Flow Automation

Flow Automation is a powerful workflow tool designed to automate repetitive tasks such as transcoding, file copying, and deleting. The module’s Workflow Designer and Job Designer functions feature intuitive drag-and-drop tools to create simple and complex workflow templates, orchestrating Triggers, Inputs, Tasks, and Filters to better manage media and increase productivity.

Design Your Own Template-Driven Workflows
Use Flow Automation’s Workflow Designer to create simple or complex workflow templates using Triggers, Inputs, Tasks and Filters. Workflow templates are built graphically on screen in the style of a process flowchart.

Take Advantage of Predesigned Tasks
One or more of the following tasks can be included in a workflow, in any combination:

  • Copy or move files from one folder to another
  • Transcode media to a specified format and save to a specified location
  • Delete media, metadata or archives
  • Change a metadata field value
  • Export clip metadata to XML formats
  • Add or remove clips from Flow Projects
  • Quick, normal or full scans of Media Spaces with optional auto-delete and proxy generation
  • Insert a delay into a workflow
  • Send an e-mail notification

Trigger Jobs based on Time or Metadata Changes
Triggers define how a workflow is started; for example, a workflow can be triggered based on a specific day/time (one time or recurring) or a pre-defined change of metadata. Once a template is activated, a Flow Automation Job is created based on the specified interval or whether the specified metadata criteria are met. You can also manually start a Flow Automation job.

Prioritize Jobs
The Activated Job Viewer displays all activated templates, including the Name, Status, Time, and Queue Position of each template. Jobs can be prioritized by dragging a job to its desired Queue Position.

Scalable Architecture
Flow Automation can scale to accommodate any workflow or number of jobs by offloading CPU-intensive tasks such as transcoding to Flow Worker Nodes. Any number of Flow Worker Nodes can be added to an EditShare configuration.