Video production houses across the world are diving into 4K acquisition. The camera product selections for capturing 4K are abundant and most likely you have purchased with the intent to shoot primarily in 4K (or at the very least, in the near future). Knowing that your post storage needs to be able to handle the large files and multi-stream processes with exceptional storage performance being a must, all production houses are looking at addressing the 4K storage requirement. Sure, the industry has laid the foundation for the masses to begin their transition to 4K and many have done so by now, or at least planning within the next year or so. The selection of the camera (of your choice) is the easy part, it’s what your going to do with your current storage infrastructure that’s the hard part.
The need to reevaluate your existing infrastructure is priority number one. Certainly have this done prior to promising a client a 4K product and not having the storage capable of providing the end result (oops…Honey, I Compressed the Files can certainly be mistaken for Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) -IMDb rating of 6.3/10 -received 3 out of 5 stars). Anyways, there are many storage requirement key points that will help you on your journey to the wonderful world of 4K post production. Let’s select some very important ones here. Performance: Think Capture, Edit and Play Out. Can your system provide for the “big three”? It needs to be large and able to handle extremely high frame rates for uncompressed 4K or even multiple streams of compressed files. Collaboration: Can the shared files be accessed from multiple areas? From your team members to the client? Scalability: The need to accommodate large volumes of 4K footage, not only for your production environment, but also for your archival library for immediate access to the project.
Quantum has a wonderful product and reference architecture which will benefit all in their journey to 4k land. The SureStaQ™ 4K reference architectures and the powerful Quantum StorNext 6 which is a high performance platform and is loaded with advanced data management to support any 4K video workflow currently in use and is a space saver, requiring less hardware in your rack. The SureStaQ was designed to assist in the anticipated requirements for your desired high performance media workflow. The development of the reference architectures was continuous research of current real-world 4K workflows conducted by Quantum‘s engineers. Each architecture has customization to meet the current demand, and of course, scale up when needed. The StorNext product line is designed to scale smoothly from High Definition to 4K making for minimal capital expenses and meeting the key points for your storage requirements.
For more information into how the Quantum SureStaQ 4K reference architectures can support your 4K storage requirements, download the eBook: “Your Video Production Team is Ready for 4K. But What About Your Infrastructure?”
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