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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

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 (http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9R9SF5G0.htm)

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

http://www.keycodemedia.com

http://cache-a.com/products.php

http://www.StorageDNA.com

 

 

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Sony HDCam tape shortages: Is it time to now truly go tapeless? Or sort of tapeless with LTO-5/LTFS

April 10, 2011 Leave a comment

Sony Corporation’s Sendai factory which produced HDCam SR tapes has ceased operations on March 11th due to earthquake damage and no date is set to restart production. The entertainment and broadcasts industries are now faced with extreme shortages of a primary camera acquisition, production and show mastering consumable. With limited news about when new tape stock will be manufactured, what are the options? De-gauze, revert to SD 16:9, or go tapeless? Tapeless workflows have been a buzzword for many years, and due to this unfortunate tragedy, we may be at the tipping point where a fully tapeless workflow becomes necessity for production and post. As more productions transition to tapeless workflows it is now critical to identify cost effective production pipelines and determine best practices to minimize the risk of losing digital media. Tape has long been the gold standard for productions and the safest choice. That being said, tape does have limitations. Tape is a real-time process; one hour of video takes one hour to digitize and one hour to master back to tape. Video tape is also rather inefficient by the modern measure of how many hours of content fit within one cassette.

So you want to take a walk on the tapeless side?

Here are some options: Capture & Acquisition: First, determine what camera and format will shoot on, and will going to a tape format benefit you down the long winding post-road. Since you will most likely be editing digitally, and outputting digitally, does going to tape really the most efficient way to go? Solutions like the portable and camera mountable Cinedeck allow direct to disk capture from virtually any camera – with a codec of your choosing in pre-compression. This allows choosing a format like Avid’s DNxHD and Apple’s ProRes both are robust and stable in post and easily played by any NLE system. Cinedeck also allows for Cineform encoding; one of the most respected codecs available today, routinely used in DI suites – rivaling and exceeding HDCAM SR quality. Here is a great comparison between Cineform and HDCAM SR: http://www.wafian.com/QualityComparison_CineForm444_vs_HDCamSR.pdf .

Another extremely robust solution comes from Telestream, an industry leader in encoding. Using their Pipeline appliance allows for Real Time DNxHD and ProRes encoding, in addition to a myriad of other frequently codecs. Pipeline, in conjunction with their Episode encoding software, allows for the ability to create virtually any file format that is needed – for post, deliverable, and distribution. AJA has made quite a splash with the Ki Pro family, which also allows for a direct to disk acquisition, focusing on utilizing Apple’s Pro Res codec. Once the files have been delivered into post, and the project has been completed, we now need to contend with deliverables and archival. I contend that new LTFS – that is, the ability to use LTO-5 tapes as you would a removable Hard Drive – is a rock solid way of bridging and unifying these necessities. LTFS allows for faster than real time restoring and play out of the broadcast quality files. In addition, it’s in a native format that any computer can recognize – a stark contrast to the antiquated TAR format, which has been the standard, albeit proprietary, data tape backup format. These same data files can also be pushed via WAN to the intended facility. With WAN acceleration products like StorageDNA, Aspera, or Signiant, the wait time for a physical tape delivery is negated and the workflow has now become completely tapeless. All 3 of these solutions will be at NAB this year and all 3 have comparable speeds – but vary in pricing on the available feature sets. Archive and Restore: At the end of the process, what is going to serve you as not only the most reliable backup methodology, but the most cost effective as well? One LTO5 tape costs well below $100, and prices have been dropping. Each tape holds 1.5 TB – equivalent to 15 Broadcast quality HDCAM SR tapes. Compare this to protected RAID solutions and the savings are instantaneous. With the reliability not found in spinning disks yield a win-win proposition. Coupled with the price and performance gains, when LTO5 is tied in with LTFS, you gain something even more important: compatibility. Current LTO-5 cassettes are smaller than an HDCAM tape and can store as much as 15 hours of content mastered in Apple ProRes or DNxHD. These limitations have continued to be accepted in favor of the perceived ‘safe’ factor of traditional video tape. But is video tape really safer than data tape; is it more secure on a shelf than an LTO tape in a robotic library? Does video tape fail less often than data tape? Perhaps now is the time to acknowledge the limitations of traditional tape workflows and begin to examine the potential for safe and efficient file based solutions. LTFS is universally compatible – remember, it appears just like any removeable drive. This means 5, 10, 20 years down the road, the information is viewable and retrievable – not in a proprietary format that needs a piece of software that no longer exists.

Over the next week of NAB2011, I’m sure we’ll see more tapeless solutions and would love feedback from the community.

IBM, HP, Quantum,StorageDNA and Cache-A have all announced support for this emerging technology. Go see these booths at NAB to learn more about alternatives to a tape workflow: StorageDNA (SL10310), Cinedeck (SL12116), AJA (SL4420) , Cache-A(SL8209), Aspera (SL9620), Signiant (SL5229), Isilon (SL11614), Ultrium LTO N6619.

Below are some recent links outlining the issues of HDCAM. http://www.sony.com/SCA/press/110314.shtml http://www.10pdm.com/sony-hdcam-sr-shortage http://www.ubergizmo.com/2011/03/sony-media-products-experience-shortage-as-prices-soar/ http://www.televisionbroadcast.com/article/115606

Mike Cavanagh, President of Key Code Media, is recognized as leader in blending video technology advances with fundamental business issues. He can be reached at mcavanagh@keycodemedia.com or (818) 303-3900.

StorageDNA Evolution News

February 15, 2011 1 comment

This week, Tridib Chakravarty, CEO of StorageDAN will be on a panel at the Hollywood Post Alliance Technical Retreat-The Seminar is titled  “New Role of LTO-5 Technologies in Media Workflows”

Moderator: George Anderson, Media Technology Market Partners

LTO-5 Technology – Ed Childers, Ultrium LTO Project

Linear Tape File System (LTFS) – Michael Richmond, IBM Almaden

LTFS vs. tar – Tom Goldberg, Cache-A

DNA Evolution – Tridib Chakravarty, StorageDNA

On March 3 and 4th, StorageDNA will be exhibiting at the Createasphere Digital Asset Management Universal City, CA   in Booth 30

They will also be speaking at the Pecha Kucha: Meet the Experts-  Meet with the presenters of Pecha Kucha – learn more about them and their offerings, exchange ideas, and network!

At NAB, StorageDNA will be exhibiting Avid MediaComposer and Apple Final Cut Pro connected to an Isis 5000 with workflows showing synchronization, nearlining and DNA Evolution. This will be midway back in the south lower hall StorageDNA SL 10310

Additionally, the LTO Ultrium group has sponsored StorageDNA to exhibit along with IBM, HP and Quantum in the LTO Ultirum booth located in the North Hall, N 6619.

The LTO Program, formed by technology provider companies HP, IBM and Quantum, develops a powerful, scalable, adaptable open tape format created to address data protection and archive in the midrange to enterprise-class server environments. The LTO Ultrium format offers users competitive sources of products, an eight generation roadmap, and state-of-the-art features including data encryption, WORM support, high capacity — up to 3TB per cartridge — and blazing performance at up to 280MB/second (LTO-5 tape at 2:1 compressed). With low energy consumption, tape technology can also provide organizations with a green alternative for the data center, delivering substantial TCO benefits and energy savings.