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Flow Center

Leading Media Asset Management

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The fully incorporated Flow Center system aids and functionalizes production-, post-, archiving, editorial-, publishing and delivery-workflows as well as enables centralized and technical- and administrative workflows in any media-centric environment or business. Therefore, the software works in many media-centric environments: production, post, broadcast, agencies, marketing, web-TV, even online-publishing and -sales.

Modular Architecture

The Flow Center is the center of the system that binds together all other modules. The building blocks of the Flow Center are core modules, such as the media databases, user-engine, and rights-engine. It manages and creates the linkage and exchange between all other Flow modules.

Any combination of the core-engines plus many GUIs can be put together to target and resolve specific needs. Furthermore, any specific user GUIs can be used, adapted, or created to cater to any specific user-process or business model. In combination, the Flow System offers unrivaled flexibility and ability to create customer solutions from a set of standardized components.

Grow with your needs

Flow also allows for free scaling of the solution. As usage-cases grow and new modules are integrated, the hardware-basis can be grown freely; add CPUs, add storages, add users – all at your own pace. Flow can be installed locally on-site, at multiple locations (“federated”), and in the cloud/hosted. On top of this, Flow can also be grown across locations: create a de-centralized network (or “own cloud”) of your own across locations by hooking up individual Flow installations in different locations. Use the unique flow2flow module to grow your own network as needed, combine own hardware with hosted/cloud services, etc.

Fully Covered

You can import, upload, and manage your content within your own system or hosted solutions. Enrich or import metadata to your media containers with digital movies, audio files, pictures, or any other file. Fully featured search algorithms keep all your content at hand, making it possible to organize it into media lists or projects, focusing on actual content.

The integrated transcoding and workflow system reduces manual workloads, including the possibility for the system to interact with its users, locally or remotely, giving you the total control of your content, your data and its deliverables.

The Flow Center is an encompassing, fully integrated system that offers a wider range of functionality.

Features

An overview of the Flow Center features:

Features

  • Comprehensive asset management
  • Extensive user management
  • Flexible GUIs, outstanding user experience
  • Rooms workflow
  • Wide variety of workflows and workflow design
  • Data processing
  • AI Integration
  • Distribution to various systems
  • Device and 3rd party software integration
Specifications

The  Flow Center system specifications:

Hardware Requirements

Entry level system

  • Intel Xeon E-2186G, 3.8 GHz, 6 cores CPU, or similar
  • 16 GByte RAM
  • 512 GByte SSD
  • Nvidia Quadro P400
  • 1 Gbps Ethernet
  • USB 3 Connector
  • Linux
  • Google Chrome 

Best value system

  • Intel Xeon 6242R, 3.1 GHz, 20 cores CPU, or similar
  • 32 GByte RAM
  • 512 GByte SSD
  • Nvidia Quadro P400
  • 1 Gbps Ethernet
  • USB 3 Connector
  • Linux
  • Google Chrome

Flow Center Engines

  • Archive (all content, all types, metadata, users & rights)
  • Workflows (all editorial, all technical, all administrative processes & automation)
  • Processing (any technical alteration or management of any media content)
  • Distribution (publishing/distribution to & from any digital channel)
  • Integration (integrate any 3rd party device into any self-designed workflow)
  • Flexible GUIs (use & create any targeted user interface, integrate any web or app service)

FLOW CENTER INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING MODULES

Flow Center Graphical User Interface (GUI)

This is the web-based graphical user interface for groups, users and admins of the Flow Center, accessible independent of time or location. All functions of the Flow Center can be operated through this GUI.

Flow Coder transcoder

Included in every Flow Center installation is a fully featured broadcast-level transcoding engine up to 4K/UHD. This transcoder is capable of crunching the bits from editing systems or user generated content in every format, codec, or data rate into every needed format. Flow Coder is a software transcoder operating on the Linux OS with powerful plugin features, for example, data extraction, logo embedding with alpha channels, timecode embedding, rough-cut (edit) of video, merging several videos into a single clip, managing 16 audio tracks for multilingual purposes—to name a few.

Flow Device and Workflow engine

This module allows its users to monitor and manage their machinery and workflows transparently, including connected storages, Flow Centers, transcoders, file servers, delivery targets, ongoing processes, data location and status, etc. With it, you have control of your IT environment and can make use of system interactions with your Flow Center.

Flow App: the mobile interface

The Flow App is developed to operate with Flow Center Core servers or Flow Ant systems. It can connect to one or more Flow MAM systems and gives its users the opportunity to manage their systems from a smartphone or tablet. Functions include: search, preview, accumulating, or delivering content.

Flow Storage Manager (option)

Operates in IT environments with multiple broadcast storages, decentralized databases, HSM-structures

flow2flow connect (option)

Connects and manages locally or globally distributed decentralized archive operations with heterogenous content and metadata

Flow Fuel SOAP API (option)

Web service API for complete remote control the Flow Core engine to empower your own software and web services with Flow features

Flow Center Implementations

  • Flow2flow
  • Flow Edge
  • Flow Cloud
  • Flow Hosted
  • Flow Ant
Documentation

All FlowWorks related documentation:

Brochures

HowTo Videos

The Flow Center related HowTo videos:

Flow center demonstration
The Developer

Flow Works

Flow Works is a Munich-based privately owned company founded in 2005. They have over 15 years of experience with digital media files and their conversions, non-linear editing systems, production and postproduction workflows, broadcast process chains, marketing, delivery, and distributions to VOD platforms and social media networks. Flow Works serves the entire market, meaning all companies and environments that produce, own/manage, and distribute media content. Flow Works is your strategic partner for Media Asset Management (MAM), Production Asset Management (PAM), and Production Management Systems (PMS).

Based in Germany.

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The Team

Axel Jerabek

Axel Jerabek

Oliver Meurer

Oliver Meurer

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