Xsan Compatibility with Avid or Smoke
by Ryan Berdinka on May 15, 2012 at 4:34:47 pm
I'm curious if anyone has any new information regarding using Apple Xsan with recent versions of Avid Media Composer/Symphony or Autodesk Smoke (Mac)? Like others, my company is looking at transitioning away from FCP 7 but have invested heavily in our current Xsan setup. There is a lot of old information out there that does not look all the promising when using Xsan with versions of Avid. Hoping there may be some new advancements/workarounds. Would like to be able to use what we currently have or re-purpose it in some way.
Re: Xsan Compatibility with Avid or Smoke by Steve Modica on May 16, 2012 at 2:59:54 pm
We were shooting some Avid workflow videos yesterday at Small Tree to help customers working with non-proprietary shared storage and Avid.
One thing that seems to work well is sparse disk images. Doctor's in Training is doing this with the 30-45 minute training videos for overseas doctors.
You create a sparse disk image *on the shared storage*. You double click to mount it. It will mount locally as a local disk. You point Avid at it for import and pull in your video and do your work. When complete, unmount and it's there for someone else. OS X takes care of locking to be sure someone can't mount it while you're using it. They'll get "resource temporarily unavailable".