Video Saved….it’s Magic!

With the NAB Show right around the corner, movie producers, post-production storage executives and video entrepreneurs will be hunting for magic methods to save and protect their valuable video content in the most economical way. In this BlogBytes, we will review how one organization is managing their content with the aid of LTO and Linear Tape File System (LTFS) technology and take a close look at how the magic really works!

Roll Cameras…Speed…Slate…Action!

Post-production storage made easy!

Storage and workflow content demands an efficient, high performing process and that the materials are easily and properly protected in a cost-efficient manner. As discussed in the white paper “Best Practices for Managing Video Workflows” by New Bay Media, the Sim Group, a post production technology and services firm for a number of television and movie productions, needed to find a storage solution that their post-production teams could easily use to secure and protect content. As shown in the white paper, Sim developed a key set of goals for storing content, which included:

  • a solution that was simple to use and required minimal training
  • a flexible solution that allowed them to support a wide variety of workloads
  • ability to maximize their production efficiencies while safeguarding customers against unanticipated costs
  • capability to protect each day’s production to reduce the need for any re-shoots

The Sim Group implemented a workstation application to transfer camera content to LTO tape with LTFS. The white paper noted that the solution allowed:

  • the transfer of camera media to LTO tape with LTFS
  • the ability to index camera originals including thumbs, proxies and metadata automatically
  • the capability to scale their usage of the system as their workloads fluctuated
  • a system process that was simple enough for non-IT staff to operate

“Before LTFS came along, a lot of time and money was put into figuring out how to de-archive other companies’ tapes,” says Jesse Korosi, director of workflow services at SIM Group. “With LTFS tapes being recognized by so many different software options, post companies like ours are saving money not having to build out a new workflow system for every job we receive that needs to be de-archived.”[1]

The Magic Revealed

The combination of LTO technology with LTFS makes tape easier to use than ever before. As described in the paper “LTFS Hits the Mark” by Media Technology Market Partners LLC, “LTFS provides a robust, self-describing open format that’s an interchangeable standard with improved ease of use via operating system integration. Archiving data to tape is now as easy as using drag-and-drop with a USB flash drive.”

LTFS allows tape to store information in two partitions: The first small partition holds index and metadata information, while the second large partition holds the content. This innovative approach to tape storage allows fast, intuitive access. As previously noted, each tape is self-describing and can be utilized by any other software system that employs the format, making the transfer and distribution of large files a simplified process. See a list of LTFS implementers here and an LTFS descriptive video here.

Want to see it live?

The LTO Program team will be at the NAB 2019 at booth #SL11113 in Las Vegas, April 8-11 demonstrating the magic of LTO-8 and LTFS technology. Come see how you can preserve and protect your video content!

[1] New Bay Media “Best Practices for Managing Video Workflows” 2017