NAB2009 post tools preview.(NAB 2009 POSTPRODUCTION PREVIEW)

As we continue our NAB coverage in this issue, now moving to preview the postproduction tools at the show, we see many of the same technology trends developing in post as we did in production: Manufacturers are focusing on the continuing evolution and improvement of file-based and tapeless workflows, the introduction of higher-capacity systems, and the integration between solutions. For more on the NAB conference and expo, be sure to check, where we'll be producing daily news updates from the show floor.

The 1 BEYOND EzHDSAN is a plug-and-play SAN that can provide up to 96TB of RAID 6 protected storage, allowing real-time multi-stream HD editing for up to 14 simultaneous users. The system starts with an eight-disk model with 16TB and can scale to 24, 48 or 96TB. Available as a preconfigured and tested turnkey solution, EzHDSAN uses a single standard Ethernet cable to connect each workstation. This shared storage offering is available for Mac/PC starting at $8,995.

1 Beyond's HexDFlex is a turnkey 16processor professional video workstation capable of running Windows XP and Vista applications. The HexDFlex, which can be configured with up to 288GB of memory and 18TB of internal storage, is available immediately, fully configured for high-end video production, for 9,995. HexDFlex will be shown for the first time at NAB 2009.



Ideally suited to handle processor-intensive formats and tasks, HexDFlex brings, for instance, great efficiencies in the editorial and finishing process of RED-originated projects. Using the power of its 16 processors, HexDFlex can edit native RED R3D footage at 2K resolution in real time and switch to a native 4K finish without moving or transcoding native video. Its processor power ensures that rendering is unnecessary until the final deliverable, and final render times are shortened considerably.

ADOBE Creative Suite 4 Production Premium makes its NAB Show debut after bowing last September. Of note, Adobe experts will answer your technical questions about specific postproduction workflows and will show how Adobe products integrate with third-party technologies. Their demonstration will feature an editing station with a RED ONE camera and Adobe CS4 Production Premium with the RED importer, allowing attendees to experience the RED and Adobe workflow first-hand.

AJA VIDEO SYSTEMS will showcase its professional desktop video and broadcast converter solutions, along with several product introductions. An updated version of the FS1 "anything in, anything out" converter will add new features for broadcasters and post professionals. New and updated versions of AJA's best-of-breed video cards, converters and mini-converters will also be demonstrated throughout the show.

ATTO's FastStream storage controller and Fibre Channel host adapters provide the infrastructure for an affordable small workgroup SAN that enables collaborative workflows with RAID storage and delivers the throughput to handle multiple streams of HD video. For RAID-protected editing in direct-attached environments, ATTO offers ExpressSAS RAID adapters, which are designed for high-bandwidth workflows to add parity RAID to direct-attached JBOD storage and offer a lower-cost storage expansion alternative to expensive RAID arrays. Celerity 8Gb Fibre Channel host adapters deliver up to 6400MB/s for data-intensive workflows such as 4K, 2K, HD and SD video editing. Next-generation 6Gb SAS/SATA technology will be featured with ExpressSAS SAS/SATA host adapters and FastStream SC 8200.

AUTOMATIC DUCK will debut Media Copy 2.0, a completely new build of its tool for moving media files between editing systems and After Effects. Originally designed to help users move OMF files between Avid and After Effects, Media Copy 2. …

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