ioGates, a developer of ultra-secure file-sharing services for media professionals, has expanded its content sharing service to include new “Smart Link” automation and metadata management capabilities. Enhancements let users define multiple sharing rules in a single ioGates “Smart Link.” New metadata extraction capabilities index freshly shot content, making it easy for digital imaging technicians, production staff and editors to locate frequently searched material like “slates,” “scenes” and “takes”.
ioGates offers tools for sharing, converting, viewing, distributing, and archiving professional media files without the need for advanced technical knowledge. Its hosted video-management services enable media companies to accelerate their broadcasting, postproduction, advertising, and marketing workflows with minimal IT resources and training. The company’s flagship ioGates cloud-based video management platform is designed to handle a variety of professional video and audio formats and codecs yet can be controlled securely from a simple-to-use Web interface.
Combine multiple instructions in one ioGates “Smart Link”
The new ioGates desktop app manages secure uploads and downloads to and from mobile devices, workstations, and servers. The ultra-secure gateway facilitates sharing of ioGates “Smart Links” with external collaborators - no account required. ioGates desktop app users can create multiple sharing rules within each individual ioGates “Smart Link”, automating file movements and processing tasks.
“It is not only our customers who want to upload and download files to and from their account – it is for their clients and partners, too. So, ioGates works bidirectionally for sharing and receiving,” states Tobias Steinmann, co-founder and CTO, ioGates. “With these new capabilities, ioGates users can automate tasks within the ioGates “Smart Link” such as automatically transcode the original camera negative (OCN) content for download into a nonlinear editing (NLE) application. The user can also set ioGates to monitor for NLE export activity for that particular content folder and set it to share to an individual or an entire team. It's deep control over what you share with and who you share it with, yet simple enough to set up in minutes.”
The ioGates “Smart Link” creates a link between the ioGates library hosted in the cloud and a local folder, giving users the flexibility to open only specific folders for downloading or uploading. Tobias adds, “Other vendors typically use a transfer app that requires account credentials for the login, which in our view is more complicated and assumes all the recipients to be users of the system, which is often not the case and therefore inconvenient.”
Use dailies metadata to find shots fasters
The new ioGates metadata extraction capability indexes file names, letting users search metadata to quickly zero in on clips. “It’s common to hear “can you find this take?” on set or in the editing room. Sifting through thousands of clips with obscure file names can be painstaking and time-consuming. But ioGates is able to search through metadata structures without the need for using XML, which is a massive simplification for non-technical users,” explains Tobias. “With ioGates metadata extraction, you can find and use the exact details to quickly locate shots. This is especially important today where many productions are restricted to smaller crews on set and may not have a script reporter to track notes. ioGates is a massive time-saver, doing the heavy lifting of identifying and searching through the metadata associated with the raw production content. This allows directors to review shots and take decisions faster.”
The new feature, which adds metadata to the dailies “Smart Links,” lets production crews quickly sort the clips on details such as camera 1, 2, 3, audio recorder, actor/actress, scene, slate, take and more. Standard DIT applications like Silverstack from Pomfort.com can export any combination of metadata in the filename that ioGates can then import, making it easy for ioGates users to search on the right metadata. (Source: ioGate)