infrastructure. Subscribing customers are, in most cases, equipped with a
 KreoBOX that locally manages services. Nonsubscribers can access the system
 through a Web-based client application.
 
     Mindport
     The Mindport MCT product set consists of modular software components
 integrated to provide comprehensive content management for digital
 broadcasting systems, as well as for content streaming over IP/Broadband
 networks. This solution enables operators to stream content over their
 networks and also manage all the back-office activities related to rights and
 content management. This includes planning acquisition, scheduling,
 reconciliation and payment functions.
     "Mindport is pleased to use StudioCentral Library as its preferred digital
 asset repository solution," said Allan Rosenzweig, CEO, Mindport. "Its
 scalability and fully featured asset management infrastructure is easy to
 integrate into our products and offers a cost effective solution to our
 customers."
 
     About SGI
     SGI provides a broad range of high-performance computing and advanced
 graphics solutions that enable customers to understand and conquer their
 toughest computing problems. Media Commerce(TM) solutions from SGI enable
 telecommunications, broadband Internet, media and entertainment customers to
 create, manage, deliver and transact content over a vast range of networks.
 Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with offices worldwide, the company is
 located on the Web at www.sgi.com.
     NOTE:  SGI, StudioCentral, Origin, SGI Media Server, Media Commerce and
 the SGI logo are trademarks of Silicon Graphics, Inc. Kasenna is a trademark
 of Kasenna, Inc. QuickTime is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. All other
 trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.
 
     CONTACT:  Lisa Pistacchio, 650-933-5683, or pistacchio@sgi.com, or SGI PR
 Hotline, 650-933-7777, or fax, 650-932-0737, all of SGI.
 
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    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive Press Release/ --
 With more than 100 hundred small to enterprise-size SGI(TM) StudioCentral(TM)
 Library installations already in place worldwide in the entertainment,
 education and government markets, SGI (NYSE:   SGI) today announced the
 availability of SGI StudioCentral Library 3.0-the first digital asset
 management system for enterprise-wide deployment. The powerful asset
 management application immediately benefits any organization wanting to better
 manage the creation and delivery of content. Unlike other out-of-the-box
 solutions, StudioCentral Library is engineered from the ground up to
 seamlessly scale to global, multiplatform usage; harness the content-sharing
 power of fiber-optic wide area networks (WANs); and rapidly integrate other
 off-the-shelf asset management software.
     StudioCentral Library's flexible and scalable infrastructure enables
 customers to start with a small workgroup on a local, single server containing
 repository, database and content and then evolve to multiple workgroups using
 multiple geographically distributed servers and repositories. Assets are
 secured and shared between workgroups, and, with the Web-based administration
 tool in StudioCentral, system administrators or asset archivists can manage
 users, groups, assets and repositories as well as transfer assets between
 repositories from any desktop on the local area network (LAN)/WAN.
     StudioCentral Library's new Asset Management Protocol (AMP) provides a
 programming language and platform independent open architecture for
 developers, including software development companies, application service
 providers (ASPs) and IT departments, to quickly build applications and
 services for the specific needs of their digital asset management
 environments. E-commerce-enabled XML output provides standard delivery of
 assets to third-party devices and software.
     Among the digital assets that companies may need to store, share, find and
 play are photos, videotapes, film, graphical images and sound clips. With
 StudioCentral Library, any type of file can be managed, including versioned or
 nonversioned assets and assets that represent a variety of formats, from text
 files to streaming media.
     StudioCentral Library 3.0 allows users to choose the right technologies to
 integrate into their asset management environment, including:
 
     -- Automatic cataloging and thumbnail generation for common media formats
     -- A plug-in facility for non-supported media file typing and event
        creation
     -- A versioning feature that tracks changes made to assets as they evolve
     -- Extensive data modeling for defining metadata attributes of assets
     -- Database independence, providing support to relational and
        object-relational databases
     -- Access to a variety of content servers, including filesystems,
        streaming video and audio servers, hierarchical storage management
        systems and other storage devices
     -- Kasenna(TM) MediaBase Player support
     -- Support for SGI Media Server(TM) for broadcast asset archiving
     -- QuickTime(TM) movie support
 
     StudioCentral Library is a complete asset management system that can be
 tailored for unique organizational requirements by internal IT departments or
 through SGI Professional Services. In addition, SGI asset management software
 partners utilize StudioCentral as the base on which to build their asset
 management solutions.
     "Asset management is at the core of our Media Commerce strategy that
 enables our customers in media and entertainment as well as government,
 defense, education, sciences and manufacturing to create, manage, deliver and
 transact any type of content over any type of network," said Jason Danielson,
 director of market development, Telecommunications and Media, SGI.
 "StudioCentral Library as an enterprise solution or a development platform for
 our asset management solution partners combined with our scalable SGI Origin
 family servers and storage systems enables new applications for workgroup
 collaboration, learning-on-demand, asset repositories and e-commerce."
 
     StudioCentral Library Installed Base
     More than one hundred small to enterprise-sized customers in
 entertainment, education and government are using StudioCentral Library
 worldwide. For example, media companies use StudioCentral for tracking all
 aspects of production, from managing and archiving images, text and audio to
 workgroup collaboration across continents and contracts and rights management
 of production materials. Government agencies use StudioCentral for the
 capture, archive, analysis and distribution of still and streaming files.
 Universities and schools use StudioCentral as a way to enable distance
 learning and learning-on-demand (LOD).
 
     Kasenna MediaBase
     For customers who are already using Kasenna MediaBase for LOD and
 video-on-demand (VOD) and require an asset management system for efficient
 management of video content, StudioCentral is designed to integrate with
 MediaBase on the same server.
     The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) recently added StudioCentral
 to its existing MediaBase VOD library as a way to more effectively manage its
 expanding collection of MPEG-1 videos. UT Austin is currently developing an
 in-house client for StudioCentral that will be used by professors to create
 LOD courseware.
 
     Keyvia Key-MediaWorks(TM)
     Key-MediaWorks is a digital asset management solution for the broadcast,
 post-production and corporate training markets from Keyvia (formerly Keops
 Broadcast). Key-MediaWorks is built on top of StudioCentral Library and
 utilizes its asset management search and retrieval functions. It is also
 integrated with SGI Media Server for broadcast to store high-resolution video
 clips. Key-MediaWorks records video to SGI Media Server and to a frame
 accurate MPEG-1 file server at the same time. This enables the low-resolution
 files to be browsed and edited at the desktop client while the high-resolution
 files can be edited or played to air on SGI Media Server. The typical
 Key-MediaWorks installation includes SGI(TM) Origin(TM) family servers for
 StudioCentral, SGI Media Server for broadcast for high-resolution video
 storage, SGI(TM) 1000 series servers and SGI storage products for control
 applications and low-resolution video storage.
     At Danish Radio, Key-MediaWorks is being used in a trial for ingest,
 management, browsing and rough-cuts editing of news programming. Training
 divisions of the U.S. military use Key-MediaWorks to quickly turn video, shot
 during battlefield training exercises, into edited training and debriefing
 material.
 
     Rumble Group/Blastmedia
     Leveraging key extensibility and scalability improvements in StudioCentral
 Library 3.0, Blastmedia, in conjunction with SGI Professional Services, is
 developing RichNet 2.0, an ASP-delivered digital asset commerce application
 running on SGI Origin family servers.
     Delivering digital asset management and commerce functionality directly to
 the user's desktop via a web browser, Blastmedia RichNet 2.0 enables content
 owners to share their valuable content with a spectrum of end-users and in a
 variety of commercial and non-commercial environments.
     "Without SGI Professional Services and StudioCentral Library 3.0, we
 wouldn't have a scalable product. In today's ASP environment, you have to be
 prepared for the 'hockey stick' growth pattern, and when you're dealing with
 high-volume, high-bandwidth applications such as digital asset management,
 only SGI can deliver that level of linear scalability," said
 Sean-Michael Daley, CEO, Rumble.
 
     Kreode Technologies
     Kreode Technologies of France offers an ASP-style asset management service
 for any company's multimedia assets. A key part of the Kreode offering is SGI
 StudioCentral Library, which is used as the asset management engine of the
 Kreode system, along with SGI Origin family servers.
     The service offered by Kreode Technologies is built around consistent
 management, transport and publication of content. In the management phase,
 Kreode will structure and organize the mass of information belonging to a
 company as well as store and archive it, allowing for true collaborative
 processes to be developed. Data transport uses a telecommunications
 architecture that calls on various resources, including satellites. The
 publication aspect is handled by a customizable intranet or extranet portal
 infrastructure. Subscribing customers are, in most cases, equipped with a
 KreoBOX that locally manages services. Nonsubscribers can access the system
 through a Web-based client application.
 
     Mindport
     The Mindport MCT product set consists of modular software components
 integrated to provide comprehensive content management for digital
 broadcasting systems, as well as for content streaming over IP/Broadband
 networks. This solution enables operators to stream content over their
 networks and also manage all the back-office activities related to rights and
 content management. This includes planning acquisition, scheduling,
 reconciliation and payment functions.
     "Mindport is pleased to use StudioCentral Library as its preferred digital
 asset repository solution," said Allan Rosenzweig, CEO, Mindport. "Its
 scalability and fully featured asset management infrastructure is easy to
 integrate into our products and offers a cost effective solution to our
 customers."
 
     About SGI
     SGI provides a broad range of high-performance computing and advanced
 graphics solutions that enable customers to understand and conquer their
 toughest computing problems. Media Commerce(TM) solutions from SGI enable
 telecommunications, broadband Internet, media and entertainment customers to
 create, manage, deliver and transact content over a vast range of networks.
 Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with offices worldwide, the company is
 located on the Web at www.sgi.com.
     NOTE:  SGI, StudioCentral, Origin, SGI Media Server, Media Commerce and
 the SGI logo are trademarks of Silicon Graphics, Inc. Kasenna is a trademark
 of Kasenna, Inc. QuickTime is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. All other
 trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.
 
     CONTACT:  Lisa Pistacchio, 650-933-5683, or pistacchio@sgi.com, or SGI PR
 Hotline, 650-933-7777, or fax, 650-932-0737, all of SGI.
 
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