Digital Media Asset Management

 

IMS is a highly modular Digital Media Asset Management system based on Java technology for Windows, Mac and Linux environments

Scalability from basic editor workplaces up to complete systems providing acquisition and processing workplaces, automated media asset data import, browser-based query workplaces with e-commerce capabilities for external users, internal and public archives and integrated user management.

Communication with existing customer applications and archives for automated XML-based media asset import and link to customer-based LDAP/AD user management for the automated implementation of user access rights.

Compliance with established database systems SQL Server and Oracle for reliable long-term storage, with MS Word and MS PowerPoint for the automated creation of presentations and reports, and with all established operating systems due to Java technology

The System Components of the Digital Media Asset Management IMS

ims Client

The ims Client is the interactive user interface for all functions and features of the Digital Media Asset Management ims doc, such as image acquisition, processing, editing and presentation and provides the appropriate user workplaces for all established operating systems. These workplaces are configurable and can be easily adapted to user requirements and profiles. The intuitive archive view allows fast and easy Internet-like queries for customer-defined categories and free text contents.

ims Publisher

The ims Publisher is the browser-based archive view of the Digital Media Asset Management ims doc to provide easy query, visualisation and download of media assets and related meta data free of installation. In addition, it features optional e-commerce functionality for media asset download.

ims Viewer

The ims Viewer is a highly versatile visualisation tool for all established digital media asset formats. It comes free of cost with the Media Asset Management ims doc and may be used on local and remote workstations as a general viewer.

ims Server

The central ims Server is the core of the Media Asset Management ims doc to provide storage of and access to all digital media assets and related meta data, based on SQL Server and Oracle databases. A multitude of services allows time- or event-controlled execution of maintenance processes, such as the automated import of digital media assets from external archives, communication with external customer applications, automated digital media asset format conversion and meta data extraction for queries. Furthermore, the server maintains a fully integrated user and access right management and synchronisation with customer LDAP/AD systems.

 


Digital Media Asset Acquisition and Management

The Digital Media Assets can be acquired as original files into the archiving system via drag&dropdirectly from any file storage device or interactively via the ims Studio workplace. For this purpose, IMS provides a multitude of file format readers, for the automated extraction of meta data such as EXIF, XMP and IPTC to be used for media query, as well as for the automated conversion from source to target formats. The ims Studio workbench allows for highly intuitive processing, annotating and measuring of acquired images prior to storage in the Digital Media Asset Management IMS. Auto-Readout from camera storage devices, macro-based series import with processing and movie trimming are just as few functional elements of the highly versatile acquisition concept.

Import from external archives via XML

Digital media assets from legacy customer archives can be automatically imported with minimal effort via the XML Import Interface into the Digital Media Asset Management IMS. Export automation from legacy archive formats into XML import format is provided as optional service.

Acquisition directly from Image Sources

ims doc supports a multitude of analog and digital image sources, such as cameras and scanners, for direct import of images and movies. In this way these digital media may be acquired into the Digital Media Asset Management IMS in their usual work environment, avoiding the detour of creating intermediate files.

Management of Digital Media Asset Originals

IMS stores the acquired media assets in their original file format or allows for automatic format conversion on acquisition. On import into the Digital Media Asset Management IMS, the files may be encrypted or watermarked for protection purposes. For each digital media being acquired a compact reference image is created for fast, image-oriented queries without the need for loading the original document.

 


Image Operations

Image Processing
Acquired image and movie files may be processed without the need for external applications directly from within the Digital Media Asset Management IMS. On acquisition clients with attached imaging hardware, acquisition modes and sequences my be defined via processing macros.
Rotation, Mirror, Histogram, Brightness, Contrast, Gamma, Inverse, Crop, Size


Movie Editor
Movies may be trimmed and re-stored with just a few clicks using the internal Movie Editor. Additional features are frame-precise single image extraction and re-assembling of sub-sequences.
Extraction of single images, assembly of sub-sequences, processing of files in GB size range, support for AVI, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 formats.



Annotation and Measurement
Overlay-based annotation elements my be added to images directly during the acquisition phase in the Studio workbench or later within the Digital Media Asset Management IMS. Automated calibration on acquisition allows for immediate interactive measurements on images. Annotation and measurement data are automatically transferred to Word reports or PowerPoint presentations.
Single distance, Multiple distance, Area, Circle, Angle, Object Counter

 


The Editor Workplace

The ims Client
The intuitive archive views of the ims Client provide a clearly laid out and Internet-like query interface even for untrained users. At any time the user has the overview over project and image relevant data for fast finding and visualisation of digital media assets. Distinct values of existing contents, synonym expressions, keyword lists are just a few control elements to speed-up query processes in the Digital Media Asset Management ims doc.
The image gallery with overview and zoom display modes, showing the reference images of the original documents, allows for compact display and visualisation of the queried assets. Mouse-over on gallery thumbnail shows a high-quality reference image with attached project- and document-relevant meta data. The flexible and dynamic form view presents the detail information of the original documents and allows editing of single or multiple media assets. Free text fields, keyword lists and auto-completing make data entry easy and avoid typing errors. Imported subject catalogues with built-in search-select features are available for documentations and queries. Check fields allow the selective release for various purposes, such as publication or automated export.

 


ims Publisher

The ims Publisher is the browser-based user interface of the Digital Media Asset Management IMS, optimised for fast and intuitive media query, document visualisation and download. Without the necessity of local installation or training, the authorised user has immediate and global access to all published media assets. The Internet-like query concept, enhanced by professional tools such as category and synonym search, query operators and distinct value lists guarantees precise query results and short response times on all knowledge levels.
The modular interface concept allows the creation of user and group-defined views with overview, detail and gallery displays. The flexible download access control may be based on user rights or meta data contents.
And the optional e-commerce download functionality based on optional PayPal or credit card payment modes makes the ims Publisher a versatile digital media asset visualisation tool for internal and external users.

Support for all established Browsers
No installation and training required
Flexible download functionality for digital media assets
User authorisation via access rights management


Digital Media Asset Visualisation

Image Comparison
Images of a project-oriented query selection may be visualised and compared to each other using the ims Client module Image Comparison. Multiple reference images of the selection may be directly compared with the complete image collection.
Up to 8 static reference images, image gallery, Original and reference image display, launched directly from archive view or Collection Point.


Viewer
The Digital Media Asset Management ims doc supports the display of established file formats using the ims Viewer. This stand-alone application may be used as a general-purpose visualisation tool. Images and movies can be imported directly via drag&drop and image and movies imported from the Digital Media Asset Management ims doc for visualisation can be exported into the file system.
Universal viewer for image and movie files, external stand-alone application, flexible grid view for the visualisation and direct comparison of multiple documents

 


Presentation

Image Collections
The Collection Point is a gallery workbench for collecting and free arrangement of documents from the Digital Media Asset Management ims doc. In the Collection Point, topic-oriented media collections can be created, arranged, stored and re-loaded. The format-free collections may be moved or copied via drag&drop to one of the Showcases for further processing or output on a target device.

Showcases
In the same way as the Collection Point, Showcases are arranged media collections and can be output on a keystroke as Word Report, PowerPoint Presentation, Slideshow or printed pages. Showcases can be stored and loaded for dedicated users or user groups. Simple drag&drop copy and move processes from one Showcase into another allow the creation, extension, rearrangement and sorting of presentations in a few seconds.

 

PowerPoint Presentations and Word Reports
Using modules Word Report and PowerPoint Presentation, complete and automated reports and presentations may be created on a click from the assigned Showcases, from the Collection Point or via drag & drop directly from the archive view. Customer-defined Word and PowerPoint layouts enable the automated transfer of project, document and related meta from the archive view into Word documents and PowerPoint presentations. Images may be post-processed, and optimised directly in the Word document. With additional functionality like showing zoomed image sections or locating images back in the Digital Media Asset Management IMS, creating Reports and presentations in established formats has never been so easy and efficient.