I have an avid media composer workstation (on windows) that will need assistant workstation to work with (Overlords requirements)
Can I simply network two machines together with ethernet (1ge or 10ge) and add a share drive that both can access?
I read Avid requires ISIS or Unity for how it writes the data but I heard of workarounds with bins.
[Andrea Bonomelli]"Can I simply network two machines together with ethernet (1ge or 10ge) and add a share drive that both can access?"
Nope, sorry. You need a server connected to storage to do this. And if you want to share project, then you need to look at options like ISIS, NEXUS, Facilis...others.
[Andrea Bonomelli]"I read Avid requires ISIS or Unity for how it writes the data but I heard of workarounds with bins."
If you want to share project, you need hardware that works with Avid in a shared project capacity. Not all servers and drives do this. I have seen people post highly technical workarounds, and I've tried a couple, but they weren't worth the headache. You'll need a SUPER geeky IT person to do this and maintain it...and they need intimate knowledge of how Avid works as well.
Shared storage via a server is easy...and if you want, you all can send each other bins of changes. But if you want shared projects, you need specific hardware.
So if I have a 12TB raid connected to PC1 and doing a workgroup with PC2 the shared drive won't be seen by both computers?
I mean that's simply file sharing let me reformulate: would Avid prevent or overwrite files if both workstation will access it?
If you are really, really careful, you can handle things manually. But sh*t is bound to occur. Much safer to clone/sync mediafiles folders between systems (but requires well-organized manual updating).
If you need shared storage, you need shared storage. It's not as simple as you would hope.