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What Should I Look for in a Video Archive Storage Solution?

In today’s digitally driven landscape, video content reigns supreme. Whether it’s a corporation’s promotional videos, a filmmaker’s raw footage, or a broadcaster’s extensive library, the secure and efficient storage of digital assets has never been more critical. Choosing the right video archive storage solution becomes crucial.

With many options available, what should you prioritize when seeking an archive system for your video content? Let’s explore.


Understanding the Core of Video Archive Storage

Video archive storage is not just about keeping your media files safe; it’s about ensuring they’re accessible, manageable, and preserved for the long haul. Beyond just storage solutions, the comprehensive ecosystem supports collaboration, facilitates quick retrieval when needed, and archives and preserves media assets. Essential capabilities and functions include:


Compatibility with Multiple File Formats

Given the diverse range of video and media files today, your chosen solution should seamlessly support many formats, including still images, video files, audio files, and editorial in-process project files. Your team will also need access to other branding and project management files, including decision lists, text files, and style guides. The archive system should handle them without hitches, whether it’s 4K footage, vintage film scans, or the latest virtual reality (VR) experiences.

Your Solution Must Be Compatible with Hardware and Software from Multiple Vendors

Modern video production can include footage from multiple cameras, drones, and even content from viewers and fans. Raw files come in from many different sources and are edited with a wide range of apps. Interoperability is essential to integrate your video archive solution effectively. Your new video archive solution must match existing media systems and workflows well. Many media asset management systems are accessible through panels in popular editing software applications like Adobe Premiere Pro. Whether it’s editing software, media management tools, or content distribution networks, seamless integration ensures a smooth and efficient workflow.

Powerful Search and Retrieval Capabilities

A video archive is as effective as its asset management capabilities. Beyond just storing, the system should provide tools to categorize, tag, and annotate your media assets. These features ensure that searching and accessing specific video content is swift and hassle-free, saving you time in the long run.


Intelligent systems that automate repetitive, labor-intensive tasks like ingesting, enriching metadata, and transcoding ensure consistency and save valuable time. Many solutions include AI and machine learning to automate metadata enrichment. By eliminating redundant tasks and ensuring that editors can quickly find and access the assets they need, creatives can do what they do best – produce compelling videos.

Scalability for Future Needs

The number of digital video viewers worldwide is expected to increase to 3.5 Billion this year. More and more videos are being produced to meet the growing demand, and viewers expect quality production. If you are creating videos, you can expect growing demand. Your archive storage should be scalable to accommodate future growth in video files and other media. Whether adding more videos monthly or experiencing seasonal spikes, the storage solution must grow with your needs.

Integration with Cloud Storage

While traditional on-prem file video archival systems played a pivotal role, cloud storage has revolutionized media asset storage. Cloud-based solutions ensure that remote and hybrid workers can access everything they need from wherever they are working. But not all studios can move to 100% cloud-based. For some studios, a comprehensive video archive solution should seamlessly integrate with cloud platforms and on-premises storage solutions, allowing for easy backups, greater accessibility, and flexibility in managing digital assets.

Robust Data Protection

The safety of your video content is paramount. From accidental deletions to unforeseen disasters, the storage solution should provide multiple layers of protection. This protection includes encryption for security, redundancy to prevent data loss, and disaster recovery protocols.

Long-Term Preservation

Media archives are not just for the short term. You’re preserving valuable content, historical records, and memories that might be needed years, if not decades, down the line. Ensuring that the video archive storage system is built for longevity is vital, with provisions to migrate data when technology evolves.

Accessibility and User-Friendliness

While the backend of an archive system might be complex, accessing and managing your media files should be intuitive. A user-friendly interface, coupled with powerful search tools, ensures that even non-technical users can easily retrieve and manage video content.


While going for the most robust and advanced storage solutions is tempting, overbuying is not recommended. First, identify your team’s needs. Then, evaluate the total cost of ownership, which includes not just the initial setup but maintenance, scaling, and potential upgrades in the future.

Support and Upgrades

Lastly, consider the level of support provided by the solution provider. Are they staffed with experts in media workflow integration? Do they understand the needs of creative teams and the industry-leading technologies that are used in video production and postproduction? Do they have a commitment to the industry, and will they be available to continue to support the solution after implementation? As technology evolves, your system should receive regular updates to stay current. A reliable support system ensures that any hitches are addressed promptly, minimizing potential downtime.

Video archive storage is more than just a digital cupboard for your media assets; it’s the foundation upon which your video content’s longevity and accessibility rest. As you venture into choosing a video archive solution, prioritize flexibility, security, scalability, and efficiency. In this digital age, where content is invaluable, a robust video archival system isn’t just a good-to-have—it’s a necessity.

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CHESA has a passion for the nuances of media workflow integration. We have strong partnerships with the best-of-breed technology providers in the creative IT industry. We take a holistic approach in recommending solutions that bring real value and benefits to your organization, rather than selling technology for technology’s sake. Our team comes to the table with deep knowledge of the tools and vendors and is ready to address the demands and requirements of your environment and advance your business goals. Contact us today to find out more about how automating workflows in the Adobe ecosystem can bring greater efficiency and free up your creatives for their very best work.

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Media Workflow Management in a Remote Editing Era

The digital landscape is continuously evolving. With recent shifts towards remote work, the industry has entered the remote editing era in which short turnaround times and access to a global talent pool are the norm. The traditional studio environment has been reimagined. But this transformation is not without its challenges. Managing media assets and orchestrating efficient workflows is essential, or productions can get bogged down with inefficiencies and reworks. Effective media workflow management is critical in the remote editing era to compete in an industry expecting quick turnaround and high-quality content.

At its core, media workflow management involves overseeing the entire lifecycle of a media asset from ingest to final distribution. Effective media workflow management requires that each step be meticulously mapped. The objective? To streamline processes, ensure consistent quality, and deliver media content efficiently, regardless of where editing team members are located.


The Role of Media Assets in Workflow Management

The building blocks of any finished video are comprised of the many assets that go into creating the content. These blocks include raw footage, audio, in-process editing files, special effects files, graphic and branding elements, and polished videos ready for distribution on a wide range of platforms and formats. These files are precious, yet too often, they are underutilized. Effective asset management ensures that these media files are cataloged, retrievable, and ready for processing.

In a remote editing setting, this becomes even more critical. When creative teams work in an inefficient and fragmented asset management and storage system, efficiency and quality take a hit. Teams need real-time access to assets without the latency or bottlenecks that can hamper creativity.


Dissecting the Media Workflow Process

Your media assets have a project lifecycle from pre- and post-production to transcode, QC, distribution, and beyond. A comprehensive media workflow process is a roadmap that guides a media asset through its lifecycle. Critical points in the workflow include:


Acquisition and Ingest

Every project begins with acquisition and media ingest, where raw content is imported into the system. This phase requires tools that can handle vast amounts of data swiftly and seamlessly, especially when dealing with high-definition or even 8K content. The best systems will enhance metadata at ingest, adding information about location, format, film dates, and even looking inside for faces, objects, speech-to-text, and other attributes.



Once ingested, the editorial phase kicks in. This phase is a dynamic and creative workflow stage from video editing, visual effects, animation, and motion graphics to photography, audio editing, color-grading, and finishing. Different creatives may be working with different apps. They need to be able to collaborate effectively and share files seamlessly. In today’s remote era, cloud-based tools and platforms allow editors to collaborate in real-time, annotate, and share feedback without being in the same physical space. Bottlenecks in this phase result in lost time and expensive reworks and can pull creators out of the flow.

Media management steps into the limelight at this critical content creation stage, ensuring that the processed assets are organized, backed up, and stored with metadata tagging. This optimization is crucial for easy retrieval, version control, and updates. In remote editing, it’s not just about storage but accessibility. Cloud-based asset management solutions allow teams to pull or push content irrespective of their geographical location.


Transcoding and Distribution

Finally, the media distribution phase takes center stage. Once content is polished and ready, it’s dispatched to various platforms – be it streaming services, broadcast channels, or digital platforms. Ensuring content reaches the right platform in the correct format in a fragmented media consumption world is paramount. The sheer number of broadcast outlets, OTT, and social media platforms are as numerous as they are diverse. Viewers are accessing content on every conceivable device. Gone are the days when media distribution was linear. Today, it’s multi-directional and multi-platform. As media is edited and refined remotely, it must also be distributed to a global audience. Media workflow management ensures that distribution is timely, format-compliant, and aligned with the target audience’s consumption habits.


Archiving and Repurposing

The value of your assets shouldn’t disappear after distribution. An effective media management system will support extending the life of your media files and allow you to repurpose valuable content.


Integrating Workflow Management in the Remote Era

With teams now dispersed, robust workflow management is the glue that holds the process together. It’s not just about individual tasks but orchestrating them to work harmoniously. Whether it’s ensuring that media assets are easily accessible to editors across the globe or streamlining feedback loops, workflow management tools must be agile, cloud-native, and intuitive.

The remote editing era has redefined the boundaries of media creation and distribution. It’s dismantled geographical barriers but introduced new challenges in collaboration and accessibility. Amidst these shifts, media workflow management stands as the backbone, ensuring that from media ingest to distribution, every step is executed flawlessly.

Organizations can thrive in this new landscape by integrating tools and solutions that cater to media asset management, processing, and distribution. As the adage goes, ‘change is the only constant.’ The key to navigating this change in the media world is a robust, flexible, and efficient media workflow management system.


Contact Us Today

CHESA has a passion for the nuances of media workflow integration. We have strong partnerships with the best-of-breed technology providers in the creative IT industry. We take a holistic approach in recommending solutions that bring real value and benefits to your organization rather than selling technology for technology’s sake. Our team comes to the table with deep knowledge of the tools and vendors. It is ready to address the demands and requirements of your environment and advance your business goals. Contact us today to find out more about how automating workflows in the Adobe ecosystem can bring greater efficiency and free up your creatives for their very best work.


Veritone Forges Groundbreaking Partnership with CHESA

Veritone Forges Groundbreaking Partnership with CHESA to Revolutionize U.S. Federal Legislative Branch’s Digital Media Management

Cutting-edge AI-powered Digital Media Hub to elevate collaboration and user experience

Veritone, Inc. (NASDAQ: VERI), a frontrunner in enterprise AI software and services, proudly announced a transformative alliance with CHESA, a leading provider of media workflow solutions, in a bid to overhaul and streamline the digital media management processes within the U.S. Government’s Legislative Branch. This landmark collaboration marks a pivotal moment as Veritone’s innovative solutions promise to revolutionize how the U.S. Congress stores, manages, and disseminates its extensive repository of photos, audio, and videos, ushering in a new era of digital media management efficiency.

In response to the growing demand for enhanced digital media management capabilities, the Legislative Branch sought a comprehensive solution to replace its current photo management platform. Elected officials and their dedicated teams have consistently expressed the need for a modernized system, and the U.S. Congress has turned to industry stalwarts CHESA and Veritone. Renowned for their proficiency in the analysis, engineering, and implementation of cutting-edge media technology systems, this partnership is set to deliver a transformative solution.

At the heart of this collaboration is Veritone’s ground-breaking Digital Media Hub platform, an amalgamation of artificial intelligence (AI) and digital asset management in an intuitively customizable interface. With the power of AI engines, including facial recognition, at their fingertips, members of the Legislative Branch and their staff will effortlessly tag photos of agency members, enabling swift retrieval and sharing of archived photos. This innovation promises a substantial enhancement in efficiency, culminating in resource savings for the media management endeavors of the U.S. Congress.

“This strategic partnership between Veritone and CHESA represents a significant leap forward in the digitization of the U.S. Federal Legislative Branch’s media management solutions,” remarked Jason Paquin, CEO at CHESA. “Veritone’s state-of-the-art Digital Media Hub platform, coupled with CHESA’s expertise in media workflow solutions, will empower the U.S. Congress to meet the demands of the digital age more effectively and efficiently than ever before.”

The partnership between Veritone and CHESA is poised to set a new standard in the digital media management landscape for government institutions. As the U.S. Federal Legislative Branch embraces the power of AI and cutting-edge technology, it is evident that this collaboration will yield far-reaching benefits, cementing Veritone’s reputation as a pioneer in enterprise AI solutions.

About Veritone, Inc. (NASDAQ: VERI)

Veritone (NASDAQ: VERI) is a leading provider of AI-powered intelligent process automation solutions that transform unstructured audio and video data into actionable intelligence. Its AI platform and applications, orchestrated by Veritone’s aiWARE™, empower organizations to analyze and leverage structured and unstructured data for improved decision-making and business outcomes. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Veritone is a multi-year winner of the AI Breakthrough Award and is ranked in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™ list of the fastest-growing public technology companies in North America. To learn more, visit


CHESA is a prominent provider of media workflow solutions, offering a range of services and technologies designed to streamline media operations for organizations across various industries. With a rich history of delivering cutting-edge solutions, CHESA is committed to helping clients achieve operational excellence and maximize the value of their media assets.