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Sonic unveils media management suite

Sonic Foundry has unveiled its latest media management software suite, which is designed to help organisations archive, organise...

Sonic Foundry has unveiled its latest media management software suite, which is designed to help organisations archive, organise and search their digital media assets and publish them on the Web.

With MediaSite Publisher Version 5.0, companies can use their video, audio and text content to create online reference libraries, as well as marketing and training tools and other applications.

Users can also export and import textual information, such as e-mail, notes, transcripts and other documents, into a data index to supplement video descriptions.

The XML (Extensible Markup Language) export function also allows for other search engines to reuse the media data.

The software suite is powered by MediaSite's analysis engine, which uses technologies such as speech recognition and language analysis to place tags in the content that can then be searched and indexed. Sonic Foundry purchased MediaSite late last year.

The suite supports industry standard databases such as Oracle and Microsoft's SQL Server.

The search technology provides a variety of ways for media to be described, located and viewed.

The latest version of the software also allows for optional plug-in modules such as real-time speech indexing, PowerPoint indexing, image match indexing and highlights indexing.

A MediaSite Publisher Version 5.0 workstation is priced at between $25,000 and $30,000 (£17,000 to £21,000), depending on which modules are incorporated.

A workstation and server for publishing to the Web can range between $50,000 and $75,000 (£35,000 to £52,000).

At present, the products are only available in the US, but Foundry said it plans to make them available worldwide later this year.

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