Introduction

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We welcome you to SoleraTec's Phoenix VCM, version 6.5.

SoleraTec is in the business of data management and can effectively address storage needs for digital data assets.

With the SoleraTec solution, digital data assets are captured or ingested into the management solution's Information Repository, where they are stored under complete control, can be searched on, and retrieved with the highest original quality. Depending on the scope of your working environment, the Information Repository is made up of one Vault or many Vaults on your network; each Vault contains a central processing unit (CPU), Phoenix VCM software, and storage.

The Phoenix VCM solution is unique and outstanding compared to any storage management systems because of:

Decentralized Vaults -Your Information Repository is distributed over your network. This offers you a dynamic, server-less solution with a "no single point of failure" where you can get to your data quickly and easily, at any time.
Scalable solution - Rather than having one giant expensive storage unit, you can easily add storage space incrementally as your business grows and your data requirements increase. This promotes significant cost savings, as you can add less expensive storage units.
Multi-tiered storage - Different types of storage units can be integrated into the solution at different times. This supports long-term retention needs and unlimited retention possibilities.
Online, near-line, and offline communication - Low resolution companion or proxy files are created and completely managed by Phoenix VCM. These proxy files are stored locally but always teamed with high resolution originals, making it possible for thorough, worthwhile searches throughout your entire Information Repository. Phoenix VCM provides fast retrieval of original video or files, even if the media is stored offline.

Phoenix VCM - A Video Post-Production Solution

Phoenix VCM caters to the video post-production needs of the media and entertainment industries. Phoenix VCM supports the ever expanding video editing market, with its increase in digital camera counts, higher resolution images, and increased storage requirements.

Phoenix VCM manages video assets for brief or long-term storage. The video can be captured from cameras or through third party video management software such as Apple’s Final Cut Pro, Adobe's Premiere, Avid’s Media Composer, and others. The Phoenix VCM solution manages unaltered high resolution original video and creates low resolution proxy video (at a fraction of the original size and when supported by your hardware), and then implements storage policies to replicate and migrate the video to and from a storage device, automatically, with no data loss.

Phoenix VCM manages a multi-tiered solution, meaning that it has a scalable architecture and can manage multiple storage devices. With the low resolution proxy video, archives are active and available when video is located online, near-line, or offline. There is no cumbersome process of video backup and restoration that traditional single-tiered systems have.

The replication and migration of video files to less-expensive storage mediums, all under full management, allows for rapid search and retrieval of relevant video scenes, regardless of how long ago they were captured.

From ingesting your video with Target and Process, searching for and retrieving stored video using Search and Retrieve and reviewing the video with the Video Content Manager, you will find that with Phoenix VCM all your video post-production needs are met with ease.

See also Architectural Overview and Technical Overview.

Seamless Integration

Seamless integration refers to the ease at which Phoenix VCM handles all your data asset management needs. From video capture, to online, near-line, or offline storage, to retrieving data for review or manipulation on your desktop client, all your data - regardless of when it was ingested, recorded or where stored - are under complete management and are easily accessible.

Phoenix VCM manages the unaltered high resolution original video and creates low resolution companion or proxy video (at a fraction of the original video size) along with customizable metadata to enable fast searches and video review. Phoenix VCM then implements storage policies to replicate  and migrate the original, unaltered video between primary hard disk-based storage and other storage devices - such as data tape libraries, automatically, with no data loss and complete chain-of-custody. When searching for video, the low resolution companion video would be the primary video footage retrieved, but it is teamed with the original source video.

Phoenix VCM has a scalable, multi-tiered infrastructure, where it can manage multiple storage devices across a network for the most affordable long-term retention available. The following is an example of a complete digital data asset and video lifecycle management solution.

Video and data asset lifecycle management diagram