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April 18, 2005

Table of Contents

Sony Media Software Ships Vegas 6 and DVD Architect 3
Tenacious HD: Apple, Sony, Panasonic, Adobe, Avid Highlight Early NAB 2005 Announcements
Media 100, Announces Support for Mac OS X "Tiger"
Fujinon Debuts Two 18X HD Lenses For Sony's HDC-X300 Camera
Red Giant Software Announces Three New Products at NAB
Viewsonic Flat-Panels Offer Superior Image Quality And Input Versatility For Digital Signage Applications
ADS Debuts Dual-Link SDI Converter, PYRO Studio at NAB
Profound Effects Ships Useful Assistants 1.7
Apace Systems’ Network Storage Systems Support Collaborative Video Editing for Final Cut Pro Platforms
EventDV Survey #11: RESULTS

Sony Media Software Ships Vegas 6 and DVD Architect 3

One of the great things about 21st Century magazine publishing is that location doesn't matter in the way it still does in, say, real estate; with a phone line and broadband Internet connection, you can get the job done just about anywhere. So it's never really mattered much to EventDV and EMedia before it that we're located out here in the Midwestern hinterlands of Wisconsin, even though our publishers are on the east coast, our writers scattered hither and yon, and most of the companies whose products we cover have their headquarters somewhere in NoCal or SoCal. But sometimes location does have its perks: case in point, everytime our Madison neighbors Sony Pictures unleashes a new version of Vegas—which lately has become an annual thing—we're among the first to see it.

Thus the week before NAB we got a sneak peak at Vegas 6, the full-step upgrade to Sony's popular pro/prosumer NLE. We also saw the latest and greatest new features of DVD Architect 3, Vegas' DVD authoring batterymate.

One of the first things we found out about Vegas and its developers is that they've finally sorted out what they're actually called, something that's seemed a bit murky since the media software division of Sonic Foundry was acquired by Sony Pictures two years ago. Even though the sign outside says Sony Pictures Digital Networks, the division that produces Vegas, the Reader's Choice-winning Sound Forge (also recently upgraded to version 8), and ACID will henceforth be known as Sony Media Software.

Not surprisingly, many of the most eye-catching features of the new Vegas relate to HD and HDV support, but Sony Media Software director of engineering Dave Hill is quick to point out that "this release is not just about HD and HDV." That said, Vegas 6 is the first version of the software to boast native HDV support without the help of plug-ins; it also offers support for Decklink and HD cards for 1080/60i, 1080/50i, NTSC, and PAL capture, monitoring, and print to tape via SDI.

Other key enhancements include full multiprocessor optimization, which enables Vegas users to take greater advantage of today's HT and dual-processor systems as well as forthcoming dualcore-enabled editing platforms. With this comes improved rendering and encoding speeds, according to Hill and VP of marketing Dave Chaimson, who both acknowledge this was one of the knocks on previous versions of the software. Foremost in the new and intriguing category are Vegas' ability to detect A/V sync problems and correct them automatically (user's choice), a versatile frame-rate conversion utility, and a media asset manager that allows users to add ample metadata and works across multiple projects, according to Chaimson. Enhancements to Vegas' ability to do preview on external monitors are a boon to color correction, says Hill. "If you're doing color correction for CRT delivery," previewing the project on an LCD monitor "is going to give you a different look." This approach, he says, is not so much aimed at doing the best-looking preview possible, which could be misleading in terms of what the end user/client will experience; rather, it's "delivery-focused."

Vegas 6 also introduces the ability to nest projects within the timelines of other projects; that is, without rendering, you can add a timeline (or a chunk of a timeline) from one project directly into another, and continue to work on it with all the transitions, effects, etc. still editable.

Vegas ships for $599, which is $100 less than the $699 that editors were paying for the product a year ago. Also available at a $100-lower price of $899 is the Vegas+DVD bundle, which incorporates DVD Architect 3, a significantly upgraded version of Sony's DVD authoring tool.

New in DVD Architect 3 are support for DVD+R DL authoring and burning, and the ability to recognize and use Photoshop layers in PSD documents that are tagged according to Vegas' basic naming conventions (background, button, button, button mask, etc.). "It's a really easy way to set up a complicated menu," Hill says. "It will handle all the layers with fairly simple naming conventions." Architect 3 features complete button-routing capability and end-action support. You can also apply button masks that don't require rendering. "The mask uses the DVD player's subpicture drawing capability as it would do subtitles," says Hill.

DVD Architect 3 also boasts a new Smart Reprepare feature that allows users to change, say, a misspelled word in a title or an improperly aligned button in a menu in a project they've already rendered, burned, and watched on their TV without having to re-render anything but the element they've changed.

Architect 3 also includes a new Theme Export feature that allows users to create new menu themes or templates and save them for later use; support for replication master formats like DLT, DDP, and CMF with the ability to add copy protection flags and CSS where appropriate; and a new MediaFX image editing utility that allows cropping and reframing and basic filter application to images used in DVD menus or slideshows without requiring the user to open a separate application like Photoshop or PhotoImpact to make those edits. Architect 3 also now supports multiangle selection for up to eight videos, and an "Extra" feature for adding ROM content to a disc that consumer DVD players will ignore but DVD-ROM drives will recognize. "Extra" folders can contain anything from ReadMe and Word docs to PDFs or even WMV HD files for viewing the disc's movie content on a PC monitor (or MediaCenter-attached HDTV) in full resolution—a nice feature for videographers who may be shooting in HDV but downconverting to SD for DVD delivery.

But again, Hill emphasizes that the enhancements to Vegas and DVD Architect aren't designed to benefit only those editors and authors who have made the jump to HD acquisition and/or delivery. Nor are the existing features optimized to work only on bleeding-edge editing systems. "What are you going to deliver? If you're willing to ask that question," he says, "you can work on a much lighter system," and get the most out of your existing gear.

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Tenacious HD: Apple, Sony, Panasonic, Adobe, Avid Highlight Early NAB 2005 Announcements

NAB starts on different days for different people. For vendors and expo attendees, the real action kicks off on Monday. If you're a journalist, most of the high drama has already passed by the time the expo floor opens. If you're in town to hear the latest from heavy hitters such as Apple, Panasonic, Sony, Avid, and Adobe, the big news hits on Sunday with a string of press events presenting many of the key announcements of the show.

Apple's event struck the most high notes this year; although they didn't have a single new product release that will rattle walls across the Mac world, they did deliver upgrades all down the line of their key postproduction models, which should produce noticeable tremors for just about anyone who's doing video or audio editing, graphics production, or DVD authoring on the Mac platform.

The big-picture announcement from the Apple camp was the much-anticipated public debut of "Tiger," the new version of OS X. And while it's easy to deride the pep rally atmosphere of any trade show Mac demo, there's no denying that Tiger looks mighty cool. A new search function called Spotlight is well-nigh mindblowing in action; it's a real time application which actually starts delivering results as soon as you start punching in your search terms—and those results encompass your entire hard drive, by all appearances. Also new in Tiger are dashboard "widgets"; the idea here is that you click on your Dashboard icon (which looks a bit like a panel of taichometers, speedometers, odometers etc. on an automobile dashboard) while you're working in FCP and Tiger instantly opens a variety of "widgets" like Web sites reporting weather info and the like. I'm not real sure what's the point here, but the demo certainly drew its share of applause.

With Tiger also comes the debut of the H.264-based QuickTime 7, which has two instantly apparent strengths: the ability to deliver HD-quality video at 8.5Mbps, and its implementation in a new, OS-based videoconferencing utility called iChat AV. Frank Casanova's demo highlighted the advantages of iChat AV for real-time digital daily review in disparate cutting rooms—the effect of which, at least in the demo, was nothing short of awesome.

Also coming into focus in Apple's big picture was the heartily welcomed Final Cut Studio, a new four-application digital video and audio postproduction suite in the tradition of the Adobe Video Collection and Avid Xpress Studio. Just as remarkable as the notion that there now is such a thing as a Final Cut suite is the fact that all the applications found therein are full-step upgrades. First and foremost is Final Cut Pro 5, which boasts a host of new features and a catchy rallying cry: "Edit anything, wait for nothing." They've dropped the HD from its name but upped the ante for native HD support in the product. The three standout features, from where I was sitting, are the following:

  • native support for Long-GOP MPEG-2 HDV (with "true" IBP editing)
  • a new "Dynamic RT Extreme" capability that, according to Apple, automatically scales preview quality based on the complexity of the clip and the abilities of the host Mac
  • a dazzling new multi-camera interface that offers on-the-fly editing during playback of—get this—up to 128 sources, with available for up to 16 sources

First runner-up behind the big three is multichannel audio support; Apple now promises 24-bit/96KHz support, one-pass multi-channel capture, and 24-channel audio I/O.

During the FCP demo, Apple shared the stage with some powerful friends—not just Sony, whose contributions to the recent insurgence of prosumer HD via HDV are well-documented, but also Panasonic, who shocked more than a few attendees by introducing a new HD camcorder that is not the $2,500 HDV version of the DVX-100A that many had anticipated. Panasonic's new entry, the AG-HVX200, which may prove the signature announcement of the show, actually aims a little higher—uncompressed HD—for $5,995. The camera, which is due to ship in Q4 2005, actually supports a range of formats, including DV, DVCPro, DVCPro 50, DVCPro HD, and the gamut of interlaced and non-interlaced SD and HD video resolutions and frame rates. The 1/3", native 16:9, three-chip camera records to P2 memory (another big push for Panasonic at this show) and DV tape.

But we digress. The other elements of the Final Cut Pro Studio suite are Motion 2 (whose big news is the ability to map behaviors to a MIDI keyboard for animating to a beat or soundtrack), Soundtrack Pro (a dramatically revamped application that now boasts 5,000+ cinematic effects and Apple loops, and features round-trip audio editing of clips from the FCP timeline), and DVD Studio Pro 4. Like DVD Studio 3, DVD SP 4 is not the spruced-up, breakthrough upgrade that DVD SP 2 was, but it has some cool new features, including support for "HD-DVD" authoring using H.264 and optical flow image analysis for improved format conversions.

Pricing for the Studio suite and its components breaks down as follows: $999 for FCP 5, same as always; $299 for Motion 2; $299 for Soundtrack Pro; $499 for DVD SP 4; and $1,299 for the full Final Cut Studio suite. Registered users of FCP HD or earlier can upgrade to the entire suite for $699; if they also have Motion or Soundtrack, the upgrade price drops to $499. Apple says Tiger will be available on April 29; Final Cut Studio and all its individual applications are currently promised for shipping sometime in May.

Sony's Sunday press event, a meandering trip down "The HD Highway," wasn't quite so eventful. We learned that a lot of second-tier broadcast execs like Sony, as repeated testimonials amply demonstrated. The biggest Sony announcement was the company's new XDCAM HD camcorder, which uses a pro optical disc format (Sony's XDCAM Pro Disc media) for storage that's very similar to the forthcoming Blu-ray; TDK will also provide media for the camera.

Sony's other significant NAB introductions are Vegas 6 (see Vegas story) and the VRDVC20, the new version of the Editor's Choice-winning DVDirect. Essential new features (filling the two important gaps in the original) are FireWire I/O and support for recording to DVD-R/RW.

Avid kicked off its event with a brief exposition on the biggest events at Avid that they can't really talk about yet: the Pinnacle acquisition that won't be final until sometime this summer. According to Avid CEO David Krall, "Pinnacle is the Number One consumer video company in the world," and called the Avid-Pinnacle union "a great combination for the industry." While acknowledging that most consumer editors—who have largely gravitated to Pinnacle Studio—rarely become pro editors, by the same token, he argued, "The pros who enter the field in five years are experimenting with consumer software now."

Many of Avid's announcements, not surprisingly, focused primarily on the broadcast space, where the company is apparently working assiduously "to create an ecosystem for our customer," according to VP and general manager for Avid Video Chas Smith. Besides an intriguing new offering called iNews Instinct, which attempts to move news cutting away from the NLE paradigm into a realm more appropriate to the journalist mindset (words and pictures rather than audio and video), the primary thrust of Avid's announcements concerned the implementation of HD across their product line.

In our space, that meant the long-awaited HD-ification of the Avid Xpress Studio suite, which has now added "HD" to its name. The suite includes Xpress Pro HD (with newly added real-time multicam support), plus ProTools, Avid's 3D tool, the titling and compositing tool AvidFX, and the Sonic-developed Avid DVD. The full suite (Avid Xpress Studio HD Complete) now lists for $5,995 (a $1,000 price drop). The Xpress Pro Power Pack (which includes FX, 3D, and DVD) goes for $2,495), and Xpress Pro flies solo for $1,695. Avid also announced a noteworthy price drop on Xpress DV, which now goes for $495 (formerly $695), which puts it squarely in the Pinnacle Liquid Edition zone. Time will tell what, if anything, that will mean to Avid, Pinnacle, and Pinnacle users.

Adobe closed out the night with a stylish soiree at the new PURE nightclub at Caesar's Palace that was long on socializing and short on announcements (a welcome change, by that point). The main topic on the table was OpenHD, a new initiative created in partnership with HP, Intel, Microsoft, and Dell to help those manufacturers to optimize their systems for HDV and HD postproduction. The result will be OpenHD certified solutions which will meet Adobe accreditation standards and bundle the full Adobe Video Collection (Premiere, After Effects, Audition, and Encore DVD).

Another company making big announcements at our self-imposed late-Sunday filing deadline is Serious Magic, which will be unveiling ULTRA 2, a full-step upgrade to its pro chromakey software, and an HDV add-on for the Editor's Choice-winning DV Rack. ULTRA 2 also adds HDV support, along with 16:9 and 24p.

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Media 100, Announces Support for Mac OS X "Tiger"

Media 100, a unit of Optibase Ltd. has announced support for Mac OS X version 10.4 "Tiger." Both Media 100 HD, a high-definition and standard-definition nonlinear editing solution, and Media 100 sw, the company's recently announced software-only application, will run the new Apple operating system, providing core performance benefits to customers. Media 100 sw brings the Media 100 interface to producer/editors, home enthusiasts and students and is being debuted via a free public beta program at NAB 2005. The software will be available on CD-ROMs distributed at the Optibase booth (#SL343), April 18-21 during the show.

Media 100 HD is a 10-bit-uncompressed system for projects that use HD, SD, or need to mix different codecs in the same timeline in real time. Media 100 HD is currently shipping in version 10.1. The fifth major Mac OS X release, "Tiger" boasts more than 200 new features and hits stores starting April 29. Core Image and Core Video enhancements in "Tiger" provide the foundation for new image and video processing applications and include new capabilities and performance features for next-generation image quality. 

An interactive demo of Media 100 HD and an installer for the public beta of Media 100 sw will be distributed April 18-21, 2005, exclusively from the Optibase booth during NAB. The public beta will time out after 90 days, but new versions are expected to be available during development. A productized version of Media 100 sw, with Firewire deck control and I/O, is expected to be announced in 2005. Media 100 HD is shipping now with Version 10.1 software.

Pricing for complete Media 100 HD system configurations is available from Media 100's channel of resellers and depends upon SD and HD editing requirements and the amount of high-speed media storage required. Special customer-loyalty pricing exists for all current Media 100 customers interested in moving to Media 100 HD.

For more about Max OS X 'Tiger," visit the Apple Website, www.apple.com/macosx/overview/.


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Fujinon Debuts Two 18X HD Lenses For Sony's HDC-X300 Camera

At NAB 2005, Fujinon will introduce two new lenses designed for Sony's HDC-X300 half-inch HD camera--the HSs18x5.5MD-D18 and HSs18x5.5BRD-D18. The HSs18x5.5MD-D18 is built for videoconferencing applications, while the HSs18x5.5BRD-D18 is designed for ENG-style productions.

With a focal length range of 5.5 to 100mm and a wide angle of view (64 degrees at 5.5mm), the new HSs18x5.5MD-D18 HD provides crisp, clear pictures for corporate or broadcast applications, according to Fujinon. Designed to enhance the performance of Sony's HDC-X300, it features an 18x zoom ratio, a maximum relative aperture of 1.8 at 100mm, and a M.O.D. of 0.6m from the front of the lens. Users have the option of adding Fujinon lens controllers and wide angle or telephoto adapters to the HSs18x5.5MD-D18 as well as the HSs18x5.5BRD-D18. Like the HSs18x5.5MD-D18, the HSs18x5.5BRD-D18 HD lens boasts an 18x zoom ratio, a focal length range of 5.5 to 100m, and an angular field of view of 64 degrees at 5.5mm.

A full-servo, ENG-style lens, it's designed to support today's most demanding ENG applications. It features a maximum relative aperture of 1:1:8 at 100mm and an M.O.D. of 0.6m from the front of the lens. It ships with Fujinon's Inner Focus technology to minimize lens breathing and a servo module with zoom, focus and iris servo motors.


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Red Giant Software Announces Three New Products at NAB

Red Giant Software, publisher of a line of professional desktop tools including Magic Bullet, has announced three new products Knoll Light Factory 3.0, Primatte Keyer 3.0, and Key Correct Pro 1.0. To see product demos at the upcoming NAB Convention in Las Vegas, NV (April 18-21, 2005) visit the Red Giant Software booth, SL760F.

First is Digital Neural Axis, a postproduction boutique, recently used Primatte Keyer and Key Correct Pro to complete 68 VFX shots on Martin Scorsese's new film The Aviator, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes and Cate Blanchett as Katherine Hepburn.

The new Knoll Light Factory 3.0 rendering engine will use the GPU to increase the speed of rendering for HD projects while maintaining the quality that users have come to expect. Users can expect up to 3.5x performance increase with the new version and even greater speed enhancements on high-end graphic cards. New capabilities:

  • Increase performance up to 3.5x with GPU acceleration on a variety of ATI and NVIDIA graphics cards.
  • Apply any of the 30 new flare presets.
  • Take advantage of the complete support for graphic card centric applications, e.g. Apple Motion.

Primatte Keyer 3.0, published under exclusive agreement with Photron USA, enables artists to extract keys from any color background. This new version delivers a complete keying solution that addresses two common challenges: DV material and post key complications, such as uneven lighting, subtle shadows and edge light contamination (spill). A new feature called Key Correct rounds out the toolkit and helps users overcome these workflow changes before the compositing stage. New capabilities:

  • Pull a key from low quality video sources, including HDV, and DV footage.
  • Automatically adjust a clip's color to match the composite environment by blending its tonal and exposure ranges.
  • Correct tattered edges to make the final result more realistic.
  • Create the illusion that light from the background layer is being reflected onto the foreground layer, as if they were photographed in the same environment.
  • Eliminate blue/green spill on the fringe of your matte, even those with fine hair or motion blur.

Key Correct Pro 1.0 will deliver new compositing tools for professional users seeking the highest quality composites. This new set of 17 plug-ins will lets users correct alpha channel, create super-smooth outlines, and color match any two layers. Key Correct Pro will initially be available for After Effects 6.0 and later on Mac OS and Windows and support both 8 and 16-bit channel rendering. New capabilities:

  • Brand new alpha channel clean-up and softening tools to make edge chatter and compositing problems disappear.
  • Acurate foreground background color matching for any two layers in 16-bit/channel color.
  • Superior depth of field blurs for compositing 3D elements in After Effects. 

Knoll Light Factory 3.0 will ship in Summer 2005 for $395 USD. Current users of Knoll Light Factory can upgrade for $99 USD. Primatte Keyer 3.0 for After Effects and Avid will ship in Summer 2005 for $695 USD. Current users of Primatte Keyer can upgrade for $169 USD. -- Key Correct Pro 1.0 will ship in Summer 2005 for $395 USD.


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Viewsonic Flat-Panels Offer Superior Image Quality And Input Versatility For Digital Signage Applications

ViewSonic Corp. has introduced two large-screen, flat-panel displays designed for digital signage, videoconferencing, and other commercial applications. The 40-inch N4000wP LCD and 42-inch VPW4200 plasma displays are designed for airports, conference rooms, information kiosks, studios, tradeshows, and financial exchanges. Configurable for custom installations, the N4000wP and VPW4200 provide the ability to stream data and video continuously from both computer and consumer electronic sources through a wide range of durable analog and digital video inputs and extensive user controls.

The flat screens feature advanced anti-glare treatments to provide clear pictures without reflections or image distortion at any angle, according to ViewSonic. Various optional stands, wall mounts and speakers are also available to satisfy diverse commercial setting requirements.

The N4000wP LCD video display is built for exhibiting promotional information, presentations and corporate signage. It supports all data sources and video signals-including high definition-and features full computer and video compatibility through DVI with high-definition content protection, S-video, composite, and component video inputs, ViewSonic says.

Available for an estimated street price (ESP) of $3,699, the N4000wP provides exceptional performance features such as 450 nits (typ) of brightness, 1280x768 resolution, 600:1 (typ) contrast ratio and 170-degree horizontal and vertical viewing angles. Available for an ESP of $2,499, the VPW4200 plasma display offers high brightness of up to 1,000 nits (typ), picture-in-picture and split-screen capabilities. Additional features include a four burn-in countermeasure, an external RS-232C control interface that manages images and sound remotely, a quiet fan-less design and an audio amplifier that ensures compatibility with almost any commercial application.

ViewSonic's ClearPicture™ electronics ensure that the N4000wP and VPW4200 provide customers with the highest quality images possible, regardless of the content being viewed. Both displays offer contrast enhancement and motion adaptive de-interlacing technology to correct color, enhance detail and improve overall images, while digital 3D comb filter and 3:2 pull down capabilities provide a larger, clearer picture with fewer artifacts. The N4000wP and VPW4200 are backed by a one-year on-site limited warranty on parts, labor and backlight, along with toll-free technical support, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, excluding U.S. holidays.


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ADS Debuts Dual-Link SDI Converter, PYRO Studio at NAB

ADS Technologies will debut several new products at NAB 2005. Their new portable Dual-Link SDI (Serial Digital Interface) Converter boasts embedded AES/EBU digital stereo audio functionality. The SDI transcoder is a 1394a bi-directional device that provides seamless Betacam transcoding and NLE production, enabling cameramen to interconnect to network & affiliates' SDI matrix while leveraging legacy equipment.

The new PYRO Studio includes ADS Tech's 1394/Firewire-based Analog/Digital Video (DV) converter bundled with the Sony Vegas+DVD Production Suite of video and audio software tools (previous versions shipped with Premiere). The suite includes everything users need to begin capturing, editing and processing DV, HDV, and other content, including surround-sound content and streaming content for $699.

ADS' new PYRO A/V Link DVD Edition is a complete digital video hardware/software suite for professionals, businesses, and prosumers. PYRO A/V Link DVD Edition provides capturing, video editing, audio editing, CG graphics, video painting and DVD authoring for $599.


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Profound Effects Ships Useful Assistants 1.7

Profound Effects, Inc. has announced the availability of Useful Assistants (UA) 1.7, a leading automation and workflow tool for After Effect users. Thirty-two more assistants are available on the Profound eXchange for free download by registered owners. After Effects users such as Daniel Wilday of M360 have already benefited from such new assistants as Arrange Layers As Grid (arranges the selected layers in a grid centered in the composition) and Distribute Layers With Gap (distributes layers horizontally or vertically using a specific gap distance between the layers' bounding boxes).

Existing Useful Assistants owners can upgrade to version 1.7 for $25 (USD). Those who purchased Useful Assistants after February 1st, 2005 are entitled to the upgrade at no charge (see our store for details). Useful Assistants continues a list price of $195 (USD) for new users. Profound Effects can be found on the Web at http://www.profoundeffects.com. The Profound Effects store is located on the web at http://www.profoundeffects.com/store.

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Apace Systems’ Network Storage Systems Support Collaborative Video Editing for Final Cut Pro Platforms

Apace Systems Corporation has announced that its vStor network storage line can support Final Cut Pro (FCP) editing software for cost effective collaborative editing. Video editing workgroups based on Legacy OS9 to latest OS X G5 workstations can all get connected to vStor systems via Gigabit Ethernet (GE) as their common network storage pool. Designed for DV, HDV, SD, and compressed HD editing, FCP editing stations can now leverage vStor file-based network storage for multi-stream, real-time editing over low-cost LAN.

Inherent to existing Gigabit Ethernet LAN infrastructure is its ease of network management, yet powerful connectivity that can be leveraged to allow network storage access via vStor without a need for SAN. Result is low cost of installation where there is no need for specialty hardware or software upgrades to client editing machines and new connectivity fabrics, offering an alternative to XSAN based deployments with legacy OS9 and OS X support.

vStor storage systems come in v1000 and v2000 series. v1000 is ideal for DV workflows ideal for low to mid-range of the market. The v2000 series covers larger installations that need to serve uncompressed SD, HDV, and compressed HD up to 8 uncompressed SD, 11 compressed HD or 40 DV25 workflow ideal for mid-high end of the market. Ranging in capacity from 1.5 to 8TB, editors access vStor as they would their local workstation drives in FCP, directly capturing, rendering, retrieving and sharing media content over the network with RAID protection.

Apace network storage benefits users with sharing, collaboration, productivity improvement and data protection. By sharing media files, editors can reduce great amount of total storage requirement without replicating the content at their local machines or directly-attached storage (DAS). Further, by accessing the latest result from their peers, they can significantly improve productivity. Also, vStor systems offer a security management layer for project managers to allow FCP-generated projects and files to be securely accessed and protected per pre-designated rights of usage and to have a centralized way for virus control and protect user's work. Each user, as part of a workgroup or subgroup, can access private and/or public shared secure storage within the system.

Lastly, any non-editing users on the network can conveniently review video content from anywhere within the secured networks via QuickTime. Apace network storage is very flexible to work with different OS' and editing software concurrently and you can choose whatever platform and applications. Apace Systems will demonstrate its products at NAB 2005 in the Las Vegas Convention Center, April 18-21, 2005, at its booth #SL4037. Apace Systems now offers its aggressively priced solution globally through its OEM and Video/Audio Reseller channel partners. vStor v1000/V2000 series have been installed and tested in several strategic partners' sites and is shipping in volume. vStor product pricing begins at $9,995 MSRP.


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EventDV Survey #11: RESULTS


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