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ProLogMDB™ is a suite of applications designed to enhance and streamline the process of logging, transcribing, reviewing, and organizing media assets. ProLogMDB provides a complete end-to-end workflow in a package that costs considerably less to deploy than other comparably-featured asset management solutions:
• On location, ProLog-Field offers a fast and simple method of creating Story Notes (sometimes referred to as "Hot Sheets").
• Then, during transcription, ProLog-Logging's unique relational database links the Story Notes to the transcriptions, along with the proxy movie file(s) used during the logging/transcribing process.
• And finally, ProLog-Producer offers comprehensive metadata-based search, display, and organization functions, providing rapid, precise results.
Your production not utilizing Hot Sheets/Story Notes? No problem. ProLogMDB functions either way.
The ProLogMDB Advantage
Anyone who has worked on a media-intensive production (such as reality TV) knows that the crew comes back from the field with a veritable mountain of media. The next step in the process is often the logging/transcribing of much (or all) of this footage...a process typically performed by a team of individuals watching low-resolution "proxy" movie files; entering a transcription and timecode information into desktop applications such as Microsoft Word® or Excel®. This process can yield hundreds of files, leaving the post production team the arduous task of sorting through these files and/or their printouts.
ProLogMDB was conceived to replace all of those files and mountains of paper to provide the post production team a cost-effective, fast, intuitive means of locating, organizing and reviewing their assets.
Perhaps you want to find the sound bite of a specific cast member when he says “This is unbelievable!”. Without ProLog-Producer, you’d likely be faced with an arduous search through binders of transcription printouts or individual text documents to locate the bite, and then hope that the shot was usable….because you couldn’t see it without manually locating and cueing the clip!
With ProLog-Producer, a simple database search reveals every instance of that specific cast member saying “This is unbelievable”, and a single mouse click opens and cues the proxy movie file(s) so the shot(s) can be instantly reviewed.
ProLogMDB was used extensively on the reality series "Bamazon" (History Channel) and "Backyard Oil" (Discovery).
Unique "Server-Less" Design
Why be tied to a network?
Today's production teams need the flexibility to work with their media whenever and wherever they want. ProLogMDB let's them do just that by maintaining its metadata/transcription database directly on the client computer, with master copies of all files held on a server...which in many installations actually doesn't even need to be a true server (with all the associated hardware and software costs). A simple shared volume is often all that's necessary.
Compared to other asset management systems, ProLogMDB's "server-less" architecture can save thousands of dollars in deployment costs.
How It Works: ProLog-Logging
During the video transcription process, ProLog-Logging's database -- including all metadata and thumbnails -- is maintained on the user's computer. When complete, a few keystrokes is all it takes to upload the database file to the designated server folder, ready for download to ProLog-Producer.
Working remotely with no access to the server? Simply email the database file to the production team.
How It Works: ProLog-Producer
As with the logging application, ProLog-Producer's database -- including all metadata and thumbnails -- is maintained on the user's computer. Upon application launch, ProLog-Producer checks to see if the designated server folders are available. If so, it then does a comparison between its resident database and the contents of the server, updating the "local" database automatically.
With the update complete, the user is free to be "server-less"!
Working remotely with no access to the server? Simply have a member of the production team email the database files as they are created...a few mouse clicks and keystrokes is all it takes to perform a manual import.
What about the proxy movie files? Where do they reside?
As with the database files, master copies of the proxy movie files are typically stored within a single designated folder on a server (or shared) volume. The user is free to either link directly to those files, or download the files to either an internal or external local hard drive connected to their desktop or laptop. At the recommended size/data rate, ProLogMDB proxy movie files consume relatively little storage space.