SHARED VIDEO PROJECTS & THE AVID FAMILY
The Avid Media Composer and ProTools family is the industry standard video and audio editing solution for film, video and TV post production. Avid produces market leading products including Symphony and News Cutter that are used in broadcast, film and video post production across the world. Team collaboration is particularly advanced with Avid software: each tool offers sophisticated with bin advanced sharing and project exchange functionality.
In a GB Labs’ Space environment, Avid projects can be accessed by large workgroups, even when handling very high resolution and uncompressed video files. Space is extremely fast, very secure and easily integrated into tapeless workflows.
In GB Labs systems with the Core 3 OS or higher, users click to create an Avid workspace. Within the Avid interface, workstations can now build projects in the newly created network location. Existing bins can be shared with other users from within the editing software. It’s a fast and intuitive process.
With GB Labs, Media is ingested onto Tier 1 Space storage client workstations. Mac or PC edit, audio and graphics stations can be connected directly via 1Gb Ethernet or 10Gb Ethernet; many more can join the workgroup with the use of a multi-port switch. All users now have instant, uninterrupted access to HD media and project files over the network. Avid projects open on each Mac and PC workstation with all links and media in place – there’s no need for duplication of media for every user.
SETTING UP CLIENT WORKSTATIONS
Attach laptops, workstations (Mac, PC & Linux) to your network with standard 1Gbe connections - it’s as simple as that. There’s no client software to install, no further configuration, no drivers, no licences, no limit to the number of users.
Networks that run at 10Gb Ethernet are also fully supported: a 10Gb card is installed in the storage units and clients. Again, there is no further configuration required. Even the latest iMac, Mac mini computers and Mac Book Pro laptops can connect to 10Gbe networks with a PCI network adapter card installed in a Sonnet Echo external Thunderbolt chassis.
LOCATION EDITING & SMALL WORKGROUPS
Small workgroups (of 2 – 8 editors) can also share projects with GB Labs products, either in the office or in the field. The desktop Midi devices and portable Mini systems have the performance to undertake sophisticated editing jobs from any location. Simple networking, instant client attachment and sustained performance turns Media Composer into a real go-anywhere workgroup NLE.
Many of our users connect Mini and Midi systems to their network on returning to the facility where data is transferred onto Echo or VAULT LTO for finishing, archiving or back-up.
Typically only active and recent projects and media assets reside on Tier 1 storage. As Space sits on standard IP networks, users can upload or offload data using any workstation. By installing Echo Tier 2 storage, no client computer is required to transfer media from one storage system to another.
Indeed, with GB Labs’ Core 3 OS development, intelligent hierarchical storage management is built in: periodically, Space will automatically transfer aged projects and files onto Echo for nearline archiving. If editors wish to view an archived project, it is instantly available via Echo. If they wish to begin re-editing, it can be switched back to Space quickly for online editing. Video projects that are completed and ready for deep archive are written to LTO-6 or LTO-7 tape, using Vault LTO, a centralized high-speed system that also resides on the same Ethernet network and will track archived files and projects.
MANAGING MULTIPLE PROJECTS
While Space can hold hundreds of projects and many Terabytes of media, locating old projects and archiving numerous completed jobs can be time-consuming. To increase efficiency, many organizations adopt asset management and project sharing systems, such as SquareBox’s CatDV, Flavoursys from Strawberry, Cantemo Portal or the Metus MAM Library to track, catalogue, search and process files and projects. Space supports third party DAM tools with their streamlined media workflow. With CatDV, for example, Avid projects can be tracked and retrieved accurately whether they are held on tier 1, tier 2 or are archived on LTO tape.
As well as cataloging files and projects, some of these applications offer tools to assign team members and to track the progress of jobs.
TOO MUCH DATA, TOO LITTLE CAPACITY?
As many Avid products support massive resolution and high bitrate files, storage capacities can become an issue. Space and Echo can be expanded in minutes with EX expansion modules that dynamically increase the size of your storage. At the same time this can enhance system performance. Alternatively, additional Space and Echo systems can be attached to the network, via a new Ethernet connection.
With the development of new hierarchical storage management and intelligent tiering, data management over multiple storage arrays is automated by GB Labs technology.
GB Labs Core 3 OS incorporates Active Directory synchronization whereby system administrators can assign security levels to users and groups of users. It is now possible to restrict deletion rights, grant super-user status and specify read/write privileges.
To guard against system outage, Space has extensive UPS (universal power supply) support, but if, despite RAID protection, media is damaged, Space has data automated backup tools to clone files from Space to any other GB Labs storage system using Echo or Echo Bridge attached to legacy storage. Any risk is therefore greatly diminished.
GOING BEYOND HD
Space can sustain in excess of 50 XDCAM-50 streams concurrently, making it the ideal HD workgroup platform. When large teams of Avid editors are accessing 2K media, or editors are working with 4K and 4K DPX files, the solid state Space SSD is ideal. It’s probably the fastest on the market, perfect for handling 4:4:4 and uncompressed material. As it shares the intelligence and networking protocols of the Space range, it slots straight onto the network and can share data with other GB Labs systems and workstations without delay.