May 152012

For me a good media archive has to have great preview support.

Think about the following: You’re looking for footage in your archive for a current project but only find several similar tagged files. How do you know what you get?

This is exactly the point where previews help a lot!

Archiware PresStore Archive helps you as it automatically generates previews for some types of media – but it’s rather limited. To work around this limitation custom generators can be added.

Yesterday I released “PresStore Media Converter”, a small toolkit based on FFmpeg, ImageMagick, Poppler and node.js to generate previews of hundreds of file types – including several raw file types.

Here aare some supported types:

  • TIF
  • JPG
  • GIF
  • PNG
  • NEF
  • DNG
  • PDF
  • MP3
  • M4A
  • WAV
  • MXF (partial – depending on codec)
  • MOV (partial – depending on codec)
  • AVI (partial – depending on codec)

I’ve release it as open source under the GPL2 license.
You can download it at Google Code.

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