1. Post production management:
In these cases, users manage incoming production footage and organize for use into NLEs and various other tools. Portal becomes the hub for all incoming and finished media, helping to quickly organize, provide workflows such as for editing, collaboration and review & approve, and providing a path into archive and distribution.
2. Archive front end:
It’s possible to use Portal only for managing retention of their master and completed files. Deployment can be done in the cloud, in front of a large tier 2 storage, or a tape library. Having a proxy and metadata for all items means that anyone can search the archive from almost anywhere without having to know how the tape library works, where the storage are, or where the assets lives in the storage. Portal is used for finding and recovering files that are then copied to production storage or to distribution methods for sharing or re-use.
3. Distribution and sharing platform:
Because Portal has a comprehensive storage management toolkit as well as a extremely capable workflow engine for automating movement and transcode of video, image, and audio files, it is a great tool to help streamline distribution of data between different business units. Portal becomes the hub watching various different groups of storages and allowing copy, move, and transcode between different business groups.
4. Workflow file management:
Media environments that aren’t production, but still require strong filesystem management and search/recovery of assets can also benefit from the capabilities of Portal. It brings a strong API and allows third party products to easy share information and let Portal handle management of the filesystem and location for these tools.