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Buck Kahler
What database type does CatDV use?
on Aug 23, 2012 at 5:23:19 pm

Hi all,
Just wondering, what is under the hood of CatDV? We have a library specialist looking at our setup/workflow and she's asking. Would like to know that if CatDV ceased to be we'd still be able to extract our metadata to port it into something else if need be.
Buck Kahler

Buck Kahler
Oak Ridge, TN

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Rolf Howarth
Re: What database type does CatDV use?
on Aug 23, 2012 at 7:51:41 pm

We don't plan on going away :-)

But rest assured, there are plenty of ways to get the data out of CatDV and into other systems if you need to.

The underlying database (assuming you're using the server version) is normally MySQL, but it also works with other databases such as Oracle, MS SQL Server, and PostgreSQL, so you're tied in to one particuar database. We don't make use of specific database features and it's easy to use standard tools SQL tools to generate reports or extract data if necessary.

You can also export the data in lots of ways for import into import into other systems, including XML and tab-separated text etc.

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bryson jones
Re: What database type does CatDV use?
on Aug 25, 2012 at 2:09:17 am

Not only can you "pack up and leave" I have done quite a few jobs where we deliver metadata from CatDV to other systems and also receive data back so that the systems stay in sync.

CatDV can receive new clips via XML or update clip data from any system that can deliver info through a command line command.

Additionally North Shore Automation has written a tool that will allow you to update records via XML as well so communication can be 2 way via XML.

NSA currently has XML translations for these systems:




OVP or video channels -



Daily Motion


With more to come.

Rolf has provided us with some really great tools for I/O.


bryson "at"

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