Pebble Beach Systems has partnered with media asset management software developer Blue Lucy on a new workflow engine, content management and video processing system.

Known as Beluga, it works with Pebble Beach’s Marina automation system to provide file delivery, content preparation and integrated QC workflows.

Pebble Beach said it would do away with the need to deploy an enterprise MAM solution and that Beluga’s content management approach focuses on the tasks of preparing content for playout and distribution.

Beluga “bridges the gap between content preparation, linear playout, and the creation of fast-turnaround VOD-ready media,” the company said.

Pebble Beach chief executive Tom Gittins said: “Our Marina automation system currently delivers a level of content management which suits many deployments, but the addition of Beluga to the range opens up the possibility of more advanced functionality where it’s needed, without the customer having to implement a complex and potentially expensive enterprise level solution.

“We’re excited to integrate it into our range of playout solutions and delighted to be working with Blue Lucy on its development.”

Blue Lucy chief executive Julian Wright added: “Beluga has been designed to deliver content supply chain management in a targeted way to enhance Marina’s strong feature set, via a cost-effective workflow engine and an easy to use asset management system which can scale from small systems (4 channels) to enterprise MAM.”

Beluga will be previewed at Cabsat later this month ahead of its launch at NAB in April.