16 Apr 2013

NAB 2013 News: GB Labs enables high speed Avid project sharing

NAB 2013 News: GB Labs enables high speed Avid project sharing

GB Labs designs sophisticated Avid project and bin sharing into its new CORE.3 operating system for a complete workgroup storage solution without the need for client software or licences.

Most tier one storage solutions require the purchase and installation of new hardware and software applications to share Avid projects across a network. After NAB 2013, editors will be able to simply connect to their GB Labs SPACE network storage for immediate access to bins and Avid projects and a full speed collaborative creative experience. As with all GB Labs products, there is no license to pay, either upfront or annually.

Ben Pearce of GB Labs noted: “The SPACE storage philosophy has always been the fastest performance with the fewest headaches. We can now extend that mantra to Avid edit workgroups that currently have to jump through numerous hoops in order to share projects. We can offer Avid users the best user experience and fastest performance at a very reasonable price.”

Historically, sharing Avid projects on central storage has been expensive and technically challenging, requiring the configuration of emulators, drivers and administrative software on servers and workstations. Set up, support and management costs are typically high, and integration routines complicated. Now GB Labs is announcing an upgrade to its SPACE operating system that delivers Avid project collaboration with multi-user bin sharing out of the box on the same volume, with minimal configuration required on either the central storage or workstations. It supports concurrent Mac or Windows editors and delivers phenomenally fast performance multi-stream HD project sharing.

Avid sharing is to be available as standard with new SPACE tier one and SPACE SSD super tier one storage systems after NAB 2013.

As a tiered IP-based storage system, GB Labs facilitates the automated flow of data across SPACE networks. Completed projects can be quickly archived onto tier two ECHO nearline systems or secured onto tape using GB Labs’ multi-drive LTO-6 units. Files are tracked using supplied media management tools while, for advanced functionality, fully featured production asset management and media asset management software such as CatDV can easily be integrated.

The launch of GB Labs’ new CORE.3 OS will also mean the faster roll-out of new features, new integration partners and new language support over the coming months.

A demonstration of Avid project sharing will be available on booth SL5016 at NAB 2013.