Buyer's Brief: Storage: Managing Media for Content Creators

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In this month’s Buyer’s Guide we examine a number of storage solutions available for creative professionals, each designed to keep your content secure and readily accessible.

JMR Electronics


The JMR LTNG-XQ family includes two desktop Thunderbolt 2/PCIe expanders, providing four PCIe slots connected to two Thunderbolt 2 ports of its connected host computer. Models include an eight-drive-ready RAID subsystem with internal 6Gb SAS hardware RAID controller installed. The products are Thunderbolt-certified by Intel. One desktop/rackmount model provides for installation of the user’s Apple Mac Pro computer inside the same case as the expander and RAID storage subsystem. Capture, edit and store up to several terabytes of content, all without any other “boxes” required. Do it all in one small, quiet product with LTNG-XQ. 

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Quantum’s Xcellis shared workflow storage system empowers users to boost their efficiency, productivity and creativity in delivering the products and services that drive their business. Consolidating media and metadata management, extending connectivity options and supporting hosted applications, the system integrates the most important components of workflow storage into a single compact hardware solution that runs on the Quantum StorNext 5 platform. Optimized for end-to-end workflows, Xcellis provides flexible configuration of performance and capacity through a number of production and archive options, ranging from multi-stream 4K editing to extended online storage utilizing object storage technology to cloud- and tape-based archiving. Xcellis provides continuous scalability that reduces the cost and complexity of storage deployment and maintenance and enables future expansion in an intelligent, sophisticated manner. 

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Dual Interface Portable HDD

Sony has several portable professional storage options. The latest addition includes the PSZ-HB1T (1 TB) and PSZ-HB2T (2 TB), ruggedized HDD shuttle drives that build on the heritage of Sony’s professional recording media line and offer users more capacity and more connectivity. These dual interface models feature Thunderbolt ports to further support Mac users, in addition to USB 3.0 ports. The silicone, reinforced protective case is shock-resistant, ensuring content can be transported in a safe, fast and convenient manner, great for shooting and shipping. Sony also offers portable shuttle drive models with USB 3.0 connectivity in a range of storage capacities: 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB. 

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More than 55 of the 2018 Fall Television and Streaming Series Rely on Blackmagic Design

More than 55 of the 2018 Fall Television and Streaming Series Rely on Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design today announced that the company’s production and post products were used to complete many of the fall 2018 season’s new and returning television shows and streaming series. More than 55 shows rely on Blackmagic Design’s digital film cameras; Fusion visual effects (VFX), compositing, 3D and motion graphics software; and DaVinci Resolve editing, color correction, VFX and digital audio software; as well as its switchers, routers, monitors and capture and playback devices.


Jingle All the Way: Luxul's XMS-1208P Managed Gigabit Switch is Available for All CI Integrators this Holiday Season

Luxul, the leading innovator of IP networking solutions for AV integrators, today announced that it's giving CI integrators the gift of enterprise-level performance at affordable price points this holiday season. It doesn't matter if they've been naughty or nice, the company's XMS-1208P 12-port/18 PoE+ managed Gigabit switch — that delivers high-speed performance while enabling simple network expansion — is now available for all. And to ring in the new year, Luxul will begin shipping its AMS-1816P 18-port/16 PoE+ L2/L3 managed Gigabit switch in early January.


HoverCam Transforms Classrooms Fit for Future-Ready Students at Val Verde USD

HoverCam, an innovative technology leader in the digital education market, announced that Val Verde Unified School District (USD) in Parris, California, successfully installed HoverCam's Pilot digital teaching stations and CenterStage interactive flat panels (IFPs) in new STEM labs in the elementary schools, with plans for an eventual rollout to the district's middle and high schools. As part of the district's goal to create future-ready students, Val Verde USD chose HoverCam digital education solutions to address the rising challenge of updating classrooms and introducing curriculum with advanced systems that will prepare students for a rapidly changing career landscape.


The Sigma Holiday Sale Is Back!

Nothing makes gift giving as enjoyable as special prices on award-winning Sigma lenses and accessories; get the lens you’ve always craved or surprise a fellow shooter with the perfect present.


Global News Agency Ruptly Relies on Riedel's MediorNet and Artist on Board New OB and DSNG Vehicles

Riedel's MediorNet real-time media network and Artist digital matrix intercom are providing the decentralized and redundant signal routing and communications backbone on board two all-new, state-of-the-art OB vehicles for Ruptly, a Berlin-based international news agency. Qvest Media, a world-leading system architect and integrator for the broadcast and media industries, designed and built the new broadcast van and DSNG vehicle.