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Large or small scale, discover how Sony’s Optical Disc Archive (ODA) provides excellent data archiving and asset management. Easily scalable to grow with your business and future proof, ODA can help you achieve safe long-term storage for all your digital assets while keeping archiving costs low. Simple to get started and with a life of up to 100 years, discover how ODA can help you manage, protect and access your data archive.

Absolute Protection

If you’re a media company, IP is arguably the most valuable thing you possess. So why rely on failure-prone hard disks or old-school tapes to protect it?

  • The most robust and optimised format for backup and archiving
  • Not magnetic based; no contact or wear, so assets won’t degrade
  • Highly stable medium lasts 100 years, requiring no special storage environment

Time savings

Regain the time spent on waiting for writing to storage – or accessing it. High performance lasers speed up your production workflow.

  • No migration – simple attachment on the network
  • Incredibly fast read times
  • Playback directly from archive so you can see before you restore

Ease of access

With ODA in your workflow, archiving becomes simple, intuitive and automatic, enabling your people to work the way they already do.

  • Access just like a hard drive
  • Seamless integration with NLE workflows and other third-party solutions
  • Clips can be searched, scrubbed – even directly played back

Cost savings

Long-lasting footage can reap long-term rewards in a valuable media archive. When it’s as robust as ODA, it can do more – it can lower your overhead costs as well.

  • Unlike traditional tape, doesn’t require the expense of controlled conditions
  • Eliminates the need for regular migration
  • Prevents the costly loss of media due to disk failure

Future-proof

Scale your business, and never worry about your assets or formats – with systems that grow (and last) for any size production

  • Designed to last 100 years into the future – with zero wear and tear
  • Grow your productions, scaling from 3.3TB up to 1.7 Petabytes storage
  • High backward compatibility (and exceedingly low failure rates)

The solution that fits now and grows with your business

Archive At Source

If you’re involved in production – in studio or on location – capturing the best moments can only happen once. Protect your footage as you shoot, and you won’t need to re-create the perfect take.

  • Store all rushes securely, then move directly to the archive in one step. Your rushes are always available – and always safe.
  • Replace your hard drive and save your dailies. It’s just as fast, but more secure.
  • Store all rushes, then move them directly to the archive in one step. Your rushes are always available – and always safe.

Project Backup

How many times have you tried to reduce what you put into archive because you just don’t have the capacity – or your hard drives are unreliable? Whether you’re an editor with a laptop, a one-man-band or a small production company… almost everyone in media fills up the storage on hand. Make archive easy – drag-and-drop easy.

  • Back up the full project by consolidating from your NLE, and use a watch folder (and our free software) to archive directly to ODA
  • Return to projects that have been secure and safe on the shelf even years after archiving—long after hard drives would have failed
  • Take the worry out of filling up your storage, but keep your archives as close as nearline.

Network Production

Role/Audience

Growing your capabilities, the services you offer, and the scale of your projects means growing your storage requirements for the amount of media you produce — but it shouldn’t mean bigger headaches. Production companies taking advantage of network production capabilities can make archive (and access) an easy part of the workflow.

  • Editing, animation, colour correction and versioning – the number of media assets just keeps growing. ODA can work with multiple third parties to fit into all user workflows.
  • As your team grows, ODA gives them scalable options from simple desktop solutions with on-shelf library to full rack robotics.
  • Move from manual to semi-automated to fully managed, within your Avid and Adobe workflow – and preserve assets forever

Media Asset Management

Large production companies and broadcasters have enormous libraries of media – and continue to add to them every day, while tapping into them for search, review and production. When the amount of media is so unwieldy that it’s difficult to find and cumbersome to manage, it’s time to take control.

  • Tight integration with Sony Media Navigator and other MAM providers, from small productions to full broadcast systems with highly complex workflows
  • Essential metadata control for asset management at the media clip, project and master level
  • ODA unifies the archive management process with a format that does not require media migration – and will last for the next 100 years

Content Preservation

It’s a storage conundrum: the true wealth of your archive is that it holds years and years of valuable media, but that value can’t be realised if it’s too difficult to access (and monetize) when needed. For national libraries and other major archives, or broadcasters keeping a record of historical assets, safekeeping is of vital importance – and so is accessing them at a moment’s notice.

  • Following archival best practices, ODA supports the 3-2-1 rule of thumb – three copies, two formats, one offsite master – effortlessly
  • Create your main archive and disaster recovery within ODA, built to last 100 years—and on-shelf safety copy in a normal office environment. No special handling, no additional power or environmental concerns.
  • Integrate with standard HSM to fit multiple copies directly into your own file workflows
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Discover how ODA is being used now

From the Vatican archive to production companies and freelancers, find out how Sony’s Optical Disc Archive is being adapted in a variety of environments and meeting customers needs.

Customer Stories and more information

Optical Disc Archive Products

Optical Disc Archive is the future of media archiving. Our ODA drives and libraries connect on the network and can be accessed just like a hard drive—and protect your assets for 100 years. And ODA cartridges are available in 3.3TB capacities giving you plenty of space for your rapidly increasing media archives. ODA’s automated libraries scale from single cartridge systems to rack configurations holding 500 cartridges.

Explore below to find the ODA solution that fits your workflow.

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Tape Digitisation

If you’re overwhelmed with shelves full of tapes, here’s an easy way to preserve all your content. Simply migrate your tapes to a file-based system using Sony’s Tape Digitisation station and Optical Disc Archive – and put all your assets right at your fingertips.

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Archive Management Service

Get the help you need to make your archive work for you. Media Lifecycle Services from Sony are your experts in digitisation, storage, distribution and monetization. Let us help you preserve your content, manage it in a way that works for you, and even identify revenue opportunities that can enhance the value of your assets.

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Support

You’ll have real peace of mind knowing our robust and long-term archive solutions ensure your content is preserved and accessible. If your organisation (or you) want additional support, we have a wide range of after-sales assistance, to suit all requirements from enhanced warranty to bespoke tailored solutions.

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Training

Help yourself to free expert training to get the most out of your archive solution. Sony provides multiple series of free e-learning modules in our Knowledge Portal. We also have a team of solution experts to engage for any of your bespoke training requirements.

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Network Production

Sony Optical Disc Archive – a crucial part of any Production

Reducing points of failure means increased reliability. What’s the point of an archive system that isn’t as reliable as possible?

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Content Preservation

24 hour news channel and CNN affiliate N1, picks Optical Disc Archive to help deliver content to viewers.

“Each Optical Disc Archive disc can carry thousands of small files but the ability of production teams to search, access and retrieve particular content from the Optical Disc Archive efficiently was very important. It means that we can incorporate the archive as a living part of the daily production and maximize it as a resource.”

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Media Asset Management
Content Preservation

The Vatican video archive goes digital with Sony’s innovative Optical Disc Archive

The Vatican Archives hold artifacts dating from as early as the year 809 AD, so they keep understandably tight security on their incalculably high-value assets. When they needed to digitise all the video of the modern-era Popes and their activities, they turned to Sony ODA.

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Media Asset Management
Content Preservation

Optical Disc Archive at Jyske Bank

With online storage too expensive, and deep storage of tape and disk too inaccessible, Jyske Bank found that having their permanent media assets ready for quick access and retrieval called for a nearline storage that could also act like the best of both – and they found ODA fit their needs.

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Network Production
Media Asset Management
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Chilean broadcaster Canal 13 adopts Sony Optical Disc Archive

Watch our video as Canal 13 talk about how ODA has improved their workflow and access to historical data.

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Project Backup
Network Production
Media Asset Management

Optical Disc Archive at Ecuador Arts University

Considered one of Latin America’s most advanced audio-visual production centres, discover how the Arts University of Ecuador is using Optical Case Archive.

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Ten reasons why good media management and archiving can simplify your life

One thing that characterises the age we live in is constant and rapid change. It means that seemingly without having to do anything, fundamental things in our lives disappear and reappear in a completely different form.

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Media Backbone NavigatorX: Go with the workflow

Completely re-engineered with brand new data centre-style architecture, Media Backbone Navigator X (MBNX) has a dramatically improved workflow editor, is completely cloud-ready and is available as a free software upgrade to current Media Navigator users.

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Managing your assets: the expert view

What does your workflow look like? We gathered some fascinating industry insights from leading programme makers in an expert roundtable session hosted by Jake Bickerton, Content Director at Televisual.

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5 myths and misconceptions about media management and archiving

When media was stored on tape, there was an easy and intuitive way to store it: you’d put it on a shelf. This wasn’t perfect, but at least it was simple.  Now that media is stored in files, everything’s different. But it’s better, too, if you manage it well.  Not everyone does this, though, quite possibly because of several myths and misconceptions about media management and archiving.

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Why Optical Disc Archive

Archiving is a vital part of any content business. Without it, there’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to find important material that you need for your next project. You might even struggle to make alterations demanded by a client to the project you’ve just finished. Above all, you have no way to preserve the value of your content. Your material is only valuable if you can retrieve it quickly and safely.

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ODA Generation 2 Whitepaper

Download our free whitepaper covering the archive and data management issues facing video production industries. Read how ODA can serve as the core of highly productive archive systems capable of managing and storing valuable, high-volume data – including 4K video, future-generation video, older video assets and multimedia video content.

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Media Management secrets uncovered

We quizzed video and media industry professionals to discover what they really get up to when it comes to managing their precious content. See the full results of our survey in this infographic created together with video production experts RedShark.

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Training

Help yourself to free expert training to get the most out of your archive solution. Sony provides multiple series of free e-learning modules in our Knowledge Portal. We also have a team of solution experts to engage for any of your bespoke training requirements.

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Optical Disc Archive Software

Explore the range of supporting software for ODA, including content manager, driver and file management software. Use this section to download the latest updates available or contact a specialist dealer for more information.

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Tape Digitisation

If you’re overwhelmed with shelves full of tapes, here’s an easy way to preserve all your content. Simply migrate your tapes to a file-based system using Sony’s Tape Digitisation station and Optical Disc Archive—and put all your assets right at your fingertips.

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