EditShare has released EditShare Storage 7, a new version of the edit software built on the latest Linux kernel.
EditShare Storage v7 delivers higher stream counts, higher total throughput and smoother operation than previous versions.
A new Quality of Service/Bandwidth Reservation system ensures that real-time activities such as video ingest and playback, including “digital cuts” and “print to video,” always receive the highest priority. This results in no dropped frames for these activities, irrespective of how intensively the EditShare storage is being used for other non-real-time activities.
The EditShare Connect interface has been completely redesigned, offering a “Project Profiles” feature that allows users or administrators to construct customer-based profiles that facilitate the speedy mounting of just the media and shared project spaces required for a particular assignment. Often, if editors are working on several different projects, they might be members of tens or even hundreds of media spaces, and mounting the right spaces for the right project can be a time-consuming and error-prone process.
To facilitate switching from one editing project to another while always having the right spaces mounted, the EditShare Connect Profiles feature lets users group spaces together and give the group a name that’s informative and easy to remember. Users can mount all the spaces at the same time with a single click in EditShare Connect.
In addition, administrators can easily create “public profiles” that are available to all users, and profiles can also optionally enforce a consistent drive letter mapping on Windows. This is essential for NLEs and plug-ins that require users to always mount the same spaces with the same letter.
Unique to EditShare among Network Attached Storage (NAS) products, users can now store Apple Final Cut Pro X “Libraries,” “Events” and “Projects” on AFP-mounted network storage volumes. This lets FCP X users leverage EditShare network attached storage without the expense and management complexity of a SAN.
The EditShare Connect user interface has improved. Existing features such as the EditShare Limited Administration tool that lets authorized users carry out certain administrator tasks right from within EditShare Connect.
The software now includes full support for Active Directory Single Sign-On. Unlike simple password synchronization that is offered by other storage solutions, Single Sign-On enables a user to log in just once to his or her workstation using the standard Windows or Mac login dialog. No further username or password dialog is necessary to access the EditShare ecosystem.
At the network level, version 7 supports the SMB 2.1 networking protocol, enabling uncompressed 4K over 40-Gigabit Ethernet and improving performance for standard one Gigabit and 10-Gigabit connections.