Every day, thousands of people rely on Third Light to keep their digital media together in a productive, secure media library.
Every day, thousands of people rely on Third Light to keep their digital media together in a productive, secure media library.
Known by their fans as Saints, they’ve been embracing new technology to optimise digital fan engagement, and effectively store, manage and deliver digital media amongst their wide network of photographers, content managers, website developers, players and fans.
"We just needed a solution that would enable us to find stuff easily and quickly - a searchable image archive. Now we have Third Light, we just type a name into our library interface, and all images tagged with that players name will come up. Easy!."
- Matt Watson, Southampton FC's club photographerSouthampton FC Case Study
The Agency's old image library was slow and clunky, and photos, artwork and footage were held on numerous disks, hard drives and cameras, which meant they were difficult to find, share and use. A new image storage solution was needed.
"Third Light was the best fit for our requirements. It gave us an intuitive system with plenty of scope to consolidate photos, artwork and footage into one central place. The ability to share large files has been a real bonus – we can easily send and receive files from designers and photographers."
- Joanne Groenenberg - Marketing Coordinator - Maritime & Coastguard AgencyMaritime & Coastguard Agency Case Study
Third Light is now being used to quickly and easily share photos and media between many departments, including Sales and Marketing, Social Media, Graphic Design and the Mediacenter. As well as being able to share internally, the software enables staff to share externally, with sponsors and media partners too.
"Third Light is the perfect solution to manage the end-to-end photo process; from the AS Roma official photographers uploading, tagging and adding metadata using Adobe Lightroom integration, to the internal and external users downloading."
- Fabrizio Preti - Technology Systems Expert - AS RomaAS Roma Case Study
As a public body the MRC has a rigorous procurement process for assessing new technology to ensure public money is spent responsibly. So when we were approached as a possible tender, our informative website and knowledgeable staff made light work of this. We made sure each and every query they had regarding data safety and security was addressed thoroughly with a comprehensive answer and comparative examples where needed.Medical Research Council Case Study
The University invested in new technology to house and manage their bank of digital media to enable everyone in the University to access photography that has been cleared and approved for use by the Communications and Marketing Department."It allows people to instantly access and download images for use on posters, pamphlets, web pages and other promotional materials, and it also gives us the ability to monitor which images are being downloaded, where they are being used and what they are being used for. The system acts as a self-service asset library, so that the Marketing team no longer need to source and provide imagery in response to individual requests."
- Anna Sigurdsson - University of Stirling
Pactivate is a packaging design company providing constructional design, graphics and technical support along with production ready prototypes. It needed one tool that would reduce the complexities of using multiple systems, be easy to use and provide a central and secure storage platform for their growing library of assets and file types.
"The file sharing and downloading options are really useful. Not only have we seen an improvement in productivity, the system has helped improve our customer retention as an extension of our service levels."
- Robin Taylor - Director and Packaging Designer - PactivatePactivate's Case Study
Investing in Third Light has helped in managing not only their rapidly expanding asset library but also their relationships with photographers and mangement of usage rights.
"Our old, clunky method of storing and accessing our many thousands of images meant many manual processes were in place that created an exceeding amount of extra work and effort. We were surprised by the reach of the end-to-end solution that Third Light provides, from self-service uploads through to the highly customisable interface for end users downloading and using the images."
- Andrew Rushton - Intranet and ICT Project Officer - The Wildlife TrustsThe Wildlife Trusts Case Study
Blue Mountain has evolved into a four-season destination, and continually ranks among the top family-friendly resorts in Canada. It was essential that the team had a central storage place for their assets, where images and videos could be uploaded and tagged to make them easy to catalogue. Through the intuitive interface, they can provide quick and easy access to photographic images, marketing collateral, logos, and video for media, tour operators, and other organizations for the purposes of promotion.
"Our digital media library is essential to the business. We have so many assets that it would be very challenging and time-consuming to manage them without a well-organised system."
- Amanda Derks - Blue Mountain ResortBlue Mountain's Case Study
Movember Foundation is the only charity tackling men’s health on a global scale. With photography spread across a multitude of resources and platforms, just finding an image could take hours, and the teams had no easy way to share their media and collaborate online, until it found Third Light.
"Third Light offered the tech support, storage space required and fantastic flexibility with customization that really appealed to our team. Tagging assets with metadata ensures the optimal searchability of our image bank."
- Holly Engelhardt - Movember FoundationMovember Foundation Case Study
The King's School in Worcester is a mixed independent school with close links to Worcester Cathedral, and uses many of the Cathedral buildings during its daily work.
"The interface is clean, well laid out, and the menu is easily controlled by permission levels. In today's world, where off site storage is normal, and internet speeds are better than adequate, it would be reasonable to ask why would a school NOT use Third Light."
- Russ Baum, Director of Studies - The King's School, WorcesterKing's School, Worcester Case Study
The Pittsburgh Penguins are a National Hockey League (NHL) team based in Pennsylvania. In 2011, the Penguins' marketing team deployed a Third Light Enterprise library to centralize their media storage and streamline digital brand activities.
"Third Light has really changed the way we manage and share these assets for the better, making our digital media easily searchable and much more engaging ... We are years ahead of where we were just several months ago."
– Erik Watts, Senior Director, Technology - The Pittsburgh PenguinsPittsburgh Penguins Case Study
Goodwood is home to the world famous Festival of Speed, Goodwood Revival and Qatar Goodwood Festival.
"A very intuitive piece of software that allows straight forward browsing, sourcing and approval of images. Photographers can upload their imagery to one central, common holding area where they can be approved and then tagged with keywords so they can be easily found and accessed by our PR and digital team. It will, without doubt, save us a huge amount of time across the many and varied businesses on the Goodwood Estate."
– Paul Melbert, Design Studio Manager - GoodwoodGoodwood Case Study
Westminster Abbey has a considerable archive of images, films and documents and it was decided to catalogue the images in a digital media library with tags and metadata to better enable staff to find the image they required. Several systems were evaluated, but Third Light emerged as the best solution for the Abbey's requirements.
The team delivered a training workshop for staff on-site to ensure the teams were utilizing the system in the best way possible, using all features available and introducing them to new functionality. They also demonstrated how to configure the software to support their business processes and workflows, coordinating efficient use across departments.Westminster Abbey Case Study
Since 2013, Compassion International has depended on Third Light’s Enterprise Edition to coordinate the use of 320,000+ media assets, by 850 users, in 38 countries.
"When I do my job right, with a few clicks, users can search for what they need and then download their desired files."
"When I see that my colleagues have a 'breakthrough' moment and they’re excited about the system's features, it is very satisfying for me."
– Shawna Cronan, Digital Media Manager, Compassion InternationalCompassion International Case Study
The British Postal Museum and Archive (BPMA) is the leading resource for British Postal heritage. It uses an Enterprise media library to manage more than 150,000 media files that document its collections.
"What has impressed us from the start is the level of customer support we receive. Direct and rapid support from helpful people at Third Light means that problems are resolved quickly and with the minimum of fuss. They're open to new feature requests, and updates happen regularly."
– Martin Devereux, Digital Content Development Manager, BPMABritish Postal Museum and Archive Case Study
With over four million images to manage, environmental engineering consultants Matrix Solutions chose Third Light software for its adaptable Application Programming Interface (API), its user interface, and its capacity to handle a demanding load.
"We knew that the system we had been previously using would fail under load, so we wanted to know that Third Light could handle it better. We spent six weeks trying to crash Third Light. We threw everything we could at it, and it continued to stand up ... It's solid, it's intuitive, it's 'one picture, one place', and it's 'API-first'. We’re at an early stage with using Third Light, but we can already recommend it."
– Michelle Dyason, Database Analyst, Matrix SolutionsDownload Matrix Solutions Case Study
Delivering the digital media - photos and videos - for an international event like the Race of Champions is a special challenge. To deliver content to thousands of simultaneous visitors means the system serving the content has to be fast and reliable.
Third Light uses its own Content Delivery Network, or CDN, to allow us to handle the surge in traffic at peak times. Our CDN is distributed across multiple facilities and allows copies of the media content to be delivered to users without overwhelming the underlying service.Race of Champions Case Study
The fastest-growing broadcaster in Britain, UKTV is a multi-award-winning media company with eleven core brands and 42 million viewers.
“In 2012 we embarked on a large project to redevelop all of our consumer and business websites from the ground up ... Moving from Cold Fusion, new channel sites were built in a fully responsive mobile-friendly grid, using a Python Django-based content management system. Our digital asset platform had to be the right fit.”
– Oliver Davies, Head of Digital Delivery, UKTVUKTV Case Study
The fifth oldest college in the University of Cambridge, Trinity Hall was founded in the year 1350 and has nearly 10,000 members around the world.
"Traditionally, we stored our digital files on the College file server. However, as the stock of photographs available to us grew, we struggled to keep track of all the new images and associated copyright details."
– Jocelyn Poulton, Development Director, Trinity Hall, University of CambridgeUniversity of Cambridge Case Study
Historic Images helps newspaper organizations digitize their photographic collections for online use – partnering with them through the process of scanning and attaching metadata to original photographs."Our needs are perhaps a bit unique. We have one asset type to manage: High-resolution TIFF images of scanned photographs. Our files average 45 MB a piece. We currently house 17 TB of images, and add 2 to 3 TB every month."
– Eric Newsome, CTO, Historic ImagesHistoric Images Case Study
Scion Crown Research Institute is home to New Zealand’s largest forestry-related image collection; a library consisting of digital images, slides, photographic prints, photographic negatives, and colour transparencies.
"Scion's images and videos of forestry and biomaterials research were strewn over multiple repositories ... Now we are creating a central repository of all digital images and videos and are retrospectively digitising our hardcopy photographs and slides as part of our image preservation plan."
– Gerard Rooijakkers, Knowledge Centre Manager, ScionScion Case Study
British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has a vast photographic archive, spanning seven decades of celebrity red carpet and events imagery.
"BAFTA has a lot of rich imagery, and needs to manage this – and the associated metadata – across multiple locations ... The Third Light digital asset management platform has a lot of functionality that deals with image formats, especially around resizing and metadata, making it an ideal choice for BAFTA’s content management requirements."
– Phil Norton, Technical Lead, Access AdvertisingBAFTA Case Study
When Britain's 175-year-old Howarth Timber Group embarked on a project to put all of its branches, services, and products online, it faced the coordination of more than 27,000 digital assets.
"Before Third Light, all of our assets were stored on individual computers. The images were everywhere ... We did our research and trialled some other products, but it was clear from the start that the Third Light software was the easiest to use."
– Rebecca Galyer, Online Manager, Howarth Timber & Building SuppliesHowarth Timber Case Study
Britain's Anglia Ruskin University depends on Third Light software as a central image library, used across multiple campuses.
"The Third Light system saves us hours of searching and sorting through pictures. It's intuitive to use, and gives us excellent control over how images are used. The time saved and ease-of-access makes it great value for money."
– Rebecca Bowerman, Marketing Executive, Anglia Ruskin UniversityAnglia Ruskin Case Study
The Scout Association provides adventurous activities and personal development opportunities for 400,000 young people aged 6-25. Internationally, the Association has over 28 million young people enjoying the benefits of Scouting across 216 countries.
"Third Light delivered a flexible, reliable and adaptable system that has transformed the way we use and manage our images; encouraging user generated content and ensuring ease of use both at the admin and user ends. Quite simply, they helped us 'be prepared!'"
– Chris James, Head of Corporate Communications, The Scout Association.Scout Association Case Study
Glencore is one of the world’s largest diversified natural resource companies, and a major producer and marketer of over 90 commodities worldwide. The group is headquartered in Switzerland, employs more than 180,000 people, and has an operating revenue of more than US$ 200 billion.
"Since the Third Light software was installed, we have been able to manage our images in a fraction of the time. Our new library allows us to search and track a very wide range of marketing and corporate photography."
– Brigitte Mattenberger, Corporate Affairs, Glencore (Schweiz) AGGlencore Case Study
Tri-State approached five well-known suppliers in the digital asset management market to evaluate their products. The new system would be replacing an existing Documentum solution, which was frustrating Tri-State's users. The team wanted a product with more appropriate features, but that was also easier to use. After a detailed evaluation they chose an Enterprise Edition of Third Light.
"Third Light was perfect for us. We initially wanted it for our huge photo library, but now we use it to backup our various artwork, video and animation files as well. We love how intuitive the system is. It does everything we need and more, and it's fast. We are very happy customers."
– Trina Van Patten, Graphics Coordinator, Tri-StateTri-State Case Study