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Jon Zanone
Re: setting up simple network - advice wanted
on Nov 6, 2007 at 11:33:25 am

There's a reason Unity / EditShare are so expensive.

ITS THE MAN! THEY ARE TRYING TO KEEP US DOWN!!!

Sorry. The drugs aren't working anymore - but the coffee is.

We've got all our production machines - both Mac and PC - on a network. Its a gigabit / Cisco router / Cat6 (I'm at the limit of my networking hardware knowledge) thing.

You will not, as I understand it, be able to access different project files stored on a shared drive. The Avid is constantly updating its media database. As you make changes to your project it updates the media database. Having media on a network, with another Avid, would create a feedback loop - as one Avid updates, the other says "Hey, that database file changed. I have to update". Then the other Avid says "Hey, that database file changed. I have to update". Then the first Avid says..... You get the picture. Unity / EditShare act as traffic cops. "Settle down, boys, there's nothing to see here..."

As long as you are just using your shared drive for storage, you should be fine (in the 'Media Creation' setting there is a check box to filter out network drives, I believe). A gig network switch is always better (faster) than a 100mbs switch. Transferring files will be quicker. A faster drive is better than a standard 7200rpm drive - faster transfer times.

Last, I'm ging to buy the Lacie Ethernet RAID drive ( http://www.lacie.com/us/products/product.htm?pid=10877 OR, assuming you are in the UK, http://www.lacie.com/uk/products/product.htm?pid=10876) to facilitate a tapeless workflow. I suppose you could go with a UK69.00 drive. But to paraphrase a pearl of wisdom from the bicycle world, "If you've got cheap media, get a cheap drive".

Jon

"So you want to throw out the old you - but the old you is old enough to know it won't make it better"
Del Amitri - "Make it Better"


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