axle Starter is a new entry-level edition of our radically simple media management software, making it easy for anyone to manage their media from any computer on their network. Like axle 2016, axle Starter creates proxies of your media, allows you to view, tag, search, share, and organize your media, and offers a simple workflow for getting media from axle to Adobe Premiere Pro or Apple Final Cut Pro, without needing to move media around.
There are some limitations to keep in mind:
The software with a two-user license starts at $495. Upgrade options available from $800.
axle 2016.3 is the latest edition of axle's award-winning media management software, now optimized for media libraries with up to 1 million+ assets. Simply point axle at the media files you want to manage and it automatically creates low-bandwidth proxies you can then access from any web browser. Using our simple browser interface, it's easy to search, comment, mark, approve, and annotate your assets from any location. There's no need to move your media files or change your system setup. Your storage can be a SAN, a NAS or just a local RAID, and can be running in a Mac, Windows or Linux environment – all axle needs is to be able to read the file system. For optimal system performance, we recommend running axle on a Mac Pro; all systems must be quad-core or larger. Our new plug-in panel for Adobe Premiere® Pro CC, included with every axle 2016 system, enables editors to search, see previews and begin working on footage without leaving their favorite NLE software.
The software with a two-user license starts at $1,295; a five-user license starts at $2,995.
The aQ series is a complete storage and media management solution, combinging the axle's powerful software with QNAP's proven storage hardware. The systems all integrate with non-linear editing (NLE) video editing systems from Apple (FCP7, FCPX) and Adobe (Premiere Pro CC, Prelude CC). Optional modules allow for integration with Avid Media Composer workflows, Adobe Anywhere distributed editing solutions, and a range of LTO tape based archiving solutions from vendors such as Archiware and XenData.
There are four versions available, all of whose networked storage have four Gigabit Ethernet interfaces configured with RAID6 to allow data protection in case of multiple drive failures, plus a simple browser-based media management system. All systems also come with unlimited user access to the storage, and a five-user license for the axle media management software that includes a year of software updates.
axle Drive combines axle 2014 with a portable storage system to create a slim, powerful media management system. axle Drive comes in three configurations. Each comes pre-loaded with sample selections of stock footage, audio and images from leading vendors, plus a year of knowledgebase and email support from axle Video.
The axle Gear appliance is a 4U rack mount server with Intel Xeon-based processing power, built for radically simple media management. The system integrates axle Video’s award winning axle Gear software, with a horizontally mounted Mac Pro running OSX Sierra, up to 3 high-capacity SATA hard drives with a maximum of 10 terabytes capacity each, and 3 powered and Thunderbolt-connected PCIe slots capable of housing cards for RAID controllers, 10 Gigabit Ethernet cards, or video capture cards.
The core of the solution is axle’s Gear software, allowing radically simple media management and proxy browsing. The software includes:
The integrated storage subsystem can be used to house either the low-res proxy media files generated by axle’s Gear software, or (in on-set applications) the high-res media files as well as low-res proxies. By default, axle Gear generates 1 mbit/second MPEG4 H.264 proxies although a higher bitrate can be selected by the system administrator.
The system hardware includes an 8-core Xeon CPU clocked at 3.0 GHz, 32 Gigabytes of RAM, a 256 GByte boot SSD, and mirrored 4 Terabyte hard drives, as well as 6 Thunderbolt ports and dual Gigabit Ethernet interfaces for networking. Larger storage configurations can be configured optionally.
The system is priced at $13,995, plus shipping. 1/2 days of axle Video professional services are also available either remotely or onsite for system commissioning and training.
axle Gear Pro builds on the foundation of axle Gear with support for Avid workspaces and Avid Media Composer, offering a cost-effective solution to manage even the most sophisticated media workflow.
axle Projectr takes full advantage of Adobe's bold new Anywhere platform. Use axle's management capabilities to find your media and collaborate with your network of editors and producers, then export into Adobe Anywhere for editing. Once editing is complete, use axle's metadata tagging to catalog your clips, and the approval feature to share your media with non-Anywhere clients who can comment on and approve the clip remotely.
From anywhere in the world, log onto axle and search material, combine it with footage recorded on your iPad or iPhone, do simple timeline or storyboard editing of video and audio from axle’s bins, and save a sequence locally using H.264 proxy. When the iPad edit is complete, a simple tap sends the project to axle servers where any locally acquired media is cataloged, conformed and associated with the original full resolution media.
axle Edit is easy to learn and use, but styled to resemble professional editorial tools with insert and overwrite editing, media detail views, cuts and dissolves, audio adjustments, and the choice of storyboard or timeline editing. It’s ideal for journalists and others who need a portable editing tool with the option to include archival news footage from the servers when editing in the field, and also for producers who want to review dailies or other footage and stitch together rough cuts for what-if purposes.
The software with a two-user license starts at $1,295; a five-user license starts at $2,495.
axle Transfer FCP transfers sequences between FCP and all Avid editing and finishing systems; It is a two plug-in set for Final Cut Pro 7: one for AAF file format-compatible FCP7-to-Avid transfer, the other for Avid-to-FCP7 AAF file import.
axle Transfer AE is an Adobe After Effects plug-in that seamlessly transfers Avid Media Composer and Apple FCP7 program sequences to Adobe After Effects. New to Version 3, the Avid to After Effects workflow allows direct import and translation of Avid AAF format files.
Each axle Transfer version starts at $299, or $399 for both together.
axle Pulse is a new mobile app that lets broadcasters and brands source immediate, authentic content; their communities are empowered with an easy way to capture share video footage from their smartphones. The system is available either as a complete software/hardware solution for purchase, or as a monthly cloud subscription. It includes a branded app for iPhones as well as Android smartphones, and lets contributors sign up, shoot and upload video. The users can also join a dialogue with the broadcaster or corporate media department which can include requests to capture specific material in exchange for compensation. For breaking news stories, a livestreaming mode is available which turns the smartphone into an immediate on-location asset for the news organization.
The software is available as a SaaS cloud license, or for purchase and deployment at the customer site.