How Soon Before 64K Post Production? How Much Storage Will that Take?

Blog Post LogoATTO has long provided important infrastructure technologies for storage supporting companies making digital storage supporting video workflows. At the 2014 IBC the companies equipment was being used in over 50 workflow demonstrations at many partner company exhibits.  Some of these demonstrations used Atto’s MultiPath Director, a feature rich driver found in Celerity™ Fibre Channel host bus adaptors (HBAs) when paired with enterprise class storage systems, provides a completely redundant, high-performance storage solution for workstation applications in digital video, audio and content-creation environments.  Other live demonstrations streamed 4K through the new ATTO ThunderLink™ FC2162, a Thunderbolt™2 desktop device that connects Thunderbolt-enabled workbooks and workstations to a Fibre Channel SAN. 

                                                                  ATTO Thunderlink

 

Avid Everywhere was announced just before the 2014 NAB show and like at the NAB Avid had a pre-conference event just before the 2014 IBC involving their customers from the Avid Customer Association.  At this Avid Connect Europe event the company firmly embraced 4K workflows, announcing native 4K editing with Media Composer and 4K support for their ISIS storage product.  The company also announced DNxHR, a high-resolution codec with variable bandwidth capabilities.  Even more interesting the company said that they were creating a new resolution independent architecture for working with material of any resolution, up to 4K to day, 8K in the near future and eventually 64K and even 128K!

EditShare had a number of storage-oriented announcements at the IBC.  Their EditShare v7 is a Linux kernel powering their shared storage platform (XStream EFS).   This system provides a high performance redundant scale out file system that can scale to a very large library including both HDDs and, eventually, SSDs.  The system ensures that real-time activities such as video ingest and playback receives the highest network priority.   The Project Profiles feature allows easy management of multiple projects.  The system also supports storing Apple FCP X libraries, events and projects on AFP-mounted storage volumes—allowing NAS access to Apple SAN features.  The system supports SMB 2.1 networking protocol, enabling uncompressed 4K over 40 Gb Ethernet as well as improved 1 Gb and 10 GB connections.  The company also was showing their Field 2 portable rugged shared storage system with SSDs.  This system, made for field work, provides high performance storage for high resolution video projects, while meeting carry-on airline regulations.
 

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