11 Aug 2014

GB Labs launches new 4K DIT system

GB Labs launches new 4K DIT system

Total storage platform for 4K film production - on-set

GB Labs’ 4K Duo On-Set is a game changer for high end 4K location production. It delivers a lightning fast ingest station, an UltraHD storage platform and a secure high-speed data LTO backup solution. For the first time, it opens up the potential for 4K project sharing and archiving in the field, with the option for editors, audio technicians and colourists to work simultaneously on the same project. With multiple clients connecting using 1Gb, 10Gb or 40Gb Ethernet, this will deliver significant time savings and help the director to shape the production as never before.

While digital technicians are used to handling digital assets in the field, the size of 4K files means that transferring data from card to primary storage is slow, while laptop drives or vulnerable external drives are quickly filled to capacity. GB Labs incorporates two super-fast SSD card readers and dual LTO drives as the solution.

“We have implemented the LTFS format for 4K Duo On-set’s LTO drives.” Stated Ben Pearce, Sales & Marketing Director of GB Labs. “This means that users can import data via the SSD disk readers, transfer media immediately to the online platform for grading and send files and projects to tape to create dual secure copies simultaneously.”

4K Duo On-Set features a 6.4TB SSD-based RAID that can sustain performance levels above 2GB/s, many times faster than competitive systems. The system’s dual LTO-6 drives can run at their full speed (a combined performance of 320MB/s) making archiving and ongoing backup a simple operation. The ingest stage itself is often a bottleneck; 4K Duo On-Set features twin SSD disk readers that can import data at an aggregate speed of 1GB/s. The unit also features USB 3.0 as standard and optional SAS and eSATA ports to connect other readers.

“Most DIT carts are ill-equipped for high bitrate 4K. Ingest is slow, primary storage lacks real- time editing performance and back-ups are unsafe. With 4K Duo On-Set, it’s like having a post facility on set. It’s fast, safe, and includes advanced features to verify data ingest and export, offload camera cards and work effectively with third party editing, transcoding and grading tools.” Concluded Pearce.

4K Duo On-Set will launch at IBC 2014 and be available worldwide from selected resellers.