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Guido Gallo
Archiving Multi-Format Footage
on May 28, 2005 at 7:10:55 pm

Hi,

My company uses discreet station (Flint, Flame and Smoke) for SD commercial production. We are used to backup our libraries in Digital Betacam tapes 'couse till a few months ago our sations could not work with anything bigger than 720x486 8-bit. But we upgraded all stations to multi format versions. Good for the editors, but harder to store this footage after the job is finished.

How are you dealing with this new media to backup? AIT? Hot-swap hard drives? Any ideas?

Thanks a lot,
best regards.

Guido Gallo
Tribbo Post


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Arturo Camacho
Re: Archiving Multi-Format Footage
on May 30, 2005 at 6:06:27 pm

You could try to make a file archive. It's the fastest and easiest way to do multi-format archiving. Otherwise you will have to do a tape archive for all the footage that's on NTSC res using your Betacam, and another one using your HDCam for the HD. The only problem with the file archive is that either you do it on your system drive and then move it somewhere else, or you'll have to hook an external drive such as a Medea to store the archive there.

Hope this helps

Arturo

Digital Logic -- Mexico
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Michael Hughes
Re: Archiving Multi-Format Footage
on May 31, 2005 at 7:22:21 pm


Or, you could write your file-based archive to a fast file server or network-attached storage (NAS) device. We have several clients already doing just this (with our Sledgehammer NAS), and you can have up to five Discreet systems archiving or unarchiving simultaneously at a data rate (for each system) that is twice real-time for SD resolution projects, and one third real-time for HD projects.

Mike Hughes
Maximum Throughput
http://www.max-t.com


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Arturo Camacho
Re: Archiving Multi-Format Footage
on Jun 1, 2005 at 3:29:59 am

Yep! That's the other option! We just had a visit from one of the Max-T guys this week, and it's a pretty neat device. Anyone in their right mind should give it a try.

Arturo


Digital Logic -- Mexico
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Demo, Support & Training
arturocdl@digitlogic.net


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Chris Hanson
Re: Archiving Multi-Format Footage
on Jun 1, 2005 at 8:17:04 am

The Max-T option is certainly worth looking at. One of our clients is looking at it as a possible "near on-line" solution for expanding the storage capacity of Lustre, and if you add the X-Stoner software from them, you have an elegant way of getting media from Win/Mac machines onto the discreet stones as well.
cheers
chris - south africa.


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Patrick Hausler
Re: Archiving Multi-Format Footage
on Jun 8, 2005 at 2:24:40 am

I can vouch for Xstoner. It rawks, and their support is great.

Patrick Hausler
smoke/flame/combustion/3dsmax artist
Los Angeles, CA


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