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01/01/2013

-- AudioTools Server Expands Asset Management Systems -- Company augments automation for broadcast workflows -- MINNETONKA, MN - Minnetonka Audio Software, Inc., a leader in production software for motion picture, broadcast surround sound applications and consumer electronics, announced today recently developed software for the broadcast industry. AudioTools Server is their new, extensible enterprise-class software for managing and post-producing media files.

AudioTools Server (ATS) is a modular platform for adding audio-related processing, quality control, and management to video-centric workflows within existing asset production systems. With la carte options such as SurCode for Dolby E, SurCode for Dolby Digital Plus, SurCode for Dolby Pro Logic II, loudness measurement and control, watermarking, file validation, transcoding and quality control, AudioTools Server is designed to be the audio hub for defined processes orchestrated by each user's choice of Workflow Management. This allows broadcasters, post houses, distribution facilities and other businesses to access dozens of available modules to optimize and enhance their operations without having to re-invest in an all-in-one solution that may still only address narrow aspects of their workflow requirements. ATS is not designed to replace asset production systems. Rather, AudioTools Server augments, improves and extends in-place systems, serving as the foundation of an optimized asset production workflow.

When asked about how the introduction of AudioTools Server will change the way people work, Markus Hintz, Director of Global Sales and Business Development for Minnetonka Audio Software said, For many of our customers, ATS and our ReWrap technology will be key for connecting efficient workflows with only the content that needs to be processed. As part of the AudioTools MXF Module, ReWrap only extracts the relevant audio streams, sidestepping the time consuming process of unwrapping the entire MXF file to grab the relevant content.

The AudioTools Server platform can be configured as a turnkey, custom processing environment or it can extend the power and feature set of existing DAM, MAM, CMS, DBM, ingest and playout systems. With industry standard interfaces built in, like SOAP Web Services for Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Watched Folders for XML commands, AudioTools Server is designed for completely unattended automation. A new software platform for Windows, ATS hosts audio processing modules while serving inter-module data connections and process communication as well as logging. It also provides global XML messaging and communications with external SOA systems.

As a purpose-built, scalable software solution and, given Minnetonka Audio's extensive experience working with OEM partners around the globe, custom ATS plug-in modules can further enhance AudioTools Server's functionality. Semi-automatic operation via watched folders as well as manual modes using local and networked file access, via AFP and SMB protocols, also allow for production revisions and exceptions to be handled quickly and efficiently. Repetitive jobs are addressed by the configuration of one or more chained processing steps and decision points. User-defined templates allow for the quick definition of complex new jobs, and can be easily modified to suit. The server autonomously juggles job queues, managing priorities for compute and storage resources, all under full administrator control.

AudioTools Server's logging and messaging captures real time status and quantifies costs to better manage business information and make informed operations decisions. In file-based digital media content production, an event-driven, SOA approach like AudioTools Server provides an effective solution to present needs while providing the flexibility to address future revisions and expansion, said John Schur, President of Minnetonka Audio Software. Even if you cobble together your own collection of hardware and software, AudioTools Server's broad capabilities are literally unmatched by any other system. Simply put, the addition of AudioTools Server makes legacy management systems better by integrating and serving up today's audio production standards and requirements.

AudioTools Server will be showcased in booth number SL9708 at the 2011 NAB Show, April 11-14 in Las Vegas. AudioTools Server is available now from select resellers and system integrators or direct from Minnetonka Audio Software. For in-depth information on how AudioTools Server can increase efficiency and improve the quality and consistency of your deliverables, call Minnetonka Audio at 1-952-449-6481 or +49 2162 1062622.

About Minnetonka Audio Software

An award winning solutions provider for motion picture, video, broadcast, game, and optical disc production, Minnetonka Audio Software creates essential technology for top media professionals around the world. Their SurCode, discWelder and AudioTools product lines broadly support the CD, DVD, BD and DTV standards. Spanning over two decades of operation and based in Minnetonka, Minnesota, Minnetonka Audio Software, Inc. has offices in Texas and a subsidiary in Germany in addition to an international network of distributors and channel partners who share our commitment to quality and service.

AudioTools Server , ReWrap and the Minnetonka Audio Software logo are trademarks of Minnetonka Audio Software, Inc. All other company and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.
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