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Best Practice for Managing Video Workflows with LTO-7

How media and entertainment companies are innovating and improving production, post-production, distribution, and archival data strategies.

Over the past decade, there has been a considerable increase in the amount of data generated by media and entertainment companies due to the transition from traditional media workflows to fully digital environments. This trend will continue to accelerate as the industry moves from HD to 4K, and soon to 8K, recording. A single digital 4K camera alone can record up to 1.5 TB for every hour of filming.

Because editing digital files requires very high bandwidths across the post-production workflow, a high-performance networking and storage infrastructure is necessary. The industry has also seen a proliferation of files and formats: each day’s shoot creates a series of files, all of which must be indexed, backed up, distributed to post-production, and then archived. Technologies that were once largely confined to the IT world, such as RAID disk arrays (redundant array of independent disks), Fibre Channel networks, and high-performance flash disks, are now being used for post-production workflows.

Increasingly, creative professionals who want to improve workflow efficiency dramatically need a storage technology that is:

  • Cost-effective
  • Nimble enough to be used at remote locations but scalable to extremely large capacities
  • Highly reliable
  • Open enough to allow the interchange of files without proprietary bottlenecks

That’s why leading content providers such as Funimation, Lucky 8, and Pontecorvo Productions are investing in LTO technology with LTFS tape storage. LTO tape, a high-capacity storage medium, together with LTFS, a non-proprietary self-describing open tape format, offer an ideal solution for these companies, providing them with measurable improvements in performance, speed, and workflow.

Best practices and how and why they selected LTO Technology with LTFS-based solutions

How LTO Technology and LTFS Manage Every Stage of Content Creation/Management

  1. Production - LTO technology with LTFS protects original content with on-site backup copy, reduces camera media inventory costs, and enables the interchange of content between production sites and post-production.
  2. Post Production - LTO technology with LTFS offers a low-cost storage solution for work- in-progress, scales to meet large capacities, provides a standard means of interchange across the post-production ecosystem, and gives users the ability to offload less active content from expensive, high-performance flash disks.
  3. Distribution - LTO technology with LTFS supports the transfer of large amounts of digital content at low cost and serves as the de facto standard for submission of content—to studios and between business partners.
  4. Archiving - LTO technology with LTFS is ideal for long-term storage due to its durability, reliability, and low cost of operation. It scales to meet very large capacity requirements and supports rapid restoration for the repurposing of content.

One of the exciting aspects of LTFS is that it makes tape as easy to use as disk. When a tape is being accessed using an LTFS infrastructure, the user interface is similar to that of a USB flash drive, where the user sees a directory of folders and files. You can sort through [data] quickly, you can drag and drop files. It really opened up the tape market to the new markets beyond traditional backup and recovery.

Please click here for the entire pdf article - LTO with LTFS Best practices for managing video workflows.

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