Randi Altman’s postPerspective just published this article that talks about the value of LTO as a great archive storage solution for post houses.

I’d like to add my own perspective on a few things, based on the article as well as recent conversations at IBC2018 and some different customers we have.

# 1 – I spoke to many post houses who are used to tape-based workflows, and archive based on a “one-project-per-tape” system, which is super convenient for them and fits their business model. Even with older versions of LTO that store 2.2-2.5 TB per tape, or 5-6 TB per tape – that’s plenty of capacity to fit a single project, even in UHD resolutions.

# 2 – I’d like to echo the comment about uncompressed frame sequences being able to take advantage of LTO’s compression technology. While most video files won’t compress, there could still be some benefit.

# 3 – For some of the challenges that are cited for LTO, Quantum can help with that. And for any post-house archiving on LTO, here are a few recommended considerations:

  • Your media archive is the core content of your business. You need to “future proof” it, and that may mean that keeping digital tape on a shelf or in a vault is not the right solution.
  • As you think about re-purposing that content, and re-monetizing it in different ways and through different distribution channels, you may want to consider an “online” archive based on LTO that is searchable directly from MAC Finder.
  • This investment is “future proof” because it is a foundational step in your architecture that will enable you to run AI algorithms against your media archive, so you can further extract value and open up new business opportunities.

Thanks to the postPerspective for an excellent take on this. If you have questions or feedback, hit me up!

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