4K, 4K, 4K. Everyone is talking 4K at the NAB Show. Netflix announced that it’s now streaming 4K versions of its original series “House of Cards” and select documentaries. AJA announced 4K CION, its first cinema camera, while JVC announced that its first 4K movie cameras will include one for flying drones. And virtually every storage vendor is claiming to offer a solution for 4K workflows. But what’s the fine print on their 4K workflow storage claims?

4K technically is just a frame size–4096 pixels×2160 lines for cinema or 3840×2160 for consumer–but to achieve the quality that people expect from 4K, you need more than just a high-resolution image. You also need a frame rate of 24 frames per second or greater, and a compression codec that doesn’t degrade the 4K image quality.

The dirty little secret is that it’s really hard to stream 4K content at this rate without dropping frames on a shared storage system, so some workflow storage vendors are reverting back to direct attached storage to support their 4K claims. That means that you’ll need to modify your workflow for 4K to download locally for edit instead of accessing directly from shared storage. Say goodbye to the collaborative environment that’s shortened your production cycles to meet the tight deadlines that drive this competitive industry.

That’s not the case for StorNext by Quantum. StorNext has set the standard for high-performance with its shared storage solutions for decades. And now with the StorNext Pro 4K Solution built with the power of StorNext 5 and the speed of SSDs in its StorNext M445 SSD metadata appliance, you can stream 4K ProRes at 24 fps to four clients in a shared storage environment. No need to disrupt your workflow with tedious downloads and uploads to and from direct attached storage. And with StorNext Pro 4K Solution, you get the strength to stream 4K uncompressed at 24 fps for the ultimate quality in a complete 4K ingest-edit-deliver-archive workflow.

So when you hear storage vendors claim support for 4K workflows, your next questions should be: At what frame rate? With which 4K compression codec? From shared or local storage? The fine print might not have the sharpness and clarity you’d expect from a true 4K solution. Then come talk to us at Quantum and we’ll show you what an industry-standard, high-performance StorNext Pro 4K Solution can do for you.

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Get all the information you need to know about 4K, StorNext and Quantum’s post-production and broadcast solutions at StorNext.com. 

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