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Micha Blazer
anyone experience with shared storage from GB Labs Space?
on Feb 12, 2012 at 7:51:35 am

I am about to buy a shared storage system from GB Labs. Does anyone has experience with this system? I have 4 edit suites whit FCP 7.0.3. I am also curious if anybody is using this with FCP X?

her is a link to the website:

http://www.gblabs.com/products/Space/

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Bob Zelin
Re: anyone experience with shared storage from GB Labs Space?
on Feb 12, 2012 at 8:45:18 pm

this looks like a very nice hi speed NAS. As for FCP X - nothing really works with FCP - X unless you do the "workarounds".

Anyone that considers having to do 10 steps every time you want to access a shared project is "working" - well, I don't consider that
shared storage. Not with Space - not with anything. FCP X sucks.

For FCP 7, and other products, this looks pretty nice.

Bob Zelin



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Steve Modica
Re: anyone experience with shared storage from GB Labs Space?
on Feb 13, 2012 at 7:34:35 pm

There's very little online about them. I was able to figure out they don't have their manual online and they don't seem to support AFP (based on one of the 3 screen shots that exist). So it's hard to say much about them.

Steve Modica
CTO, Small Tree Communications


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David Norden
Re: anyone experience with shared storage from GB Labs Space?
on Feb 19, 2012 at 6:34:20 pm

Perhaps you would be interested in this:
xmcorebeta.wordpress.com

Its a software we are developing that turns a mac into a shared storage/project server for Avid.

All the best

David


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Duncan Beattie
Re: anyone experience with shared storage from GB Labs Space?
on Apr 25, 2012 at 1:08:41 pm

Hi Micha

We have carried out a lot of testing with FCPX and SPACE.

What we have found is the following.

Folders held on the SPACE project shares can be added to FCPX as SAN locations. They can then be used as locations for projects and events. Multiple SAN locations can be added to one FCPX logged in user. There are warnings and option given by FCPX to remove or ignore locations when multiple FCPX's try to connect to the same location.

Files can then be imported form another shared project on SPACE with the option of copying the media when you do so. Or media files can be copied from other storage to a central location on SPACE so those assets are available to all editors.

It also supports the creation of all the automatic render files that FCPX creates.

From there you can follow and use Apples best practices on using FCPX with XSAN as the same workflow continues from there. http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5084

A mixed FCPX and FCP7 environment is no problem.

There are also other very useful tools to help with FCPX workflow. I have listed them below. GB Labs does not have any financial interest in these companies.

Third party events manager for FCPX
http://assistedediting.intelligentassistance.com/EventManagerX/

FCP7 to X Project Converter
http://assistedediting.intelligentassistance.com/7toX/

FCP7 to X Project Converter
http://assistedediting.intelligentassistance.com/Xto7/

If you have any questions you are very welcome to contact me and I can send you our FCPX with SPACE guide.

Duncan Beattie
European Territory Manager
GB Labs (Europe)
duncan at gblabs.co.uk


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Christopher Scott
Re: anyone experience with shared storage from GB Labs Space?
on May 29, 2012 at 5:18:49 pm

With a 1gb throughput ceiling (as a result of connectivity-via-Ethernet), am I correct in assuming that this can't be used for live editing from the drive itself?


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Duncan Beattie
Re: anyone experience with shared storage from GB Labs Space?
on May 29, 2012 at 5:38:37 pm

Hi Christopher

We use 1Gbe and 10Gbe distributed via direct connections or via switches. We can saturate 1Gbe (up to 106MB/Sec) so with ProRes 422 HQ 25, for example, we can deliver 4 streams down a 1GBe. Our standard rack system SPACE will deliver 18 streams. This can be direct connect 1Gbe or via 10Gbe to a switch the 1GBe to the clients.

SPACE is a system designed to be edited directly from.

What is your requirement?

Duncan Beattie
European Territory Manager
GB Labs LLP
duncan (@) gblabs.co.uk
http://www.gblabs.co.uk


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