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Score 9 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

Avid Interplay Media Asset Manager

Interplay is well suited to teams with multiple people who need access to the same media at the same time. We can have producers and editors working simultaneously on the same project, using the same media, even sharing bins. If you're working solo, or have a much smaller team it might be overkill.
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Widen Collective

I think the Widen Collective is well suited for businesses of any size. It can be used for photos or documents, and since the metadata fields can easily be customized to fit your business, it's extremely flexible to fit your needs. I think Widen Collective is less appropriate where the business does not have a lot of images or documents quite yet - that scenario would be putting the cart before the horse - it would be hard to set up the correct metadata fields before you know how you'll be searching for them in the future.
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Pros

Avid Interplay Media Asset Manager

  • Quickly find video clips and view them right away
  • Keep projects organized
  • Can archive and restore media
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Widen Collective

  • Fantastic customer support
  • Great on-boarding and migration
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Cons

Avid Interplay Media Asset Manager

  • Sometimes have to reboot the system if things aren't working properly
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Widen Collective

  • Sharing - I wish there was a way to have a Dropbox-like feature where you could store a set of images momentarily and share the image set via url. Currently, you can only send image sets through email. If someone you're sharing the images with would like to also share the images, they have to figure that out on their own.
  • Reminders - there could be automatic reminders that you could set if images were uploaded with metadata - something on the home page where it says "reminder: add metadata to 35 images" or just quick alerts to keep everything up to date.
  • Uploading/converter - I wish there was a quick converter for uploading large images - for example, if a huge eps image is uploaded, it could suggest to convert it to a high resolution jpg, saving space in the DAM.
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Alternatives Considered

Avid Interplay Media Asset Manager

Final Cut Server was a mess and wasn't really supported by Apple anymore when we were last using it. Avid has good support and we know they're going to be around and support their products. It's also just a better fit for our workflow in terms of producing content, as well as archival and storage solutions.
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Widen Collective

Cumulus didn't offer the flexibility or price point our organization needed. We would need to pay almost double the amount to Cumulus to get the same feature set of Widen out of the box.
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Return on Investment

Avid Interplay Media Asset Manager

  • I can't speak to the finances, but I believe as a whole it has helped our department's efficiency in producing video content.
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Widen Collective

  • Widen Collective saves a lot of time for our employees as users can access the DAM on their own, which definitely has a positive impact on ROI
  • The positive impact of the Collective is greater than the cost
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Pricing Details

Avid Interplay Media Asset Manager

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Widen Collective

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required

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