MAM system architectures in comparison

When looking „under the hood“ of Media Asset Management systems, there is a heavily complex technical world. We want to briefly delve into this world and explain why the technical architecture and the processes that a MAM system is built on matters. To simplify the topic, we find a good comparison with physical products that are more tangible and familiar to many in terms of performance indicators. Picture yourself buying a car. The first option you are offered at a car dealer is a massive muscle car, say Dodge RAM v10. It is renowned for its exceptional power and towing capacity, thanks to its robust 8.0-liter V10 engine, making it a top choice for heavy-duty tasks and off-road adventures. However, it is extremely expensive, heavily polluting, massive, and not really the futuristic sustainable car that you had in mind. Then you are presented with another option: a lightweight and speedy hybrid car with a price tag a third of the Dodge. It drives like a dream, has an advanced and stable software, is sustainable and has a set of cool features. You are thrilled! This is exactly what you wanted.

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What type of MAM systems do these two options represent in terms of system architecture? The Dodge RAM represents the “classical” MAM that operates on CPUs (Central Processing Units). They can perform key MAM functions such as transcoding and processing, but they do this to a high cost and with an inefficient energy consumption, being slower and more limited in terms of capacity than agile alternatives. What CPU-based processing entails is expensive hardware in terms of servers, intense maintenance related to software updates, data backups, and periodic hardware checks as well as operational inefficiency in terms of heavy electricity consumption and blocked Internet lines. As green tech continues to emerge as a mainstream topic, the awareness of digital sustainability is established. The CPU-based, “Dodge RAM”, MAM systems were experiencing their golden days when the amount of media assets was significantly lower, the quality of the material was less demanding, and processing requirements were relatively modest. They have not managed to keep pace with the growing demands of modern media production and management. What is happening today is that the volume of media assets is growing exponentially, the quality of content is consistently improving with higher resolutions and more complex formats, and the demand for faster, GPU-optimized MAM systems to handle these challenges has become increasingly evident. Every single person with a camera or a smartphone can be a content producer with large volumes of media assets. This calls for intelligent and light-weight systems that can manage the content with a sustainable and intelligent modus operandi.

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Let’s then look at the futuristic hybid smart-car. What does it do differently from the Dodge? It can use all its engines and inner components in a balanced and optimized way, making use of any one of its components that can perform a specific task most efficiently. For example, instead of using the CPU for tasks such as transcoding, face detection or AI, it makes use of different available GPUs (Graphical Processing Units) or ML (machine learning) accelerators, that can perform the task quicker and more efficient. At the same time, it is not using any computational power of the CPU, which then is free for MAM core functions (such as file handling, database publishing, archiving etc.) and user front ends. While the CPU-based “Dodge RAM” uses 100% of the CPU power, while still performing its tasks much slower compared to its challenger, the GPU-based system consumes only 1% of the CPU-capacity. For example, when the so called “Dodge RAM” system is transcoding at 100% of its capacity, it has no computational capacity left for any other tasks. This means that the user experiences extreme slowness and malfunction when simultaneously using the MAM system – simply because the system already is at its limits. As a comparison, when its counterpart, what we here exemplify as the “smart-car” system, is transcoding, the user will not notice this while simultaneously using the MAM system since the system has 99% of its capacity left for operating normally. In addition, when you need to scale up a “classical” MAM system that we compare with a Dodge RAM car, to, for example operate a growing amount of media assets, or when there is a need to add more users to operate the system, you are forced to buy expensive CPU-based hardware, that equals “muscles” of the Dodge RAM to be able to scale the system. With this, you gain more muscles but remain slow and operate with the same stagnating way as before – not to mention the enormous costs that this comes with.

A MAM system that can perform on the top of its class needs to be flexible and intelligent. Factors such as scalability, capacity and efficiency are at the centre of this. Modularity enables customization and a cost-efficient way to build a MAM system that serves the specific needs of a customer and can easily be extended with new features as new needs emerge. Digital systems are difficult to evaluate from the outside since the performance indicators are not clearly established and the architecture and processes that make the system are so highly complex that few are able to evaluate and understand them. Our advice to anyone searching for a MAM system or wanting to understand more of the topic is to ask any MAM provider of interest about the system architecture, which factors are affecting its capacity and how flexible and scalable the system is and to what cost it is scalable.

What you should go for instead of expensive muscle-power is agility and intelligence.

We at Flow Works see that MAM systems will be an essential tool for anyone operating a large volume of pictures, videos or audio files in the near future. Thus, we are working on solutions that will make agile and intelligent MAM systems available to anyone who is ready to elevate their work around media assets to new heights. If this topic is as fascinating to you as it is to us, we should continue the disucssion together.

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How a small company can benefit from using a MAM system

A Media Asset Management (MAM) system 📹📂🔐 can bring many benefits to a small company. MAM systems are designed to help organizations store, manage and distribute their digital media assets, such as images, videos, and audio files. They provide a central location for all digital assets, making it easy to find and use the needed files.

One of the main benefits of a MAM system for a small company is the ability to easily organize and find your digital media assets. 🗂️🔍 With a MAM system, you can organize your files by categories, tags, and keywords, making it easy to find the files you need when you need them. This can save a lot of time and frustration.

Another benefit of a MAM system for a small company is the ability to easily share and distribute your digital media assets. 🚀 With a MAM system, you can easily share files with team members, clients, and other stakeholders, without the need to send large files via email. This can save a lot of time and bandwidth, and make it easy to collaborate on projects. Additionally, MAM systems can be integrated with other systems and tools such as content management systems, video management systems, and website platforms, providing a seamless workflow for small companies.

A MAM system also provides a more secure environment for your digital media assets. 🔒 Professional MAM systems include advanced security features such as encryption, access controls, and user management, which can help protect your digital assets from unauthorized access.

Additionally, a MAM system can help small companies to save costs. 💰 By having a central location for all of your digital assets, you can save on storage costs as you don’t need multiple copies of the same files. MAM systems also have the ability to automate tasks such as transcoding and distribution, which saves time and human resources.

Asset monetization is another compelling aspect of a Media Asset Management (MAM) system that can greatly benefit small companies. Beyond the organizational and operational advantages, MAM systems offer opportunities for generating revenue from your digital media assets. 📈💰 With a well-structured MAM system in place, you can easily identify valuable content that has the potential to be licensed, sold, or repurposed for various revenue streams. 📸📺📦 Asset monetization can be a game-changer for small companies looking to maximize the value of their digital media holdings and diversify their income sources, further enhancing the return on investment in their MAM system. 💼🎉

In summary, a Media Asset Management (MAM) system offers a multitude of benefits to small companies. It empowers them to efficiently organize, locate, and safeguard their digital media assets, promoting operational agility and security. Moreover, MAM systems open the door to monetization opportunities, enabling small businesses to capitalize on their valuable content and generate additional revenue streams. Additionally, MAM systems deliver cost-saving advantages by optimizing storage and automating labor-intensive tasks. 💼📊🌐

FlowWorks serves customers of all sizes, from any industry. Whether you are new to MAM services or not, we help you to reach a new level in your operations with our modular MAM system that can be expanded step-by-step as your MAM needs evolve. Contact us to discuss further.

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AI in the world of Media

In the world of Media Asset Management (MAM), Artificial Intelligence (AI) has emerged as a transformative force, promising to revolutionize how media assets are managed, organized, and utilized. However, before diving into the topic of AI in MAM, it’s crucial to mention common misconceptions and gain a clear understanding of what AI in MAM involves, as well as the benefits it can offer to customers working in broadcasting and media production.

Defining AI in MAM

AI in MAM refers to the application of artificial intelligence techniques, such as machine learning and computer vision, to automate and enhance various aspects of media asset management. It’s about making use of algorithms and data analysis to make the management of huge media libraries more efficient and effective.

Misconception 1: AI in MAM is Synonymous with Automation

One common misconception is that AI in MAM is solely about automation. While automation is a significant component, it’s not the whole story. AI in MAM goes beyond routine tasks like file organization and metadata tagging. It includes sophisticated capabilities like content recognition, sentiment analysis, and predictive analytics.

Misconception 2: AI in MAM is Only for Large Enterprises

Another misconception is that AI in MAM is relevant for large actors in the media industry. In reality, AI-powered MAM solutions are becoming more accessible and affordable for media companies of all sizes. Smaller organizations can benefit from AI-driven efficiencies and cost savings as well.

Misconception 3: AI in MAM is a Universal Solution for Every Problem

It’s important to understand that AI in MAM is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Its effectiveness depends on factors like the quality and quantity of data, the specific use case, and the integration with existing workflows. While it can address many challenges, it may not be suitable for every situation.

Benefits of AI in MAM for Media Professionals

Now that we’ve clarified what AI in MAM is not, let’s explore what it can offer to customers working in broadcasting and media production.

Enhanced Content Discovery:

While advanced searches based on metadata already are an eastablished key feature of professional MAM systems, AI brings a new dimension to Content Discovery. While metadata-driven searches rely on structured data like titles and keywords, offering exact-match searches they are limited in searches based on context. AI-driven searches, on the other hand, enable content-based searches, similarity and relevance identification, and natural language processing (NLP). This provides a more comprehensive, context-aware, and nuanced approach to searches, based on visual, audio, text, and contextual aspects.

Efficient Metadata Management:

AI algorithms can generate and refine metadata, reducing the time and effort required for manual tagging. This not only improves content searchability but also streamlines content distribution and monetization.

Content Recommendations:

AI-driven recommendation engines can suggest related content to users, giving creativity input to users and encouraging content reuse.  

Quality Control:

AI can play a crucial role in the quality control of audio and video assets by automatically detecting anomalies or irregularities in the content. This includes identifying issues such as audio distortions, video artifacts, inconsistent color grading, or missing segments. This capability is of special importance in live broadcasting. Additionally, in post-production processes, AI-driven quality control reduces the risk of errors or imperfections, saving both time and resources.

Monetization Opportunities:

AI can analyze audience preferences and content trends, helping media companies tailor their content offerings, so they can keep viewers interested, and maximize revenue generation.

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🚀 Unlocking ROI Potential: How Investing in a MAM System Drives Business Success

Investing in a Media Asset Management system is a strategic decision that yields substantial ROI for organizations. By enhancing productivity, streamlining workflows, optimizing storage, unlocking revenue opportunities and enabling data-driven decision making, a well-implemented MAM system delivers tangible benefits that directly impact the bottom line. 🚀 💼💡

Here is a compact list with 5 areas of the tangible Return-On-Investment (ROI) that organizations can achieve by investing in a professional MAM system:

1. Enhanced Productivity and Time Savings:

A MAM system eliminates the inefficiencies associated with manual media asset management. By automating tasks such as file organization, metadata tagging, and content retrieval, employees can quickly locate and access the required assets, reducing time spent on administrative tasks. This increased productivity translates into significant time savings, allowing teams to focus on creative endeavors and actual business. ⏰✨

2. Streamlined Workflows and Collaboration:

Collaboration among team members, departments, and other external stakeholders is key for seamless content creation and distribution. A MAM system acts as a centralized hub, enabling easy sharing, version control, and real-time collaboration. By eliminating bottlenecks and reducing miscommunication, teams can work more efficiently. 🤝🌐

3. Optimized Storage and Reduced Costs:

Cloud storage costs can quickly escalate if not managed effectively. A MAM system helps optimize storage utilization by eliminating redundant files, leveraging automated transcoding to reduce file sizes and formats, and implementing intelligent archiving for infrequently used assets. By minimizing the used storage space and eliminating unnecessary duplicates, organizations can significantly reduce storage costs. 💰💾

4. Improved Asset Monetization and Revenue Generation:

Media assets are valuable assets that can be monetized in various ways, such as licensing, distribution, or repurposing. A robust MAM system empowers organizations to efficiently catalog and manage their assets, making it easier to leverage them for additional revenue streams. With streamlined access to a well-organized library of assets, organizations can maximize the value of their media content. 💎💸

5. Data-Driven Insights:

A MAM system provides valuable analytics and reporting capabilities, offering insights into asset usage, performance, and audience engagement. These insights enable data-driven decision making, helping organizations refine their content strategies, identify trends, and allocate resources more effectively. By leveraging data, organizations can make informed decisions, optimize their content production, and stay ahead in a competitive landscape. 📊🔍

FlowWorks offers a professional MAM system, derived from the broadcasting industry. With us, you can start small without a large initial investment and grow the system as your MAM needs evolve and grow.

Contact us to talk further!

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Say goodbye to content chaos and hello to efficiency and consistency across all channels.

🌐 In today’s digital world, a robust content management system is a must for organizations to stay competitive. Enter the Media Asset Management (MAM) system – a game-changer that enhances content management, boosts creation and distribution capabilities, and ensures secure and compliant media assets. 💼💪

📚 With a MAM system, organizations can streamline content management processes by centralizing media assets in a single repository. No more time wasted searching through folders! The powerful search and metadata tagging functionalities make finding assets a breeze. 📂✨

🎨 But that’s not all! A MAM system takes content creation and distribution to the next level. Collaborating on projects becomes easy with integrated tools and workflows. Team members can access, edit, and review media assets simultaneously, no matter where they are. Productivity soars, and creativity flows freely! When it’s time to share your masterpiece, a MAM system offers multiple publishing options, ensuring your content reaches the right audience on various digital platforms – in optimized file sizes and formats. 🚀🌍

🔒 Security and compliance are paramount in today’s data-driven landscape. Fortunately, a MAM system has your back! Safeguarding sensitive content is a top priority, and access controls ensure that only authorized individuals can view or edit assets. Stay worry-free with protection against unauthorized access, theft, or loss. Moreover, compliance with industry standards and regulatory requirements is uncomplicated with a MAM system. Track usage rights, licensing agreements, and expiration dates effortlessly. Avoid legal headaches and copyright infringements like a pro. ✔️🔐

🔄 Workflows made easy! A Media Asset Management (MAM) system empowers organizations with seamless workflows that streamline content creation, review, and approval processes. With automated workflows, you can define and customize the steps involved in content production, ensuring efficient collaboration and eliminating bottlenecks. From ideation to publication, a MAM system keeps everyone on the same page, enabling smooth handoffs and faster time-to-market. Boost productivity, save time, and bring your content to life with streamlined workflows powered by a MAM system. 🎯💼

📦 Last but not least, optimize storage space and cut costs! A Media Asset Management (MAM) system helps organizations make the most of their storage resources by optimizing file sizes and formats. Large media files can be automatically compressed or transcoded into more efficient formats without compromising quality. By reducing the size of media assets, organizations can significantly save on expensive cloud storage costs. With a MAM system, you can store more content in less space, maximize storage efficiency, and allocate resources wisely. Say goodbye to bloated storage and hello to cost-effective content management. 💰💾

FlowWorks is your strategic partner in building a future-proof MAM infrastructure. Contact us to hear how what we can do for you.

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How do MAM systems differ from DAM systems?

In today’s digital world, organizations have a massive amount of digital content such as images, videos, audio, and documents that need to be stored, managed, and organized. With the increasing need for content management, two different systems have emerged, Digital Asset Management (DAM) and Media Asset Management (MAM). Both of these systems serve as a repository for digital content, but there are several key differences between them that make them suited for different purposes.

What is a Digital Asset Management system (DAM)?

A Digital Asset Management system is a software application designed to manage, store, and organize digital files. It provides a centralized repository for digital assets, making it easy to locate and access them. A DAM system typically provides users with a simple and intuitive interface to manage digital assets, including search capabilities, metadata management, and version control.

What is a Media Asset Management system (MAM)?

A Media Asset Management system is a software application designed to manage and organize media content, such as videos, images, audio, and documents. MAM systems offer similar functionalities as DAM systems, but they also have additional features specifically designed for media content. These features include editing, transcoding, and distribution capabilities.

Differences between DAM and MAM

  1. Purpose

The primary difference between DAM and MAM systems is their purpose. A DAM system is designed to manage digital assets, such as images, documents, and other files, while a MAM system is designed to manage media assets, such as video, audio, and images.

  1. Capabilities

Another difference between DAM and MAM systems is their capabilities. A DAM system provides basic functionalities such as storing, organizing, and retrieving digital assets, while a MAM system provides more advanced capabilities such as editing, transcoding, and distribution of media content.

  1. User groups

DAM and MAM systems are also designed for different user groups. DAM systems are typically used by organizations to manage digital assets that are used for various purposes, such as marketing, sales, and customer service. On the other hand, MAM systems are designed for media organizations, such as TV stations, production companies, and post-production houses, that need to manage and distribute large amounts of media content. However, MAM systems such as the Flow have adapted to better serve the needs of Prosumers (“Professional consumers”) or other target groups such as remote workers, photographers or Influencers. As an example of this is the new software from Flow Works that makes it possible to operate a MAM system directly on a NAS (Network Attached Storage device) from QNAP. This opens up new horizons for the market of MAM systems.

  1. Metadata management

Metadata management is another key difference between DAM and MAM systems. DAM systems typically focus on managing basic metadata, such as file name, date created, and file size, while MAM systems offer more advanced metadata management capabilities, such as support for custom metadata fields, metadata templates, and integration with third-party metadata management systems.

Benefits of a Media Asset Management system (MAM)

  1. Improved content management

MAM systems provide a centralized repository for media assets, making it easy to locate and access them. This helps organizations to improve their content management by reducing the time and effort required to find and access media content.

  1. Better collaboration

MAM systems provide a collaborative environment for media content creation and distribution. Teams can work together on media projects, share assets, and communicate with each other in real-time. This leads to improved collaboration, better communication, and faster content creation.

  1. Enhanced editing and transcoding capabilities

MAM systems provide editing and transcoding capabilities, making it easy to manage and distribute media content in different formats. This helps organizations to streamline their content creation and distribution process, saving time and reducing costs.

  1. Improved content distribution

MAM systems provide advanced distribution capabilities, making it easy to distribute media content to different platforms and devices. This helps organizations to reach a wider audience and improve their

content distribution strategies. The ability to distribute content in different formats and to different platforms means that organizations can reach a wider audience and increase their visibility.

  1. Better security and compliance

MAM systems provide a secure environment for media content management, ensuring that sensitive information is protected from unauthorized access. Additionally, MAM systems provide the ability to track and manage content usage rights, ensuring that organizations remain compliant with relevant regulations and copyright laws.


In conclusion, while both DAM and MAM systems serve as a repository for digital content, they are designed for different purposes and provide different capabilities. MAM systems provide enhanced functionalities specifically designed for media content, such as editing, transcoding, and distribution capabilities. These advanced capabilities, along with improved content management, better collaboration, and enhanced security and compliance, make MAM systems an ideal solution for organizations that need to manage and distribute large amounts of media content.

In today’s digital world, having an effective content management system is crucial for organizations to remain competitive. By choosing a Media Asset Management system, organizations can improve their content management, enhance their content creation and distribution capabilities, and ensure that their media assets are secure and compliant.

Green Tech concerns every organisation

Sustainability in the digital world is still a relatively unknown concept, but with recent global developments it is more important than ever. So called Green Tech is for many an abstract topic. While we talk about energy saving by using less lights or getting energy efficient household appliances, it may seem difficult to understand the magnitude of energy spent related to media asset management. Green tech is also not creating the momentum it deserves since there are many commercial actors in the market who make money on inefficient use of cloud storage or transferring large volumes of digital files and hence, do not want this topic to get attention. All digital assets consume energy partly by the storage that is used to store them as well as the energy needed to transfer, view or share them. For users, whether private persons (“prosumers”) or companies, this topic becomes increasingly more urgent as the number of digital assets continues to grow. Not only the amount of video, text and audio files increase, rich media in presentations or communications materials is the norm. What are we talking about with “digital assets”? Digital assets are every file, whether text, video, picture or audio. It therefore is a topic that concerns every organization or person working with digital material.

Flow Works has the solution for the future of media asset management

We at Flow Works spent a few years envisioning the demands of the future digital world and have a solution that saves your time, money and minimizes the use of energy and cloud storage. Our software gives you a complete set of tools for everything one might need related to digital asset management – and the best of it all is that it will save you time, money and energy! Digital asset management is no longer a topic for just professional media producers, news agencies, production houses and so forth – it is a topic for every organisation that works with digital material.


Cloud storage is a huge business. For companies selling digital storage, it is good business when customers have a high quantity of large files. Large files eat up a large amount of storage space that generates income. For the customer this quickly gets expensive and in addition makes it more troublesome to share, view or distribute the material since it requires a solid and strong Internet connection as well as processing power to work with large files. This is inefficient and expensive! The ideal solution is to optimize the size of each file by automated transcoding that requires no action from the user. Flow Works’ software includes exactly this, giving its customers a professional tool for viewing, editing and sharing digital media files (among numerous other fantastic features). When digital files are in an optimized format, then less cloud – and physical hardware space – is used. In addition, with our software only the necessary parts, which is the content intended for sharing or distribution, are transferred to the cloud while the rest of the file stays on local cost-efficient storages (physical hard drives). With all this we limit processing power in the cloud – ultimately optimizing cloud usage. All this matters since it is part of enabling an increasingly digitized world while being energy efficient and sustainable.


Blocking Internet lines for inefficient use related to digital media files is wasting energy and slowing down other functions that make use of the same Internet connection. Not to mention the frustration we all are familiar with when trying to view a video that is stuck due to upload issues. The optimized file formats that we can offer with our software are transcoding, or in other words pre-processing the file automatically to a minimal size and optimized format. With pre-processed formats and files, we only transfer a fraction of the original sources through Internet lines while still maintaining highest quality. This keeps the Internet line free while delivering content with ultimate speed. This also speeds up the overall media workflow up to 25 times compared to other online services, while at the same time capping down the download file sizes for collaboration and distribution partners. When sharing for example a video online, it not only consumes Internet line from the one sharing it, it consumes Internet for every single viewer. The quantity quickly becomes enormous. Sustainability in the connected digital world that shares digital material is strongly linked to minimizing the use of Internet lines.


Flow Works is ultimately a software company, operating its own professional media asset management software since 2005. Hardware is still the other part of the digital world and therefore we have customized our software to function on the operating systems of QNAP NAS devices. NAS devices are in other words Network Attached Storage units that instead of being connected to a computer are connected to a network. This makes it possible to access all materials safely and quickly, as well as enables an easy back-up system. When working with digital media files, QNAP NAS devices are the go-to solution. Now, with our Flow software customers can make the most out of their QNAP NAS. How? They can access all materials stored on their QNAP NAS device through our browser-based user interface that allows the user to view, edit, share and collaborate both internally and externally related to the materials stored on the NAS. It is as easy as it gets when talking about media asset management and offers both private persons as well as professional organisations a very simple way to get started with professional handling of digital files.

The technical superiority of this set-up lies in the optimized use of resources that shifts the system’s resources to parts of it that do the job better. The user does not have to care for the technical processes that are working in the background, but the user naturally benefits from all the upsides of this power-efficient technology. For the user it is in the long run more green, more cheap, more efficient and more hassle-free! Why waste any more time on complex systems that cannot do the job anyway nearly as professional as ours?