Queen’s Award for Innovation

London, 26th April 2012 – UK Software company Square Box Systems has been awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation Category for CatDV, its media asset management and workflow tool for use in video post-production.

The software was designed and written by the founder and CEO, Rolf Howarth. “It is a great honour to win this Queen’s Award, and I am proud to share it with the whole team, all of who have contributed to our growing commercial success.

We have just returned from NAB 2012 in Las Vegas where our booth was constantly busy in the face of huge interest from North America, so I see this award as a step further towards our global growth into new markets in the
immediate period ahead.”

With the move to all-digital tapeless workflow, editors and producers have found themselves struggling to manage the mass of media produced, needing quick access to archived materials including video clips, audio files, and still images.

CatDV provides the tools to log, store, catalogue, search and quickly retrieve media assets as required. A powerful database, capable of integrating with many file formats and editing applications, lies at the heart of the product.
Extensive data from multimedia files can be stored, with thumbnail images and annotations, along with reduced resolution proxy clips for use off line.

Using a cross-platform open-standards policy to allow working across different operating systems and storage devices, it integrates with the leading edit software packages using standard data interchange formats wherever possible to transfer edit information.

CatDV has been recognised with several broadcast industry awards including the Creative COW Blue Ribbon award for innovation two years running, and the Videography Magazine 2010 Vidy award.

About Square Box Systems

Square Box Systems is a privately owned UK software company, specialising in media asset management and production workflow software.Their CatDV application was first launched in 2001, originally as a single-user
standalone application, soon to be followed by a networked version.

The software is user friendly and yet extremely powerful. As a result, CatDV is being rapidly adopted by editors and producers across the global film and television industry as an essential part of their production toolkit.
CatDV is designed to import, catalogue, sort and process the media files (primarily video, but also audio, still images, and other document types) at the core of any modern production workflow. It runs under both Mac and Windows with a flexible and highly scalable architecture.

CatDV is the ideal application to bring order to the chaos of media files that creatives in the industry are facing on a daily basis CatDV is sold through a network of distributors and resellers providing installation, consultancy and support locally.

About Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2012

This most prestigious British industry award is the highest official UK award available to businesses. The awards are conferred by HM Queen Elizabeth II every year on her birthday, April 21, to recognise and encourage commercial
success resulting from outstanding innovative achievements by business units in the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

To win an award the business must be able to demonstrate substantial growth in areas of performance and commercial success, and will be assessed on invention, performance, marketing & distribution, and after sales support.

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