Posts Tagged ‘Cache-A’

Drive Prices and Flooding in Thailand…The ramifications and solutions for media

November 29, 2011 Leave a comment

The flooding in Thailand is real and will impact the media and post production business.  After the Japan tsunami issues with Sony SR stock, now as tape-less acquisition becomes the standard, hard drives are becoming harder to find and more expensive.

Key Code Media is receiving weekly price increases from our drive suppliers.  Many of our other suppliers who have extended inventories are creating a sense of urgency to us to buy now, rather than being in a situation where they run out of inventory.

Straight from Bloomberg BusinessWeek (

Oct. 12: Seagate Technology PLC, which makes hard drives, says its factories in Thailand have been operational, but it may have difficulty making hard drives because of constraints in getting parts.

Oct. 17: Computer hard drive maker Western Digital Corp. says flooding damage to its Thailand locations will have a significant impact on its operations and its ability to meet customer demand the rest of the year.

Oct. 18: Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook says he is “virtually certain there will be an overall industry shortage of disk drives.” Cook warns that Apple’s Mac lines will be most affected.

Nov. 21: Hewlett-Packard Co. says supply constraints should start to ease by the end of the fiscal second quarter, which ends in April. But the company says the situation remains dynamic. “I’ve been on the phone with the heads of all four of our disk drive partners and I’m not even sure they have a complete picture about when they’re going to be back up and running,” CEO Meg Whitman said. She says the company expects to get more than its fair share of drives because of long-term relationships with suppliers, but “this is going to be pretty tough for the industry.”

Hard drive limitations and price increases are real and will be an issue through June 2012.  So what should the post production industry do?

The easy answer, buy hard drives now before they get more expensive.  The harder answer is with tight margin and projects not confirmed, buying drives in anticipation of a shortage is tough and risky approach.  Key Code Media’s recommendation is to evaluate LTO-5.  We represent a couple key archive and asset management technologies allowing for quick archive and retrieval.  LTO-5 stores 1.5TB of data and is priced, per cartridge under $60.  With the stability of a 30 year shelf life, LTO-5 provides reliable archive and now with LTFS, can be used in place of fire wire drives and traditional video tape.  We carry two companies products which start below $8,000 that can get our clients over the drive shortage hump: Cache-A and StorageDNA.

Give us a call to further discuss: 818-303-3900, 415-221-0300, 206-728-4000, 310-401-6700 and 949-757-0303



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Making Your Media Matter: Integrated Workflows Using Media Asset Management Solutions for FCP & Media Composer- Lunch & Learn Seminar Wed July 28, 2010

Join CatDV & Cache-A along with Key Code Media
for the summer edition
Lunch & Learn Seminar Series

“Making Your Media Matter: Integrated Workflows Using Media Asset Management Solutions”

July 28, 2010


When production deadlines are tight, and budgets tighter still, Creative Cow’s Blue NAB 2010 Blue Ribbon and Videography Magazine 2010 Vidy award winner—-CatDV is the cost-effective, flexible solution to the challenges of managing a large number of media assets. In a file-based world where the needs for a highly reliable, secure storage medium for content archiving, access and interchange, the Pro Cache5 (Cache-A) is the new industry standard back up solution.

In this seminar, we will present the CatDV asset management product working in conjunction with Apple Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer® integrated into a unique workflow leveraging Telestream Pipeline and Cache-A’s LTO5 back up technology.

Imagine having all of your assets online with a corresponding high resolution high resolution mezzanine file archived and this system being fully automated and your media being available via a web browser, it’s that easy!

We will also demonstrate:

  • Efficient logging
  • Archiving
  • XML based workflows
  • Enforcing best practices
  • Web components (web clients and HTML publisher)
  • MXF workflows
  • Tape Library management


Check-In and Lunch

12:30pm-1:30pm Seminar

July 28, 2010

Key Code Media
55 Hawthorne St Ste 430
San Francisco, CA 94105

(Howard & Folsom)



ACSR Alliance Meeting: Moviola & Key Code Media Present Cache-A Feb 25, 2010

February 16, 2010 Leave a comment
Moviola and Key Code Media will be hosting the next ACSR Alliance Meeting on Thursday February 25, 2010

This meeting will feature a demonstration presented by Grady Sellards of Asia Media Products who will give you an overview of an economical, reliable, accessible, interchangeable and future-proof solutions for content archiving, interchange and back up.

From Shot to Conform
  • Any computer on the network can access and or manage media on or off tape
  • Media is archived in its original directory structure, allowing it to be easily restored at any time
  • Searchable directory of every tape, making it easy and convenient to find archive media
  • Stand-alone direct connect functionality with storage systems and cards, including P2, Sony SxS, RED and virtually any SAS, eSata or firewire drives
  • Archiving through a direct connection into a MFX environment, that allows mutilple editorial systems access to load and spot check media
In this seminar…….

Cache-A’s new ProCache will be demonstrated, showing how media can be transported to the Post Production workflow safely, enabling simultaneous access to media assets. One ProCache can allow multiple clients the ability to push media to an archive simultaneously for as little as 5 cents per gigabyte.



This will take place in the new demonstration facility at Key Code Media in Burbank:

Key Code Media

270 South Flower St

Burbank, CA 91502

(between Victory & Verdugo)

The meeting will begin promptly at 7:15pm, February 25, 2010

Lite snacks and refreshments will also be served. Parking available on Flower St or in the Key Code Media parking lot.


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Northwest Video & Broadcast Show Vendor and Program Updates 10/8 (Seattle)

September 29, 2009 Leave a comment
 Key Code Media invites you to visit our facility in downtown Seattle where you will have the opportunity to  see new products (released at NAB 2009) and discuss your specific workflow needs with participating vendors* in the video and broadcast industry (list subject to change and be updated):
Assimilate (Scratch)




Storage DNA

This show covers all facets of post production and broadcast from editorial, asset management, storage, RED and tapeless workflows, IT and encoding solutions.


This event will also feature in our main demonstration room:

Live presentation Media Composer 4.0 by Avid

Live presentation Media Composer 4.0 by Avid

Experience storytelling on the cutting edge in person. Join us to see the brand new Media Composer 4 in action, and find out why the best and most successful editors, directors, and producers trust Media Composer to create the world’s most watched, most loved media.

Whether you work on a Mac or a PC, learn how you can cut smarter and faster as you…

  • Get a look at the new and key features in Media Composer 4
  • Discover timesaving tools and innovations, including ScriptSync, AMA, and Mix and Match
  • Find new ways to work with tapeless formats, RED, and stereoscopic files
  • Learn how easy it is to integrate into many workflows and collaborate with others
  • See a demonstration of how the tools, effects, and workflow can be used in film
  • Get your questions answered by professionals
The Northwest Video Broadcast Show and
Avid Media Composer 4 Event are FREE
Northwest Video & Broadcast Show


October 8, 2009
Key Code Media 
200 West Thomas St Ste 100
Seattle, WA 98119

(between 2nd Ave West and W.Harrison St)

2 hour street parking is available

Call: 206.728.4000



You must register separately to attend the Avid 4.0 Event

12:00pm- 2:00pm
Free Lunch Seminar

6:00pm – 8:00pm