Spokane Daily Adds Video Module to Merlin System

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By: E&P Staff

The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash., has ordered the video module for its Merlin Asset Management System, which lets users search for words spoken in the audio tracks. With this powerful technology, The Spokesman-Review staff can find in seconds digital video files that contain specific words or phrases.

Search results are automatically cued to the spot where the search term is spoken, saving much time that would otherwise be lost to locating, mounting, viewing or jogging video clips.

Merlin’s video client provides not only advanced searching, but also the ability to monitor the status of the video through production stages, as well as tag in and out points that get transferred to popular nonlinear editors. Merlin works like a video picture desk, making most recent versions available immediately for editing in video programs.

Spokesman-Review staff will be able to find all their published material — print and Web — in one search. With Merlin, users select to search on PDF pages, stories, photos, graphics, and now video or audio files, or any combination of files, getting an entire package with one click, according to the company. Merlin’s new Web interface is optimized for video playback.

Merlin Video integrates with popular transcoders for a quick, scalable way to convert media between virtually any video/audio format and to automate workflow. Transcoder integration gives users flexibility to normalize formats brought into Merlin or store videos in original format and transcode when selecting destination newsroom systems.

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