Masstech Releases New Asset Management Product Line

Masstech Group has released a broad new product line that builds on the power of its firmly established MassStore line. The new product line is comprised of  CatchBLUE, TOPAZ, INDIGO, COBALT, XT – Edit, XT- Ingest/PTT, SAPPHIRE and IRIS. These Media Asset Management (MAM) solutions are available at an affordable price and are all easily upgradable.

“This release represents a milestone for the broadcast industry,” says Joe French, CEO and President of Masstech Group. “This new product line is based on our intimate knowledge of broadcast market needs, dedication, innovation and a decade of experience delivering solutions into this space. That experience has allowed our engineering team to perfect more than 160 broadcast device interfaces, develop a powerful transcoding engine with more than 64 format blades and a sophisticated framework for file-based workflow implementation and management.”

MassStore INDIGO is Masstech’s next generation advanced Media Asset Management (MAM) and Content Storage Management (CSM) all-in-one solution. INDIGO’s creative desktop operates in both the Windows and Apple. For more efficient workflows, INDIGO incorporates Task-Role Management with notifications. Standard features include: Masstech’s own embedded transcoding engine, partial file extraction (PFE), Avid and Final Cut Pro interoperability, video server integration, infinitely scalable data movers and hot and tandem redundancy for maximum availability. INDIGO includes fully integrated XT- Edit and XT-Ingest/PTT site licenses. An optional file-based Quality Control package is also available.

MassStore TOPAZ is a MAM/CSM solution in an affordable package tailored for smaller facilities. TOPAZ is packaged for out-of-the-box operation, including hardware (server and data library), software, and support. Suitable for small to average sized facilities, TOPAZ is easy to implement and comes complete with unlimited storage licensing at no additional cost. Standard features include: data library management, web enabled UI, Avid and Final Cut Pro archive/restore, and video server integration. TOPAZ allows optional integration of XT-Edit and XT-Ingest/PTT and is fully upgradable to MassStore INDIGO. Anptional file based QC package is also available.

An optional file-based Quality Control package is also available for both the INDIGO and TOPAZ .

MassStore CatchBlue is a cost-effective comprehensive solution to localize SD and HD content from file-based content delivery services including DG/FastChannel, PitchBlue, Pathfire and On the Spot.  Standard features include MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 H.264 support, near line disk storage, broadcast automation interfaces, embedded splice, rewrap, transcode and direct connect to play-to-air servers.

XT-Edit is a companion product that is a modern creative user interface with the look and feel of an NLE that’s highly customizable with dockable windows, high quality full screen dual monitor support and a tactile USB controller for VTR like jog and shuttle. XT-Edit includes a virtual timeline display with zoom, audio waveform, audio scrub, markers, metadata entry, logging, notations and EDL creation with Partial File Extraction (PFE) of selected shots for upload.

XT-Ingest/PTT is a companion product that completes the workflow process by simplifying ingest as well as content preparation. Directly accessed from the INDIGO creative desktop, operators can ingest, playback and import almost all file formats as well as read XDCAM and P2 SD/HD disks, and memory cartridges. XT-Ingest/PTT automates ingest recording and print-to-tape (PTT) utilizing Masstech’s CUB-1000 encoder and PUB-2000 decoder boards.  XT-Ingest/PTT can also transcode to the formats used in your production systems to allow immediate content access. An optional file-based Quality Control package is available.

MassStore COBALT is a new real-time monitoring system with complex event processing (CEP) for predictive alarming in file-based environment.  The COBALT monitors file systems, CPUs, memory, network connections, network traffic, transfer history, bandwidth utilization, and more.

SAPPHIRE is Masstech’s “Channel-in-a-Box” playout server that can operate in concert with MassStore INDIGO or TOPAZ to deliver high quality automated SD and HD Playout.  SAPPHIRE is a perfect choice for secondary broadcast channels or disaster recovery “backup playout” scenarios.

IRIS is Masstech’s compliance recording solution that simplifies and automates the task of encoding, storing, viewing and retrieving recorded transmission signals. IRIS is fully compatible with MassStore TOPAZ and INDIGO systems for archive integration, and NAS storage integration is supported with IRIS’s FileMover feature. And now, with the benefit of Masstech’s motion adaptive de-interlacing technology, full frame SD high quality capture is now available with IRIS.