Avid Media Composer’s Non-Linear Editing Small Group Network

Avid Media Composer has been an industry-standard in nonlinear editing for television and film, and is prominently used in large-scale TV station and post-production houses. Industries where small groups with 2 or 3 client running Avid Media Composer, such as government, business, education and so on, require high performance, easy to use and inexpensive non-linear editing networks for sharing footage. They also require collaboration on workflow to solve problems they have when connected to a single storage from their workstation. Using a single storage device creates many challenges as storage needs grow with the collection of new footage and other data.

With the Accusys A16T2-share, small groups using an Avid non-linear editing network can deploy 2 or 3 workstations to address this issue. The A16T2-Share is a Thunderbolt storage system with a built-in Thunderbolt switch that provides four Thunderbolt 2.0 ports. Bandwidth for each ports is at 20 Gb and the read/write performance reaches levels of over 1000 MB/s, while total performance for the storage devices is 1800 MB/s.

For this project, the workstation for Media Composer was an HP Z840 or Lenovo desktop. The user needs to connect a Thunderbolt 2.0 card (which could be purchased from HP resellers) and a 10m (or 30m or 60m) Thunderbolt cable to the A16T2-Share. With a Mac mini or an HP workstation acting as an MDC server for SAN, each workstation in the Media Composer network can work within the same Ethernet network while connecting to the same Ethernet switch. After installing a Fishare file on the MDC server every workstation will appear in the Media Composer network resulting in a small high performance Media Composer network.

When three non-linear editing workstations are running simultaneously in a Media Composer network, each workstation can experience read and write performances of 500-600 MB/s. This can be used to edit HD, Ultra HD, 2K and even 4K video footage. Depending on the capacity needed, you could choose different enterprise level hard drives to utilize, and the highest capacity hard drive supported now is 10TB. This means the raw capacity of the A16T2-Share is 160TB. Also, the A16T2-Share is able to connect to 3 JBOD expansion systems creating a total capacity of up to 640TB.

  • The first ever shareable Thunderbolt Storage
  • T-Pairing to double bandwidth
  • A shareable 16 bay RAID system for 4 Thunderbolt users
  • Expandable to 64 drives with JBODs
  • Support DAS & SAN
  • 3U Rackmount
  • Thunderbolt 2 * 4
  • SAS / SATA * 16
  • JBOD Expandable * 3
  • RAID 0/ 1/ 5/ 6/ 01
  • Redundant Power