Flow Ingest provides two powerful solutions for getting video and audio materials into the Flow asset management environment – multi-channel baseband HD/SD-SDI ingest plus flexible file-based ingest.

In both cases, ingest is managed through the intuitive Flow Browse interface. Here, users can view raw clips from native XDCAM and P2 cards as well as from DSLR devices. In addition, they can preview video streams from live studio cameras, satellite feeds and VTR devices and then start and stop capture for multiple channels ganged together or each channel individually. Choose the codecs and wrappers you want to ingest in, provide initial metadata to describe what is being captured and even set up schedules for delayed recording.

Flow Ingest never ties up your workstation during the ingest process. The heavy lifting is all handled by dedicated Ingest Servers located elsewhere on the network. Once you begin an ingest, you can close Flow Browse and get back to working inside your NLE or other application. Unless, of course, you want to log your ingest while its happening - in which case, you can watch the preview and create markers, subclips and log entries on the fly.

Flow HD/SD-SDI ingest servers include 2 or 4 independent video inputs, RS422 deck control and 8 channels of AES audio standard for each 2 channels of video. Unlike other ingest solutions that only capture in MPEG2, QuickTime or AVI formats, Flow also captures into Avid's native OpAtom MXF format (separate audio and video files). Servers have enough horsepower to encode videos streams in one low-resolution proxy format plus two high-resolution codecs all in real time, including DNxHD, AVC-intra 50 and 100, XDCAM-EX 35, XDCAM-HD 50, as well as DVC ProHD. Plus Flow has been optimized to write directly to central shared storage. This means that both high-resolution media and proxies are ready to view and edit from anywhere on the network as soon as your capture is complete.

In fact, Flow supports two other unique high-value features: "Edit-While-Capture", which allows editors to start cutting as soon as an ingest begins, plus our space-saving "Universal Media Files", which makes a single captured file look like both MXF and MOV at the same time.

Flow file ingest is similarly full-featured. Whether you work with P2, XDCAM, Canon DSLRs, GoPro cameras, or one of many other digital devices, just connect the device or card reader to your local workstation and Flow will understand the files there and grab all the metadata that was previously written into those files. Flow file ingest lets you keep your clips in their original codec but rewrap them to more edit-friendly containers such as QuickTime or MXF OpAtom. You can also transcode clips to an entirely different format - for example, take your GoPro AVCHD clips and transcode them to more editable DNxHD. You can even choose to ingest only portions of clips. And of course, at any time during the file ingest process, you can add additional metadata to each clip.

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Feature highlights

File Ingest

Ingest your file based media, with the most comprehensive format support available, from re-wrap to full transcode. With full control over the bandwidth used by Ingest users, you can be sure that your editors or other users will never notice a drop in performance.

P2 and XDCAM

HD Support for all P2 and XDCAM formats, from AVC-Intra to XDCAM HD 50, in both MXF and QuickTime wrappers. Full support for all device metadata during ingest, meaning that you never lose the valuable and important content.

Multiple codecs

As well as your main ingest format, you can also simultaneously ingest to a second format, keeping the common metadata. Proxy files are also created, offering a total of three simultaneous formats for ingest.

Automatic proxy creation

With Flow File Ingest, proxy files are automatically created, meaning that your content is instantly available for any user who has permission to see it. This means faster access to content, and ultimately more time to spend on the important tasks.

Virtual Devices

Copy P2 or XDCAM data to local drives and view them as if they were real devices, with a flattened view of media files for easy access.

Automatic Backup

As soon as your clips have finished being captured, they automatically backup to your archive device, giving you peace of mind with a full backup copy.