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Neil Smith
Collaborative Workflow Architectures
on Jun 23, 2014 at 2:36:19 pm

As most Creative Cow folks are aware, Blackmagic Design announced the latest version of DaVinci Resolve at NAB this year - the DaVinci Resolve 11 beta is very stable now and works incredibly well. It incorporates many new editorial and grading features but the area we've been testing thoroughly are the new Collaborative Workflow features.

Resolve 11 collaborative workflow projects can run across both a SAN and NAS architecture ... we've been testing both and have been pleasantly surprised by the price/performance of a 10GbasedT NAS based ZFS approach ... for small editorial and post workgroups this might be a very cost-effective option. ZFS makes great use of hybrid storage pools running in DRAM, SSDs and HDDs ... you can mix and match the flash/spinning drive combination depending on your budget and performance requirements.

10GbaseT runs across standard Cat 6 or 7 cabling and can incorporate NFS or SMB clients and there are some nice inexpensive switches available now.

We'll be explaining some of the features of ZFS collaborative workflows at the 'Creative Storage Conference' tomorrow in Culver City ... I'll be one of speakers on the opening panel session explaining what's happening in the M&E industry and why flash memory is becoming an important part of any shared storage architecture:

As well as the Creative Storage Conference, we'll be explaining and demoing how to set up and use the new Resolve collaboration tools this Saturday on The Lot in West Hollywood from 10am to 12 noon. We won't be covering the new editorial and grading functionality of Resolve 11 (that will be another workshop in a couple of weeks time) but instead we'll be focusing on the project management tools - so this seminar is not really for individual colorists working on their own ... it's geared more to finishing shops where they have three or four artists working on the same project at the same time.

We'll also be demoing how to install Resolve 11 on the LumaZAN shared storage platform that leverages ZFS hybrid storage pools and a 10GbaseT infrastructure with both Mac and PC clients.

The price/performance value of Resolve 11 running across the LumaZAN collaboration solution and leveraging the power of AMD FirePro GPUs is quite incredible ... we talk often about the disruptive consequences of Moore's Law on the M&E industry and this is another example of how commodity hardware combined with COTS (Commercial Off The Shelf) software is moving the goalposts.

If you're interested in knowing more about the collaborative workflow features of ZFS hybrid storage pools come along to the Creative Storage Conference tomorrow or the LumaZAN Seminar on Saturday (June 28th) - the Saturday session will be more IT oriented than artist oriented and is really meant for the person responsible for setting up and managing the client/server infrastructure of a small post-house.

More details on the event and the link to EventBrite Registration page are available on our website:

Let me know if you have any questions on where and how you'll want to use the new collaborative tools in DaVinci Resolve 11 and how to best leverage ZFS hybrid storage pools.


Neil Smith
LumaForge LLC
Advanced Digital Workflow

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