FilmLight, best known for its grading system Baselight, has chosen Jigsaw24 Media as the first global and exclusive UK partner for its new content management product, Nara.

The announcement follows the launch of the new media tool at the 2024 NAB Show.

Nara speeds up and simplifies collaborative tasks such as progress reviews, approval and compliance processes for media professionals. At the heart of the product is its ability to natively decode and play back a wide selection of media without the need to transcode to proxy files which solves a number of challenges for post-production facilities and VFX houses.

Nara provides controlled media access via a web-based media browser for secure review of content, offers colour-accurate media previews of any media codec and has an efficient index system with media-specific metadata for fast search and access. It supports on premise and in the cloud storage and can be client deployed or delivered as a complete turnkey solution.

Molinare, one of London’s leading post-production houses, was involved from the early stages of the Nara beta programme. Darren Woolfson, CTO of Molinare Creative Group, commented, “Nara’s background indexing along with its familiar user interface allows us to find media quickly. We can simply navigate through directories or create advanced searches based on media metadata. Once found, pretty much any file format can be securely viewed in the correct colour space from a web browser almost immediately.”

Jigsaw24 Media’s managing director, Jason Cowan says: “Nara is a fantastic product that benefits from Baselight’s credentials while being completely software agnostic – so it can be integrated into any facility’s workflow regardless of the other tools in their tech stack and immediately start delivering efficiencies.”

Sam Lempp, Nara’s head of business development said: “For 23 years FilmLight has operated as a sole distributor, forging direct relationships with our customers, so we were extremely selective when appointing Jigsaw24 Media as our first global partner. Nara is not a stand-alone product and the local M&E industry trusts Jigsaw24 Media to put together and support multi-product solutions that solve workflow challenges, so they’re perfectly positioned to take Nara to market in the UK.”

Nara will be demonstrated for the first time in the UK at Jigsaw24 Media’s “The best of NAB 2024” event on Thursday 25 April at their HQ in London.

Pippa Considine

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