MediaStore in a nutshell

Content-centric organization of assets

The MediaStore platform revolves all around your content, which you can access through the Content section. Metadata, marketing assets, ancillary documents and master files are all grouped together, allowing you to keep tabs on every title simply by viewing one central catalog entry.

Let’s say that you have the distribution rights to a motion picture. Using our easy-to-use interface, you could start by entering basic metadata – things like title, synopsis, year of production. Once the catalog entry for your film has been saved, you can immediately start adding marketing images and videos (to present your content to potential clients) as well as deliverables (such as ancillary documents and master files). MediaStore takes care of storing all files for you and makes it easy for you to retrieve and use them at any time later on.

Also, note that you don’t have to supply all necessary data at once – the moment you’ve set up at least a basic catalog entry, you can already start using marketing functions such as our email recommendation functionality, which allows you to pitch your content to any recipient, registered or not.

Hierarchical catalog structure

Managing your catalog using MediaStore doesn’t stop at single catalog entries. Series, seasons and episodes can be associated in a hierarchical structure, meaning less clutter and a simple tiered navigation. Of course, you’ll still be able to find specific entries easily by using our search function and filters. Furthermore, don’t worry about, say, series with hundreds of episodes: it’s easy to populate your catalog by setting up multiple episodes in one go.

Asset management, material processing and delivery

The Material section not only gives you a searchable overview of all files you have uploaded, it also serves as a hub for all your delivery and processing needs. Need to deliver some files to a client? Simply compile the assets and dispatch an email download link. Additionally, storage space on our fast and reliable Aspera server as well as FTP delivery, transcoding services and even physical tape or DVD layback are available – just use MediaStore’s order wizard to place an order which will begin to process immediately.

Please note that some features, such as Aspera delivery or transcoding to specific formats, are only available on request and/or subject to additional charges.

User and contact management

You’ve got your catalog set up – now it’s time to let customers sign up to see it. Customers can register through a registration form on the limited public portion of your platform; you, meanwhile, can use the Clients section to review these registrations and control who gains access. Optionally, you can take care of entering their company details and then send them a direct sign-up link, lowering the threshold even further.

All users to whom you grant access will be able to log into the buyer view of your catalog. This is a wholly separate storefront-like iteration of your platform which comprises all the browsing, screening and download functionality relevant for your clients, while you retain fully flexible per-item controls to define which content and assets will be visible to them.

Even if a client is not registered on your platform yet, you can use the Recommend function to send screening links via email to any recipient. This frictionless screening tool comes without any special requirements on the recipient’s side, while each screening link may be restricted by a custom validity period and a set number of views, and optionally walled off to unregistered users.

Furthermore, you have the opportunity to manage a separate contact database (useful for cases like pre-filling recipient emails in the system later on), which automaticallly includes all your registered users but may be populated with additional entries.

Controllable access for colleagues and clients

There may be catalog entries, screeners and/or files which should not be visible to all of your clients, or perhaps not even to all of your colleagues. For instance, you might have an exclusive pre-release title at hand which should only be previewed by a hand-selected array of top-tier clients; or, you might not want all of your sales agents to see some of the more in-depth ancillary assets uploaded to a catalog entry. MediaStore can take care of these kinds of cases through an arsenal of tools, which can be applied easily to any catalog entry or file.

  • By setting a catalog entry’s or file’s Access level, you can scale the item’s global visibility.
  • By adding an item to a Group, you can override its default Access level for a selected group of registered clients.One common application of this feature would be to make an unpublished screener file visible to only a selected group of clients.
  • Carts allow you to compile files, then publish these file selections to (selected) registered clients or send direct download links via email.

Optional modules to suit your requirements

In addition to our core features, there are several optional modules which are available upon request:

  • Our Rights and Workflow modules enable you keep track of your offers, licenses, availabilities and invoicing, giving you full transparency along each step of the process through detailed, exportable availability and content reports as well as financial summaries.
  • Using our dedicated iPad Catalog application, you can sync selections from your portfolio, including screening videos, to your iPad for offline screening and effectively take your catalog along to sales markets and meetings, perfect for when no decent internet connection is available for your pitch. A second-screen function is also available so you can display videos and images on a larger screen.
  • Using a custom design to match your corporate identity, a function to export customer-ready, visually appealing PDF sales sheets from any catalog entry or selection of titles can be implemented.
  • Our Campaign tool leverages your in-platform contact database and lets you send email campaigns through an easy-to-use interface. Email templates can be created using a WYSIWYG template builder or imported as HTML files.