Strawberry’s On-site is an on-premise solution for professional post-production facilities that brings together the needs of both the IT infrastructure people and the needs of the creative team. Its enterprise workflow engine implements structure across the whole of the post-production process, with deep-rooted integration into many NLE and other creative applications allowing users to work more efficiently while saving the IT team time, stress and money.
IT storage infrastructure does not operate at an editorial project level, but at a drive or volume level. Creatives work at a project level, which often needs to span a range of storage devices whether it be direct-attached storage, shared storage, cloud, or archive. Strawberry facilitates a project approach and hides the complexity of the storage infrastructure underneath. This ensures the creative team has a seamless interface to their assets and ensures they are all working on the same media files for assigned projects. This project-driven structure allows the creative team to collaborate more effectively and ensures efficient use of storage resources. Project-driven templates guarantee consistency of project workflows, eliminating guesswork while providing a unified and secure structure for editors, designers, producers, freelancers, and external stakeholders.
PROJECT & MEDIA FILE SEARCH ENGINE
The asset management features of Strawberry allow metadata to be added at any point during the project, ensuring media files are never lost, and easily reutilized. Strawberry On-site supports contextual searches, and media files can be searched from any storage platform within the facility, whether it's online, nearline, cloud or from an archive (LTO) platform. The search is immediate - previews and proxies can be instantaneously scrubbed.
ADVANCED NLE WORKFLOWS
Strawberry is designed as a production workflow for creatives and has been deeply integrated into many creative tools and NLEs including Avid, Adobe and Apple FC. It includes both an integrated Adobe panel for searching content, and supports Avid bin locking to support a range of non-Avid generic storage.
AUTOMATIC STORAGE MANAGEMENT
Media files are large and many post-production storage platforms can become quickly overwhelmed. Nearline and archive platforms that are lower cost can compensate but files should be managed at a project level and be easily reutilized. Strawberry On-site can archive files to the most appropriate storage tier but users with the correct authorization can also quickly relocate files back to their editing environment.
It is normal for creative users to reutilize media or make multiple copies of media in different environments for different projects. This has the effect of wasting storage by storing the file multiple times. De-duplication will replace the second and subsequent copy with a hard-link with no effect on the user, freeing up valuable storage space.
Once a project is finished, then it is necessary to move the project files and all its associated media files to the most cost-effective archive platform. By managing everything as a project, Strawberry makes archiving projects a very simple administrative task as a one-click process, with quick search and scrub functionality for users to reutilize exactly what they need in terms of files and clips.
INGEST WORKFLOWS & WATCH FOLDERS
Strawberry has an “intelligent ingest feature” that solves the issue of rushes management. It is possible to ingest rushes into a watch folder and Strawberry tracks which files have been used by the editors. At the end of the project, the rushes ingest folder can be safely deleted, and Strawberry will automatically retain the files that have been used.