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Everything that we have known in the broadcast industry is changing right in front of us, at a record pace. There was simply too much for one person to see at NAB 2010, so I will concentrate on the area that I am heavily involved with these days -- storage arrays.

Many manufacturers are currently making RAID arrays that allow us to work at uncompressed HD rates. As videotape fades away and drives fill with footage, people want faster and faster arrays, with more and more storage -- and with no videotape original source material, people want to know how to manage all this data, and how to back it up. It was also amazing to see so many wonderful shared storage systems on the market: systems based on Ethernet from Small Tree, Maxx Digital, Apace, EditShare, and 1 Beyond; fibre systems from JMR, Sonnet, Rorke, and Facilis; and unique iSCSI systems from companies like Studio Network Solutions. All wonderful, all aggressively priced, all adding flexibility to the workflows in our studios.


INGEST

Historically, ingest meant loading in some form of videotape and digitizing. Even if the original footage was film, ingest was from videotape.

But what is universally happening, whether we like it or not, is that all sources are becoming data -- whether from Panasonic P2, Sony XDCAM EX and NX, JVC GY series cameras; Convergent Design nano- Flash, AJA Ki Pro, Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras; and of course, high end, hi-res cameras from ARRI, RED, and others. It is a fantasy that Sony HDCAM SR tape will remain the format of choice for high-end ingest, as this will fade away quickly -- no matter how much money all of us have invested in these various tape formats. One workaround to preserve the investment in HDCAM SR cameras: capture files to the Sony SRW-1 disk recorder.

Of course you still need to get these digital files into your system. The single most impressive ingest product that I saw was the Sonnet Technologies Qio, pronounced Cue-Eye-Oh. Using a single PCIe slot, it gives you two P2 readers, two Sony SxS readers, and two CF Card readers.

My first reaction was, "It takes up another card slot?!? What if you need a slot for a SATA card?" The Sonnet Qio also incorporates the well known E4P eSATA card - built right into the Qio! So in addition to everything else, you get four eSATA ports, all of which support port multiplication for your eSATA drives. Amazing!


Qio by Sonnet Technologies with dual P2, SxS, and CF slots.
Qio by Sonnet Technologies with dual P2, SxS, and CF slots.



Comments

Re: Fast Enough? Data-Driven Broadcast Infrastructure
by Bob Zelin
Ryan -
please post your question on a regular Cow forum, like SAN networks, or Arrays and Storage.

I don't understand your question.

Bob Zelin

Re: Fast Enough? Data-Driven Broadcast Infrastructure
by Ryan Wu
has anyone used this copying to RAIDs.
I'd love to get this and put it through it's paces on a feature right now shooting with ARRI SxS cards.

Cus the Sony usb 2 reader is really inadequate for a multicamera show.

Anybody used this in the real deal yet?
Ready to drop some cash on it if it can handle the work via my 17" MBP.
Re: Fast Enough? Data-Driven Broadcast Infrastructure
by Loch Phillipps
Mr. Z - We miss you in the NY area. Nice to see that you still have that crazy energy that keeps you surfing the tech wave rather than trying to catch up like the many of us.

Loch Phillipp
Off Ramp Films
Re: Fast Enough? Data-Driven Broadcast Infrastructure
by Mike Cohen
That Qio device is interesting - combining P2 and SxS in one device - surprised that would be permitted by the makers of VHS and Betamax! It's like a half moon cookie - chocolate and vanilla living in harmony.

Always interesting reading about those shiny metal boxes we see advertised but never actually see in action.

Mike Cohen
Re: Article: Fast Enough? Data-Driven Broadcast Infrastructure
by Alex Udell
Very cool!

I'd like to know more about both Cal Digit Super Share and Cat DV.

Thanks for letting me know these exist.


Alex
Re: Article: Fast Enough? Data-Driven Broadcast Infrastructure
by Bob Zelin
I'd like to know more about both Cal Digit Super Share and Cat DV.



Lucky for you, Alex, that Creative Cow has a Cal Digit forum, and a CAT DV forum, that can answer all your questions about Super share, and CAT DV.

Bob Zelin


Re: Fast Enough? Data-Driven Broadcast Infrastructure
by Earle Nichol
Nice Job Mr Zelin! I had the exact same feeling on some DDR slomotion controllers from Tightrope...how did I miss that??
Thanks for the Hard Rock Centre Bar... great meeting!!

Earle

Communication! Communication! Communication!
Re: Article: Fast Enough? Data-Driven Broadcast Infrastructure
by Herb Sevush
Bob -

Thanks for the great article. You saved me the cost of flying to Vegas.

Herb Sevush
Zebra Productions
Re: Article: Fast Enough? Data-Driven Broadcast Infrastructure
by Simon Blackledge
Thanks Bob.. appreciated.

s




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