New Facilis Hybrid Shared Storage
Facilis announces all new 72TB high-performance SSD/SATA Hybrid system. Also announced is the new Facilis TerraBlock 8D-16TB shared storage system for under $11K
At NAB 2015, Facilis announced new offerings for both high-end and budget conscious facilities, along with an all-new tracking product that combines search, management and access to project assets in a simple interface.
The TerraBlock 24D /HA Hybrid Array includes a drive group of 8 SSDs for ultra-high performance, alongside a larger drive group of traditional 4TB SATA drives for 72TB combined capacity. Since TerraBlock is a virtual volume system, facility administrators can create unique volume configurations that make the best use of the capacity and scalability of HDDs, and the consistency of speed and bandwidth inherent in SSDs. Performance derived from the SSD group can power multi-stream uncompressed 4K workloads, while the 16 drive group delivers the collaborative experience for compressed HD editorial and content creation workflows.
The new TerraBlock 8D is an 8-drive, 16TB turnkey content creation system. Like Facilis’ larger servers, this 2U rack mountable server combines the Facilis Shared File System with virtual volume workflow and performance. The 8D includes Gigabit Ethernet connectivity and can be upgraded to support Fibre Channel and 10GigE connections, making it very attractive for facilities looking for a cost effective way to use existing Fibre Channel networking. The TerraBlock 8D retails for less than $11K.
Also released at NAB by Facilis is the FastTracker. This is a comprehensive application for cataloging, searching and viewing many media types within the Facilis TerraBlock Shared Storage System, including all major QuickTime, MP4 and MXF codecs, along with DPX and TARGA image sequences, to name a few. This easy-to-use system includes custom metadata tagging, catalog user permissions, “Boolean” search capability and incremental indexing functionality. With no browser-based dependencies, this application is the fastest way to find clips, view them, and bring them into a project.
“Our customers have been asking for a system capable of concurrent editorial and finishing workflows, an easy way to track the terabytes of media they use, and an entry-level system for deploying in smaller workgroups,” commented James McKenna, VP of Marketing at Facilis, “Our new products are direct responses to these requests, and will help our customers be prepared for the changing landscape of post-production.”
Visitors to the Facilis booth will also have been able to see TerraBlock software Version 6.5 that includes new scalability features for volumes and workgroups. Interoperability with third party applications has been further improved along with performance enhancements for resolution independent workflows.
• Cascading Volumes enable seamless expansion of storage capacity among multiple drive groups and servers, all without moving or copying data.
• Windows Growing File Support helps our customers incorporate capture and encode automations, along with popular edit-during-ingest workflows on Windows as well as OSX.
• Increased User Count up to 250 connected multi-platform users with no per-seat fees through the Facilis Shared File System.
Product Availability: The TerraBlock 24D/HA, TerraBlock 8D, Facilis FastTracker software and TerraBlock software Version 6.5 will be available in Q2 2015.
StorageDNA Showcases DNA Evolution 4.0 for Faster 4K Media Workflows
At NAB, StorageDNA presented:
DNA Evolution 4.0, the latest software version of its innovative LTO LTFS archive engine, which is engineered to accelerate media workflows and help manage storage costs Automated Avid® and Adobe® project backup and archiving
New LTO LTFS conform and partial restore workflows enabled by technology partner, MOG Technologies
DNA Evolution Infinity Series, an integrated LTO LTFS software and hardware solution for media archiving and data management
“Today’s media professionals must manage ever increasing volumes of data in complex, multi-format, mixed-OS environments,” said tC Chakravarty, CEO and president, StorageDNA. “It’s essential to streamline media pipelines, so we continue to innovate in new ways and offer tools that help create significant workflow efficiencies, while ensuring that valuable content is protected.”
DNA Evolution’s fast and reliable LTO LTFS archiving protects high-res camera masters, and the built-in Archive Asset Manager’s timesaving features enable tagging and searching of any archived media asset. Innovative features engineered to improve performance and help control storage costs include: automated low-res to high-res Smart Conform workflows from LTO for HD and 4K source content; and simplified Avid® and Adobe® project archiving, with an option for partial restore. DNA Evolution offers the most comprehensive toolset available today for Avid environments to help manage storage costs, easily move assets, and ultimately provide a more automated media pipeline.
DNA Evolution 4.0 new features:
• Automated Avid® and Adobe® project backup, DR and archiving to help control storage costs
• Tag archived content with new Mark In/Out feature for added flexibility
• Use new Boolean search to more quickly pinpoint content for restore
• Maximize system uptime and efficiency with enterprise support tools
What is DNA Evolution™ and what challenges does it solve?
MOG Technologies Integration for Partial Restore and Conform from LTO
Also announced today, StorageDNA has partnered with MOG Technologies to offer optional workflows that combine the power of DNA Evolution 4.0 with MOG Technologies mfxSPEEDRAIL Xpress, including:
• HD conform from LTO workflow which helps to save storage capacity
• Partial restore option for quicker repurposing of archived assets
• Industry’s first conform from LTO engine for Avid Interplay
• Version 4.0 of DNA Evolution with MOG Technologies optional workflows is currently available from authorized StorageDNA and MOG resellers.
DNA Evolution Infinity Series
StorageDNA’s new DNA Evolution Infinity Series is a scalable, tightly integrated hardware, software, and workflow solution designed to provide an extensive toolset for media archiving and data management, with features including:
• Software and hardware: DNA Evolution LTO LTFS, HP® 6480L Tape Library
• Scales from 80 to 560 slots with best-in-class scalability, density, and performance
“By offering a fully-supported, enterprise level turnkey solution, customers no longer need to integrate and maintain separate hardware and software components. Combining LTO LTFS software that fits into numerous media workflows, with a tape library that provides reliability and scalability, allows us to deliver a comprehensive solution that will offer an outstanding return on investment,” continued Chakravarty.
BLUEFISH444 ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR NEW FEATURES COMING TO ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD
Bluefish recently announced support for the new updates to Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC and Adobe After Effects®, key components of Adobe Creative Cloud®. Bluefish444 demonstrated their “Second to none” integration with Adobe Creative Cloud at NAB Show 2015 with Live 4K Capture and Playback in a portable workstation.
Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Bluefish444 support for Adobe Creative Cloud for Windows and Mac OS X brings compatibility to all Create, Epoch, Epoch | 4K Supernova, and the NEW Epoch | 4K Neutron video cards. This update will bring with it valuable improvements to performance and functionality such as; All new Mac OS X support, Capture of 4K SDI on Windows and Customized sequence render formats to work with inside Adobe Premiere® Pro CC.
? 4:2:2/4:4:4 YUV and RGB SDI Input and Output
? 4K/2K/HD/SD SDI Input and Output
? 16 Channels of SDI Embedded audio
? Custom sequence presets allowing compressed and lossless rendering at up to 4K resolutions
BLUEFISH444 ANNOUNCES EPOCH | 4K NEUTRON BUNDLE WITH ASSIMILATE SCRATCH v8
“ASSIMILATE’s SCRATCH is a fantastic, all-around tool for dailies, grading, and finishing workflows and a perfect match with Bluefish444 4K SDI/HDMI solutions,” comments Tom Lithgow, Product Manager at Bluefish444. “This software bundle offer with the Epoch | 4K Neutron is a great value and makes SCRATCH even more accessible to our global partners”.
Stardom Storage Solutions - Thunderbolt 2 Support
Stardom have launched the ST4-TB Thunderbolt RAID it comes with two disk configuration modes: RAID 0 (Speed Mode), and JBOD (Four Independent Volumes). Transfer speeds are impressive with RAID 0 storage mode enabled users can attain up to 724MB/s read speed with ST4-TB's Thunderbolt transmission interface. The ST4-TB promises to deliver a smooth and easy operation for video editing applications.
Apantac New Hybrid Multiviewer
Apantac launched a new member of its Hybrid Multiviewer, the DL-2+2. It was demonstrated at InfoComm 2015, booth 3378.
The TAHOMA DL family of Hybrid Multiviewers has been a flagship multi-image display processing solution of Apantac for many years. Apantac’s customer base has requested a compact version of the Hybrid Multiviewer, and as a direct result of customer input and market research, InfoComm sees the launch of the cost-effective, and rack-mountable DL-2+2.
The TAHOMA Hybrid DL-2+2 Multiviewer displays a mix of two multimedia and two video inputs on a single display. Multimedia inputs include: composite, component, VGA, DVI and HDMI. Video inputs include: composite, SD-SDI, HD-SDI and 3G-SDI. Screen layouts can be freely arranged, and audio meters, clocks, logos, and text can be added to the display surface for additional on-screen information. On-Screen audio meters can be displayed either as embedded audio from the HDMI/SDI sources or discrete analog/digital audio from external inputs.
As with the entire family of TAHOMA Hybrid Multiviewers, the DL-2+2 can be configured via the Apantac Director GUI. The open protocol and GPI/O ensures easy integration with all the popular control systems on the market. The DL-2+2 supports output resolutions up to 1920x1080/1080P.
Ultimatte - compositing for the BBC General Election 2015
The BBC recently completed a marathon 20 hour broadcast of the UK general election with Jeremy Vine once again in the Virtual Studio with compositing by Ultimatte. The system was set up at BBC Elstree and included 16 cameras and 2 Ultimatte Deluxe.