FORUMS: list search recent posts

How would this work

COW Forums : Avid Media Composer

<< PREVIOUS   •   VIEW ALL   •   PRINT   •   NEXT >>
Peter Groom
How would this work
on Sep 26, 2012 at 11:00:45 am

IF we had multiple machines with avid mc6 on them (macs) all on a network. If the media is in the MXF folder on a particular machine, that then needs to be worked on by another machine (different suite , same network) would that be possible??
Peter

Post Production Dubbing Mixer


Return to posts index

Glenn Sakatch
Re: How would this work
on Sep 26, 2012 at 1:56:33 pm

Without a proper sharing system (Unity) you will have problems. Its not just about allowing the other boxes to see the media. They need to have the bandwidth to work with the media. (Low res might play ok, but full hd is going to be tough on a normal network) But beyond any speed issues you have, is the actual sharing of the project and the data base for the media. You would have to be very organized in who is working on a project, as you can't have two people using the same project at the same time, unless you use a proper system. (unity) Also, you would have difficulty "sharing" the media, as everytime one person rights a render to the media drive, everyone else' database will have to update. Tough to edit when your data base is always updating because someone did something.

We actually tried this a couple of years ago. Had a fibre connection to two shared drive arrays, and two avids trying to use them. Who ever launched first, got control of the project. As soon as the other guy tried to jump in the crashing started. What we ended up doing was giving write access to 1 array each, and read access to the other array each. We also had to copy the project to both boxes, and stay very organized as to what bins we modified. In the end, it was not worth the headache, and we just stayed separated.

Glenn


Return to posts index

Neil Patience
Re: How would this work
on Sep 26, 2012 at 2:13:40 pm

As Glenn says Avid Unity is the correct way to address this. You can then have multiple editors working on the same project each able to open each others bins and sequences. The Unity sorts out all the sharing and permissions so that people cant accidentally overwrite others work etc. You can assign drive space to certain projects, clients etc and modify those drive sizes live.
So project sharing needs something like this.
Another option is EditShare which is a third party Avid sharing system. I have used both and while Unity is the better product EditShare does OK so maybe worth looking there.

There is a company called Small Tree that have some media sharing options too, not quite the same thing but may help.

best wishes
Neil
http://www.patience.tv


Return to posts index


Peter Groom
Re: How would this work
on Sep 26, 2012 at 8:48:55 pm

Thanks guys
I thought as much but youve confirmed my suspicions.
Currenlty we run multiple edit suites with FCP across network no problem, but avids media handling is different.
Peter

Post Production Dubbing Mixer


Return to posts index

Bouke Vahl
Re: How would this work
on Sep 27, 2012 at 8:17:28 am

If you don't need to share bins, you can work with media on multiple machines in way cheaper setups.

I've got a DDP that allows drives to be mounted on different machines.
However, only one machine can actually write to them.
(not entirely true, the others can too, but the data they write get lost after disconnecting the drive. Not a problem for plain editing, bad idea if someone decides to put valuable NEW info on one of those drives...)

Bouke

http://www.videotoolshed.com/
smart tools for video pros


Return to posts index

<< PREVIOUS   •   VIEW ALL   •   PRINT   •   NEXT >>
© 2017 CreativeCOW.net All Rights Reserved
[TOP]