Front Porch Digital gave the first showing of their new initiative, DISTILL, it’s impressive.
DISTILL is a simple but powerful web based application which allows you to deal with all types of metadata during any stage of the contents life-cycle. DISTILL is built around plugins, these plugins have a specific roles, for example an audio plugin that extracts the decibel level from a media file, it will ignore the video element and only process the audio. Once the media file has been distilled the decibel levels are displayed in the DISTILL webpage, from where you can create searches and reports showing only the files or point in the file where a specific decibel level was exceeded.
The positive part of the plugins is that they can not only be created by manufactures who have the specialist skills and knowledge around their format etc but users can create their own plugins which could be specific to their workflow.
DISTILL system uses new technology from Stretchr which in it’s self is very forward thinking. Stretchr is an intelligent datastack that radically reshapes big data application development in a NoSQL environment.
With the introduction on DPP (Digital Production Partnership) along with IMF (interoperable Master Format) I can see that metadata is becoming more important but the key part is being able to share and use the metadata in an easy a effective way during any stage or any process.