MC 6 on Xsan?

keithkoby's picture
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Curious... Is anyone testing Media Composer 6 on an xsan volume?

bs3375's picture

The problem with any version of Media Composer on Xsan/StorNext has been when you try to use it with multiple editors. Avid puts all its data at the root of any hard drive in a folder called Avid MediaFiles typically. Within that folder is numbered folders that contain media and database files. Without unity the database files get clobbered and you spend all day rebuilding indexes instead of editing.

jjim789's picture

what other solutions are there for Avid multi editor workflow?

I've heard of Edit share but from what I know they are more of Avid unity competitor than a server solution.

anybody?
THanks

mark raudonis's picture

http://www.avid.com/US/products/ISIS5000

Cost has come down significantly.

Mark

huntson's picture

not really

matx's picture

AVID MC works well with multiple editors using Flavoursys Strawberry and StorNext SAN.

morphenine's picture

I saw strawberry briefly at NAB. Does it work by managing symlinks? Or is it more complicated than that?

Pulsiom's picture

morphenine wrote:
I saw strawberry briefly at NAB. Does it work by managing symlinks? Or is it more complicated than that?/quote

On the file system level, Strawberry works with hard links. The Strawberry server manages the Avid/Adobe/FCP bin and project locking. A database and a client application are taking care of the user and project organisation.

matx's picture

morphenine wrote:
I saw strawberry briefly at NAB. Does it work by managing symlinks? Or is it more complicated than that?/quote

Sorry, didn't see your question earlier.

Stawberry presents the SAN volume to Avid MC as a network share that is has control over, but it actually writes media to the SAN, not the network share.

When you change projects, then it can take that project folder and present it as if it was the entire SAN volume, instead of a subfolder.

In essence you get multiple editors and multiple projects sharing the SAN volume.

bs3375's picture

I know this thread is several months old but I was curious where the interest levels were these days with users wanting to use Avid MC on Apple Xsan/Quantum StorNext? Please feel free to PM me for additional details.

Brian

bs3375's picture

Too late?

"SAN Fusion is an easy and cost-effective solution that allows you to use Avid Media Composer with your existing Xsan infrastructure."

http://www.sanfusion.com

huntson's picture

Any reason why anyone would go with SanFusion at the price it's at when you can jump ship to a much more manageable metaSAN for $1k/seat and get projectSTORE with it?

bs3375's picture

huntson wrote:
Any reason why anyone would go with SanFusion at the price it's at when you can jump ship to a much more manageable metaSAN for $1k/seat and get projectSTORE with it?/quote

I think SanFusion makes perfect sense if you're [i]NOT/i looking to jump ship but still want to use Avid. Switching to a new solution like metaSAN can involve a lot of downtime. Especially if you have large-sets of data and are planning on reusing your current storage. You need to factor the time it takes to backup and restore your data just so you can reformat your Xsan storage to work with metaSAN. SanFusion on the other hand should just "drop in".

That said, have you used projectSTORE yet? I've only read about it. Curious to see if they have real Avid Unity Emulation or just bin locking like the SNS EVO and some others.