What is Media Asset Management?

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In the entertainment industry today, efficient media asset management is at the center of being able to monetize your content. The consumer demand for rich media content, specifically audio and video files, and the amount of devices capable of creating and using this content are at an all-time high and there is no sign of this slowing down.

Media asset management is a solutions-based approach to managing and distributing film, tape, and audio content. It is imperative that you work in partnership with a vendor that can provide the right tools combined with unlimited storage and bandwidth capacity to manage, distribute and grant access to these especially large media assets. It is ideal to be in the position to produce and deliver content that assists you in building brand awareness, generating revenue and adding customer value.

As a true leader in media asset management, Pacific Title Archives is able to serve production companies as well as the modern mid-size marketer or small media outlet seeking to drive revenue. We bring you knowledgeable expertise with high levels of customer service to assist you in creating, managing, and distributing your media assets.

When you select a true media asset management partner like Pacific Title Archives, we understand the need for a personalized approach. Pacific Title Archives serves a variety of industries in addition to the film industry and offers a range of services for your digital asset management needs including:

  • Climate preservation storage
  • Culling and curating
  • Film, video, and audio inspection and preservation
  • Digital archiving and supply chain services
  • Library asset management systems
  • Document scanning and imaging
  • Industry consultation services
  • Online account access

In addition to these services, we also offer unparalleled customer service and a host of other benefits for your secured content:

  • Augmented security levels
  • Replication
  • Referential integrity
  • Geographic separation
  • Centralized data management

Have you reviewed your media asset management solutions lately? Check out the many services we offer at Pacific Title Archives, and contact us today to learn more about our personalized media asset management solutions.

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Ken Smith
Director of Client Services
ken@pacifictitlearchives.com

Media Conversion: Monetize Your Content with PTA

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As you continue to ensure that your content is positioned for proper distribution in today’s entertainment market, have you deployed a redundancy strategy? Although it is extremely important that you have selected the proper distribution channel for the monetization of your content, you must ask yourself, do I have the most effective media storage and transfer strategy in place?

In our conversations with our clients, a key area of concern is whether or not they are utilizing the most effective media conversion processes. This discussion is focused on redundancy and evolution. Questions we typically ask include:

  • First, are assets properly “backed up”? Is there redundancy?
  • Second, are the assets consistently being converted to the most current media type?
  • Finally, in addition to affordability, is your vendor a true media asset manager who is providing media conversion to bring your media into the modern era?

At Pacific Title Archives, we know how valuable your content is. We would like to hear from you to discuss how you are managing your treasured assets, your plan for redundancy and subsequent conversion to the media types available.

Contact:
Ken Smith
Director of Client Services
Ken@pacifictitlearchives.com

Digital Asset Monetization

Digital MediaEffective media asset management is critical to the success of any entertainment entity. You need a cost-effective and reliable solution that is specifically designed to streamline storage and retrieval of your digital media. The goal is to facilitate the effective and efficient management of multimedia information and to achieve an economic benefit and a competitive advantage for clients.

At Pacific Title Archives, we are committed to working with our clients to maximize the return on their media asset investment, and subsequently bring new content and services to market faster.

In addition, Pacific Title Archives focuses on the following categories of digital asset management:

  • Brand asset management: Focus on facilitation of content re-purposing.
  • Library asset management: Focus on storage and retrieval of infrequently changing media assets, for example in video or photo archiving.
  • Production asset management: Focus on managing assets that have been created for a digital media production (video game, feature films, animation, visual-effects shots, etc.).
  • Digital supply chain services: Pushing digital content out to digital retailers (e.g. music, videos and games).

Pacific Title Archives is committed to providing an unmatched level of personal service to the motion picture film, television, recording and multimedia entertainment industries. The preservation, care and protection of important video, audio, motion picture film, records, digital media and other media assets remain our primary function and concern.

Contact:
Ken Smith
Director of Client Services
Ken@pacifictitlearchives.com

Film Still Extremely Relevant

Although the digital world has taken the movie industry by storm, there has been a rare display of unanimity in regards to everyone rallying around the importance of film. As we are all aware, Eastman Kodak movie-film sales have fallen 96% since 2006 and the industry is faced with the possible extinction of the physical material that defined its very existence. In the wake of all of this, it has now been announced that Eastman Kodak has been involved in secret negotiations for the arrangement of a coalition to purchase a fixed quantity of film over the next several years. This announcement is welcome news to all of us who understand and embrace the significance and subsequently the impact of producing movies on film.  Of course, most movies and television shows are now shot digitally and both film and digital video are valid choices; however, the cost of renting cameras and recording equipment for a movie are almost parallel for film and digital. The pure financial differentiator is that digital allows for an expedited post production process. This financial realization has been instrumental in the quicker than expected projected drop in film demand.

This paradigm change in the industry, though, has many executives uncertain as to the use of film and to what extent that digital is used exclusively. The challenge that the proponents of film have to embrace is to justify and simultaneously confirm the long term economic value of making movies on film.  This case can be made from two camps. The first is the unique viability of film. It is the only medium that is still used for preservation of all types of movies over extremely long periods of time. This is even inclusive of movies shot digitally. Digital files have to be regularly transferred; thus, augmenting their risk for damage. This in itself is a financial liability. The second is the coalition of industry heavyweights who are insisting that they have opportunity to shoot on film. Even the average movie-goer is cognizant of the “magic” of film and the underscored grain and color quality that captures every viewer’s attention.

We will all be watching very closely as film looks to slow its revenue decline and repositions itself as a valuable component of film making in today’s world of multiple distribution platforms.

Contact:
Ken Smith
Director of Client Services
Ken@pacifictitlearchives.com

Internet Video Streaming

As a voluminous number of firms outside of the entertainment industry have come to the business realization that offering cloud services for content providers could be lucrative, competitive clouds are forming frequently. Although firms such as Netflix have been extremely visible as pioneers in internet video streaming, Hulu, Amazon.com, iTunes and YouTube have provisioned ample competition. Moreover, we are starting to find out that big technology firms are commencing their advancement into the cloud market; thus, the industry is conservatively forecasting that the market for video-streaming services will be crowded in the next five years.

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The in-depth narrative for the content providers based on the projected influx of big technology companies, is whether or not subscriber growth can increase consistently and subsequently what will the market allow for price increases. The key for the content providers will be rooted in the question of: can the U.S. subscriber base expand at a frenzied rate and, within lock step, can prices be raised during and after the growth if the subscriber base slows down?

As the content provider addresses the business platform issue denoted above, their consistent foundational challenge is how the delivery platform is performing. Do they have a streaming solution or a performance challenge?

One of the methods used to improve streaming media performance and reduce the impact of streaming media delivery on enterprise networks is the development of Content Delivery Networks (CDNs), which distribute caching content servers between the media servers and the receiving clients. The networks are vital because they lower the stress on networks between the originating server and the clients. Some large networks incorporate thousands of servers worldwide to assist in the movement of content closer to the consumer. It is important to note, though, that large infrastructure build-outs did not lead to agreements in which streaming content delivery providers committed to specific quality of service levels for their clients.

The salient fact here is that quality levels are the driving important component to the clients of the content providers. Questions of customer experience and comparisons between the CDNs are crucial to content providers as they justify expenditures; however, it is a moot point if the CDNs do not move their programming to the customers end device (i.e., smartphone, tablet, desktop, television) without performance issues.

We all can agree that there is and will continue to be a proliferation of cloud providers, especially those from big technology companies, that will attempt to benefit from our insatiable need for content. The challenge will be for the content provider to continually grow the subscriber base while strategizing for an augmentation in pricing, while the base inevitably slows down. In addition, this business paradigm will have to be executed while ensuring that the delivery platform is performing at flawless or near-flawless levels. As this approach is attempted to be carried out by the content provider, we will constantly keep asking for more content. We are just getting started!

Contact:
Ken Smith
Director of Client Services
Ken@pacifictitlearchives.com

Net Neutrality

As the Internet becomes a primary distribution medium, the world has tremendously changed for content providers. In the past, the distribution channels were solely the silver screen and network television. Now with the proliferation of distribution platforms (mobile), there is not enough content to facilitate the thirst. In addition, whenever we log onto the Internet, we assume that we will be able to access whatever Web site we want, whenever we want to go there. We assume that we can use any feature we like—watching online video, listening to podcasts, searching, e-mailing and instant messaging—anytime we choose. We assume that we can attach devices like wireless routers, game controllers or extra hard drives to make our online experience better. At the crux of all of the aforementioned assumptions is the fact that we assume we have immediate access to the content of our choice.

What makes all these assumptions possible is “Network Neutrality,” the guiding principle that preserves the free and open Internet. Net Neutrality means that Internet service providers may not discriminate between different kinds of content and applications online. It guarantees a level playing field for all Web sites and Internet technologies. However, that has now changed due to the agreement between Comcast and Netflix. The distribution platforms also provide content and in the end, it is their platform that any content, be it internal and/or competitive, is flowing over.

The distribution channels (cable operators and telephone companies) are in the business, now, of charging fees for unfettered access to Web sites, speed to run applications, and permission to plug in devices. It is their business model to charge Web site operators, application providers and device manufacturers for the right to use their respective networks. The component that has changed Net Neutrality for good is simply that those content providers who do not work in conjunction with the distribution channels will experience obstacles in provisioning smooth content review for their clients. Such examples are that their sites will not load as quickly, and their applications and devices will not work as well.

The distribution channels are looking at implementing a “tiered” Internet. If you pay to get in the top tier, your site and your service will run fast. If you don’t, you’ll be in the slow lane.

At the intersection of the problem is that the Internet was designed as an open medium. The fundamental idea since the Internet’s inception has been that every Web site, every feature and every service should be treated without discrimination. That’s how bloggers can compete with cable news channels and newspapers for readers. This is how up and coming recording artists can build underground audiences before they get their first top-40 single. This is why when you use a search engine, you see a list of the sites that are the closest match to your request—not those that paid the most to reach you.  This battle is just heating up!

Traditionally, distribution channels have built a business model by charging consumers for cable access.

It is indeed a new frontier, but as always content will control the discussion!

Contact:
Ken Smith
Director of Client Services
Ken@pacifictitlearchives.com