Skip Levens
Skip Levens is the Director of Media and Entertainment Technical Marketing at Quantum. Skip leads the technical marketing team that drives engagement for Quantum's market-leading StorNext file system.

Reasons to Upgrade to StorNext 5: Evolving Beyond the Ad Hoc SAN

Remember those heady days of standing up your first SAN? In those days SAN’s were were small, and likely built up with 2Gb FibreChannel and 250GB hard drives. We found a way to make those small SANs work because we were likely ingesting from camera tape systems - and writing back finished project files to tape as well. It was chaotic – but it worked – and we evolved ever more elaborate file and folder structures to keep track of projects, customers and assets – and a growing shelf of tapes that we hoped were cataloged and tracked correctly. As simple file based workflows gave way to the modern, content-centric workflow model - several key lessons emerge. Here's the biggest lessons and how to understand them so you can "evolve beyond the adhoc SAN."

Field Report – HDR Video at the Hollywood Post Alliance Tech Retreat

At the recent Hollywood Post Alliance Tech Retreat the conversations and reporting centered on the expected technologies: 4K/UHD, laser cinema projection and the latest cameras. But one topic was a surprise: HDR video. This kind of ‘better than real life’ imagery is exactly what creative professionals are looking for. Imagine this complete range of dynamic lighting for imagery applied to an entire clip of video and you start to see why people are excited. But can this HDR technique be applied to post and broadcast video workflows?

Reasons to Upgrade to StorNext 5: Liquid Metadata

When you work in a StorNext collaborative environment every day, you can take for granted what goes on behind the scenes to make its cross-platform, simultaneous workflows possible. How do you manage user access and file transfers to the shared storage seamlessly? It turns out that managing users wanting to access to files on a shared resource is one of the hardest computer challenges and a direct, high-performance, controlled group access to shared folders requires a Storage Area Network or SAN. The way StorNext delivers this "magic" is by ensuring that a highly redundant ‘controller' managers the users, permissions and file traffic. And with the recent release of StorNext 5, the critical area of storing and managing this metadata received a dramatic performance improvement thanks to three main innovations.

Modern Sports Production – Managing the Crush of Content

Capturing the drama and excitement of live sports has become the ultimate high-wire act in modern television production. Consider the pressures of covering a live event with no second takes, millions of highly discriminating and knowledgeable customers scrutinizing your every move, and that every play has the potential to make history. Yet this competitive pressure has evolved the modern sports production workflow in to a marvel of efficiency where creative storytellers wrap the drama of the moment with compelling storylines, insights and statistics that deepen our appreciation of the game and can dip into an ocean of past games and content to round out the storylines of the moment. The challenge of course is this: How can you manage the crush of new content, make sure its tightly integrated with your existing asset management and production automation, and scale to meet your projected growth without disrupting your operations?