Today’s announcement of Final Cut Pro Server wasn’t a surprise to insiders who followed Apple’s purchase of Sydney-based Proximity Group last year.  Their major product, Artbox, is (was) a cross platform asset management and workflow solution that was used by many news organizations around the world.  We’re very excited to see what apple does with it. 

More info about the purchase last December

From Proximity’s Website:

Artbox enterprise is a media asset management software package designed for broadcast, cable and post production companies to improve sharing of media and to streamline creative production workflow.

artbox enterprise not only includes all the features of artbox workgroup, but also offers powerful additional features such as multiple artbox connectivity, newsroom integration, workflow management & broadcast device integration.

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Bundle Components
artbox enterprise server software
Five simultaneous users (PC, Mac or Linux)
Connectivity to five broadcast quality editing, play out or storage systems
artbox to artbox connectivity
Available Add-on Components
Newsroom Integration module
Workflow Management module
Archive Integration module
Additional users
Additional device connectivity

Key Features
A single searchable media catalog with thumbnails, proxies and metadata of video and stills content that can be shared across multiple users and locations.
Extensive format support, including graphics and video file formats like TIFF, TARGA, VPB, Pinnacle, Chyron RGBA, GIF, PNG, DPX, Photoshop, Still Sequences, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG4, IMX, DV25, DVCPro, DVCPro HD, HDV, H264, AVI, GXF, LXF, MXF, QuickTime, Media100, Avid Meridian, and more.
Workflow tool that allows users to create new projects, take requests from external requesters (producers, journalists etc), add requests for media (video, graphics, script, audio), track progress of requests, deliver finished content and group all related media assets.
Newsroom integration that allows producers and journalists to access the media catalog from within iNews or ENPS.
artbox to artbox connectivity allows sharing of content across an Enterprise or group of stations.
Project level integration with Apple Final Cut Pro & drag and drop of content between artbox and other third party creation, editing and character generation tools.
Cuts only editing & annotation on browse proxies.
Integration with archival systems to move less frequently used media to cheaper storage.
Drag and drop of media between artbox and desktop/panel applications.
Artbox Image option: provides customers all the functionality of artbox enterprise, except for clip support. Especially useful for customers interested in news graphics workflow.
For more information, contact the Proximity Sales Team:

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phone: +1 (646) 452 5820

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Benefits
Save time in creative production with the power to search, locate, transfer and transcode content across multiple graphics creation, editing and playout systems and formats from one application.
Automatic cataloging removes the need to manually import assets and saves time.
Reduce Production costs by reusing and effectively managing media.
Faster collaboration and approval process on projects using the artbox project and notification capabilities.
Ease the project management burden through use of configurable workflow tools to track jobs, requests and media.
Reduce costs by removing the need for tape based transfer and by using reliable but economical platforms.
Streamline newsroom workflow for broadcasters by tight integration with MOS compliant newsroom systems and third party templating/CG systems such as Chyron Lyric, Vizrt and Pinnacle Deko.
Deliver finished content fast and secure via web to customers and end users.
Protect your media using artbox flexible permissions mode.

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