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Avid Announces HP Z820 MediaComposer Qualification

September 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Avid® is pleased to announce qualification of the HP Z820 Workstation with Media Composer, NewsCutter, Symphony, Mojo DX and Nitris DX.  Rendering and CPU performance are increased from 17% to 90% speed performances.  This rackable system provides 7 expansion slots, 7 expansion bays and 4-channel integrated DDR3 memory with 16 slots and support for up to 512GBs.  Perfect for easily fitting into a machine room rack.  With USB 3.0 ports on the front and internal to the system, the HP Z820 Workstation offers a variety of storage and I/O options including a wide range of internal HDD/ODD and external SATA devices to increase flexibility.
Key Code Media will be shortly posting performance differences between the HP Z820 versus the Mac Pro (to the power of 12) to give our clients the latest in speed differentiation.  Already, we’ve tested Adobe CS6 on the Z800 versus the Mac Pro and seen 20%+ greater performance in rendering files on HP systems.  Stay tuned.

Product Compatibility: HP Z820 systems qualified with Media Composer, Symphony, NewsCutter, Mojo DX and Nitris DX
Key Points
•    Media Composer, Symphony, NewsCutter, Mojo DX and Nitris DX have been qualified
o    Open I/O customers should check with individual hardware vendors for compatibility information
•    ISIS and local storage is qualified for use with the HP Z820 Workstation

Requirements
The HP Z820 Workstation can be used with any of the following software versions:
•    Media Composer 6.5 or higher
•    Symphony 6.5 or higher
•    NewsCutter 10.5 or higher

HP 820 Workstation Specifications
•    Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
•    Dual Intel® 6-Core Xeon® E5-2640 2.5GHz 15MB cache or Dual Intel® 8-Core Xeon® E5-2665 Processors @ 2.4GHz 20MB cache
•    16GB DDR3-1600 (8x2GB) RAM
•    NVIDIA Quadro 4000 2GB GPU
•    1TB 7200 RPM SATA 1st HDD
•    16X SuperMulti DVDRW SATA
•    HP SAS Back Panel Connector Kit

Specifications and links to the slot configurations will be published to the Avid Knowledge Base Windows Specification Document.

With HP and Avid you can be confident that you’ve picked a winning combination:

  • HP and Avid Relationship
  • Optimized Hardware
  • Certified Applications
  • HP Innovations
  • Complete Range of HP solutions

http://www.hp.com/united-states/campaigns/workstations/z820_features.html#.UFtFaq60J8E

http://h20331.www2.hp.com/Hpsub/cache/530483-0-0-225-121.html?jumpid=ex_r2845_go/DCC/workstations

For more information, visit http://www.keycodemedia.com/Avid-Products/media-composer-6 or call us.  West Coast Coverage in Seattle, San Francisco, Burbank, Santa Monica and Las Vegas.

StorageDNA Evolution version 2.0 shipping June 30th

May 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Key Code Media announces Exciting news from the StorageDNA front.

StorageDNA is releasing some very cool features June 30th.  The new features were shown off at NAB 2012 and the beta testing has gone incredibly well.
miniMAM™Version 2.0 gives DNA Evolution its first set of miniMAM features including:
– Clip view
– Enhanced web view that virtualizes a set of files in a file-system to a clip view; for example,
when archiving an Avid MediaFiles folder with a number of files, DNA Evolution will present
an enhanced virtual view that presents clips rather than the underlying file structure; this clip
view will match what the editor sees in Avid® Media Composer®, and will also enable
searching on clip names to quickly find what is needed
– Clip-name extraction support for the following file types (P2 Op Atom MXF, Avid Op Atom
MXF, MOVs, Op 1a MXF)
– Clip-name extraction extended to other file-types (such as, XDCAM) post-version 2.0
Proxy view
– DNA Evolution will be able to play proxies tied to clips
– Proxies will not be auto-generated by DNA Evolution, however, DNA Evolution can be
configured to point to a proxy directory and it will index and link the proxy to the hi-res; proxy
to hi-res link is maintained by looking for a partial name match of the hi-res in the proxy
directory
– The proxies are web playable via a QuickTime® player; as long as the proxies are playable in
QuickTime, they will be viewable
Enhanced bin/sequence archiving and restore for Avid®, FCP 7, Adobe®
• DNA Evolution will feature a fully automated mechanism for editors to archive and restore their bins
and sequences, without the need for IT help
• The mechanism will allow an editor to export a bin/sequence in a watch folder via AAF/XML
• Once exported, DNA Evolution will process the bin/sequence for archive or restore and manage the
process transparently
• Editors will be able to view the progress via a web URL
• Supported types:
o Avid AAF for AMA and non-AMA media
o Final Cut Pro® 7 XML
o Adobe® Premiere® AAF/XML
Avid® Interplay® support
• DNA Evolution integrates with Avid Interplay as an archive engine to transparently archive and
restore content from the Interplay Access/Media Composer interface
• DNA Evolution integrates into Avid Interplay via web services, eliminating the need for an additional
archive database

CatDV support
• DNA Evolution integrates with CatDV as an archive engine to archive and restore content from the
CatDV interface
• DNA Evolution integrates with the CatDV worker node and provides a native way for CatDV users to
archive, delete, move, and restore content
Queuing
• DNA Evolution supports queuing on the autoloader/library models
• Queuing allows multiple jobs to be initiated to the same autoloader; DNA Evolution can then queue
the jobs and also enables prioritization of the jobs
Support for Thunderbolt™ PCIe expansion devices
• A Thunderbolt version of DNA Evolution, designed to offer “true” desktop/laptop archiving to LTO, will
be released
• This version of DNA Evolution can be installed on any Mac® laptop with a Thunderbolt port for field or
standalone archiving and restores
Tape verification
DNA Evolution features a rapid tape verification function:
• Before source content is deleted, DNA Evolution can perform a verification and checksum of the
content written to tape; the verification will perform LTFS tape health checks and content checks
ensuring complete tape and content integrity

Give us a call 818-303-3900 or email rnakada@keycodemedia.com

http://keycodemedia.com/StorageDNA/storagedna

We have demo systems in Burbank, Seattle, San Francisco and Santa Monica

Facilis 5.5 with Linux launch March 15 at Federal Bar in N. Hollywood

February 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Join Key Code Media and Facilis at the Federal Bar in North Hollywood on March 15 (http://bit.ly/x1IQMU)for the LA Launch of TerraBlock 5.5.  This is a major release connecting Mac, PC and Linux workstations together.  Imagine, Avid MediaComposer, FinalCutPro and Autodesk Flame Premium or Smoke all working off the same high performance fiber channel connected drives. 

Join the Facilis Executive team and Key Code Media for a great pre-NAB event.

What you’ll see:

Linux Shared File System– Linux clients are now able to mount Multi-User Write volumes via Fibre Channel or Ethernet.
TX16 Capacity Expansion– The TerraBlock TX16 Expansion Chassis is a 3U chassis  containing 16 drives.
RAID 50– Multi-user Write RAID5 tandem volume spanning across multiple TerraBlock servers.
RAID 51– Multi-user Write RAID5 tandem volume that is mirrored across multiple TerraBlock servers.
Recovery (Rebuild) Priority– The Recovery Priority feature allows users to pause or control the priority of the recovery.
Locate Drive– The Locate Drive feature allows users to easily locate a specific drive in the TerraBlock server.
Premier Pro Project Sharing
The Facilis Project Manager application now allows users to manage and lock both Apple Final Cut Pro (v 7.x) and Adobe Premiere Pro projects.
Also:
– Media Composer 6 support
– Mac 10.7.3 support
– Facilis File Migration OSX

Avid Technology Media Composer 6 Approved Computer Configurations

December 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Below are all of Avid Technologies recommended for Mac and PC configurations.  We recommend 12GB of RAM, don’t forget to have a 64 bit operating system

MediaComposer 6 Macintosh approved Avid Configurations-

http://www.keycodemedia.com/images/stories/products/avid/mc6/MC6MacQualifiedSystems1111.pdf

MediaComposer 6 PC approved Avid Configurations- For PC- HP and Dell Workstations and laptops

http://www.keycodemedia.com/images/stories/products/avid/mc6/MC6PCQualfiedSystems1111.pdf

Buy an Avid Media Composer ready HP
and get Avid Media Composer 6 Upgrade
For FREE!  Call today 818-303-3900, 206-728-4000, 310-401-6700 and 415-221-0300  Good through January 31, 2012
MC5.5 to MC6 Upgrade Only. Does Not Include Installation*

Avid Media Composer 6 Qualified
MacPro’s Also Available

Avid MediaComposer NitrisDX and MojoDX features not presently on AJA, Blackmagic and Matrox

December 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Couple limitations not presently working with the MediaComposer using 3rd party hardware.  Just a fyi

With this release, the 3rd party hardware plug-ins will not be able to support the entire feature set of the editing application and therefore will not support the following in the Avid editing application:
•           Ancillary Data
•           LTC Input and Output
•           Stereoscopic Full Frame Capture and Output
•           Audio Punch-In
•           Utilize any Hardware Codec Modules
•           Universal Mastering (Frame & Signal Convert to a Different Format)

 

Key Code Media is hosting a webinar today going over “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” of MediaComposer 6.0 at 11am and 1pm PST.

http://www.keycodemedia.com/icalrepeat.detail/2011/12/08/331/117|119|120|118|121|116/key-code-media-presents-qavid-media-composer-6-the-good-the-bad-a-the-uglyq-thur-dec-8-2011.html

HP divesting PC business?

August 27, 2011 1 comment

HP is considering spinning off or selling the PC business.  Whoa….what does this mean to our Avid, Autodesk, Assimilate and Adobe users who count on HP to deliver high performance HP workstations?

My first take is good luck changing your business model.  That being said, every company needs a strategy and HP is making a distinct move away from the consumer and lower margin business’.  That said, we’re talking about a  $42 Billion top line business with $2 billion in profits, equaling 4.76 % net profit business.   My first take is, HP is passing up on an amazing opportunity to provide vendors with an integrated business to consumer workflow, well, not everyone can do Apple.

I had an opportunity to speak to the HP workstation team and get some insight about what this means moving forward for our clients who use HP products.  The good news is the Workstation team is almost giddy.  They believe carving out the PC business will allow them greater flexibility to design more products and not get caught up in HP’s divisions of server versus software and truly compete with more relevant solutions to complete high value workflows within the media industry.  They’ll be a  “nimble” and profitable Company.

So, HP warranties are safe, all products will be serviced by HP.  This transition could take up to eighteen months.  My one worry is the lack of development during this time as HP shifts resources to “higher margin” opportunities such as their recent acquisition of Autonomy.  Stay tuned, we’ll keep you updated.

http://www.keycodemedia.com/Avid/avid-nitris-dx.html

http://www.keycodemedia.com/products/adobe/creative-suite-5.html

http://www.keycodemedia.com/Finishing/D.I/assimilate-and-kcm.html

http://www.keycodemedia.com/AutoDesk/smoke.html

Avid Compatibility with Mac OS X Lion (10.7), Info for ProTools and MediaComposer

July 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Product Compatibility: New Mac OS X Lion (v10.7) Under Evaluation with Media Composer and Symphony
The new Mac OS X Lion (v10.7) was released by Apple on July 20th as a download from the Mac App Store.  This new OS X Lion (10.7) is currently under evaluation with both Media Composer and Symphony.  Qualification for this operating system is a top priority and supported configurations will be announced at a future date.

Product Compatibility: Mac OS X Lion (10.7) Under Evaluation for Use with Pro Tools Avid is excited to see that Apple’s new Mac OS X Lion (10.7) operating system is now available for download from the Mac App Store. However, please note that at this time, Pro Tools 9—including Pro Tools HD 9 and Pro Tools MP 9—and all earlier versions of the software are not compatible with Mac OS X Lion. Our top priority is to provide you with a fully compatible version as soon as possible. We’re currently working with Apple and will notify you as soon as we have something ready. That said, Pro Tools SE software, which is bundled with select M-Audio products, is fully qualified for Mac OS X Lion once you download and install a patch. To do this, open Pro Tools SE on any Mac running Mac OS X Lion and run the auto-updater, which will locate the update for download and installation (it’s less than a megabyte). The patch is also available on the M-Audio site at: http://www.m-audio.com/ptseFAQ.