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NEWS MANAGE & MONITOR
“ There’s been an awful lot of talk about archiving and storage in recent times, prompted, in
part, by the DPP who are currently working their way towards a set of recommendations and
standards that will assist production teams and indies plan digital storage for their master files
and valuable footage in this new digital delivery age.
Therefore it is no surprise to be seeing a lot of storage related stories in this issue of Kit+ and around
the industry. Reading’s Disc Archive Corporation is promising to bring to NAB “new technologies
and solutions to increase storage density, reduce cost and harness the power of the cloud in a
smarter way.” They don’t specify exactly what that is but it sounds like the kind of thing we’re all
after. Equally interesting is the update to the PreRoll Post archiving app that now works with Sony’s
Optical Disc Archive. This could be popular addition as Sony optical discs are popular (if that
doesn’t sound too obvious a thing to say). PreRoll Post is an LTFS archiving application for Mac
users. It creates proxies, thumbs and metadata while backing up to multiple locations at once. It is
non-proprietary so works with all LTO tape drives as well as Sony’s Optical Disc Archive.
These two examples are not the same technology, or serving the same purpose, but they are both
examples of hybrid deployments that will make it easier for users to keep footage safe but make it
accessible at the same time.
NAB will doubtless deliver more options like this as production companies and broadcasters strive
to find ways to access footage quickly when they need to and park it off somewhere that is cheaper
when they don’t.
Video Clarity is shipping its RTM real-time audio and
video monitoring technology and its ClearView line of
video quality analyzers with optional built-in decoding
of Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus audio in SDI or IP
video streams and files. Building this optional function into
the two systems is designed to simplify quality testing and
save money for any users that carry Dolby Digital audio
in their programmes. “The economics of programme
delivery today dictate that our customers work more
efficiently than ever, so we’re always aiming to help them
streamline and save money,” said Blake Homan, president
and founder of Video Clarit. “The new integrated
decoding functionality means television networks and
our manufacturing clientele won’t have to purchase a
separate decoding device and will spend less money
overall on a functioning test solution.” Built-in Dolby Digital
decoding allows users to test files and streams containing
Dolby audio, giving RTM and ClearView an internal ability
to decode IP streams to baseband signals without first
requiring external decoding.
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Archiving Imagine Products and Sony have partnered up on
a new archiving option for Mac users. The LTFS
application PreRoll Post is a new incarnation that can
be used in conjunction with Sony’s Optical Disc Archive
(ODA) and uses USB 3.0 and checksum technology.
It creates thumbs, proxies and rich metadata while
backing up files and folders to multiple locations at
once. PreRoll Post uses checksum technology to
ensure that the files and folders are copied accurately.
The Optical Disc Archive from Sony utilizes blu-ray
discs to store large volumes of files safely and securely.
The USB 3.0 drive plugs directly into compatible Mac
computers and is designed for long-term file protection
and management. Files and folders are stored on a 12-
disc cartridge, for more than 18TB of uncompressed
data with fast random file access. “PreRoll Post builds
upon Imagine’s expertise in easy to install and use
media management software geared toward the media
industry,” said Dan Montgomery, president of Imagine
Products. “The ODA from Sony is really an incredible
piece of hardware. It provides the user the ability to
use the 12-disc cartridge function as a single unified
volume. You combine that with PreRoll Post and you’re
looking at a secure, reliable LTFS archiving solution.”