Pomfort have released a major new update to their Silverstack on-set data management solution. Available now, the paid update will set new users back £400 and existing users £80, although one, two and three month subscriptions are available if you only see yourself as a short-term Silverstacker. Here are a few reasons why we think it’s worth the cash…
And really, we think all of you should be using it. With the ability to support practically any codec and file type this is a data solution that will follow you from budget film making to the highest of high end shoots, handling audio, video, stills and production documents as it goes. All of your files are backed up to multiple locations quickly and unobtrusively, then checksum-verified. This is a good enough feature as is, but Silverstack goes one step further and does all three of these things simultaneously in a single operation.
And if you’re an Alexa, RED, Canon C300/C500 or DSLR user, you can also take advantage of Silverstack’s built-in QC, playback and metadata management features, including the ability to reel off customised reports complete with thumbnails, metadata and statistical summaries of your shoot.
All new user interface
The amount of information you can get on your Silverstack homescreen is staggering, but with version 3.0 this has all been folded into a simple three column layout. If you ever want to focus on a clip, you can simply hide the library and info bars and use the whole screen to view your key data. You can go into a single project view if your library is getting complex, use the pervasive status display to instantly see whether your ongoing jobs have failed or completed, and even see custom summary screens for your DIT and Data Wrangler, so you’re always seeing the view that’s most relevant to you. Considerately, they’ve also included a white-on-black mode, so you can read the screen easily in low light without disturbing anyone.
Improved document support
Time savers that have cropped up in Silverstack 3.0 include the ability to add metadata to multiple files at once, the ability to copy all files on a card, regardless of whether the camera they were shot with is natively supported by Silverstack, and a unified asset library that will not only hold all your clips, sidecars and production documentation, but also recognise file sequences and ingest them as a single clip. You can then preview any of these assets using the new thumbnail browser, QuickLook.
Faster file management
If there are files on a disk you’ll never want to copy, you can tell Silverstack to ignore them every time it reads the card, so you don’t have to waste time offloading content you’re not going to use. As for the files you do want to offload, you can now just drag and drop them onto the Silverstack icon on your desktop to start, specify which disk you’d prefer them to be played back on, and then created customised clip reports for each.
Convinced? Get Pomfort Silverstack 3.0 at our online shop.