An interview from the 2023 NAB Show in New York City with Jim McKenna at the Facilis Technology Booth. Founded in 2003, Massachusetts-based Facilis Technology, Inc. designs and builds premium; turnkey shared storage solutions for collaborative media production across all content creation workflows. Their production-proven solutions are designed for use by the craft editor, facility engineer, and owner-operator alike. Flexible, scalable, and compatible with industry-standard creative solutions, Facilis’ products blend seamlessly into any network environment and have been installed in thousands of facilities worldwide.

Included with every Facilis system, FastTracker is the fastest way to index, tag, search, and access your video, audio and still format media across all connected storage. FastTracker is tested to support millions of asset records, which could represent several more millions of files, as duplicates and proxies are tracked in a single record. FastTracker is completely integrated with Facilis server software and hardware. Using FastTracker, you can develop a custom workflow without the complexity and cost of traditional MAM systems.

Version 3.8 introduces many new features, including metadata-based filters for catalog assignment, data movement, analysis and proxy generation. This new architecture will streamline automated workflows to copy data and assign catalogs to records based on approval tags, file location, and age, among many other criteria. Version 3.8 also includes auto-tagging though Google AI, including advanced transcription services that opens up the transcription feature to hundreds of languages.

A new ingest workflow from FastTracker Client enables indexing of local files, copy to server locations and triggering processing all in one step. FastTracker will offer link to externally-created proxy files, and a new dropbox-style web link provides a simple interface for approval. Adobe integrations have improved, with gathering and indexing of Premiere Pro project sources, import of transcription data to Adobe Captions feature, and metadata sync with Adobe projects for searching Adobe metadata within FastTracker interface.

Facilis HUB Shared Storage for video editing is a system dedicated to improving post-production and content creation workflows. Included with every server is the Facilis Shared File System which easily accommodates multi-platform environments and enables collaboration among different applications and image formats. With our media storage systems, you can deliver 4K film color grading to low-bitrate craft editorial in a bigger environment. Facilis HUB provides the performance to get the job done.

From facility desktop to home desktop, there is no easier way to access Facilis project-based volumes than the WANlink client. Using the same user ID and password as you do in facility, mount any number of project volumes securely with encrypted link to the Facilis storage on-premises, without a VPN. The simple setup includes a port forwarded from your internet router, and multiple layers of authorization, using industry-standard encryption. With remote management enabled, administrators can push volumes directly onto any home desktop, and provide access speed much greater than VPN. Perfect for hybrid workgroups both on-prem and remote, WANLink delivers seamless collaboration through Avid project sharing, Adobe Productions, Resolve and Final Cut media sharing.

WANLink is included with version 8.2, and available for Mac and Windows workstations on any internet connection. With a faster connection than VPN, and easier set-up, WANLink can solve the problem of secure storage access without dedicating a facility workstation for remote access.

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