Expanded Capabilities of SAMMA Systems’ Solo 2.0 To Be Demonstrated at SAA Show In San Francisco


New version can handle more formats with multiple wrappers; Six presets enable operators to select “bundled” parameters

Last Updated: August 29, 2008 5:56 pm GMT
(San Francisco, California--August 29, 2008) SAMMA Systems, the established leader in media migration, will demonstrate the expanded capabilities of its SAMMA SoloTM 2.0 at the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at the San Francisco Hilton Hotel August 28-29.

The SAMMA demonstration will be shown continuously in Booth 181 at SAA.

The Solo is a scalable, semi-automated system suitable for migrating small to medium-sized videotape collections of any format type to digital files. Solo 2.0 handles more formats, has new automated pre-sets to manage multiple inputs and outputs, and provides more archiving value than earlier models.

Formats available with Solo 2.0 include JPEG 2000, MPEG-1/2/4, Uncompressed, Flash 8 and Windows Media. Three wrappers are also available: MXF for interoperability, QuickTime for Apple applications and AVI file for Windows Media applications.

In addition, multiple combinations of all the above outputs are available and can be produced simultaneously with one pass. Solo 2.0 can produce high-level encoding with archival quality and low-level encoding for other uses during the same process.

To simplify and speed up what could be a complex archiving process, SAMMA has incorporated six presets into its encoders. By using a preset, an operator can select a “bundle” of formats and setup parameters to accomplish a given archiving task. Each preset will pick up the designated formats and relevant configurations, producing multiple output files in a single operation.

The presets are as follows (with a variety of working and proxy formats included with each preset)
  • Lossless J2K Archive for lossless archiving
  • Uncompressed 4:2:2 AVI Archive for broadcast (Avid)
  • Uncompressed 4:2:2 MOV Archive for broadcast (Final Cut Pro)
  • IMX Archive for broadcast (Sony)
  • MPEG 4:2:2 50 megabytes per second Archive for broadcast
  • MPEG 4:2:2 15 Mbps for storage applications

Other improvements in Solo 2.0 include more sophisticated audio with 7 band EQ and dynamic compression controls; watermarking and animated logo capability on any of the encoded files; image cropping and motion adaptive de-interlacing; source time capability for better editing and searching capability of the digitized files after conversion; and MXF, AVI and QuickTime file wrapping capability.

In addition, Solo 2.0 offers Windows Media ActiveX encoding preview so that all formats can be viewed in the same Windows Media Player window. Previously each format had to be viewed in a separate window.

“Solo 2.0 improves functionality with no increase in complexity,” said Chris Golson, SAMMA Chief Marketing Officer. “Compared to the earlier version, our more powerful software lowers the price of each output stream. We are pleased that we have been able to incorporate the functionality requested by the archiving community of simplifying the migration process thereby increasing cost effectiveness in the preservation of videotape archiving and migration.”

Golson said customer reaction to the improved capabilities of Solo has been extremely positive. “We expect this upgrade to serve not only the needs of archivists, but also the needs of broadcast, educational and corporate videotape library owners who want to get broader use from their tapes – internal uses, Internet transmission, DVD creation and other purposes,” Golson said.

The SAMMA Solo is currently installed and migrating tapes at the Library of Congress, the Shoah Foundation, ABC owned and operated stations, as well as at the Holocaust Museum, where SAMMA and Crawford Communications are jointly managing a conversion project. The Solo is a component of the larger SAMMA Robot and incorporates many of the same elements – automatic analytics, video enhancements and extensive metadata reporting.

SAMMA Solo 2.0 is in stock, available for purchase or lease and available for immediate delivery. For further information about SAMMA Solo or SAMMA Systems and its products, please visit: www.SammaSystems.com.


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