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Petros Kolyvas
Re: Strategy for Sharing Media Between Mac and Windows Premiere Pro
on Jun 21, 2012 at 3:14:25 pm

The term you're looking for is "Jumbo Frames." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jumbo_frame)

Now, here's an additional suggestion to take the GbE discussion up in bandwidth. I fully agree, that with the increase in compressed footage acquisition, GbE (single links) are more than adequate for lots of editing requirements these days, especially when coupled with PrPro's excellent native playback capabilities.

But you can increase speeds further, especially if you intend to keep the files on the Mac Pro and use the storage across multiple-clients. Now, I'm going to ignore file system issues and only talk about network infrastructure here.

The Mac Pro has two GbE ports and they can be aggregated to create a 2Gb link provided your switch also supports LACP. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Link_aggregation)

Until 10GBase T (10Gig over copper) becomes more affordable, LACP is a pretty effective way to increase bandwidth using existing Cat5e LAN infrastructure and GbE hardware, especially on shared storage sources like a Mac Pro (we do the same - though our infrastructure is all Mac at the moment.)

We use a setup like this from one Mac Pro with a large storage array to another Mac Pro and an iMac without speed issues. Currently all the machines use local media caches and preview/render locations to keep that traffic off the network.

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