Press Release Object Matrix and GLOOKAST Collaborate on Partial Restore Workflows for Avid Interplay - 11/18/2013

Object Matrix and GLOOKAST

Collaborate on Partial Restore Workflows for Avid Interplay


Cardiff, UK and Davie, USA, 18th Nov 2013: Object Matrix, trusted manufacturer of secure nearline storage platforms, announced a new option for its Interconnect product based on collaboration with technical partner GLOOKAST, innovator in MXF workflow applications. This new option enables Object Matrix customers to perform “partial restore” operations on content that is managed by Avid Interplay but resides in the MatrixStore nearline storage platform.


Many organisations that broadcast weekly sports programmes or daily soap instalments often require instant access to historic episodes or archived clips. Whilst this content may be buried in tape libraries and not instantly accessible, there is an inability to restore only the portion of the archived file that was needed.  Users had a real and constant challenge of having to move an entire clip, potentially consuming terabytes of production disk storage, when only a partial segment of that clip was needed.


Object Matrix and GLOOKAST have collaborated to solve those challenges by:

  • Ensuring archived content is available on disk on demand.
  • Providing the ability to restore only the portions of clips that are required.


The partial restore functionality is made possible by technology found in GLOOKAST’s MediaRetriever that has been tightly integrated at an API level to the MatrixStore nearline platform. MediaRetriever is a new addition to the GLOOKAST product portfolio that fits diverse workflows in production, broadcast and distribution applications.


Highlights of the new workflow options enabled by this new Interconnect feature include:

  • Media files, sequences and sub-clips are archived to MatrixStore using the InterConnect archive application for Avid Interplay.
  • Proxy versions of the clips are left in place on the Avid ISIS storage.
  • During restore operations, entire clips or only the desired portions of the clips can be restored using the new partial restore mechanism.
  • The partial restore mechanism can be configured to allow for handles to be placed on the retrieved clip.
  • The restored clips are checked into Avid Interplay and stored on the Avid ISIS platform.
  • Partial clips can also be restored if the media files reside in LTO libraries managed by the Object Matrix solution set.


MatrixStore provides functionality that is perfectly suited to the parking and archiving of file-based content.  It is also a scalable and secure ingest repository that can lock down rushes from accidental deletion until the production process is complete. With digital fingerprinting of content, continuous data verification and metadata extraction, it provides producers with the peace of mind that their content is not only protected in two locations but is also guaranteed to be authentic. MatrixStore is currently in use as a secure rushes repository in broadcasters and post-production facilities across Europe.


 “The new partial restore functionality is very exciting and is a natural extension of the workflows that allow our customers to work with lower resolution clips on their production storage safe in the knowledge that the high resolution clips are protected in the MatrixStore nearline archive,” stated Nick Pearce, co-founder, Object Matrix. “Ensuring that the capacity usage is kept to a minimum on the higher cost online storage is just one of the many benefits of this new approach,” he added.

“We are very happy to collaborate with Object Matrix in bringing this unique functionality to their customer base. One of our core goals is to always bring innovative solutions to the Media Industry and this technological partnership with Object Matrix is a perfect way to continue to meet this goal,” said Edel Garcia, Executive VP of Sales and Marketing for GLOOKAST.



The InterConnect archive for Avid Interplay will be available direct from Object Matrix.  MediaRetriever will be available though GLOOKAST’s worldwide network of resellers.  The partial restore option will be available for demonstration and sale in January of 2014.


About Object Matrix

Established in 2003, Object Matrix is a software company based in Cardiff (Wales, UK). Its acclaimed product MatrixStore has been used in production since 2006 by broadcast, production, VFX, post-production and creative agency customers. 


Object Matrix is comprised of a team of storage industry experts with a shared vision for high levels of data security combined with intuitive user interfaces. In addition to providing solutions and product integrations for the storage, search and retrieval of media assets, Object Matrix also provides consultancy, training, systems integration, and ongoing support services.




GLOOKAST develops innovative, modular tools for the design and implementation of true multi-format, multi-resolution MXF workflows.  GLOOKAST removes the complexity of capturing, sharing, managing, converting and distributing content through seamless integration across multiple platforms. As file-based workflows grow in complexity, diversity and size, so does the need for a scalable solution, capable of tight integration with real-time, multi-vendor, video production processes. GLOOBOX was engineered to fulfill these needs.