Avid extend ISIS trade-in and add new Final Cut seat swap scheme

Avid extend ISIS trade-in and add new Final Cut seat swap scheme

Anyone who thought they’d missed the deadline to take advantage of Avid’s ISIS shared storage trade-in offer, which lets your trade in your existing Unity or LANshare seats for discounts on ISIS units, will be pleased to hear that the deadline has been extended.

Avid ISIS 5000

You now have until March 15th 2013 to hand over your old shared storage and receive a shiny new Avid ISIS 5000 in return, complete with FlexDrive resource management, support for simultaneous access to shared files and compatibility with Adobe’s Premiere Pro and Apple’s Final Cut Pro in case any of your artists need to retain their non-Avid workstations.

However, if you’ve decided to leave FCP for Media Composer, you’ll be pleased to hear that anyone who’s crossgraded ten or more seats can now get themselves an ISIS 5000-32TB Primary engine with a year of ExpertPlus support and hardware support from Avid for just £35,900 ex VAT. Alternatively you can get an ISIS 5000-32TB Primary Engine with a year of Elite support for £36,900 ex VAT if you’re prone to breaking things and would prefer to have more comprehensive cover.

Not ready for shared storage? 

Get Avid Symphony and Mojo DX for £3999 ex VAT

Get Avid Symphony and Nitris DX for £5799 ex VAT

You can also pick up a great deal on individual seats of Symphony. Pick up Symphony 6.5 with a Mojo DX for just £3999 ex VAT (that’s 40% off!) or with a Nitris DX for just £5799 ex VAT (also 40% less than usual). That means you get all the functionality of Media Composer, plus secondary colour correction tools, the Boris Continuum Complete plug-in collection, universal mastering tools and your choice of reliable I/O device, all without making your accountant weep. Who says no to that?

Want to know more about Avid Symphony or the ISIS 5000? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

 

A multicam sports monitoring system at Babington College

A multicam sports monitoring system at Babington College

While transitioning specialities from technology to sport, Babington Community College were looking for ways to embed ICT in all subjects and help students with English as an Additional Language [EAL] access the curriculum while their spoken and written English was still developing. Their PE faculty found the answer to both in a multicam sports monitoring system. Installed in the college’s badminton hall, it allowed pupils and members of local teams to review their badminton technique from multiple angles, and use that visual feedback to improve.

As an inner city school with a high percentage of SEN, Free School Meals and EAL students, Babington Community College faces several challenges when it comes to helping students with a limited understanding of spoken and written instructions access the curriculum.

“As a progressive school, we are always looking for new ways to develop the curriculum, but more important is the range of methods we use to enable students to access the curriculum and self-learn,” explained business manager Ray Allsop. “Having recently changed from a technology to a sports college, we wanted to introduce lessons learned from our technology days to develop our sports facilities and break down some of the perceived barriers.”

Designing and building the system

Babington’s PE team had one camcorder that they were using to record students practising, but were becoming frustrated with its lack of flexibility. “With a single camcorder system, you have to stop recording and play the tape back, and while you’re doing that you’re missing other things that are going on in the lesson,” explained Ray. When they partnered with the Leicestershire Badminton Association to refurbish their badminton hall, the faculty were determined to find a better feedback system. “We were very clear from the start that [in the new system] we wanted a recording tool that was easy to use, and had the means to show students multiple angles of the same position.”

Working with Sony specialists ProActive and solutions architects from Jigsaw24’s Media & Entertainment team, Babington was able to develop a four-camera setup that allowed them to record students from multiple angles and capture all the footage so that it could be used in later assessments, and simultaneously use NewTek’s 3Play system to play back clips in slow motion in realtime.

“Babington College and Sport England, who were helping fund the build, had a very progressive vision,” explained Jigsaw24 consultant Anthony Corcoran. “It wasn’t just a question of choosing the correct piece of kit – it was building a system that would fulfil their idea. On the one hand, the system was directly used to encourage and inspire students, but it also had to be sophisticated enough for coaching professional badminton players who needed to analyse and hone their technique. Then, it had to be robust enough to be placed in a sports hall, where it would be used all day by pupils, and then at evenings and weekends by pro players.”

Ultimately, what we built with them was a realtime, slow motion replay and capture system, with remote control high definition cameras. For Babington, the real key feature was the ability
to pause or play back a stream of footage while still recording, so PE staff wouldn’t have to miss filming chunks of any given lesson. “The 3Play system was chosen for its ability to continuously record sports in HD quality, and allow us to review performance and show clean movements from various angles, enabling students to learn from their own play, and see how theirs differs from that of peers and professionals,” said Ray.

To make it easier for teachers to share techniques with the whole class, Babington also installed two large screens in the badminton hall. This means that whole classes can watch a single clip together in order to learn or critique a specific move, and that groups of students can watch footage back together and peer review one another, or check the progress of students they are coaching as part of their GCSE course.

Bringing staff up to speed

Jigsaw24 ran a training session with staff from Babington and one of their partner organisations, the Leicestershire Badminton Association, with whom they share their badminton facilities. “You can master the system easily,” said Ray. “I’m far from an IT whiz, but we had a short session where we were shown how to use it, and I picked it up straight away and felt very comfortable with it.”

The PE faculty have been equally enthusiastic. “They’re extremely excited about developing their skill sets,” said Ray, “but it’s also about the finished product that they can offer to students now, and opening up access to sport at a whole new level. If students don’t understand the verbal or written instructions, we can still make an impact and move them on using the equipment we have here.”

Increasing the college’s potential

Once staff are used to the system, Babington’s team plan to allow students to use the system to review their own work or as a review tool for the coaching and refereeing elements of their PE GCSEs. “A lot of the students are very IT literate, so a piece of kit like this is actually second nature to them,”said Ray.“The system offers them a new style of sophisticated learning tool that allows them to access sport in a quicker timeframe, and also increases engagement.”

Since the refurbishment of the badminton hall, the college has seen interest in the sport skyrocket, especially as an extracurricular option. Ray is also optimistic about the multicam system’s impact on the college’s relationship with the wider community. “There is every possibility that it could increase our lettings profile, because what we’re offering is a more bespoke package for those who want to come and train. A lot of people use school sports halls as a social venue, not because they want to train, but I see this as one part of the market where we have the opportunity to change the context of the users.”

The college is even considering using part of its BSF funding to install a second system in its multi-purpose sports hall. “It’s still early days for us,” Ray told us, “but there is every indication that the system may surpass our expectations in terms of what we can achieve.”

“To our knowledge, there aren’t any other colleges with this kind of technology,” said Anthony. “It took investment and commitment on behalf of both Sport England and Babington Community College. It was a brave move – and it’s one that’s paid off. Both parties had the foresight to insist that the system was future proofed and easily adjustable, so they can expand the system if they ever need to.”

The system is opening up access to sport at a whole new level… If students don’t understand the verbal or written instructions, we can still ” make an impact and move them on using the equipment we have here.” – Ray Allsop, Business Manager, Babington Community College.

Staff have found the system innovative and ideal for assessment at a variety of levels. It also works as a fun way to motivate students with the instant feedback they receive and as a result, it has allowed us to extend leadership opportunities within lessons.” – Matt Byrne, Faculty Leader PE, Babington Community College. 

For more information about multicam and NewTek’s 3Play system, call 03332 409 333 or email learning@Jigsaw24.com. You can also keep up with our education team by following @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter or ‘Like’-ing our Jigsaw24 Education Facebook page.


 

NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference shows post-production some love

NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference shows post-production some love

We’ve not talked much about NVIDIA’s GTC in previous years, as it tended to focus on using NVIDIA GPUs to accelerate supercomputing and scientific calculation. However, recently NVIDIA have made a huge push to bring the latent power of their GPUs to bear in the M&E space, where they can be used to accelerate several types of workflow (simulations, rendering and realtime play back of video content among other things). To reflect that, they now have several M&E industry power houses speaking at GTC, making it a very interesting prospect for those looking to leverage NVIDIA hardware to speed up their workflow.

Topics on the slate so far include:

  • High frame rate and 4K workflows (presented by no less than VFX pioneer Douglas Trumbull)
  • Using GPUs to speed up work on pre-viz and dailies
  • Image processing, physics-based effects and GPU rendering in VFX workflows
  • Live broadcast graphics and augmented reality

Interested? You can register here, and snag up to $250 off the ticket price if you book before January 20th.

Want to know more about GPUs in your workflow? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Sonnet announce Fusion R400S RAID storage system

Sonnet announce Fusion R400S RAID storage system
Storage stalwarts Sonnet Technologies have just announced a new 1U rackmount, RAID 5 system, the Fusion R400S. With four drives and an eSATA interface, the Sonnet Fusion R400S  offers single-cable-to-host connectivity over eSATA and “integrates a high-performance RAID controller for maximum versatility, critical data protection, and speedy file transfers” according to the Sonnet press squad. It’s also equipped with low-noise fans for those of you in noise-sensitive environments.
The key specs
The Sonnet Fusion R400S supports RAID 0, RAID 5, RAID 10, JBOD and Clone modes, all of which can be configured using the R400S’s internal RAID controller. According to the official Sonnet specs: “Configurations include maximum capacity (RAID 0), data protection with optimum performance (RAID 5), most concurrent audio file editing (JBOD), or fast cloning of up to four drives concurrently (Clone mode) when it is necessary to send each drive to a different location for security. Selecting the RAID mode requires no application software and is simply a matter of setting a switch. Onboard RAID support eliminates the need for a specialized RAID controller card. For those who prefer to configure with separately sourced drives, Sonnet also offers a 0TB version of the Fusion R400S RAID, enabling the customer to purchase separately the drives that best suit their needs.”
Capacity-wise, the R400S is available in 8TB, 12TB and 16TB configurations. When coupled with a Sonnet eSATA controller (they used the Tempo SATA Pro 6Gb PCIe card), its data transfer speeds at RAID 5 can hit 240MBps for reading data and 220MBps for writing. Sonnet are clearly shooting for the creative market, using these nippy transfer times to support multistreaming of ProRes 422 HD, uncompressed 8-bit 1080i HD, DV, HDV and DVCPRO video files. They also claim higher data transfer rates and additional workflow capabilities are possible when two or more systems are RAIDed together on the same SATA controller, though we’re yet to test this.
“We are pleased to offer this high-performance 1U, rackmount, four-drive RAID storage system at such an affordable price,” said Robert Farnsworth, Sonnet CEO. “The Fusion R400S RAID is the perfect complement to our xMac mini Server PCIe 2.0 expansion system/1U rackmount enclosure for Mac mini to support our small-to-medium-sized business and education customers.”
The Sonnet R400S is shipping now. To find out more, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Facebook page.

What are Softron up to now?

What are Softron up to now?

After a heck of an IBC showing, Softron are up to their knees in updates, new releases and intriguing theories about what you should be doing with your Mac Pro. We thought we’d do you all a favour and round up all the news into a single, easily digestible blog post. Go on, make yourself a cuppa, kick back and scroll down…

Multicam Logger

Showcased at IBC 2012, Multicam Logger does pretty much what it says on the tin. It logs which inputs are being used when in a live multi-camera production and uses the log to create a multi-cam clip that can then be polished in post before it’s broadcast or put online for on-demand consumption.

Although it’s designed primarily for use with Blackmagic Design’s ATEM range of production switchers, Multicam Logger can be paired with Softron’s GPICommand2 and then hooked up to your existing switcher. The resultant multi-cam clips will work in FCP X, Final Cut Pro 7 and Adobe Premiere Pro.

On the Air Studio

OnTheAir Studio is Softron’s Retina Display-ready radio streaming solution. It allows you to share your radio content directly with SHOUTcast or Icecast streaming services.

With a built-in Multiband Compressor, the ability to schedule 24/7 unattended playout, support for standard keyboards or MIDI controllers and the ability to change the volume on tracks, playlists or outputs without an external audio mixer, OnTheAirStudio offers a comprehensive set of features for anyone who wants to begin streaming their own radio content. It’ll even auto-generate ‘mix points’ when the volume of your output dips below a certain level, ensuring there’s never any silence as you switch between tracks.

Thunderbolt expansion chassis

At IBC, the Softron stand played host to an old favurite of ours, the Sonnet xMac mini Server, which they used to play four streams of HD from a Mac mini (with a bit of help from a Decklink Quad). For the uninitiated, the xMac mini server turns your Mac mini into a 1U rackmount server solution, complete with expansion slots, allowing you to use Thunderbolt-aware cards from AJA, Blackmagic Design, Matrox and more with your Mac mini.

They were also quick to big up the Sonnet Echo Express Chassis which, according to their press team, is “the ideal solution for mobile configurations with a laptop. We did run tests with this chassis together with the latest MacBook Pro Retina and the results are pretty impressive. Here is what we could achieve:

• 4 HD output with OnTheAir Node and OnTheAir Video

• 3 HD input with MovieRecorder (on a laptop!! incredible!!)

• 2 HD output with OnTheAir Video Express. (Note that playing out multiple streams with OnTheAir Video Express is still not recommended as there is no buffering as there is with our playback engine, but we could see a major difference when using an SSD; files playing very quick.)”

 

Total cost per CPU

 

After a bit of a barney with another vendor about whether it was cheaper to use a Decklink Quad and a four input Mac Pro or use four Mac minis and give each channel a dedicated CPU, Softron have released this handy price comparison chart. Granted, it’s in dollars, but it should still help you work out a round guide to whether a four CPU or a single CPU is going to work out better for your budget (don’t forget to factor in support!)

Want to know more? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Facebook page.

Aerohive explained: StudentManager and TeacherView

Aerohive explained: StudentManager and TeacherView

If you’ve spoken to any of our education team about a 1:1 iPad deployment or are already part of the e7 scheme, we’ve probably mentioned Aerohive already. The current darlings of the WiFi world, they’ve come up with a simple system that makes it easy (and affordable) for you to get consistent, secure WiFi coverage in your school.

You can find out more about Aerohive on our website, but we thought we’d also share this nifty white paper, which explains two of Aerohive’s key classroom features: StudentManager and TeacherView. Between them, they make it simple for teachers to manage who in the school has access to which resources at certain times, and maintain complete visibility over which devices students have connected to the school WiFi network and what they’re doing on them.

Download the PDF – StudentManager and TeacherView: Giving teachers control of wireless computing in the classroom

Want to know more about how Aerohive could help in your classroom? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email learning@Jigsaw24.com. You can also keep up with the latest news by following @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter

Red Giant release “blazingly fast” PluralEyes 3

Red Giant release “blazingly fast” PluralEyes 3

Leading us into the weekend on a high, Red Giant have announced their “blazingly fast” new release, PluralEyes 3 for Mac OS X. Available for £115 ex VAT for new users or as a paid upgrade for PluralEyes 2 or DualEyes users.

The new features

Red Giant have gleefully announced that PluralEyes 3 is possibly the fastest audio/video syncing automation solution of all time, apparently clocking in at speeds 20 times faster than PluralEyes 2. They’ve also added support for new cameras and codecs, including many new DSLRs, and Media Composer compatibility is set to arrive as a free upgrade to PluralEyes 3 soon.

Red Giant have also been hard at work on a new timeline-based interface, which gives you realtime feedback on all your syncs, and a ‘test and tweak’ feature that’s designed to give to you more confidence in your sync, inluding Two Up View and Snap to Sync controls.

Responses so far…

You can get the inside scoop on the update over at RedGiantTV, where Seth Worley has made a short film, Form 17, and accompanying making-of. Director, DP and all-round video guru Philip Bloom has been testing PluralEyes 3 too, and has given it a cracking reference.

“PluralEyes 3 is a massive improvement over the previous versions. A terrific new UI makes syncing sound to video not only a simple task, but it’s also fascinating to watch it at work as it shuffles things around visually.”

Want to know more? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For more information, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ our Facebook page.

Bringing video in house: The Jigsaw24 Guide

Bringing video in house: The Jigsaw24 Guide

Adding video content to your offering is a great way to win new business, up end user engagement and create a stronger brand identity for your clients – and thanks to Adobe, helping your existing design team get to grips with a new medium is far easier than you’d think. If you’re currently packing Master Collection (or have just picked a copy of Production Premium CS6), you already have all the tools you need to produce cracking content, all in a single, integrated workflow.

Here’s how we did it…

“When we decided to start producing videos in-house, we looked at all the major NLEs,'” explains Tom Cottle, our resident Multimedia Designer. “I’d used Final Cut before, but when I joined Jigsaw24, the rest of the design team already had Master Collection. When I started exploring the video tools that it included, it became obvious that when we were trying to hit tight deadlines, I’d really appreciate the dynamic link between Photoshop, Premiere Pro and After Effects in Creative Suite, and the fact that it was cross-platform meant it would be easier to move projects between machines.”

As well as editing in Premiere Pro, Tom and the rest of the design team can ingest their footage in Prelude, add titles and graphics in Photoshop or After Effects, grade using SpeedGrade and output footage via Media Encoder or Encore, all without leaving Creative Suite. “It means we can divide up jobs if we’re in a hurry – someone can tweak a frame in Photoshop while I’m cutting another part of the project, and because Adobe software’s so common it’s easy to pick up the basic controls fast, especially now that you can do some video editing in Photoshop,” he says.

And CS6 looks to be the most user-friendly iteration yet. “The new UI has me excited,” says Tom. “I often find myself rearranging my panels in Premiere, and I can see CS6 will help avoid this – it’s been more thoroughly thought out, which’ll really help anyone new to video. I like the new larger thumbnail view mode for clips in the project panel, which makes it easier to find the specific clip you need by hovering the mouse over the thumbnail to scrub
through it quickly. Plus with the new Global Performance Cache, everything’s so much faster, which we always need.”

Handheld footage looking blurry?

Not to worry. Premiere Pro and After Effects CS6 include Warp Stabiliser, a neat little tool that lets you stabilise your shots during editing. If you’re shooting video on an older DSLR, you might find that some shots have a strange ‘jello-like’ blur to them because the rolling shutter can’t handle video. This used to be a big problem, but thankfully Adobe have added Rolling Shutter Repair to Premiere Pro CS6. This lets you lose the blur without auto-stabilising the shot, so you can get that naturalistic, handheld look without looking like your footage has been slimed.

Want to add 3D graphics to your promos?

Easy-peasy. After Effects isn’t a full-on 3D modeller like CINEMA 4D or 3ds Max (though it does have built-in integration with them), but the latest version still makes it simple to add 3D text and graphics to your footage. There’s a new, more powerful 3D tracker that lets you identify spaces in your footage where 3D elements will work, then drop in extruded text or objects you’ve created in After Effects or Photoshop CS6 Extended.

Want to work more naturally with 3D images?

We’re big fans of Wacom’s Cintiq 24HD, a giant monitor-cum-tablet that lets you get close to your work comfortably (you can reposition it like an old school drafting table) and, with customisable controls, can be made to suit any programme or workflow. A lot of design and 3D software is optimised for pen tablets, and the Cintiq combines those pen controls with a huge, hi-res workspace that’s exactly what you need if you’re doing detailed 3D or illustration work. You can even set up different configurations of controls for different apps, and the Cintiq will automatically switch them when you move between programs, so you’ve always got your most-used tools right at your fingertips.

For those who don’t have a spare grand and a half, try the slightly more modest Intuos5, which combines a pen tablet and touchpad so you can work more fluidly than you’d be able to using a keyboard and mouse.

Don’t want to wait for renders?

To make the most of After Effects CS6’s ridiculous speeds, you’ll need a workstation with a powerful GPU. NVIDIA’s CUDA-enabled and widely- qualified Quadro range are a safe bet, with the Quadro 4000 being a staple of our M&E solutions.

For maximum efficiency, you can combine a Quadro with a Tesla card to make what NVIDIA call a ‘Maximus’ configuration – one card handles all the mundane graphics tasks, like refreshing your screen, while the other powers through renders or focuses on playing back video so you never experience
any lag. We can build you a custom setup like this mammoth, Maximus-ready workstation (it’s got a 500GB hard drive, an AJA Kona LHe Plus video card for handling your footage and two terabytes of memory), and will even pre-install and configure all the necessary software and drivers. We like to feel useful.

Want to go further than three-way colour correction?

SpeedGrade CS6 is a great place to start, with a vast library of presets and histogram and waveform displays that’ll be familiar to anyone who’s colour-corrected stills before. Powering the whole shebang is the IRIDAS Lumetri Deep Colour Engine, which allows you to apply all changes with 32-bit floating point accuracy, even if you’re working with mammoth RAW or HDR files (translation: it’s super-accurate, even when faced with multiple layers of effects, and it’s not going to freeze on you every five minutes.

Want your audio to be as polished as your footage?

Adobe’s Audition audio editing software is now packing a host of tools that anyone working on sound would previously have had to purchase a separate, dedicated digital audio workstation for, making it a great contender for producing podcasts and adding quality audio to your videos. You can align and replace your shonky location dialogue with your polished studio recordings, and the Rubbadub feature lets you fix any lip syncing issues in a fraction of the time it’d take to do by eye. You can also stretch your clips nondestructively in realtime, preview changes and settings, and a new varispeed mode adjusts speed and pitch together automatically.

Need to offer clients footage quickly?

Once you’ve got your footage, you’re going to need to distribute it. Encore lets you deliver to Blu-ray so you can hand clients a hard copy, while Media Encoder handles digital delivery. However, you’ll need a bit of help from Matrox, whose MXO2 Max and CompressHD cards let you accelerate transcoding to H.264 (the format you’ll need your footage in if you want to send it straight to the web) by up to five times.

To find out more about adding video to your design and publishing offering with Adobe Creative Suite 6 get in touch. Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. To keep up with all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or Like’ our Facebook page.

NVIDIA’s Tesla K20 and Quadro K5000 to power Maximus 2.0

NVIDIA’s Tesla K20 and Quadro K5000 to power Maximus 2.0

NVIDIA have announced that the second generation of their innovative Maximus platform will be up and running in December. Powered by NVIDIA’s new Kepler-based GPUs, the Quadro K5000 and the Tesla K20, Maximus promises faster, better graphics performance for anyone from mograph artists to prospective oil barons.

How does Maximus work?

Maximus technology allows a Tesla and Quadro card to work in parallel to crunch numbers and simulate or render graphics at the same time, reducing the workload of both the cards and your CPU and resulting in faster graphics performance.

The new GPUs

Over to Jigsaw24 3D consultant and resident Maximus expert, Ben Kitching, to explain why we should be getting excited about the Tesla K20 and the Quadro K5000. “The new Kepler-based cards have up  to 3000+ CUDA cores – that’s six times as many as the previous high-end cards like the Quadro 6000 and Tesla C2075. The new cards also have SMX and dynamic parallelism, two new technologies that allow them to make more efficient use of those cores,” he explains.

“On top of this, there is the pioneering  GPU virtualisation, which brings the long awaited dream of remote working to those needing to use high performace apps like Autodesk Maya or the Adobe suites. Imagine being able to remote into your high performance workstation from a MacBook Air and access your production data at full speed and quality as if you were sat in front of it.”

Other key features of the Quadro K5000 include:

  • ‪Bindless Textures that give users the ability to reference over 1 million textures directly in memory while reducing CPU overhead.
  • ‪FXAA/TXAA film-style anti-aliasing technologies for outstanding image quality.
  • ‪Increased frame buffer capacity of 4GB, plus a next-generation PCIe-3 bus interconnect that accelerates data movement by 2x compared with PCIe-2.
  • ‪An all-new display engine capable of driving up to four displays simultaneously with a single K5000.
  • ‪Display Port 1.2 support for resolutions up to 3840×2160 at 60Hz.

The Tesla K20 is no slouch either, adding SMX streaming technology that promises to deliver up to three times as much performance per watt, dynamic parallelism and Hyper-Q technology (we should probably point out that all these stats came from NVIDIA, and we haven’t been able to verify them independently).

When can I have one?

The Quadro K5000 will be available as a standalone desktop GPU from October (we’re trying to wrangle a demo unit before then, so keep your eyes peeled for benchmarks). The Tesla K20 and qualified Maximus-capable workstations are set to follow in December.

Want to know more? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email 3D@Jigsaw24.com. For the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24VIdeo on Twitter or Like’ our Facebook page. Visit our website at Jigsaw24.com.

Adobe, Avid and Xsan

Adobe, Avid and Xsan

If you’re a former Final Cut devotee thinking of making the move to Media Composer or Premiere Pro, the prospect of giving up your Xsan and losing all that lovely shared storage might seem a bit daunting. However, all is not lost: there are some surprisingly simple ways to work around this, and keep the functionality of your Xsan intact.

The surprisingly simple bit

Premiere Pro works with Xsan. No, really. Granted, you may have to make some tweaks to your workflow – some users find it works better if you ensure that your project lives on the SAN, with your working media caches being set to ‘same as project’ so that you can carry the same preferences between workstations and editors, but generally speaking, you can keep your Xsan setup as is, especially if you’re using Premiere Pro on Macs, too.

The Avid option

Sadly, working things out with Media Composer is less easy. If you’re feeling flush, one option is to rip out your Xsan and replace it with one of the Avid equivalents – ISIS 5000 will stand in just fine for a standard SAN setup, or you can upgrade to Unity MediaNetwork hardware if you need truly simultaneous sharing of assets between users and platforms. There are plenty of advantages to moving to ISIS or Unity – the combination of AVID hardware and software should ensure reliability and they’re both certified by AVID, so you can be sure of a certain level of support.

The third way…

However, there is another way. Earlier this year, Tiger Technology and FilmPartners teamed up to offer a new, universal SAN management system for FCP, Premiere Pro and Media Composer.

MXFServer has been around for a while as a project management tool. It lets you store metadata and media in universal MXF containers that are then accessed through different ‘abstraction layers’ based on which editing application you’re using. This allows multiple users to access footage in QuickTime or any native MXF file format instantly, and use MXFServer’s bin-locking options to work collaboratively or individually on the project without needing to transcode anything.

Tiger Technology have now made everything that bit easier by developing an API that will allow MXFServer to interact directly with metaSAN. The result is a flexible system that allows for high speed, scalable shared storage to be managed effectively, with metaSAN handing the fine detail at file level while MXFServer takes care of your edit-in-place demands.

The flexibility of this system is fantastic, and makes it a great choice for anyone who needs to collaborate with third parties who may use different system, but it’s not certified by Avid or Adobe.

Wondering which is right for you? Give our consultants a call on 03332 409 306, email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com or head over to Jigsaw24.com to see our full broadcast range.