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Uncompressed HD via Ethernet? It just might be!

Most of you know that we're running an ethernet based SAN here at BCM. It's the Maxx Digital Final Share SAN which runs a combination of their drive arrays with Small Tree ethernet wizardry and some stout Atto Host Bus Adapters. We generally get around 100 - 120MB/s to the 7 workstations that are connected to the SAN. More than enough speed to cut using Apple's ProRes codec all day long.

At the moment we're cutting two feature documentaries (over 300 hours of material), 3 PBS series and a multitude of other projects all on the SAN simultaneously. It's been a very stout performer and when we need to do Uncompressed or 2k work, we have two local 8TB RAIDs directly connected to two workstations giving us 500 to 650MB/s. So for our needs, we've got everything set up to handle whatever comes in the door and need to allocate the uncompressed workstations as necessary.

Well at NAB 2010, Bob Zelin brought me over to the Maxx Digital Booth to show me 350MB/s coming off a single 8TB RAID connected via ethernet. Now we're getting into Uncompressed HD territory. Albeit a single stream of Uncompressed HD, but that's perfectly fine for color grading or sound mixing and even editing. Not to mention serious multi-stream ProRes capabilities. Via Ethernet!

I knew this technology was going to get better as we moved along but I didn't expect a 250MB/s jump in just one year. In fact, the system could go faster but we need to wait for the drive manufacturers to catch up! Can you say Multi-stream Uncompressed HD and 2k via Ethernet on the horizon? All I can say is Wow.

Really looking forward to working with these new speeds once everything is ready for shipping. I'll update you all as details become available.

Posted by: walter biscardi on Apr 18, 2010 at 1:47:52 pm maxx digital, final share san, storage, small tree, atto, final cut pro

Professional Video Editor, Producer, Creative Director, Director since 1990.

Credits include multiple Emmys, Tellys, Aurora and CableAce Awards.

Creative Director for Georgia-Pacific and GP Studios, Atlanta. Former Owner / Operator of Biscardi Creative Media. The show you knew us best for was "Good Eats" on the Food Network. I developed the HD Post workflow and we also created all the animations for the series.

Favorite pastime is cooking with pizza on the grill one of my specialties. Each Christmas Eve we serve the Feast of the Seven Fishes, a traditional Italian seafood meal with approx. 30 items on the menu.

If I wasn't in video production I would either own a restaurant or a movie theater.



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