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Singe user external high speed RAID drives are pretty common. But what about if you need to share media across multiple users? EditShare displayed a new budget shared storage solution at IBC 2013.

Let's say you have an external hard disk array and want to share that media with others. There are two ways of performing this successfully. Either a dedicated computer has to share out the drive and you connect to that, or one of the workstations shares out the media. Both are not ideal and there will be speed issues to contend with.

So when we saw the new Ultra from EditShare at IBC we were very curious to see what the box could do for the price.

The Ultra is small Linux based unit with 4 enterprise specification 7200 RPM hard disks set at RAID 5. This combination can support eight streams of ProRes422. Out of the back there are two GigE ethernet connections that can be directly connected to clients, or combine them together for more edit stations via a switch.

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And round the back.

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There is a front end admin tool that allows for the creation of user accounts and spaces for media and projects. The Ultra includes EditShare's file-level sharing so users can read and write to the same volume simultaneously.

We have been invited down to EditShare's UK office for a day of testing the unit out as we can see the Ultra and Field2 becoming a very popular alternative to large SANs on the road.

The units will support Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid, Final Cut Pro, EDIUS, and Lightworks Project Sharing, that's more than one user in a project, not just opening it up and copying. They don't mention FCPX specifically and we can't see more than one user modifying the same events and projects anyway.  Is this a problem? Sharing a project no, but Final Cut Pro X will not support a NAS device without the workaround of placing sparse disk images on the storage. The official word from EditShare is that shared storage for FCPX clients using AFP will be available on all systems with the release of version 7, running on Ubuntu. This is expected at the end of the year. 

In its bigger brother the Field 2, there is space for optional 10G CAT6A network cards and a DVS, 2 channel HD SDI capture card. This offers the ability to capture in a range of codecs and wrappers under control of the Flow asset management application. This is already proving popular for small live events, sports and News. One box could capture and then share out the media to the edit stations. At the moment, there isn't an encoding licence for ProRes for Linux so another codec would have to be used for internal capture.

The Ultra starts at less than $10,000. Both Ultra and Field 2 have the same internal drives i.e. 4 x 1, 2 or 4 TB, the Field 2 however can be expanded to add another 4 drives in an expansion chassis connected via SAS. An 8 drive Field2 with 10,000 RPM disks can support 10 streams of ProRes HQ or 13 streams of ProRes 422.

 We will let you know how the testing goes!

The back of the Field2 which has more grunt and more ports for more users.

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I am the Editor-in-Chief of FCP.co and have run the website since its inception ten years ago.

I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

Current Editing

great house giveaway 2020

2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. The shows have also been nominated for a 2021 BAFTA.

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Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.


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BBC's Snooker has played a big part in my life, I've been editing tournament coverage since 1997. I'm proud to be part of a very creative team that has pioneered many new ideas and workflows that are now industry standard in sports' production. This is currently an Adobe Premiere edit.

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Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

Plugin Design & Development

I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.


Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

The Future

I'm always open to new ideas and opportunities, so please get in touch at editor (at) fcp.co. I've judged film competitions, presented workflow techniques to international audiences and come up with ideas for TV shows and software programs!


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