axle is radically simple software for managing your video files through any web browser. It's not cloud software, though - the back end runs on a computer that you control, connected to the storage you already own. axle is used every day by over three hundred media organizations, corporations, nonprofits, and educational institutions around the world.
axle 2016 is the latest edition of axle's award-winning media management software. Simply point axle at the media files you want to manage and it automatically creates low-bandwidth proxies you can then access from any web browser. Using our simple browser interface, it's easy to search, comment, mark, approve, and annotate your assets from any location. There's no need to move your media files or change your system setup. Your storage can be a SAN, a NAS or just a local RAID, and can be running in a Mac, Windows or Linux environment – all axle needs is to be able to read the file system. For optimal system performance, we recommend running axle on one or two dedicated Mac Minis or Mac Pro; all systems must be quad-core or larger. Our new plug-in panel for Adobe Premiere® Pro CC, included with every axle 2016 system, enables editors to search, see previews and begin working on footage without leaving their favorite NLE software.
Unlike other systems that require you to check media in and out, axle automatically takes care of discovering your media. Just point it at your existing file system and it will index all the files and update its database in real time as new files are added or removed.
With axle, you can work with the contents of your media library through a simple interface from any location. Don’t lock up an expensive editing seat just to review footage – do it from your laptop, tablet or phone, in or out of the office.
Automatic Proxy Generation
To avoid bogging down your production network with high bandwidth accesses to your high resolution media, axle automatically generates low resolution proxies of your media assets and stores them on a separate drive. That way, lots of people can be viewing the media without impacting your production network.
Extensive Format Support
axle will work with all your existing media, including .mov, .mxf, .avi and many other source media formats. Yours not on our list? Just check in with us and we can verify whether we can read it.
Customizable Metadata Fields
axle ships with a standard metadata schema for you to use, but we know every project has its own metadata requirements, so you can add custom metadata fields to organize your material exactly the way you need to.
When you have a large library, the key to media management is finding material fast. axle not only includes standard search functions, but lets you set up smart search filters so you can quickly find material based on the criteria you select.
When you have a team working together on a project, you want to make it easy to keep everyone in the loop, and to update colleagues when important changes are made. axle has a conversation view attached to every asset that lets you discuss an asset, and add time based markers to highlight relevant sections. Offline? No problem – you can set up notifications so you’re alerted the instant a new comment has been added.
If you’re working in a larger facility, user management becomes key. You need to impose access control so that each customer only sees the projects that are relevant to them. axle makes it easy to set up access control so each user only sees the folders you want them to.
Remote Upload and Download
You don’t just want your customers and partners to view and comment on material, you want them to be able to contribute or rework material. axle’s browser includes drag and drop upload and download modules so anyone can download or add new high resolution material to the database.
Review and Approval
Keeping track of the status of media is critical to a smooth workflow, so axle has a field specifically to track approval status. A green or red light makes it easy to see at a glance what is locked down, and what remains to be completed.