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AmberFin Rolls Out iCR Transcode Farm Controller and Network Licence Server
Adds enhanced network funtionality
BASINGSTOKE, ENGLAND — The new iCR
Transcode Farm Controller builds on AmberFin’s multi-node transcode environment. With the new iCR Transcode Farm Controller the transcode segment of
the workflow is scalable, provides an appropriate level of redundancy to suit a
specific application and enables a combination of high throughput and advanced system
The new iCR
Transcode Farm Controller works by providing a single, redundant
interface to the iCR Transcode capabilities. Jobs are sent to the iCR
Controller and behind the scenes the system architecture is sized to achieve
the levels of redundancy and throughput required by that particular
application. By combining the Farm Controller with AmberFin’s Network Licensing
Server, a larger scale model can be created with pools of transcode nodes
that can dynamically float across the underlying server hardware and no longer require
fixed node-to-server relationships.
AmberFin iCR’s Network License Server enables facilities to use the
same technology in both a single standalone desktop PC running as the proof-of-concept, as well as in a network of 100 or more servers/blades/VMs.
Each iCR node is installed from a single installer that contains the suite of iCR functionality. The license given
to the node at run-time defines how that node will behave.
key feature of the Network License Server is its ability to ensure that a user’s full
capacity is always online. For example, if one transcoder node encounters
problems, the Farm Controller will seamlessly swap the required iCR operations
to a back-up node and the Network License Server will ensure it is able to
carry on. Job metadata is available to allow network administrators to gauge
how many jobs were delayed based on the licensing options available within the
group. This feedback gives key capacity information to administrators, allowing
them to manage costs, throughput and capacity of the farm.
iCR also introduced new tools for adding, checking and
inserting a user’s custom metadata through configuration and without requiring
costly code customization. The iCR metadata plug-in wizard allows users to
configure the metadata they need for their organization in such a way that
ingest and QC operators can automatically update and validate this information
as part of a QC workflow. This metadata can then be used to control
segmentation workflows, versioning workflows and can be used in simple wizards
to perform the right process with the right media and right metadata at the
of the Transcode Farm Controller and Network License Server adds a third
dimension in terms of enhanced network functionality. It provides floating software
licenses for occasional functions, such as standards conversion, captioning,
Dolby, audio processing and watermarking.