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Small Tree Showcases Expanded GraniteSTOR Titanium Video Editing Shared Storage System Family at Infocomm 2012

Small Tree, the video editing shared storage experts, will be showcasing its expanded GraniteSTOR TITANIUM line up at Infocomm 2012 (Booth C5654 – Technologies for Worship pavilion). TITANIUM is a high performance, capacity dense, dedicated video editing shared storage appliance with advanced file sharing capabilities enabling simple, real-time collaboration.

An “all-in-one” system with a budget friendly special introductory entry price of $6,995 (valid until June 30, 2012), TITANIUM offers extreme flexibility, supporting a wide range of performance and capacity requirements. Professional video editors with limited IT resources can focus on editing video, not on managing the infrastructure supporting their workflow.

TITANIUM16, a 3U rack-mount solution introduced in January 2012, has been enhanced and expansion options added. TITANIUM16 is configurable up to 32 GbE or 20 10GbE ports and storage capacity from 32TB to 240TB, while delivering up to 72 streams of ProRes 422. This represents a 5x increase in capacity and 2x performance increase compared to the initial release of the TITANIUM16.

TITANIUM8 is the newest in Small Tree’s expanding GraniteSTOR line of high performance, affordable Ethernet-based shared storage systems. TITANIUM8 is a 2U rack-mount solution configurable up to 10 GbE or 8 10GbE ports and storage capacity from 8TB to 72TB, while delivering up to 35 streams of ProRes 422.

TITANIUM supports popular editing software such as Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Creative Suite, while enabling Windows, Linux, Macintosh and Unix clients to share media files. The Small Tree shared storage solution supports multiple file Protocols, including AFP, Samba, NFS and iSCSI. Final Cut X sharing, utilizing Final Cut X’s SAN location feature for events and projects, is possible on TITANIUM using iSCSI and Apple Xsan (now included in OS X at no additional charge) or Tiger Technology’s MetaSAN. Post-production professionals can rest easy knowing that no matter what software or platform they are working from, TITANIUM will work seamlessly in their environment.

TITANIUM is built on a customized open source operating system that was designed to be easy-to-use, feature rich and reliable, while providing exceptionally robust performance. Storage can be made available to users within minutes of initial start up and the powerful and convenient Web-based GUI
makes management of the system straightforward and simple. TITANIUM supports file and volume replication as well as tape backup. By using a Web-based browser, TITANIUM can be managed from anywhere with an Internet connection, providing optimal convenience to post-production professionals facing tight deadlines.

Storage, file server and networking are all contained in the TITANIUM chassis, which means users can connect an editing workstation directly to the system with no other networking equipment required. If additional editing workstations are required, a Small Tree switch is easily integrated with the new system. As a result of its tremendous flexibility, TITANIUM is ideal for any post-production environment, whether it’s in the studio, at home, in a mobile production truck or on a remote shoot requiring on-site video editing.

“In today’s fast moving and ever changing post-production environment, it is absolutely critical that shared storage provides the best balance of capacity, performance, ease of use and cost to minimize expenditures,” said Corky Seeber, president of Small Tree. “TITANIUM is ideal for church- and university-based post-production facilities looking to maximize their workflow without crippling their bottom line.”

TITANIUM8 and TITANIUM16 are currently available for delivery worldwide.

For more information on GraniteSTOR TITANIUM, visit Booth C5654 at Infocomm or www.Small-Tree.com. Follow Small Tree @smalltreecomm or like us at www.facebook.com/smalltreecomm.

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Networking Switches and 10GbE Cards from Small Tree are “Sexy and They Know It” for Moment Factory

From creating the imagery for Celine Dion’s three-year residency show at Caesars Palace to developing an enhanced, immersive visual environment around Madonna’s 12-minute, five song performance at Super Bowl XLVI, Moment Factory is a new media and entertainment studio specializing in the conception and production of multimedia environments combining video, lighting, architecture, sound and special effects to create remarkable experiences. As the studio’s business continues to grow causing more pressing demands for the production team’s time, Moment Factory installed two Gigabit Ethernet switches and 10GbE cards from Small Tree to improve workflow.

“We originally installed a Small Tree switch for the Celine Dion project,” said Nicolas Syriannis, IT director at Moment Factory. “We needed something over the network that would be able to deliver and stream the content fast and efficiently to the animators working on the project. We also required a solution that we could use onsite when making adjustments to any of the projections. For that, we put one of the two switches from Small Tree in a road case with a Mac server so the team is able connect to a mobile SAN solution in order to make the necessary corrections immediately.”

When looking for a solution to its workflow issues, Moment Factory didn’t want to revamp its entire infrastructure. What it wanted, according to Syriannis, was technology that would fit its current workflow and deliver content fast enough to an expanding team of editors. The studio worked with HumanIT to implement the Small Tree technology into its existing infrastructure.
HumanIT is a 20 year old multi-platform systems integrator that builds bridges between heterogeneous information technology and mobile platforms and technologies to accelerate enterprise-wide business execution and collaboration, securely.

“Before expanding we had three people maximum on a project, so bandwidth wasn’t much of an issue,” Syriannis continued. “But for the Dion and Madonna projects we had up to eight people hitting the server simultaneously, so it was imperative to have technology that would help us meet our needs. The switches and 10GbE cards helped us cut down on the time needed for the animators to sync or stream content from the server.”

At the Super Bowl, Moment Factory utilized an integrated system of 3D animation and editing programs, linked through a “Hippotizer” playback system, 32 HD projectors hung directly over the field combined to create a seamless interaction between the company’s signature visual projections, the dynamic LED stage, a 140-by-80 feet projection surface and the pre-existing stadium ribbon boards.

Since its opening in 2001, Moment Factory has created multimedia experiences for spectators at more than 300 events across the world, including Jay-Z, Cirque du Soleil, Disney, Microsoft and Nine Inch Nails among others.

For more information on Small Tree switches, 10GbE cards and shared storage solutions, visit www.small-tree.com.

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Shared Storage Technology Improves Workflow in Valencia Community College’s Video Production Department

On campuses across the country, professors continue to turn to technology to ensure that their students have access to lectures, lessons and other materials critical to their success. At Valencia Community College in Orlando, a full-service video production department works with professors to create DVDs and online instructional videos that provide students with crucial information to their studies. As these tools have become more popular among the school’s professors, the video production department was recently faced with a workflow problem that would often delay project completion. To streamline its workflow, the production department installed shared storage technology from Small Tree, designer of simple-to-install, inexpensive Mac-based networking and shared storage products for professional video and audio editors. more

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