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E ditShare (, which special- izes in solutions for creating and managing col- laborative media workflows, was at the recent IBC show in Amsterdam, highlighting their solutions for remote work. Central to this is the ability to use EditShare storage spaces and Flow workflow tools to synchronize projects across popular NLE platforms, including Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro and Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve. The latest release of Flow software allows complex projects to be moved as needed between EditShare media management and whichever edit environment the creative team needs to use. EditShare's CTO Stephen Tallamy (pictured) describes Flow as a media asset management solution that's well suited for clients who want to take their work- flows into the cloud to create a virtual editing facility. "Across the board, people are looking at the new facility and saying, 'I want my facility in the cloud.' This gives them that solution." Rolling updates to EditShare's Flow software platform ensure that the latest raw formats from popular camera systems, like Red and Blackmagic Design, are accepted, with LUTs imposed in realtime, both on full resolution material and on proxies, boosting remote work using intelligent proxy management. For operations that have an existing on-premises infrastructure and are not looking to go entirely to the cloud, EditShare offers Flex. "If you want to have a MAM, you want to have workstations, you want to have high-speed, accelerated file transfers…the Flex product brings all of that work under a productized (offering)," Tallamy explains. Addressing clients' needs for content security, EditShare has announced new hardware and software. The new EFS 60NL nearline storage provides 60 drive bays and nearly 1PB of storage in just 4U of space. This offers secure storage for large amounts of content that is needed but not immediately worked on, yet is ready to be transferred to the online servers with virtually no delay. The 60NL is also the first hardware platform to use the new EFS capability for erasure coding-based storage goals, eliminating the need for hardware based RAID. "We've actually taken the RAID card out of those machines," Tallamy explains. "So these are being built on a standard HPE platform. Now we're using our own EFS native striping. We call it 'erasure coding' across those disks, which then passes on more reduced cost on the hardware side to the customers who are buying the product. There's no more hardware RAID, and I think that will open the door for a whole bunch of other things. If you think about other solutions, where not having a RAID card makes sense, like an NVME or even SSD — if you were to do that using software-based RAID, that makes a lot of sense. So this is our first step to opening up a few other sort of product offerings." EDITSHARE HELPING CLIENTS 'WORK ANYWHERE' BY MARC LOFTUS STORAGE 20 POST SEPT/OCT 2022 storage BLACKMAGIC DESIGN'S CLOUD STORE SUPPORTS REMOTE WORKFLOWS FREMONT, CA — Earlier this year, Blackmagic Design (www.blackmagicde- introduced the Cloud Store, a high performance network storage solution with four 10G Ethernet connections and a parallel memory core that can sustain maximum possible transfer speeds on each 10G Ethernet port, all at the same time. The Cloud Store is specifically designed for the requirements of the TV and high end film industries, and is well suited for workflows where large media files need to be shared between multiple users for editing, color correction, audio post and VFX. The unit can handle 12K Blackmagic raw digital cinema files, and offers zero latency, so users don't need to store files on their local computer. The Cloud Store has a vertical and portable design, and is quiet, allowing it to be used on-set. Internally, it has an array of flash memory cards working in parallel for speed and data protection. The four 10G Ethernet ports operate as a switch so users can connect four separate computers, or they work togeth- er using "link aggregation" for a massive 40G Ethernet speed. There is also an HDMI moni- toring output so users can watch a live graphic view of the storage operating on a display. Available in 20TB, 80TB and 320TB configura- tions, the Cloud Store's M.2 cards are arranged in parallel RAID 5 groups so they can operate much faster than a single card. This ensures both fast speed and fault tolerance. A USB-C to Ethernet adapter is built in, so users can access it simply by plugging their computer into the USB-C port. It is also possible to sync multiple Cloud Stores in different geographical locations. Cloud Store has a starting price of $9,595.

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