About VideoBank



System Requirements and Core Functionalities

How long has your company been in business?

Louis H. Siracusano Jr. formed VideoBank in 1997. VideoBank’s technology was developed using the combined talents of individuals from the Broadcast Video Systems Integration, Post Production, Satellite Distribution, and Computer Systems industries.  VideoBank’s team of integrators and developers possess an extensive knowledge-base, which covers a broad range of topics including broadcast video recording, digital archiving, distribution technologies, and information technology. Using this knowledge-base, VideoBank has quickly become a leader in the field, helping many of our clients transform their visions to a fully integrated DAM system into realities.

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What type of hardware is required for VideoBank’s DAM solution?

Because each of our systems is built according to the specifications of our customers, hardware requirements vary greatly.  Systems can range from a single standalone workstation to an enterprise-wide solution.  VideoBank relies on several vendors to meet our storage and networking requirements, which helps us to ensure that you obtain the highest quality products at the most competitive price.  More importantly, our integration team has extensive knowledge and experience incorporating existing equipment into our turnkey solutions.

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What operating system does VideoBank run on?

VideoBank currently operates on a Windows based platform for all its desktop and server side processing. However, browser-based capabilities function across multiple platforms, including Windows, Mac and Unix environments. Additionally, storage and data architectures included both Windows and Unix solutions

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What types of media does VideoBank manage?

VideoBank systems are designed to manage all forms of digital content, including video, images, audio, spreadsheets, PDFs, etc.  In addition to ingesting legacy content into the system, our products can also encode analog and digital tapes as well as live feeds.

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How are assets brought into the VideoBank system?

Assets can be brought into the VideoBank system in a number of ways:

  1. By importing files directly into the system via the VideoBank Encoder/Logger Utility
  2. By enabling and controlling a playback device such as a VCR to create digital files from source tapes.
  3. By starting and stopping the capture and encoding of live feeds
  4. By schedule the VideoBank system to transcode existing content into low-resolution formats

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Can the process of bringing assets into VideoBank be automated?

Yes, VideoBank offers a scheduling utility add-on that enables system users to schedule events such as encoding, transcoding, and distribution.  Operators also have the ability to import and index entire folders.

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How many unique user logins can the VideoBank system accomodate?

VideoBank allows for an unlimited amount of users.

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How many different attribute profiles can the VideoBank system manage?

There is no limit to the amount of attribute profiles your VideoBank system can manage.

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Who has the ability to change or modify the attribute profiles used to tag assets?

VideoBank limits the ability to change and modify attribute profiles to users who have been assigned administrator privileges.

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Can restrictions be placed on which users can view and/or modify attributes?

Yes, VideoBank currently allows for several different layers of access, which range from full administrator privileges to read-only access.  Assets published to the web can be copy protected either by adding a digital watermark, or by limiting web access to users with the appropriate authentication credentials.

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What is the license model for VideoBank Products?

VideoBank offers a one-time purchase model on all systems and software licenses. The nature of VideoBank’s product line centers on the integration of leading edge hardware and software products. By packaging these products within a turnkey system, we are able to eliminate 3rd party licensing issues and recurring costs associated with ASP models. This approach ensures that all infrastructure components remain within the end-user’s facilities to ensure that valuable assets remain secure.

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What, if any, are the concurrent user limitations?

More often than not, limitations are directly related to hardware components and the existing network infrastructure and have little bearing on VideoBank’s software.  For web-based workflows, concurrent licenses can be purchased based on the expected amount of web traffic.

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Can information from several different facilities be stored and managed in a centralized location?

Yes, VideoBank supports a completely open environment in terms of storage and network topologies. One VideoBank client currently uses servers based in New York, Chicago and San Francisco with the ability to search, view and retrieve from networked systems around the globe. Utilizing VideoBank’s migration distribution tools, all associated media linked objects can be scheduled for automated distribution via either a push or pull of content and metadata. 

The system can link several repositories or optimize asset storage through technologies like a SAN. VideoBank’s core functionality links assets to multiple repositories. There is no limit to the amount of servers that different asset types can be stored on. The majority of VideoBank’s clients utilize an n-tier server architecture.

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Does your system support replication of content and data?

VideoBank supports Database level replication that is built into Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle.  Assets can also be copied and stored as new assets within the system. Replication can also be implemented via XML exchange between systems.

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What storage technology platforms are supported by the system?

VideoBank is completely agnostic in terms of storage systems and network infrastructure. We are able to support both NAS and SAN architectures. If the storage technology platform supports a network attached file system, VideoBank can link content to it. NT, Unix and Macintosh are all supported.

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How scalable is VideoBank’s DAM solution?

The Videobank application is capable of residing on a single workstation or can be scaled to accommodate multiple users in an enterprise-wide solution, which can potentially be spread across multiple states, countries, or continents.  One client currently uses servers based in New York, Chicago and San Francisco and has the ability to search, view and retrieve from network-connected systems around the globe.

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What databases does VideoBank support?

VideoBank supports both Microsoft SQL and Oracle.

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How easily can I expand upon an existing VideoBank system?

VideoBank Systems are typically configured in modules that grow as the client expands into new technology and the archive size scales up.  Additional servers and storage can be seamlessly integrated into the system at any time post-installation.  Moreover, we take great pride in our ability and willingness to make custom modifications to further streamline how our customers use their VideoBank systems. Additional departments and workflows can easily be added to the existing backend infrastructure. 

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How quickly can assets be imported and exported?

The speed at which digital assets can be brought into the system varies based on the size of the source file and the processing power of the workstation ingesting the content.  Most ingests can be accomplished in a few seconds.  However, legacy content such as analog and digital tapes requires the source tape be played through in its entirety before the encoding process can begin. 

VideoBank’s Transcoder Module automates the transcoding and distribution of assets.  The rendering process is directly related to the workstation running the process, as well as the infrastructure that supports the integration of multiple workstations.  Once a file has been transcoded, the system can automatically migrate that file to a web server or distribute it to subscribers cell phones or PDAs.

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What systems do you currently integrate with?

VideoBank has integrated with strategic partners that expand our capabilities beyond the boundaries of our core business focus. This approach has helped us to reduce our professional services and implementation timelines. For example VideoBank currently supports XML API for easy integration to any 3rd party software providers.

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Is there any limit on the size of a single library?

The library size is virtually unlimited. VideoBank supports multiple Windows IP addressable NTFS file systems to distribute the storage of the multiple asset and data types across your enterprise.

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Does VideoBank support XML code?

VideoBank is fully equipped to translate and process XML code.  VideoBank is mainly utilized for the acquisition and creation of data and assets. VideoBank then stores and distributes the data to the enterprise database environment where further meta-data can be added. All VideoBank tools have direct connection to ODBC compliant databases for data sharing between systems.

VideoBank can easily create custom XML exports for enterprise systems to utilize. Most enterprise systems use XML standards for data exchange to limit access to the core enterprise data. However, VideoBank’s open Database standard bolsters direct data connections for more efficient and seamless integrations.

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Can VideoBank integrate with e-Commerce tools?

VideoBank has worked closely with our clients’ 3rd party web development firms to integrate our web-based searching and playlist management tools into custom e-Commerce package.  This requirement is normally a custom requirement.

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How many of the fat-client functionalities can be made available through a standard web browser (thin client)?

Many of the functionalities available on the VideoBank fat client are also available for the thin client.

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How adaptable is the product to different workflows?

Any user can select predefined profiles for fully customizable meta-data templates. Each client contains configurable start up options that activate different functionalities as required. VideoBank has designed all of its interfaces from industry experience, client influence and technical know-how, creating a suite of tools that meets all your digital video (media) requirements. VideoBank’s tools are growing rapidly and it stems from the support structure that we provide our clients. VideoBank will make changes to a VideoBank interface as per a client’s request if the modification adds functionality within the product’s core functionality. This has been included as part of the support agreement.

VideoBank’s vision is to keep building on the foundation providing robust tools that require very little customization. This results in the best products being available, with quick deployment, and outstanding support and profitability for all parties.

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Can VideoBank integrate with high-end editing tools such as Avid and FinalCut Pro?

Yes, VideoBank is currently capable of integrating with both Avid and FinalCut Pro systems. Detailed workflows will require additional discovery and analysis and may require customization.

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Does VideoBank include tools for playback of archived video and audio content?

Playback functions include broadcast quality play-out to tape, touch screen play-out, and set-top box access. If network bandwidth permits, the high-quality video can be distributed either on demand (mostly for local area network access) or scheduled for download during off-hours to wide area network clients.

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