Avid’s NEXIS software is ‘software-defined’, meaning you can manage the storage system independently from its underlying hardware – something you’ll get to do very soon, as Avid have released another update.
Avid NEXIS | FS software version 7.7 was released just last month (if that’s not ringing a bell, it’s the one that introduced support for single-disk mirrored workspace protection, so you get more storage capacity and better protection in one swoop).
But Avid don’t like to rest on their laurels, and have released another update at IBC. As the Avid blog explains, “To accommodate high resolution (4K/UHD and above) finishing, we’ve added the option of SSD drives to the Avid NEXIS | E2 engines. Available as either 9.6 TB or 19.2 TB Media Packs, you can edit bandwidth-intensive media in realtime with up to eight times greater read performance over hard disk drives. There are no moving parts, so it adds greater robustness to your workflow. And since Avid NEXIS is a scalable storage platform, this is a simple, additive process.
“All Avid NEXIS | Enterprise storage engines are fully compatible with one another. They can be mixed, matched and augmented, so a storage investment in Avid NEXIS never becomes obsolete as capacity, bandwidth performance and availability can be upgraded to meet changing content and production demands.
“As Avid is committed to improving collaboration across the broadest range of media workflows, we extensively test not just our own creative software tools like Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools, but also those from third parties, including Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro and Grass Valley EDIUS.
“At IBC 2017, we’re excited to announce MediaCentral for Post – a solution comprising Avid NEXIS, Media Composer and a component of the all-new MediaCentral ecosystem, MediaCentral | Editorial Management, a robust, yet lightweight file management application. It’s a snap to install and configure, so you’ll be up and running in no time. Its MediaCentral Core indexing engine and service keep track of all projects and media stored, so everyone on the team can view what’s available in realtime. For post production in particular, we truly believe that this will be a real game changer in terms of collaborative content creation, whatever resolution you are working in.
“With over 1500 installations in just a year since its first release, Avid NEXIS is being adopted quickly by media producers all around the world — from pre-eminent global broadcasters to boutique post houses, and everything in between. Avid NEXIS is proven and trusted in the most demanding and bandwidth-intensive workflows. It continues to lead the market as reliable, high-performance, intelligent storage for media that can scale and adjust quickly to change, without interrupting production. At IBC 2017, we’re taking productivity to new levels, not just by tweaking the tech, but also by turbocharging the capacity for teamwork.”
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