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by Taylor Hodgetts, on Oct 31, 2019 1:08:50 PM

SAN stands for Storage Area Network and like all networks SANs can be configured in a variety of physical and logical layouts referred to as a topology. These networks use …

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by Taylor Hodgetts, on Oct 31, 2019 11:57:43 AM

A San fabric is the hardware that connects servers and workstations to storage devices in a SAN. A San is configured into a number of zones. These zones include host …

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by Matthew Mister, on Oct 31, 2019 11:53:54 AM

Computers are used for a variety of different purposes from simple internet browsing to gaming and high end video editing. Each of these uses requires different levels of performance from …

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Topics:MacVideo editing computerRAMGPUcpu

by Brian Reisdorf, on Oct 31, 2019 7:44:37 AM

When dealing with the setup and configuration of Storage Area Networks (SANs), you may find yourself running into the term "LUN" more than a few times. Luckily, unless you're actually …

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by Mike Dang, on Oct 29, 2019 2:55:21 PM

So I recently was told I can start cloud editing now. This is great because I'll be away at a trade show this week and don't want to have to …

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Topics:Cloud StorageCloud video editing

by Mike Dang, on Oct 29, 2019 2:23:20 PM

How do I compress a video file? Well I would generally need to know what type of video file I’m working with and what I need to it become. In …

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by Matthew Mister, on Oct 29, 2019 2:19:50 PM

So the other night I was driving home from Los Angeles and my car decided it wanted to take Friday off and died on the side of I-5. I was …

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Topics:Cloud StorageCloud video editingDropbox

by Brian Reisdorf, on Oct 29, 2019 1:42:52 PM

So you're a production supervisor or a production manager, and someone on your team asks you to explore enabling cloud video editing for the team. Your first question is..."Don't we …

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Topics:Cloud StorageVideo editingCloud video editing

by Nathaniel Cooper, on Oct 29, 2019 1:37:20 PM

Video editing requires both skills and machine power, as it is no small endeavor. Whether you are a novice or a veteran in video editing, you will need to have …

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Topics:AppleVideo editing

by Nathaniel Cooper, on Oct 29, 2019 12:39:19 PM

When I talk to most about this, speed of the workflow & freedom to work from anywhere are the biggest drivers here. There is a desire from creators to lower …

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Topics:Cloud StorageCloud video editing

by Nathaniel Cooper, on Oct 28, 2019 1:21:40 PM

Performance is critical for editing videos and one of the best ways to increase the performance of your workstation is by increasing the RAM. So it would stand to reason, …

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Topics:video performanceVideo editing computerRAM

by Nathaniel Cooper, on Oct 28, 2019 8:13:33 AM

For organizing and storing your video projects over any period of time more than a year, it's almost impossible to do without Media Asset Management. CatDv has been the leader …

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Topics:media asset managementmedia managementprofessional video

by Taylor Hodgetts, on Oct 28, 2019 7:47:42 AM

A Video Encoder, also called a Video Transcoder, converts a given video source from one format to another. Every video file, be it a live broadcast, youtube video, embedded videos …

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by Nathaniel Cooper, on Oct 25, 2019 3:55:33 PM

Zoning in a SAN is a used to segment traffic between targets and initiators, or less formally workstations and storage. Zoning is generally used for security or performance benefits. Zoning …

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by Nathaniel Cooper, on Oct 25, 2019 3:04:09 PM

When it comes to producing videos if you've shot on anything from an iPhone to a DSLR or even a Red Camera, chances are at some point you've had to …

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by Matthew Mister, on Oct 22, 2019 8:49:50 AM

Storage area networks (SAN) are a common storage architecture for businesses that need performance and storage space. A SAN connects servers to a range of block level storage called logical …

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by Matthew Mister, on Oct 22, 2019 8:04:39 AM

Cloud storage has given users the ability to share and access files remotely without access to their local storage systems. While this has opened up many doors for video teams …

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Topics:Cloud StorageCloud video editing

by Matthew Mister, on Oct 22, 2019 7:30:41 AM

Cloud storage has been the buzz of 2019 for video teams. As technology has started the transition from local storage to cloud storage, the way we work has changed with …

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by Matthew Mister, on Oct 21, 2019 1:30:28 PM

Media Asset Management can provide many benefits for the teams that use it. So why is it so important to be on top of managing your media assets? Bringing in …

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Topics:media asset managementproduction asset managementDigital asset management

by Matthew Mister, on Oct 21, 2019 1:09:48 PM

Media Asset Management is the process of organizing, storing and retrieving media, and managing digital assets and user permissions. A Media Asset Management system provides the infrastructure to manage your …

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Topics:media asset managementproduction asset managementDigital asset management

by Matthew Mister, on Oct 21, 2019 12:49:59 PM

A digital asset management system is built to store, share and organize digital files in a central location. It allows your team to quickly and efficiently work on projects and …

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by Brian Reisdorf, on Oct 21, 2019 12:29:54 PM

The term "compression" gives most video professionals anxiety at a level similar to watching your aunt shoot vertical video with her new iPhone 11 Pro that she got becase it …

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by Matthew Mister, on Oct 21, 2019 12:27:03 PM

A media asset is any piece of visual data that is owned or can be controlled to produce something of value. These can come in a few different forms such …

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Topics:mediamedia asset management

by Matthew Mister, on Oct 21, 2019 12:02:44 PM

When working with video files there are a wide range of different factors to consider and be aware of. One of the most important is the format you are working …

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by Nathaniel Cooper, on Oct 17, 2019 12:05:20 PM

Streaming media is booming, and the demand is growing with no limits in sight. A report by Cisco predicted that the video data consumption just on mobiles devices is going …

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by Nathaniel Cooper, on Oct 14, 2019 3:12:12 PM

How many acronyms can we have for Asset Management? Media Asset Management, Digital Asset Management, Production Asset Management?!? I mean, come on! If you want to have some fun, ask …

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Topics:media asset managementproduction asset managementDigital asset management

by Nathaniel Cooper, on Oct 14, 2019 1:45:25 PM

Adobe Creative Cloud does not have cloud based video editing. But this is confusing right? I mean Adobe comes with Premiere Pro, one of the most advanced video editing applications …

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Topics:Adobe PremiereCreative CloudCloud video editing

by Nathaniel Cooper, on Oct 14, 2019 1:25:38 PM

It doesn't matter if you edit in Adobe, Avid, Resolve or Final Cut Pro. It doesn't matter if you're a Mac or Windows user. If you create videos professionally, you …

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Topics:Cloud StorageCloud video editing

by Nathaniel Cooper, on Oct 14, 2019 12:18:31 PM

RAID5 tends to offer the fastest read and write performance, while maintaining a fairly strong raw to usable data percentage. Usually ranging from 85-90% raw to usable. RAID6 offers great …

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Topics:RAID ControllerRAID

by Nathaniel Cooper, on Oct 14, 2019 11:50:14 AM

Quick table of contents on the 3 big ways SANs make life easier: Centralized management Fast data migration Improved asset utilization Benefits of a SAN SANs (storage area network) are …

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by Nathaniel Cooper, on Oct 10, 2019 10:11:35 AM

RAID 0 generally creates the fastest storage, plus gives you the most usable space out of your RAID. With video editing nothing is as important as performance and capacity right? …

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Topics:RAIDVideo editing

by Nathaniel Cooper, on Oct 10, 2019 10:05:27 AM

4K video editing does not actually require a 4K monitor. Most editing applications will automatically reduce your video resolution without you ever knowing. However, just because you can't doesn't mean …

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by Nathaniel Cooper, on Oct 10, 2019 9:59:20 AM

The amount of SSD or HDD storage you need for 4K video editing will rely on the type of codecs you are working with. Surprisingly 4K footage can be very …

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Topics:4KRAIDVideo editing

by Nathaniel Cooper, on Oct 10, 2019 8:23:06 AM

Can you backup to a NAS? Well, let's define backup. A backup is simply a secondary copy of a digital asset, or more simply… a file. A NAS is a …

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Topics:SANNASdata backup

by Nathaniel Cooper, on Oct 10, 2019 8:08:17 AM

SAN and NAS systems are both designed to centralize storage. SANs usually use iSCSI or Fibre Channel protocols to connect storage to workstations. Sometimes called targets and initiators respectively. A …

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by Nathaniel Cooper, on Oct 8, 2019 9:54:59 AM

No topics has been as talked about in shared storage for video editing in the last 10 years than SAN vs NAS. So what is a SAN and what is …

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by Nathaniel Cooper, on Oct 8, 2019 9:45:03 AM

Apple's Xsan was the Storage Area Network for Final Cut Pro. But what exactly is Xsan? Xsan is the Apple software that allows you to connect to a StorNext file …

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by Nathaniel Cooper, on Oct 8, 2019 9:37:48 AM

Apple's Xsan was the Storage Area Network for Final Cut Pro. So what does Xsan mean? Think of it like Ex-Boyfriend. It's the SAN that you used to hang out …

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by Nathaniel Cooper, on Oct 8, 2019 9:17:02 AM

NVMe ranges from 2-6x the speed of SSD based storage. So isn't this exactly what you want for professional video editing? I mean, performance is king right? Well, yes… but …

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by Nathaniel Cooper, on Oct 8, 2019 9:03:37 AM

Lots of manufactures make solid state drives, and whether you use Mac or Windows, the slowest SSD is still faster than the fastest Hard Drive. But if you look at …

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by Matthew Mister, on Oct 7, 2019 2:46:04 PM

RAIDs and JBODs are both pieces of technology for storage. Besides that there are considerable differences between the two. RAID A RAID is a redundant array of independent disks. Based …

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by Matthew Mister, on Oct 7, 2019 2:13:53 PM

Among the common RAID levels there are two that are typically seen as the most secure. RAID 5 and RAID 6 both provide protection from drive failures, but which one …

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Topics:NASRAIDdata parity

by Matthew Mister, on Oct 7, 2019 1:39:54 PM

There are two main benefits of using a RAID system. They are improved performance and fault tolerance. There are several different RAID configurations that provide fault tolerance but RAID 0 …

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Topics:NASRAIDdata parity

by Matthew Mister, on Oct 7, 2019 1:15:02 PM

A Redundant Array of Independent Disks, also known as a RAID is a technology used for storing data over multiple disks. There are several different RAID configurations that you can …

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Topics:NASRAID ControllerRAID

by Nathaniel Cooper, on Oct 7, 2019 7:45:55 AM

What is iSCSI and what is an iSCSI initiator? iSCSI is a block level protocol similar to fibre channel, but it is designed to work over ethernet connections. An iSCSI …

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by Matthew Mister, on Oct 4, 2019 3:48:24 PM

When it comes to storage options for the home, business or enterprise there are a few options. Two of the most common storage options are RAIDs and NAS. So what …

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by Nathaniel Cooper, on Oct 4, 2019 3:37:36 PM

Quick Table of contents: Legacy Archives Deployment Changes Associating Legacy Metadata We’ve all heard the term Big Data – essentially the immense amount of data that requires more than human …

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by Matthew Mister, on Oct 4, 2019 2:52:52 PM

Parity is a common way of detecting errors in a storage system. This is a way of adding checksums into data that can detect errors during data transmission. The way …

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Topics:RAID ControllerRAIDdata parity

by Matthew Mister, on Oct 4, 2019 2:33:39 PM

A Random Array of Independent Disks (RAID) is a set of multiple drives put together with the purpose of improving a single drives performance. There are different ways to configure …

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by Matthew Mister, on Oct 4, 2019 2:07:55 PM

You bought a RAID system and want to connect it to your PC. So how do you do that? Follow these steps and you'll be well on your way to …

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by Matthew Mister, on Oct 4, 2019 1:39:10 PM

While there are several RAID configurations there are only two types of RAIDs. Software RAIDs and Hardware RAIDs are very similar from an operational standard except for where the RAID …

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by Matthew Mister, on Oct 4, 2019 1:04:34 PM

Setting up a RAID but not sure if you did it correctly? Here is a quick guide to checking whether or not it is configured. Rick click on the "computer" …

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by Matthew Mister, on Oct 4, 2019 11:21:06 AM

RAID configurations are great additions to a network server because they can add speed and redundancy depending on which setup you have. So what is redundancy and how is it …

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by Matthew Mister, on Oct 4, 2019 11:04:54 AM

RAID configurations come in a few different varieties, each with its own pros and cons. Some provide increased speed while others provide fault tolerance. Let's focus on fault tolerance and …

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by Matthew Mister, on Oct 4, 2019 10:37:27 AM

If you are planning to install a server in your office, adding a RAID configuration is something you should be considering. But which RAID configuration should you use and what …

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by Nathaniel Cooper, on Oct 3, 2019 9:19:49 AM

If you're going to create proxies for a professional video workflow there's two ways to do it: Using CPU resources Using GPU resources Now if your video professional you want …

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Topics:automatic proxy generationGPU

by Nathaniel Cooper, on Oct 3, 2019 9:00:39 AM

It happened again this time, just instead of my wife's Mazda it was my Jeep. The washing fluid sprayer wasn't working so I took it in for some routine maintenance …

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