Lying at the heart of the system, the searching and viewing function must provide optimum access to the material to be worked on and broadcast. Whether they are sound, text or video files, whether they are in a production database or an archive, all this content is now at users' fingertips.
The Browser is on all Radio-Assist system workstations. Each user enters a name and password to view and access the required data.
One special feature of Radio-Assist 8 is the power of its search facility and its ability to bind together one broadcaster's content, even when that content is physically stored on different servers.
A search can in fact be run within a single database (production database) or over all databases in the network (local and regional radio production databases, video database and archives database, for instance).
There are many search criteria to find a file quickly and all its associated data, that including texts, images or videos. The Browser includes optional engines optimizing datamining. Each type of file is represented by a tab where several search criteria are defined.
All the browser tabs are "dynamic": the radio formats its own tab names and search criteria.
In order to give access to the database to all those involved in radio work, the Browser can be used via an intranet network.
Insider gives access to the database browser via an intranet networkfrom an ordinary desktop computer. All the browser functions areactive: multi-criteria search, immediate smooth play and viewing,etc. The latest report can now be seen anywhere from the reception desk to the manager's office and the quality is the same as that of the original. Using FTP transfers, Insider orchestrates document exchange between remote sites.
Insider can process radio playlist in real time. The user can consult the day's playlist to play or view items on the schedule and, more to the point, follow the on-air broadcast. The on-air item can be directly picked out with the Insider synchronisation function. When the schedule is modified, it is immediately updated.
Lastly, using editing, mixing, channel schedule and meta-data updating tools, Insider offers a wide range of features for remote working.