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LaCie 5big Thunderbolt 2 upgraded with Seagate hard drives for 4K

LaCie, a Seagate brand, has made updates to its 5big Thunderbolt 2 pro five-disk storage solution. Now featuring Seagate’s 8TB enterprise class hard disks, the new LaCie 5big provides more capacity (40TB), reliability and an extended warranty. This product is targeting 4K video workflows. The LaCie 5big Thunderbolt 2 featuring these hard disks will be available this quarter in 40TB capacity for $3,999.

With Seagate’s new 8TB hard disks, the LaCie 5big offers a 33 percent capacity increase. These hard disks are designed to operate 24/7— versus 8/5 operations for traditional hard drives — and can support 8,760 hours of operation per year.

The LaCie 5big with Enterprise Class drives comes with a five-year warranty that covers the drives, enclosure and spare parts. The enterprise class drives feature 256MB cache, 7200RPM and rack environment optimization, offering the ideal solution for handling aggressive workloads.

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With this Thunderbolt 2 technology, the LaCie 5big offers sustained speeds of up to 1050MB/s. This is enough bandwidth to edit several video streams in native 4K resolution. This kind of speed allows those working in Apple Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere to get maximum quality from footage and see native 4K edits in realtime.

The LaCie 5big offers a range of RAID modes that allow users to tailor the product to their needs. Its hardware RAID delivers sustained performance, better flexibility and the ability to connect the product to another computer while keeping the RAID configuration.

RAID modes 5 and 6 provide complete data protection against disk failure, while still providing speed and capacity needed for pro workflows. This feature helps users who want to use a single storage product for both video editing and backup. In protected RAID modes, even in the case of disk failure, the LaCie 5big’s hot-swappable disks mean zero data loss or downtime.

The LaCie 5big features two Thunderbolt 2 ports for daisy chaining. Pros can daisy chain up to six Thunderbolt devices to a computer via a single cable (included). Thunderbolt 2 is also backward compatible, using the same cables and connectors as first-gen Thunderbolt devices and computers. This allows pros to create a plug and play 4K video editing environment with increased capacity and speed.

The LaCie 5big’s cooling system consists of three key components: a heat-dissipating aluminum casing, a Noctua cooling fan and jumbo heat exhausts. The ultra-quiet Noctua NF-P12 fan pulls heat away from the internal components while producing little noise.

FotoKem’s nextLab pushes envelope with Gone Girl’s 6K workflow

 The last piece in our Gone Girl workflow series.

By Daniel Restuccio

Back in the fall of 2013, FotoKem was prepping and packing up one of its nextLab data field systems and shipping it to a hotel in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. This particular hotel was the off-set digital asset processing hub for David Fincher’s Gone Girl, which is being released on Blu-ray/DVD on January 13 and has also garnered a considerable amount of Oscar buzz this season.

This movie represented a new chapter for the system — Gone Girl was about to become the first major feature film shot entirely on the Red Dragon at 6K and edited with Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Cloud.

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ProMAX targets 4K edit, VFX workflows with One workstations

ProMAX Systems, makers of high-performance video storage servers, editing workstations and archival appliances, has launched the ProMax One and One+ workstations, which are designed specifically for video editors, colorists, and VFX artists working with 4K workflows.

The new One and One+ models are easy-to-configure, turnkey systems. In the same modular construct as ProMAX’s Platform shared storage servers, the One and One+ lines both offer two base configurations and options for adding modules for graphics, storage, archive and more. The workstations’ “All-in-One” infrastructure enables true end-to-end workflows with data ingest, editing, and archiving functions all possible within a single workstation.

One and One+ features optimize strengths in high-performance editorial functionality and graphics processing. For editorial acceleration, high clock speed CPUs with up to 3.7GHz support a smooth and responsive editing experience.

For VFX work, dual 12-core CPUs apply 24 cores of processing power for fast renders. All One systems provide huge on-board RAID storage, offering fast, secure access to data with storage modules up to 30TB on the ProMAX One, and 40TB on the ProMAX One+. In addition, all new One workstations have the ability to add multiple GPU cards, via seven PCIe slots.

One and One+ workstations are currently available through the ProMAX global network of authorized reseller partners.