That DAM Conference

Posted by NAPC Marketing on Tue, May 05, 2015 @ 09:40 AM

Tags: Buying DAM Technology, DAM, brand asset management, NAPC blog, New York City, Henry Stewart, Convention, #DAMNY, #IsThisYou

 

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It is time for Henry Stewart Events: DAM NY this week (May 7-8) in New York City. Henry Stewart DAM Conferences take place several times per year, in a number of major cities. Like it, or not New York City is however the capital of DAM. Follow all the updates with #DAMNY.

Hundreds of DAM professionals (#IsThisYou) will gather to discuss, review, connect and participate in case study presentations, collaborative work sessions and techlabs. The growth of the digital assets business sector has been phenomenal and the importance of storing, accessing, distributing, repurposing and monetizing those assets increases every day. This convention will deliver what it promises: the latest thinking on how to store, access, distribute, and monetize your digital assets, illustrated with learnings from multiple case studies.

With a great line up of speakers, and a full agenda over the course of two days, this is certain to be an important conference to attend. Several members of the NAPC team will be on hand, and keep a look out for teams from Bynder and DALIM SOFTWARE GmbH, both of whom will both be exhibiting. This is a treat for us, having two of our primary partners in one place. 

Attendees can expect a great deal of topics including:

  • "A look at how to build a DAM foundation that is not only effective for the creative needs of now, but one that will stand the test of time" with speaker, Theresa Regli, Managing Partner & Principal Analyst, Real Story Group.
  • Where is DAM Heading? A panel discussing content contextualization and brand management, on-premise vs. cloud hosted or SaaS, and who will be buying DAM? This panel will include among others representatives from 3M Company, Sterling Publishing and Hallmark.
  • Identifying the Needs. Satisfying the Wants. This panel will focus on where vendors are taking their products and the ways they seek to facilitate marketing innovation, as well as how the needs of global companies and their creative, branding and marketing teams are to be fully satisfied (#IsThisYou)

In preparation for Henry Stewart, here are some helpful tips for getting the most out of this or any conference. Enjoy the largest Digital Asset Management Conference of 2015 and keep an eye on the NAPC Twitter and Facebook feeds for updates, and save the hashtag #DAMNY to follow the convention.

Not attending? You can always keep up with news, the state of the DAM industry, branding content and digital asset management tips and tricks, and much more by subscribing to the NAPC Blog.

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Certain content from within the post comes from original sources including HubSpotHenrik de Gyor and The Henry Stewart Conferences. 

5 things you didn't know you could do with modern Xinet!

Posted by Rob Pelmas on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 @ 01:21 PM

Tags: subject matter, Best Practice, Archiving, Buying DAM Technology, digital asset management, NAPC blog, metadata

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Everyone's busy. It feels like everyone is treading water, just trying to keep their heads above the surface. With the deluge of interruptions and understaffing, not to mention new corporate mandates, it's hard to stay current with the technology you already own.

Let NAPC help! We're holding a webinar this Thursday, Feb 26th. "5 things you didn't know you could do with Xinet".

We're going to show modern search with real world examples, Pilot coming to the rescue in a variety of situations, some new automation possibilities, as well as a little bit on modern archiving. All of these are geared towards real world situations, making the user experience better while taking load off admins. Oh, and a sneak peek at the next generation of NAPC's products (Don't tell anyone).

So, grap a cuppa, and join us at 3pm Eastern this Thursday, while Sully and I take you through the hottest and coolest in modern Xinet. Click the link below to register. We'll even send a calendar invite to make your life easier.

Register

New Video featues in Xinet v16

Posted by Brian Dolan on Fri, Jul 03, 2009 @ 08:29 AM

Tags: video, reel, Xinet, how to, Xinet WebNative Portal, DAM Systems, Portal, NAPC, NAPC blog

As the Holiday weekend starts up for us all, lets close the week out and chat a bit about all the cool things that are coming to the masses soon.  Xinet is going to be releasing version 16 of it’s suite of tools including a new, faster version of Portal, a unified web interface for all administration, easier tools and setup for PDF Image replacement, greatly enhanced video capabilities, basic web based markup and annotation tools and a whole bunch of other “under the hood” improvements.  Currently, NAPC is testing beta 2 of version 16 and we’re all pretty impressed with it so far.  One of the biggest features I’m excited about is the enhanced video features.  Let me esplain (as Ricky would say).


Xinet, in the new soon to be released version of video in Suite 16, has greatly enhanced how users in Portal interact with video assets.  In the current release of Video 2.0 in Xinet, it is possible to stream many video formats, create keyframes at a preset interval, and really, thats about it.  With the new version, you’ll be able to do much, much more.  First and foremost, the ability to create what I would call mini-reels, is now available as a basket plugin in Portal.  This is how it works:


1)    User logs in to a Portal site and identifies the files they want to work with.  Those files could be video files of various formats, InDesign files, static picture files, just about anything you can have in Xinet.
2)    The user would then add those files to a shopping basket.
3)    Once in the basket, the user would click the basket plugin named “Video Generation”
4)    This brings up a new Web 2.0 type of interface to arrange the assets into whatever order makes sense to the end user.  Asset arrangement is made simple by using drag and drop in a web browser-me likey!
5)    Once in the correct order, the user can set the ‘in and out’ times of the files based on keyframes generated by Xinet or by hours:minutes:seconds.
6)    The user can also set basic fade outs from clip to clip as well.  Gives it a nice touch!
7)    Once the files are arranged in the correct order and the in/out times are set, a new video file can be generated from those assets in either a Quicktime, Windows Media, or Flash format.
8)    The server then generates the appropriate file on the Xinet file system and once done, it gives the end user the ability to download the file to their desktop.

Here's a peek of what it'll look like:

 

This is huge everyone.  Think of it this way, if you have 30 second spots for a client for all of 2008, and they want to create a quick reel of all the ones that won awards (that you made of course!), they can quickly log in to Xinet via Portal, collect the assets, set the times and format and let Xinet make the file for them.  To be clear, this is not intended for broadcast but more for the web or computer screen aka small screen.  I think this is a huge leap forward for Xinet and since I used to work in the broadcast world, it’s pretty exciting for me as you might be able to tell!

On top of that, screen detection for keyframing is also part of the new release.  The current version can be set to sample a keyframe at a set interval say every 5 seconds or so regardless of scene change or not.  That can potentially add a bunch of useless keyframes into your database.  With the new scene detection functionality, you can set the admin preferences so it is “smart” and only creates keyframes when a scene actually changes with tolerance controls.  So, instead of keyframing a movie that is 1 minute long and getting 12 keyframes (when sampled every 5 seconds), you may only get 7 or 8 frames stored in the database. This can be very helpful!

Overall, we have a lot to look forward to with the upcoming release of version 16 of Xinet’s Suite of tools.

Enjoy the weekend all and as always, if you have any questions on any of this information, please give us a ring and we’ll be happy to help!  Want to see this new functionality for yourself???  Give your Account Manager a call and we’ll be happy to show you all the new stuff.

Happy 4th of July!

Brian Dolan

Find Similar

Posted by Grant Mongardi on Tue, May 12, 2009 @ 05:21 PM

Tags: Xinet, Xinet WebNative Portal, DAM Systems, NAPC blog, Searching with DAM

Presently, Xinet and many other DAM systems offer reasonably
elaborate ways of finding images based upon both user-supplied
metadata, as well as information provided by the applications
used to create the images. Much of this searching is reliant
upon some level of understanding and expertise by the end user.
This method of searching is generally only as good as the people
both adding the metadata, as well as the folks doing the search.
In other words, the search method itself is very dependent upon
people for it's accuracy.

That may change sometime in the future. Although I have no
expectations that searching user-applied metadata will ever go
away entirely, I do suspect that other options will be forth-
coming that will allow end-users to search based upon the
characteristics of an image. Most images have some sort of
general theme, be it either subject matter, layout, color or
texture. If you can determine these characteristics algorith-
mically, or some combinations of heuristic and algorithmic
techniques, then it would be possible to search initially on
metadata (or simple browse to a particular image to start with)
and then select a defined mechanism to find "similar images"
within some threshold to the reference image. Additionally,
there is also the capability that you can simply upload an
image from your desktop, either existing artwork, or just some
reasonable facsimile drawing that you produce, and let the
search engine find stuff that is similar!

There are already a few of these search engines out there. They
are in very early stages of development, so you can't really use
these as a definition of what's to come, but the results that
they produce are interesting to say the least. From the time
that I've spent looking at these, my suspicions are that most
are initially using a combination of information applied to the
images, either via information provided by the page that they
are placed within, or some sort of metadata/tags provided to
describe the images. From that point, the display of images
offers some mechanism to find images that have characteristics
similar to the reference image - some sort of "find similar"
link or button.

The benefit to this sort of search capability for the typical
DAM administrator is that although metadata searches with still
need to be available, designers will then be able to "find
similar" imagery based upon a texture, or color theme, or
content layout, or even some combination of those with perhaps
some specific metadata, such as "royalty-free". Given the fact
that most designers think and work visually, this will make
reuse of imagery much more productive, and will allow studios
to make the most of their asset library.

If you'd like to see some of these engines in action, or if you
are interested in learning more about the science behind them,
I've provided some links at the end of this article. However,
I wouldn't expect to see these anytime soon on your DAM server,
regardless of who makes it. The technology behind this sort of
searching is truly in it's infancy, and my expectation would be
that it will still need a lot of fine-tuning before we'll ever
see it in a commercial environment such as Xinet provides.
Although, one should note that the fact that Xinet's system
creates and stores previews of a large array of filetypes, this
then adds the capability for one to search across those preview
images rather than just the original image. That adds a layer
of capability that will allow the end-user to not just compare
actual original images, but to compare the previews of all of
the supported filetypes. That means you can find an InDesign,
Quark, or even Word document with similar characteristics to
what could be a reference PSD, or even Vector-based AI file.
Stay tuned, as the future of image similarity searching does
look bright!

Similarity search engines:
 http://www.airliners.net/search/
 http://similar-images.googlelabs.com/
 http://www.tiltomo.com/
 http://tineye.com/
 http://www.incogna.com/#random
 http://wang14.ist.psu.edu/cgi-bin/zwang/regionsearch_show.cgi

Academic Papers on Similarity Searching:
 http://infolab.stanford.edu/~wangz/project/imsearch/SIMPLIcity/TPAMI/
 http://www.cs.princeton.edu/cass/papers/LCL04.pdf

Roll the presses - NAPC's blog begins.

Posted by Kenny Kirsch on Mon, Mar 16, 2009 @ 03:36 PM

Tags: Xinet WebNative Portal, NAPC blog, Asset Browser, Adobe InDesign

Welcome to the first NAPC blog. We have selected several NAPC experts to contribute our technology perspectives; from what we like, what we don’t and a range of good technology stuff. When I say stuff, I mean it inthe best way possible. For instance – I might blog about Xinet’s new Asset Browser which was recently released with WebNative Portal 2.0.6. It is a cool new tool, a Xinet web browser that launches in InDesign and allows users to search, browse, drag and drop and run other workflows without leaving the InDesign application. Xinet WebNative Portal 2.0.6 also seems much faster, I have been tough on this product the past few years and I am pleased to see it heading in the right direction. We might also blog on what we think the next big thing is, how the industry is going green or a cool workflow that we saw one of our clients using. The goal is to keep you informed, in touch with the graphics industry from a service provider’s view. I encourage you to subscribe and comment on what we write. Good or bad feedback is vital to us – we want to be your technology partner.