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Advances in Digital Asset Management

Digital assets continues to grow in importance as an enterprise asset, but it remains difficult to manage these assets from capture to distribution, as well as subsequent access to stored content.

Huge amount of digital asses are being created by marketing and communications teams that they’re being overwhelmed by the sheer number of media assets.

Many companies don’t have a central repository for their rich media assets. The files are typically scattered in multiple locations, including Dropbox, SharePoint or share drives.

Digital assets have multiple use cases such as training and education, marketing and corporate communication, and different departments have these functions.

Improving management of digital assets can have a rapid and significant return on investment, so organizations should be motivated to address the issue. Moreover, being able to find a particular video and also information within that video is growing in importance.

It is important to be able to find digital assets, re-purpose small parts of them, and keep track of the digital rights for the assets.

Digital Assets Management Systems (DAM) can greatly help to manage and use digital assets.


One of such system is MediaValet.

MediaValet is the Digital Assets Management System that is worth to consider. It is a cloud product and does not need any internal IT support. The system can be up and running very quickly. MediaValet company is very supportive of customers' needs. The system has flexibility both in finding and re-purposing digital assets. The entire user interface was redesigned in Version 3.0.

The latest version of MediaValet has a new menu feature that simplifies the metadata entry process by allowing users to check boxes for the desired metadata. A controlled vocabulary is used for keywords which is highly recommended to use.

The video can be put in a lightbox that allows to structure and sequence the final product. Music is also kept in MediaValet. It is possible to send a link to assets in the system for review by users.

MediaValet handles all media types, including HD video formats, and can manage file sizes up to 200 GB per asset.

There is a new feature that gives users the ability to search a dialog within videos. This allows users to find any spoken word within their video library with a keyword search. Once the word is found, the user is able to jump right to the sequence in a video where the searched word is spoken. The video will start a few seconds before the target word, and continue as long as the user wishes.

Videos Management

Video has been isolated from other enterprise content because it needs to be managed differently. By enabling videos to be checked into DAM systems, organizations can let users gain access to video content along with their other rich-media assets.

Enterprises can gain more if they begin to view video not as a separate entity, but as a knowledge asset just as they do documents, graphics and structured content. Video is a great way to capture tacit knowledge and integrate it with enterprise content.

Portals for knowledge management and training, certification, compliance and many other applications are fueling the need for more efficient management of these assets. Videos need to be as accessible as any other knowledge asset in an organization.


Video content management (VCM) for platforms designed for enterprise use is an emerging market. These platforms are intended not only for management of stored content but also for live streaming.

Mediasite by Sonic Foundry captures and distributes video both live and on demand. This is an extension from technology developed at Carnegie Mellon University, Mediasite is typically used for a presentation room or lecture hall.

Mediasite is a purpose-built family of hardware and software that creates a workflow from presentation to a URL. It provides software to organize and curate the video, creates metadata automatically and OCRs all the text on the screen. It also provides closed captioning by automatically uploading the video files to the customer’s captioning service provider. The product can operate on premises or in the cloud.

Many companies are using Mediasite for training and corporate communication. The system can support enterprise video initiative that enables employees to create user-generated content. In addition, numerous law schools and medical schools are recording lectures so that students can listen to them again or access the lecture if they missed it at the time it was presented.

University can place Mediasite technology in its classrooms, so every lecture can be recorded. Some have sophisticated tracking cameras or fixed cameras, while others use webcams in the laptop. All have screen capture for the presentations and microphones for audio.

Making video as useful as text in the enterprise has been a challenge. ,Because Mediasite indexes the videos, captures the screen presentations and makes them searchable, users can find topics of interest. By clicking on a slide below the video window, users can sync to the presenter’s spoken presentation.

Enhancing SharePoint Video Management

As a content management and collaboration platform, Microsoft SharePoint is a likely place to store videos, but it is limited in its ability to manage them, including searching for them.

Ramp Video Management for SharePoint

Ramp Video Management for SharePoint is a video content solution that stores, distributes, streams, and automatically creates metadata that facilitates search of video content. Ramp can manage video and audio content from virtually any source, including recordings generated by Web conferencing platforms such as WebEx.

Ramp software ingests video and audio content and uses natural language processing to convert the audio to text, then automatically creates time-coded metadata for the video. That processing allows keyword searching of the content and easy identification of the segments of interest to a user.

Because many enterprise networks do not have wide area networks (WANs) that are adequate to reach outlying regional areas, Ramp has joined the Riverbed-Ready Technology Alliance program. Riverbed technology supports a private caching network within a company. When multiple users are accessing the same content, it is cached locally to relieve traffic on the WAN to improve performance.

With the phasing out of Microsoft’s Windows Media Server and Silverlight, companies are seeking alternatives for multi-casting video, long accepted as an efficient approach to stream video to multiple recipients.

Ramp introduced the Ramp Multicast Engine (RME), which uses a company’s existing WAN infrastructure to support live video delivery of HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) video to iPhones, iPads and other mobile devices, which standard multicast solutions cannot do.

Digital Asset Management technology helps organizations leverage their existing investment, whether that is their network, their document management system or other resource. On the customer side, understanding the different use cases and the resulting implications for technology requirements should be a priority.

Galaxy Consulting has over 17 years experience in digital asset management. Please contact us for a free consultation.

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