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What Makes the New G-Technology RAIDs w Removable Drives Better?
By: Gary Bettan on Nov 11, 2014 at 6:09:18 am

The G-RAID® with removable drives includes HGST Ultrastar™ Enterprise-class Hard Drives Enterprise-class HDDs are rated for 24/7 operation in mission critical environments, while desktop grade drives are intended for low impact workloads. Enterprise-class HDDs have Rotational Vibration Safeguard (RVS), which optimizes them for use in multi-drive environments. Ultrastar™ products are specifically designed, manufactured and tested to meet the demanding environments found in global data centers and enterprises. HGST Ultrastar™ enterprise-class HDDs are the most reliable hard drives available. They have an industryleading 2 million hours Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF)1 rating. Other vendor’s 7200 RPM enterprise-class drives offer only 1.2...


Psssssst.. There's an election coming up.
By: Steve Modica on Oct 27, 2014 at 11:09:33 am

As most of you haven't heard, there's an election coming up next week. It's a mid-term election, so very few people will vote. It means the real hard core extreme groups get to come in and influence, since the moderates don't bother to show. As most of you also haven't heard, critical elections already have taken place in other parts of the world, including Brazil, where President Dilma Rousseff won re-election by a narrow margin. Typically, I don't follow politics in Brazil, but fortunately for me, I had a front row seat to this Brazilian election. It turns out, President...


A special Anniversary
By: Steve Modica on Sep 26, 2014 at 11:59:12 am

11 years ago, I jumped in my car and drove to St Paul Minnesota and filed the paperwork to start Small Tree Communications LLC. In that time, I never would have imagined all the things we've been through. It's been a crazy ride. I got to work with the Virginia Tech Super cluster of Macs and ride around in Dr Varadarajan's Porshe Cayenne. I got to meet Bob Zelin, Ron Amborn (at Maxx Digital), and Walter Biscardi at Biscardi Creative. I got to build military routers and weird embedded devices and drive around Ft Bragg and White Sands Missile Range....


My hopes for IBC this year and a great Labor Day offer from Small Tree
By: Steve Modica on Aug 26, 2014 at 9:04:53 am

I’m heading out to IBC and there are a number of things I hope to see there. Of course, I’ve got customers asking me about SSDs, and engineers working on 40Gb Ethernet and people want to bring it all together. Really, what’s the hold up here? My short wish list: 3.5” Server Chassis (8, 16, 24) with 12Gb SAS expanders onboard 2.5” Server Chassis (12 and 24) with 12Gb SAS expanders onboard Balanced 40Gb switches that can legitimately aggregate 16 or 24 10Gb ports into 4 or 6 40Gb ports 4TB or larger SSDs that can handle enterprise workloads but...


Data choke points and a cautionary tale
By: Steve Modica on Aug 11, 2014 at 12:47:59 pm

During a normal week, I help a lot of customers with performance issues. Some of the most common complaints I hear include: “I bought a new 10Gb card so I could connect my Macs together, but when I drag files over, it doesn’t go any faster.” “I upgraded the memory in my system because Final Cut was running slow, but it didn’t seem to help very much.” “I bought a faster Mac so it would run my NLE more smoothly, but it actually seems worse than before.” All of these things have something in common. Money was spent on performance,...


Up Coming User Group Meetings
By: Steve Modica on Aug 11, 2014 at 9:09:39 am

Hi All We've been developing some new software and hardware features for the TitaniumZ line and I'd like to come out and speak to your users group about them. If you have a Final Cut, Adobe Premiere or Avid group and are interested in hearing about storage futures, Small Tree's new products, 40Gb Ethernet, or anything else I might know something about, let me know and I'll plan to come visit. Maybe I'll even give away a couple SANLink 10Gb Ethernet devices. Steve Modica...


10Gb and SMB3 really rocks
By: Steve Modica on Jul 30, 2014 at 3:04:19 pm

We got RSS working on our 10Gb cards a few days ago. This is a feature that splits up data coming into the card into multiple queues. Then we can let different CPUS handle pulling in that data and passing it up the stack. We found what we figured we'd find: When we setup multiple streams, we see data in multiple queues. We see more cpus involved in the work, and things go a lot faster. What surprised us was how great this made SAMBA. When we tested SMB3 with Yosemite, we were able to hit line rate (10Gb/sec) between...


Snapshots…your trashcan, on steroids
By: Steve Modica on May 19, 2014 at 8:42:53 am

I have to admit, as an old time UNIX guy that's been around inodes, fsck and corrupted filesystems all my life, snapshots sounded a little too good to be true. The word was long known to me. Customers would say, "I took a snapshot of that disk so I could upgrade it and revert if I screwed something up." It's just that imaging a disk would take hours. You'd start the copy and go home for the night. These new snapshots (like those supported by ZFS) were instantaneous. One click and you would “instantly” have a new copy of your...


5 Things You Need to Know about Shared Storage
By: Steve Modica on Mar 26, 2014 at 7:13:21 am

1. Shared storage is becoming the norm. It's not a "hack" anymore that's used to skirt licenses or the need for more disks. Vendors are beginning to embrace it more and more, and the storage software and protocols are adapting. There's never been a better time to implement a shared storage solution. 2. 10Gb is being adopted very quickly. Small Tree has 10Gb ports built into its TitaniumZ systems and vendors are releasing inexpensive 10GbaseT Thunderbolt PODS now. So it's time to get up to speed with 4K codecs and start using 10Gb Ethernet. 3. Don't skimp on storage space....


Thunderbolt Updates
By: Steve Modica on Mar 20, 2014 at 7:56:23 am

We’ve been working pretty hard on Thunderbolt products over the last few weeks and I thought I’d write up some of the interesting things we’ve implemented. I’m sure most of you are aware that Thunderbolt is an external, hotplug/unplug version of PCIE. Thunderbolt 1 provided a 4X PCIE bus along with an equivalent bus for graphics only. Thunderbolt 2 allows you to trunk those two busses for 8X PCIE performance. PCIE Pause This is a new feature of Thunderbolt designed to deal with the uncertainty of what a user may plug in. Normally, when a system boots up, all of...


By: Steve Modica on Mar 18, 2014 at 11:03:40 am

1. The non-linear editing market (FCP, Avid etc) is changing rapidly. Avid was delisted, FCP supports NFS natively, Adobe is adding tons of new features (and a subscription model). More than ever, editors need to see what's out there and how people are using it. 2. Storage is changing rapidly. SSDs are becoming more and more common (and less and less pricy) and spinning disk vendors are consolidating. 3. Thunderbolt is here (and it appears that it's here to stay) and it offers new methods for connecting high bandwidth IO and video devices. Should you go big and buy a...


Testing with Adobe Anywhere
By: Steve Modica on Mar 6, 2014 at 8:35:22 am

Small Tree has been working closely with Adobe to make sure our shared editing storage and networking products work reliably and smoothly with Adobe’s suite of content creation software. Since NAB 2013, we’ve worked closely with Adobe to improve interoperability and performance, and test new features to give our customers a better experience. Most recently, I had the chance to test out Adobe Anywhere in our shop in Minnesota. Adobe Anywhere is designed to let users edit content that might be stored in a high bandwidth codec, over a much slower connection link. Imagine having HD or 4K footage back...


Another Couple of Reasons to Love SSDs
By: Steve Modica on Feb 25, 2014 at 12:08:49 pm

One day, when we're sitting in our rocking chairs recounting our past IT glories ("Why, when I was a young man, computers had ‘wires’”), we'll invariably start talking about our storage war stories. There will be so many. We'll talk of frisbee tossing stuck disks or putting bad drives in the freezer. We'll recount how we saved a company’s entire financial history by recovering an alternate superblock or fixing a byte swapping error on a tape with the "dd" command. I'm sure our children will be transfixed. No…no, they won't be transfixed, any more than we would be listening to...


What’s Your NLE of Choice
By: Steve Modica on Feb 2, 2014 at 7:20:35 am

Now that we’re several months removed from Apple’s introduction of Mavericks for OSX and we've all tested the waters a little, I wanted to talk about video editing software and how the various versions play with NAS storage like we use at Small Tree. Avid has long since released Media Composer 7, and from what I've seen, their AMA support (support for non-Avid shared storage), continues to improve. There are certainly complaints about the performance not matching native MXF workflows, but now that they've added read/write support, it's clear they are moving in a more NAS friendly direction. With some...


What you need to know about video editing storage in 2014
By: Steve Modica on Jan 17, 2014 at 10:05:58 am

With the New Year festivities well behind us, today seems like as good a time as any to chat about where video editing storage is (or should be) headed in 2014. First, I’m really excited about FCoE. FCoE is great technology. It's built into our (Small Tree) cards, so we get super fast offloads. It uses the Fibre Channel protocol, so it's compatible with legacy Fibre Channel. You can buy one set of switches and do everything: Fibre Channel, 10Gb and FCoE (and even iSCSI if you want). Are there any issues to be concerned about with FCoE? One problem...


Small Tree is now 10years old!
By: Steve Modica on Sep 24, 2013 at 11:08:41 am

Back in 2003, on September 24th, I drove up to St Paul, Minnesota and filed paperwork to make Small Tree a Minnesota LLC. When we started, there were 6 of us and I'm not sure we knew exactly what our plan was. I knew we wanted to write kernel drivers for "high end" networking stuff (like Intel's brand new 10Gb Ethernet cards). I didn't think much beyond that. I figured if we built it "they would come" (as the saying goes). I also needed a good excuse to buy one of the new G5 Power Macs (and make it tax...


SMPTE Australia 2013 visit
By: Steve Modica on Jul 29, 2013 at 12:43:19 pm

Visiting Australia is a once in a lifetime journey for many of us in North America. It's a 14 hour (very expensive) flight from LAX and because of the timezone shift, if you leave on Saturday, you arrive on Monday. You can forget Sunday ever existed. (Although on the way back, you arrive in LA before you even left Australia). I had the great pleasure of visiting Sydney Australia twice this year. First, I was able to fly down and do some sales training with Adimex and Digistor in March, and then last week to help Adimex and Digistor at...


Tips for Happy Shared Storage Workflows
By: Steve Modica on Jun 24, 2013 at 12:45:15 pm

1. When you have lots of media coming in from various cameras to your shared storage, make sure you are ingesting that media using appropriate software. We have seen a few cases where people are dragging files in from the camera using the Finder, rather than the camera vendors import software. When you do this, the media can sometimes have the "User Immutable" flag set. This flag prevents users from accidentally deleting files, even if they have appropriate permissions. You can see this flag via Right Click->get info. It's the "Locked" flag. While this makes sense if the media is...


Thunderbolt on your Mac
By: Steve Modica on May 24, 2013 at 12:13:41 pm

Apple has always been on the leading edge of connectivity for their systems. Back in 2003, before we had formed Small Tree as a company, I can recall drooling over a Power Book laptop with an integrated Gigabit port. That was a crazy thing to have on a laptop at the time. Gigabit was still a little weird, very expensive, and not common as a drop at anyone’s desk. Yet here apple was putting it on a laptop. Thunderbolt is a similarly aggressive move. It puts a great deal of IO horsepower on some very small systems. Firstly, let’s consider...


NAB Sneak Preview from Small Tree
By: Steve Modica on Apr 5, 2013 at 10:33:47 am

I’m getting ready to head out to Las Vegas this weekend to get the Small Tree booth all setup (SL6005) and I’m really excited. First off, we have a brand new version of our Titanium platform coming out called “Titanium Z”. The Z platform is AWESOME and the folks here at Small Tree (including The Duffy) are very excited to start telling people about it. First of all, in keeping with our history of bringing really high-tech functionality (like real time video editing) down into the commodity price space, we are now bringing down Storage Virtualization. To offer Virtualization, we...


Gigabytes per second or Giga-buts per second?
By: Steve Modica on Mar 24, 2013 at 1:57:50 pm

Every year as NAB approaches, the marketing once again begins. Oh the marketing.... As NAB approaches, I'd like to take a moment to remind people in the market for storage that Gigabytes/second is not what makes video play smoothly. Vendors with no Computer Engineers on staff will pull together monstrous conglomerations of SSDs and RAID cards, run a few benchmarks (probably four or five different ones until they find one they like) and then claim they've hit some huge number of Gigabytes per second. Small Tree has been supporting Server based video editing longer than anyone in the market. We...


Biscardi Creative Upgrade!
By: Steve Modica on Mar 4, 2013 at 4:19:18 pm

Very recently, Small Tree had the opportunity to go down to Atlanta and visit Walter Biscardi and upgrade his data center and edit suites. In conjunction with this trip, we also did a presentation on the upgrade for the Atlanta Cutters and showed off a new SSD based Titanium shared storage system we put together. This new Titanium SSD was able to move 1.2GB/sec of *realtime* video to Adobe Premiere with no dropped frames. This is faster than you can go with 8Gb Fibre Channel and the fastest realtime video I've ever seen displayed live without a net! The upgrade...


It's Important to to have a good time. Always.
By: Steve Modica on Feb 5, 2013 at 9:49:43 am

If you use Adobe Premiere for post-production projects, then you may have come across the problem where the application re-conforms and recreates peak files for projects every time the project opens or when changing back to Adobe from using another application, i.e. hide/show. If you see this problem occurring, check that all systems are time synched with each other (IE NTP is enabled in the Time and Date preference panel). If you do not have internet access on the systems, make sure all the systems are at least locked to the server time. The cause of this problem is that...


The Power of Ethernet
By: Steve Modica on Jan 29, 2013 at 12:18:35 pm

Storage is a tough market and customers are always willing to pay a little less to get a little less. My take away is this: In the war between Ethernet and EtherNOT based storage, such as Fibre Channel, the one that delivers the best value for the lowest price is going to win. As Warren Buffet likes to say, "In the short term, the market is a popularity contest. In the long term, it's a weighing machine." People need to buy based on value over time. Fibre Channel has been hamstrung for a long time by its need for custom...


Another step in the Commodity Hardware Revolution
By: Steve Modica on Jan 21, 2013 at 12:48:34 pm

Not too long ago, I was asked to write up my predictions on storage and networking technology for the coming year. One of those predictions was the rise of new, combined file system/logical volume managers like ZFS and BtrFS. These file systems don’t rely on RAID cards to handle things like parity calculations. They also don’t “hide” the underlying drives from the operating system. The entire IO subsystem - drives and controllers - is available to the operating system and data is laid out across the devices as necessary for best performance. As we’ve begun experimenting ourselves with these technologies,...


Busy busy busy
By: Steve Modica on Dec 3, 2012 at 9:48:38 am

When I used to work at SGI, I would often wonder what "C" level officers did. I once got to ask Ed McCracken what he spent most of his time doing day-to-day. At the time, he was CEO of SGI. His answer was that he was currently spending a lot of time talking to Congressmen trying to convince them to stop propping up Cray as a national asset. In hindsight, perhaps buying Cray was not the best idea. As the Chief Technical Officer of Small Tree, which is a much smaller company, I have to wear a lot more hats....


Clone Detectors!
By: Steve Modica on Nov 26, 2012 at 9:52:33 am

Not the Star Wars kind tho... Back when cell phones were new, a number of vendors had "clone" problems. People were cloning phone serial numbers so they could get free cell service. To combat this problem, the cellular companies built up "Clone Detector" systems. These were massive database servers that had to be extremely fast. They would monitor all in process calls looking for two that had the same serial number. If they found a match, that phone was cloned and both were taken out of service. SGI's systems were uniquely qualified to handle this work. The company had some...


By: Steve Modica on Nov 19, 2012 at 11:10:31 am

Many years ago when I was a "smoke jumper" support guy for SGI, I got to see some of the strangest problems on the planet. Mind you, these were not "normal" problems that you and I might have at home. These were systems that were already bleeding edge and being pushed to the max doing odd things in odd places. Further, before I ever saw the problem, lots of guys had already had a shot. So reinstalling, rebooting, looking at the logs, etc., had all been tried. One of my favorite cases was a large Challenge XL at a printing...


Warning: Advanced Technology Ahead
By: Steve Modica on Nov 5, 2012 at 8:29:22 am

I remember the days when CPUs were stuck in a rut. They were barely hitting 1Ghz. Networks were running at 1Gb and beyond and CPUs and storage just could not keep up. Clients wanted redundant, failover capable servers that could handle 600 clients, but SGI was running out of ways to do that. We couldn’t make the bus any wider (128bit computers?) and we couldn’t make the CPUs any faster. What should we do? One answer was to network many systems together over NUMA (non-uniform memory access). This would let many systems (that would normally be a cluster) act as...


Avid shared projects
By: Steve Modica on Oct 30, 2012 at 12:30:01 pm

Ever since Apple blew up the happy world of FCP 7, we've been running into more and more people moving to Adobe and Avid. Adobe's been pretty good. I like them a lot and their support guys (I'm talking to you Bruce) have been awesome. Avid on the other hand, is tough. Shared spaces cause reindexing and external projects won't save natively to shares spaces. Our customers have mostly worked around this by storing projects locally, using multiple external volumes for media, or using AMA volumes. I finally had a chance to explore this External project save issue in great...


Oh... That’s a compiler bug
By: Steve Modica on Oct 22, 2012 at 8:26:47 am

The worst possible answer to a customer problem is that it’s a hardware bug. Hardware bugs are expensive to fix. You not only have to replace the hardware, you may also have to replace everything you’ve got on the shelves. You can’t do this until you’ve “fixed” the problem, which might cost millions of dollars and take months. Hardware problems suck. This reminds me of a specific problem from long ago dealing with locking. Locking is what programs do to avoid stepping on each other. It’s very similar to locking the bathroom door. When the bathroom is in use, the...


Military Muscle
By: Steve Modica on Oct 16, 2012 at 9:25:02 am

Military Muscle Working with the military can be a lot of fun. It can be exhilarating. It can also be incredibly frustrating and boring. Recently, we had a problem with a large server system being used by a military contractor at a very sensitive base. The server was periodically losing its boot drive. The drive would spin down and stop (hanging the machine). They would reboot and the system would run for a while, then spin down again and stop. Eventually, the drive would stop working all together. It would not spin up any more. The solution is simple, right?...


Scaling IT
By: Steve Modica on Oct 10, 2012 at 3:56:04 am

Just about everyone can have a free web page. You get them free when you open cloud accounts or purchase internet service. This has lead to a proliferation of cat pictures on the Internet. Back in the 90s, when it cost a little more to get on the Internet, the idea of personal web pages was just beginning. One very large ISP (Internet Service Provider) that used SGI systems wanted to sell personal websites. They felt SGI's Challenge S system was the perfect solution. They would line up hundreds of these systems, and each system could handle several sites. SGI...


10Gb is Coming
By: Steve Modica on Oct 4, 2012 at 11:04:51 am

You've all read that 10GbaseT is on the way. It's true. Very soon, you will be able to plug standard RJ45 connectors (just like on your Mac Book Pro) into your 10Gb Ethernet cards and switches. You'll be able to run CAT6A cable 100m (assuming the runs are clean runs) and have tons and tons of bandwidth between servers and clients. Who needs Fibre Channel anymore?! But with the widespread migration to 10Gb, you may have a plumbing problem my friend. Many years ago, I had the privilege of supporting three of the large animation studios in LA that were...


Hard Drive Shortages to Drive Up Cost of Video Editing
By: Gary Bettan on Nov 2, 2011 at 9:02:00 am

Over the past year the hard drive producers have been hit by a one-two punch that has them scrambling to find ways to produce enough hard drives to satisfy demand. Hard drives prices are expected to jump up by 20% or more over the next week, with no end in sight. Back in March the Japanese earthquake and Tsunami created massive supply chain issues. While no hard drive production facilities were directly effected, several plants that produced key components such as circuit boards were destroyed. This created spot shortages in the drive business while hard drive manufacturers had to scramble...


Ethernet SAN Primer
By: walter biscardi on Jun 7, 2011 at 4:30:57 am

Ok, I got a bunch of emails yesterday asking to explain exactly how an Ethernet SAN works. I've done a full article on this in the past, but here's a quick primer on how it works. 1 - The SAN controller computer. In our case, a Mac Pro 12 Core machine with 32GB RAM. 2 - An Ethernet controller inside the SAN controller computer. In our case it's a Small Tree Communications Card. 3 - A RAID Host controller inside the SAN controller computer. In our case it's the Atto R680 SAS Host controller. 4 - A high speed ethernet...


More on Thunderbolt it seems that it has 2 sets of specs-
By: gary adcock on Mar 9, 2011 at 6:53:30 am

OK, So it's been a busy couple of weeks for me leading into NAB, but I wanted to post a bit more about THUNDERBOLT. To say the confusion about this new technology is amazing, even I had been given conflicting information, mostly because of the differences between the Copper and later Fibre versions of this technology, mainly about what can and can't be done. I posted what I had been given as specs for Thunderbolt and mine are correct, as far as they go. You see there is a big difference between the first gen of the release that uses...


RIP Firewire
By: David Roth Weiss on Oct 15, 2010 at 4:11:36 pm

I'm not a big fan of firewire storage for video editing, especially pre-manufactured drives in sealed enclosures, such as those from LaCie. These types of drives are great for backup and for transporting files and projects, and they're certainly convenient, but for day to day editing they are a perfect example of what I like to call "false economy." Using these types of Firewire drives for editing is similar in many way to shooting with three or four mismatched cameras and convincing yourself that you've saved money. If you put a proper price tag on your post-production time and do...

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Uncompressed HD via Ethernet? It just might be!
By: walter biscardi on Apr 18, 2010 at 1:47:52 pm

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...

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Ethernet SAN has limits - UPDATED
By: walter biscardi on Jan 11, 2010 at 2:18:00 am

In December of '08 we installed a Maxx Digital Final Share SAN system consisting of a 16TB array that is shared to 6 workstations via high speed ethernet connectivity. You can read a full article I wrote on the installations at the Creative Cow website. The primary purpose for this installation was to allow a shared editing environment for three feature length documentaries. We have in the neighborhood of 450 hours of footage (and growing) for all three and our first doc, Foul Water, Fiery Serpent is using around 100 or so hours. All footage is digitized at Apple ProRes...

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Just one of those days.....
By: walter biscardi on Nov 30, 2009 at 4:51:51 pm

Today's just been one of those days where the Final Share SAN isn't working right, the AJA Kona 3 isn't working right and FCP isn't working right either. Just as we're about to finish our first feature documentary. It's one of those days where you wonder what the hell you invested all of this money for and if you should just switch over to something else.......

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High Speed SAN via Ethernet. It's True!
By: walter biscardi on Feb 16, 2009 at 8:38:33 pm

To paraphrase a famous author, "I have seen the future of shared storage and his name is Ethernet." Last month we invested in the new Final Share system from MaxxDigital and after some tweaking, we now have 16TB of shared storage supported a high definition workflow with 6 workstations all running Apple's ProRes HQ in high definition, both 720p and 1080i. And actually it's not "workstations" in the traditional sense of the word, since we're running ethernet, we can connect any Mac computer to the array. So in our case, we have three Final Cut Pro desktop workstations and three...


Fusion-io: Improving storage performance by up to 1,000 times
By: Ronald Lindeboom on Oct 18, 2008 at 10:09:56 am

Well, it seems as if we just passed the 900,000 totally unique users a month marker (according to Google Analytics) and here we are, a month later and we are now past the 940,000 marker. Insane. It seems as if we are always buying more servers and adding more backbone infrastructure to the COW. How do we keep up with it all? Our technical director, Abraham Chaffin, is constantly researching new ways and ideas that keep us ahead of the rapid growth of Creative COW. In his latest foraging on the Net, he came across a powerful new technology that...


The PCIe Based Storage Revolution in Creative Content Creation
By: Andrew De Lara on Sep 19, 2008 at 3:02:38 pm

The PCIe (PCI Express) standard will have a disruptive impact on the business and workflow processes in video/production/post production/etc. Leading storage vendors are catching on to the idea as we speak. The industry currently faces technology challenges in dealing with the continual purchasing of storage equipment to keep up with the rising needs of performance and archiving...

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Calibrated {Q} Another native MXF importer
By: Noah Kadner on Jun 27, 2008 at 1:43:23 pm

Here's something interesting. An app that gives you native MXF in all QuickTime applications including FCP. Calibrated Software's unique solution successfully joins the separate video and audio P2 MXF files so that Final Cut Pro sees them all as ONE file - complete with TimeCode and Reel Name. PullDown can also be removed or added for select frame rates. And you're not just limited to Final Cut Pro, you can also natively import files in Compressor, Motion and Sound Track Pro. Not only that but they have also unveiled a DVCPROHD decoder for Windows. This is something our friends across...


How to Label DVD-Rs 2008 Edition
By: Noah Kadner on Jun 9, 2008 at 9:18:42 am

This question comes up a lot- how does one label a DVD-R? I would never use a print on inkjet disc- because they smear with just a droplet of moisture nor stick on labels because they peel and jam. Instead- I'd go for one of three technologies- depending on budget and how professional the labels need to look: 1. Sharpie. This is cheap as dirt and works like a charm for sending to replication houses and for internal backups. But not so much given to clients- looks decidely ghetto for that... 2. LightScribe - this is a type of DVD...

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New version of XDCAM EX Transfer Software Available
By: Noah Kadner on May 1, 2008 at 9:43:56 am

If you're having any problems with Sony XDCAM EX footage the latest version of the XDCAM transfer software might be a big help. It has some new error correction built in that can recover corrupted material. The PDZ-KP1 XDCAM Transfer Software is an import plug in for Final Cut Pro. XDCAM Transfer Version 2.5 supports the current XDCAM HD and SD optical products, the new PDW-U1 optical XDCAM drive, and the PMW-EX1 XDCAM EX camcorder which records on SxS flash cards. Check it out: Technorati Tags: 24p , apple , final cut pro , indie filmmaking , video ,...


By: Shane Ross on Apr 28, 2008 at 3:23:26 pm

It hasn t been a good week for my hard drives.On Wednesday my old G-Raid...the one I bought four years ago...finally gave up the ghost. It had begun clicking over the weekend when I was copying footage to and from it, which is not a good sign. It did this before, when I owned it for about a year. But, I took it to G-tech in Santa Monica and in two days, I had it back in my hands. The same thing happened back then...clicking when copying. Well, after a few days of the decided not to show up on...


Mexico Goes to China - Part 2 of 2
By: Noah Kadner on Apr 23, 2008 at 3:38:36 pm

I wrote two articles for the Final Cut Pro User's Group Supermeet at NAB. They appeared in the SuperMag magazine(which I named btw). Here's part two of the first article looking at an Apple network system that is being used at the Beijing Olympics this summer in China. For part one click here. Simplemente chose to work with Gallery Software, a UK-based company that has been making QuickTime-compatible applications for over a decade. For the Beijing project, Simplemente selected Gallery’s SIENNA, a complete integration suite for connecting Final Cut Pro workstations to the traditional newsroom broadcast workflow. SIENNA was developed...

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Mexico Goes to China - Part 1 of 2
By: Noah Kadner on Apr 22, 2008 at 12:00:43 pm

I wrote two articles for the Final Cut Pro Supermeet at NAB this year. Here's part one of the first article looking at an Apple SAN network system that is being used at the Beijing Olympics this summer in China: Last NAB, we visited Simplemente, a production/post-production house and Apple Authorized Training Center/Dealer based in Mexico City. They’ve been working hard alongside one of their biggest clients, Televisa, the world’s largest Latin American broadcaster. This year Simplemente embarked on its most ambitious project yet, a complete post-production solution for Televisa’s coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Televisa’s...

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