axle Starter

start managing your media

Award-winning media management, priced for everyone.


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:

  • Maximum of two users
  • Maximum of three active sessions
  • Maximum of 300,000 assets in the database
  • No upload or download functionality
  • Does not include axle Cam

The software with a two-user license starts at $495. Upgrade options available from $800.

axle 2016.3

for small and mid-size teams

Our core software, now supporting 1M+ assets.


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.

aQ Series

This collaboration with QNAP gives you a full solution -- rock-solid storage, media management software, and the hardware to run it on.

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 aQ-12 — Holds about 500 hours of HD footage. 12 Terabytes of usable networked storage. Compact desktop hardware fits into any office environment.Starts at $6,890.
  • axle aQ-36 — Holds about 1500 hours of HD footage. 36 Terabytes of usable networked storage. Compact desktop hardware fits into any office environment. Starts at $10,190.
  • axle aQ-60 — Holds about 2500 hours of HD footage. 60 Terabytes of usable networked storage plus the added ability to transcode media to a variety of formats. Rackmount hardware fits in 3U of standard rack enclosure space. Starts at $18,990.

axle Drive

Small, affordable, and surprisingly powerful.


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.

  • Drive 2 — Holds about 100 hours of HD footage, or 5,000 hours of H.264 proxy media. 2 Terabytes of usable storage with USB3 connectivity, and axle's radically simple browser-based media management system. Lightweight, portable hardware can be taken anywhere. Starts at $1,495.
  • Drive 4 — Holds about 200 hours of HD footage, or 10,000 hours of H.264 proxy media. 4 Terabytes of fully redundant (RAID1) usable storage with dual Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, and axle's radically simple browser-based media management system. Starts at $2,244.
  • Drive 6 — Holds about 300 hours of HD footage, or 15,000 hours of H.264 proxy media. 6 Terabytes of fully redundant (RAID1) usable storage with dual Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, and axle's radically simple browser-based media management system. Starts at $3,344.

axle Gear

Our hardware/software bundle has everything you need to master your media collection.


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:

  • automatic proxy generation for one or more external storage devices (SAN, NAS or DAS)
  • intuitive browser-based HTML5 search interface with playable H.264 previews
  • advanced transcode option for proxy browse files as well as HD output formats
  • 5 named user license - each user can have different access privileges and permissions
  • plug-in panel for Adobe Premiere Pro CC with browse, search and bin level access
  • axle Cam media ingest module for rewrapping camera-based media
  • XML metadata import and export capabilities

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

This powerful configuration provides support for the Avid Media Composer family of editors.


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

One of the first media management systems with support for Adobe's Anywhere platform.

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.

axle Edit

for producers and reporters

A rough-cut editor for iPad and iPhone that links to axle


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


for editors

Software to transfer sequences between editors


FCP: Final Cut Pro-Avid project transfer

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.

  • Using Transfer FCP, Avid and Final Cut Pro 7 editors can exchange projects that include transitions, effects, image and time warps, 3rd-party effects, and keyframes. All media markers, cuts, dissolves, filters, and audio are also preserved. Axle Transfer FCP supports a range of matte keys; contact us for details.
  • Avid Media Composer, Symphony, NewsCutter and even DS are all supported, with media, markers, cuts, dissolves, filters, and audio preserved. Avid’s AMA architecture gives Avid users direct access to many popular QuickTime formats. FCP7 users can access Avid MXF files using Calibrated Software’s Calibrated MXF Import for OSX. Transfer FCP supports online and offline workflows.

AE: Avid and FCP7 project transfer to Adobe After Effects

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.

  • Transfer AE preserves every Avid or Final Cut Pro project component including edits, cuts, dissolves, and treatments; and all trimmed Avid Media Composer and Apple FCP7 clips remain fully-editable in Adobe After Effects as stepped-up or stepped-down layers.
  • All media elements are preserved including alpha channel information and masks; audio tracks may be disregarded or all video and/or audio tracks pre-composed during import. Translated projects will look familiar with user marks, comments and labels for clips and sequences, and all user-defined names carried across from FCP7 or Avid to After Effects.

Each axle Transfer version starts at $299, or $399 for both together.

axle Pulse

for user generated content

The easiest way to get content from your audience


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.

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