In early December, video, broadcast and AV professionals gathered in Washington D.C. at the Government Video Expo 2016 conference. Industry leaders came to participate in training sessions, seminars, networking opportunities and to examine the latest technology.
Attendees at the conference flocked to the LTO Program booth to see LTO-7 technology and the Linear Tape File System (LTFS) up close and personal. Read on for exciting conference details and how one video producer saves big with LTO tape and LTFS.
What Do Attendees Look For?
Now in its 20th year, GV expo displays the latest in government video technology, showcasing video, broadcast, audio, display, streaming and delivery technologies on its exhibit floor. It also provides a broad range of educational options for media professionals working in television and production for federal, state and local government, as well as education and law enforcement.
Content creators in this industry sector know that critical video and audio for government projects must be preserved for many years to come. In addition, the AV content needs to be readily available to fulfill current and future demands. That’s why the LTO Program works to support this sector – LTO technology including LTFS provides the ultimate solution by safely storing and making available audio and video content for a variety of workflow applications.
Laura Loredo, LTO program representative, discussed LTO technology use case applications and attributes with a conference attendee (Figure 1). LTO-7 tape can store up to 15TB of compressed data with data transfer speeds up to 750MBs per second compressed. That’s up to a blazing 2.7TBs of backup power per hour!
Video Producer Makes Smart Use of LTO Tape and LTFS
Screenscape Studios in West Des Moines, Iowa, a full production video enterprise, prides itself as a studio that creates video projects that can engage, educate and persuade. Video productions range from business enterprises to government organizations and educational institutions including the Iowa State Lottery and Iowa State University.
Screenscape Studios is keenly aware that a video production can be expensive with actors, locations, equipment and crew. Therefore, controlling costs for the client, preserving the content, and making it available throughout the project and for future reference is essential. Tony Dock, Vice President of IT Screenscape Studios, commented regarding a top priority for managing precious video content “Making sure (video content) is properly archived. You never know what content will be needed in the future.”
In the past, Screenscape Studios used to store video content on professional video tape for all phases of production. The pro-video tapes and equipment were proprietary, expensive and required real-time transfer to and from editing equipment. Then, the industry moved to camera data cards, and Screenscape had to find cost effective options to store the data card content. They needed a solution that could work in concert with a file based workflow – a useable technology throughout the process that would provide reliable backup and long term archive. They turned to LTO technology for all of their projects.
Dock says about the changeover to LTO technolgy and LTFS, “It was a life saver for us.”
Screenscape was able to store the content of 66 HD pro-video tapes on a single LTO-6 cartridge. With LTO-7 tape, that amount could more than double!
Making Content Readily Available Can Be Easy
Finding active or past projects, as well as making the content available for changes or to send content to another outlet, are key requirements for video industry professionals. Screenscape Studios uses LTFS to help make the content readily available and easy to share. They simply drag and drop the file from an LTO tape to an editing station and are off to the races. No proprietary backup/restore applications are needed, and the tapes can be easily shared with other organzations using compatible LTO technology.
As Tony Dock remarks, “LTFS makes it as simple as using a disk or a USB drive.” To find out more about how Screenscap Studios uses LTO Technology, check out their story here.
As GV Expo attendees learned, LTO technology can reduce costs,save space, organize content easily and securely preserve data content for the long term.