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Conno van Wijk
Cheap solution for sharing AVID Media on 2 systems
on May 21, 2011 at 12:14:50 pm

I am looking for a cheap solution to share media between 2 AVID systems. Currently we do the same for FCP using a MacPro with plain old file sharing. This seems to work reasonably stable and fast as long as we work with ProRes or XDCAM material. Is there a similar solution for AVID bases systems?


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Bob Zelin
Re: Cheap solution for sharing AVID Media on 2 systems
on May 21, 2011 at 5:46:35 pm

No.
AS you may know, when you have an AVID media drive, it creates a .msm database file. Every time you launch Media Composer, it opens, or creates a .msm file. If you use simple file sharing, AVID # 2 will overwrite AVID # 1's .msm file, and AVID # 1 will say "Media Offline". So the metadata server that is used in Unity (or created by Facilis or EditShare) manages this .msm file, so that each user has their own .msm file for the same shared volume.

If AVID was to do away with this, then you could use a simple, fast network. So of course, it is in their own best interest to never do away with this - because they would sell a lot less AVID Unity shared storage systems ! Facilis and EditShare have figured out how to get around this problem (I think that Studio Network Solutions figured it out too) - so those are your only choices.

Bob Zelin



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Erik Freid
Re: Cheap solution for sharing AVID Media on 2 systems
on May 23, 2011 at 4:19:15 pm

I agree Bob, seriously to is just a database management issue, but it is not in Avid's best interest to give it away, I even tried to pay them for it at one job (so we could use our non Avid SAN) and they would not do it. It goes without saying that both Facilis and Editshare are up here in Boston with Avid, and made up of many former Avid employees who helped develop Unity, etc, they have very experienced engineers developing this.

As far as the open source solution on source forge, until I see it work in a mission critical environment, I would not trust it with my media.

Erik

Erik Freid | MediaSilo, Inc
207 South Street | Third Floor | Boston, MA 02111
t. 617.423.6200, m. 617.306.8632, f. 617.507.8577
http://www.mediaSilo.com erik@mediasilo.com


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Bob Zelin
Re: Cheap solution for sharing AVID Media on 2 systems
on May 24, 2011 at 4:14:27 am

mission critical - most of the people on these forums rely on $55 hard drives from Other World Computing - and that's too much money for them !

Bob Zelin



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Erik Freid
Re: Cheap solution for sharing AVID Media on 2 systems
on May 24, 2011 at 3:52:25 pm

Your right Bob, sometimes I forget, but I would never trust my media to something unproven, penny wise, pound foolish in my opinion.

Erik Freid | MediaSilo, Inc
207 South Street | Third Floor | Boston, MA 02111
t. 617.423.6200, m. 617.306.8632, f. 617.507.8577
http://www.mediaSilo.com erik@mediasilo.com


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Steve Modica
Re: Cheap solution for sharing AVID Media on 2 systems
on Jun 3, 2011 at 12:10:02 am

The opensource mediaharmony code is used by at least one enterprise vendor I'm aware of.
We've been spending a lot of time with that code lately.

Steve Modica
CTO, Small Tree Communications


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Dave Barnard
Re: Cheap solution for sharing AVID Media on 2 systems
on Jun 12, 2011 at 7:29:56 pm

Any thoughts on whether it could work on OS X?

MediaHarmony is part of Ingex, a BBC R&D project to use Linux based storage appliances for multi-camera recording

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/researchanddevelopment/2009/11/the-ingex-project...

Dave



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Trevor Asquerthian
Re: Cheap solution for sharing AVID Media on 2 systems
on May 22, 2011 at 9:44:01 pm

Have a look at this

I don't have any experience of it though.



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Bob Zelin
Re: Cheap solution for sharing AVID Media on 2 systems
on May 23, 2011 at 1:37:11 am

If this works, I am going to kiss you.

Bob Zelin



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Nate Cooper
Re: Cheap solution for sharing AVID Media on 2 systems
on Jun 1, 2011 at 6:01:38 pm

To mix cheap and Avid, volume locking is your best option.

Cheap FC RAID = $8k
2 Seats of SANmp with FC cards = $3k
Cables = $200

Throw in shipping and or tax and your looking at the $12k range.

Nate Cooper
nate.cooper@promax.com
949.375.2738

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David Norden
Re: Cheap solution for sharing AVID Media on 2 systems
on Feb 20, 2012 at 7:32:26 am

Hi! This is perhaps for you, it lets Avid users share media and projects from a Mac pro as a server. The software takes care of the databases so that they dont became corrupt and crash your Avids...

xmcorebeta.wordpress.com

Its a piece of software that turns a mac into a shared storage/project server for Avid Media Composer

All the best

David


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Ian Liuzzi-Fedun
Re: Cheap solution for sharing AVID Media on 2 systems
on Jul 20, 2012 at 3:53:59 pm

David - check that email of yours - I've been trying to get in contact with you.



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