Quantel term describing an advanced form of the management of video in a server. This covers much ground but basically offers the practical goals of guaranteeing realtime access to any frame for all video connections (simultaneous true random access) and avoiding the deletion of any material by one user that is partly or wholly used by another.

This is achieved by implementing a number of basic design criteria, including realtime random access to any frame, storing video material as a series of individual frames, rather than longer video files, as well as an on-board realtime database management system which, among other things, tracks who is using what material. FrameMagic is implemented in Quantel’s sQ servers.

See also: Delta Editing