Broadcasters, Listen Up! This Message is for You!

The International Broadcasters Conference (IBC) is scheduled to take place in Amsterdam, Netherlands from 14-19 September. IBC attracts the attention of more than 50,000 global media creation management attendees who take care of online content, digital cinema, automated workflows, high resolution capture and display and more.

The LTO Program will be at IBC demonstrating LTO technology. These workflows generate huge digital content, which needs a safe, secure and economical storage platform. This BlogBytes will discuss how the Linear Tape File System (LTFS) works with LTO tape and how they have been engaged by rich media users as the ultimate storage platform solution. Listen up!

Tell me more about LTFS

LTFS is an ISO open standard that creates a self-describing LTO tape and can improve backup and archive management. With LTFS, each tape stores data content as well as the index and metadata that describe the content and location on the tape. In simple terms, each LTFS formatted tape knows what is stored on it. The tape carries with it the table of contents, helping to simplify usage and portability. The tape appears in the operating system directory just like other storage devices, making it simple to access files similar to using a USB memory stick or disk.


A TechTarget article explains the LTFS process, “Applying a file system to a tape allows users to organize and search the contents of tape as they would on hard disk, improving access time for data stored on tape. LTFS makes it possible to drag and drop files to tape in the same way that files might be dragged and dropped to disk.”

LTFS can be used in simple, single drive implementations with no need for proprietary backup applications as well as in large tape library configurations or with backup and archive applications that support LTFS. See a list of LTFS implementers here.

Post-Production firm reduces costs and time

Many broadcast firms have adopted LTFS with LTO tape as their secure storage platform for movies, images, audio and more. For one firm in particular FotoKem, a film lab and post production facility based in Burbank, California with over 700 employees and projects that include reality TV shows and two of this year’s top-grossing movies. FotoKem had been using XDCam discs as the archiving solution for camera footage.  This was costly, difficult to manage and did not allow the XDCam discs  to be reused in the cameras. FotoKem needed an easy-to-use process that was reliable, manageable and low cost. They implemented an LTO tape library with LTFS that allowed them to achieve their management and cost objectives, resulting in a number of benefits including:

  • Storing 100 XDCAM disks on one LTO-5 tape to save costs as well as a considerable amount of space. (With 1 LTO-7 tape you can store up to four times that amount!)
  • Reusing XDCAM disks in the cameras for additional cost savings.
  • Self-describing LTFS tapes to determine tape contents and provide simplified management and ease of use.
  • The ability to make two LTO tape copies inexpensively so one can be kept offsite for added protection and long-term retention.

In summary, LTO tape combined with LTFS can help broadcasters, movie producers, post-production facilities and any organization with rich media to improve content management, reduce costs and protect digital assets long-term.

See LTO-7 technology and LTFS demonstrated live by the LTO Program, September 15-19, at IBC the Rai Amsterdam in booth 6-A21.