Storage and Recording at the 2013 NAB Show
|Garrett Walker (l) of the Bayside community church makes a point about the grass Valley K2 Summit 3g server to Joe Paryzek (R) of grass Valley, as Bill Platt of the Platt Design group looks on.
The world is getting wider, as servers
expand outward from their traditional
format and storage technologies
attempt to better address the ever-growing
demand for deeper archiving capabilities.
What’s adding to the complexity: the impact
of cloud technologies, and how those
new workflows are changing pieces of the
puzzle. Other than 4K, no other emerging
technology had a more significant impact
on this year’s NAB Show than the cloud.
STORAGE & SERVERS
Bright Technologies showed off the Bright-
Drive Triton and BrightClip SAN servers,
as well as the Procyon high-availability
(HA) SAN server, which supports eight
workspaces, each with multiple streams in
various formats including 2K and 4K.
Cache-A introduced Prime-Cache6, a compact,
entry-level, desktop/on-set appliance,
featuring near-silent operation, toughened
chassis and 4TB of rugged, 2.5-inch, HDD
RAID. The company also demonstrated its
Pro-Cache6 flagship system, now with increased
6TB internal HDD RAID 0 or RAID
1 disk-cache storage. Also on deck was the
company’s Power-Cache6 Archive Server,
with increased 12TB internal HDD RAID 0
or RAID 5 disk-cache storage and 10 Gbps
Dalet Digital Media System announced
new configurations for the Dalet Brio servers,
which can now be scaled to a maximum
of 12 ports in a single server through
a four-port extension board.
Deluxe Entertainment Services
Group launched MediaCloud, a
cloud-based playout platform
that delivers next-generation
cloud-based playout, media asset
management and delivery platform
to media enterprises.
DVEO introduced the Stream
Bucket IP/IP, a new remotely manageable
recorder and professional
archiving system for IP streams
and developed for broadcasters
and content providers to capture
their video streams for archiving.
It can also be used to repurpose
one’s streams at a later date.
EditShare launched EditShare
Field 2, a portable shared storage
solution with asset management,
field ingest and advanced projectsharing
capabilities. The company
also showcased a new interface
for EditShare 7, an update to the Geevs
Sports server, and updates to the Geevs
Post server as well as enhancements to
the Fastrack Time Tailor controller, which
offers broadcast server control.
Improving workflow was a key focus for
Elemental Technologies, which showed its
Elemental Server, a file-based video processing
system, as well as other pieces of
the puzzle, including Elemental Cloud and
Envivio came to showcase the Envivo Halo
Experience server targeted to streaming
In a special screening room within its
booth, EVS demonstrated a prototype of
a 4K live slow-motion replay system on
the company’s XT3 platform. The server
can ingest four 3G-SDI feeds while playing
back another four feeds. The solution
will be available by year’s end according
For-A announced two new compact MXF
clip servers for ingest, playback and playout
applications. The 1RU MBP-120SX and
MBP-125SX servers are designed for filebased
GB Labs showcased its storage solutions,
including the Bridge rackmounted Ethernet
solution that enables SAN owners to
convert existing storage into
network attached systems.
The company also showed
the GB Labs Space network
storage solution; BlueShift
storage technology, and the
Space LTO networked storage
Grass Valley debuted the latest
version of the K2 Dyno
Replay System as well as the
K2 Summit 3G server, a solution
that offers enhanced
codec support for multicam
configurations, increased internal
storage capacity, and
simultaneous low-res proxy
Harmonic introduced enhancements
to the Spectrum
ChannelPort branded channel
playout solution, which now
delivers dual DVE capabilities and extended
codec support. The company also
marked the NAB debut of its MediaStore
5000, a 2RU system that combines with
MediaPort and MediaDirector systems to
comprise a full Spectrum system.
Harris showed the newest generation
Nexio Volt HD/SD server, now with expanded
media storage options including
an integrated storage model, plus direct
connections to Harris Broadcast Nexio
Farad systems for shared storage configurations
via Gigabit Ethernet or optional
fiber channel interfaces.
Hitachi showcased the HLDS BDL 500 Optical Disc archive library, and announced
an agreement with Optical Vaults to integrate
the solution into its platform.
Levels Beyond announced a hybrid cloud
solution called Reach Engine Stage that
serves as a hosting system that can synchronize
with local media libraries.
|Kristen Tetherton (l) of Triton Technology solutions learns about the harmonic spectrum
Mediastore 5000 from Keith lissak of harmonic.
MBX Systems introduced the MBX X-60, a
60-drive storage chassis designed for highvolume
video storage needs. The configurable
unit packs up to 60 discrete 3.5-inch
drives into a 4U chassis.
Mediaproxy introduced its next-generation
range of LogServer platforms and software,
including LogServer IP, an extensible native
MPEG streaming server solution; LogServer
ASI v8; and LogPlayer Mobile, which offers
users an additional path to recorded media
and metadata on LogServers.
MediaPower was on the show floor with
AirGo, which provides SD/HD SDI and
ASI ingest multiformat, low-res proxy generation,
file-based ingest with transcoding
and quality check, scalable internal storage
up to 54 TB, automation with MAM
NewTek unveiled 3Play 4800, a multicamera
replay server designed for live sports
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year,
Orad showed the VJ tapeless production
server and the PlayMaker slow-motion
PESA introduced its compact, 1RU
XSTREAM, which simultaneously encodes
up to five independent video streams and
eight audio streams concurrently from live
or recorded video for multipath H.264 IP
distribution with no sync or latency issues.
Promise Technology unveiled Vtrak A-Class,
a comprehensive, low-cost turnkey scale
out SAN storage solution for big data, targeting
the storage intensive workflows of
post-production, broadcast and data asset
management and archiving.
Quantum introduced three new StorNext
appliances: the StorNext M440 metadata
appliances, StorNext WX Storage primary
disk and StorNext AEL 00 Mini archive. The
company also showcased two long-term
content preservations for its StorNext systems,
including the Lattus-M disk archive
and a new high-density module within the
StorNext AEL6000 archive.
|A cabinet filled with Atomos Ninja-2 camera mounted recorder, monitor and decks.
New storage capabilities were shown at
the Rohde & Schwarz
booth within the
SpycerBox storage solution, which offers
SSD technology to enable data transfer of
up to 12 GBps. The company also showed
off the Venice media production hub,
which unites classic video server functionalities
with file-based studio production
Ross Video showcased its Blackstorm BVS-
104P, a four-channel playout server that
offers the same 1RU form factor as the
BVS-102P 2 channel system, but doubles
the channel count in the same space. It is
available with three different storage options,
including a 4TB HDD model, 8TB
HDD model, and for ultra-performance and
reliability, a 400GB solid state drive model.
Signiant debuted secure file sharing and
cloud-based delivery specs to its Media
Shuttle cloud-based hybrid SaaS file-sharing
solution for sending and sharing professional
Small Tree introduced the Granitestor Titanium4
all-in-one Ethernet-based shared
storage solution. It’s available as a fourdrive
system supporting 2TB, 3TB or 4TB
For archiving, Sony introduced the ODSL10,
a new optical disc archive with a 10-
slot robotic library system that supports
up to 15 TBs of video content.
Studio Network Solutions
and OS upgrades
to the newest generation
of its flagship EVO
shared storage server.
|Elizabeth Granli (L) holds Panasonic’s AJ-P2AD1 adapter, and Elise Muller holds the Panasonic AJ-P2M032A Micro P2 card.
Tiger Technology introduced
cluStore TLE, a
solution that uses
LTFS tapes and tape
libraries for Windows
OS, Tbox, a shared storage
appliance that offers
4K DPX playback
on a single 16 Gbps
Fibre Channel connection.
The company also
showed off its metaSAN scalable SAN management
Tolis Group announced two extensions to its
products, including the BRU Producer’s Edition
for Windows, to create tape archives of
creative assets on the Windows platform.
Wowza Media Systems showcased new additions
to the Wowza Media Server, including
support for the MPEG-DASH streaming protocol,
new built-in content protection, and
an Apple iOS app that allows mobile devices
to encode live video instantaneously and
send it to the Wowza Media Server.
XenData announced a partnership with
NL Technology and axle Video to deliver
an open standard LTO archive for use
with Avid Interplay.
XDT launched a new version of the
Catapult Bridge in an attempt to redefine
cloud-based WAN workflows. The
Catapult Bridge offers direct access to
cloud-based or remote storage.
XOR Media showcased The XOR Universal
MediaLibrary, a scalable, cloudcapable,
and mediacentric storage
solution that offers high availability,
optimum performance, high capacity,
scalability, and flexible connectivity
for direct ingest, edit-in-place, archive,
RECORDING & MEDIA
AJA Video Systems showed its Ki Pro
Quad, a new solid-state portable video recorder
that enables a 4K/Quad HD/2K/HD
workflow with the efficiencies of Apple
ProRes and the flexibility of RAW data in
a compact, solid-state recording and playback
package that easily mounts directly
onto a variety of cameras.
Atomos announced support for Canon’s
5D MkIII DSLR platform for its Ninja 2
compact field recorder.
Blackmagic Design introduced the Deck-
Link Mini Monitor and DeckLink Mini
Recorder, two new capture and playback
solutions featuring 3 Gbps SDI and HDMI
connections, one for recording SDI and
HDMI video and the other for playing
back SDI or HDMI video.
Matrox Video launched Matrox Monarch
HD, a small, easy-to-use video streaming
and recording appliance designed for
professional video producers who need
to simultaneously stream a live event and
record a Blu-ray quality version for postevent
Panasonic came to show off its first P2 HD
recorder with native AVC-ULTRA recording
and built-in microP2 card slots. The
AJ-PD500 MicroP2 is a half-rack recorder
that can record in full-resolution, 10-bit
1080/60p. The company also showed the
microP2 card, a series of UHS-II-compliant
memory cards in 64GB and 32GB versions.
Sound Devices showcased the PIX 260i production
video recorder, a rackmounted, filebased
audio/video recorder that also offers
32 tracks of audio record/playback.
Sony introduced the PMW1000 XDCAM
HD422, a dual SxW memory card recorder/
player that can be set to record and playback
50 Mbps MPEG HD-422 MXF files.