Flow Ingest provides a powerful solution for getting video and audio materials into the Flow asset management environment. This dual solution provides multi-channel flexible file-based ingest and optionally up to 8 channels of HD/SD-SDI ingest.

In both cases, ingests can be managed using 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 live HD/SD-SDI video streams from 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 encoding and processing 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 up to 8 independent HD/SD video inputs with 16 channels embedded or 4 channels of AES audio for each video input channels of video and 4 channels of RS422 control. In addition to standard MPEG2, QuickTime or AVI formats, Flow also captures into Avid's native OpAtom MXF format (separate audio and video files), MXF OP1a and H264. 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, DVC ProHD or ProRes. Flow has also been optimized to write directly to central shared storage. Thus ensuring 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.

Additionally 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. The Universal Media function also allows different NLEs and production tools to seamlessly work on the same production.

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 media files along with the metadata that relates to it. Flow file ingest lets you keep your clips in their original codec and also lets you 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 the more editable DNxHD. You can also pre-edit your clips by just selecting to ingest a portion of source clips. And don't forget you can add additional metadata to any clip during or after the file ingest process.

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Feature highlights

HD/SD-SDI Ingest

The Flow SDI Ingest server hardware platform has been totally redesigned in a new compact 2RU form factor providing two models; 4 or 8 input SDI ports. Half the inputs ports can be switched to provide E-E output monitoring if required. All inputs are auto sensing for frame rate and video standard, and can support SD-SDI and HD-SDI signals up to 1080p29.97.

The new Flow Ingest capture card also provides full frame synchronizers on all channels, providing better input stability and handling of unstable incoming video signals.

All models also come as standard with AES Audio inputs, LTC timecode input, 4 x RS-422 deck control, onboard dual-port 10GBaseT Ethernet, and future support for GPI inputs.

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.