Why Investing in an AI Archival System is Essential For Your Studio
Current archival systems and asset managers are helpful but are time-consuming to deploy and don’t hold up well against the VFX, Audio, and Video Production space. Here’s why investing in an AI-based digital Asset Manager may be the right move for your studio.
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is being mentioned throughout the studio space. Current archival systems and asset managers are helpful but are time-consuming to deploy and don’t hold up well against the VFX, Audio, and Video Production space. Here’s why investing in an AI-based digital Asset Manager may be the right move for your studio.
Forgotten Footage and Assets
You get a text from your team asking for a piece of content from 5 years ago. Searching is slow and yields no results. This happens when assets are archived but not tagged accurately or with enough keywords. Some files, like captions, are in alternative languages as well. Searching usually doesn’t work, but AI, specifically Shade’s Visual Neural Engine, can understand your content with object and facial recognition, yielding intuitive results. This way, you can find exactly what you want in seconds.
Indexing and Auto-Tagging
Traditional archives require you to create folder systems, name files, and tag each individual asset. This is an obvious time waste. Implementing an AI Manager lets you completely automate this, visually analyzing and tagging assets with relevant objects in your footage and images. Time saved in organizing and prepping files for archiving can now be repurposed for creative and post-production work.
Integration With Post-Production Software
Video Editing takes enough time and effort as it is, not to mention finding the proper clips and B-roll, especially when every file from the film team is labeled something like C00345.mp4. Opening every file to preview and figure out what goes where is not practical. Video previews and neural search are enough to justify switching to an AI Asset Manager, but here’s one more: Software Integration. Rather than pulling up your Finder App on Mac or File Explorer on Windows and opening footage in a source window, you can directly search for the clip you need and drop it into your timeline. This saves hours of frustration when working with terabytes of data. Shade does this using its Spotlight Tool, a shortcut search bar accessible within your editor.
SFX and Audio Files
These are another level of pain. Ask any producer how many audio samples they work with; the answer will allude them. Collections of thousands of sound effects, music, and project files, and you only have an opportunity to skim the surface. Whether you’re looking for a hi-hat, background music, or just something to fill in some dead space, you’ll want to do a deeper search with AI. It’s funny how producers with these enormous libraries use only a select few files that are easy to find but lack variety. We see it all the time in films, that cliche scream, cat sounds, bird calls, and more. An AI search takes your entire database and recognizes similar sounds to help capitalize on your entire library.
Shade: The AI Copilot
Sometimes, you need more than just a traditional D.A.M. (Digital Asset Manager). Shade is the ultimate AI copilot for creatives, producers, and post-production teams. Integration with Premiere Pro, Final Cut, DaVinci, Blender, After Effects, Autodesk, Unreal Engine, and more. Organize all your Assets, from RAW footage and Audio Files to 3D object files and other supported formats. Shade speeds up your workflow by finding forgotten footage, speeding up search, auto-tagging, and using AI for visual neural search. Get the free download today.