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Marco Solorio
Re: Game-Changer
on Oct 30, 2007 at 8:21:22 pm

Hi George,

You might want to read this post in which I talk about the pitfalls with FTP...

In short, this is a few of them:

1. Many corporate clients hate FTP or cannot use FTP due to their network structure. Media Batch uses the standard HTTP protocol on port 80. If you can view eBay or Yahoo, you can view Media Batch.

2. FTP can be a pain to set up if you have many clients/logins to create to access it. Creating logins for lists is easy to do in Media Batch.

3. FTP only allows you to download files and not actually view them right then and there. Media Batch natively "sees" almost 200 file formats. It can view, inline, all the major ones (QuickTime, FLV, WMV, AVI, Real, MP3, PNG, TIFF, XML, EDL, so on and so on). You can even view the contents of a ZIP file *before* downloading it... try that with FTP!

4. Standard FTP doesn't allow you to track file activity. Media Batch tracks login name, IP address, activity (download, view, etc.). You can know for a fact when your clients are looking at your files.

5. FTP apps are usually a pain for clients (if they don't have IE or Firefox FTP integration). With Media Batch they only need the web browser they're accustomed to.

6. FTP doesn't offer a notation system for each file. Media Batch does!

7. FTP doesn't have an integrated approval system with notes. Media Batch does!

8. FTP offers no custom tools for media viewability specific to our industry, e.g., the Media Batch timecode based FLV Viewer with notation and drawing capabilities.

I could go on and on. The differences are astronomical once you really start using Media Batch. But most importantly, your clients will like it *much* better than FTP.

Marco Solorio | CreativeCow Host | OneRiver Media | Codec Resource Site | Cinesoft | Media Batch

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