DNA Evolution and LTO-5 technology enables easier archiving, smarter retrievals, faster transfers with built-in check-summing (4x faster than removable drives) - all resulting in a faster, more efficient pipeline for P2.
4x Faster Than Removable Drives
DNA Evolution maximizes LTO-5 performance archiving at over 1.2 Gb/s. Additionally, DNA Evolution checksums at the same time, saving another restore process. The overall speed increase results in a 4x speed efficiency over offloading to removable drives.
Integrates with Avid and FCP7
Newer editorial applications allows for direct use of P2 media either natively or via a quick re-wrap. DNA Evolution has integrated directly with Avid AMA and the FCP7 re-wrapping workflows for Nearline, Archiving and metadata search.
Simple interface for field users
DNA Evolution enables a simple user interface for users to add cards to the archive and also archives to multiple LTO-5 tapes at the same time. DNA Evolution’s built-in check-summing further simplifies the process of archiving and increases archiving speed and efficiency.
Faster Retrievals For Post and Re-Purposing
Browse P2 Clips, View Metadata, Search, Proxy Browse
In addition to letting you browse P2 cards, DNA Evolution’s web interface presents a “user friendly” view of P2 media by showing clip-names rather than cryptic P2 file structures. Further, DNA Evolution will present low res proxy views of P2 clips through its web interface. This allows users to use the web interface to quickly identify clips and restore them as needed.
Faster Post Production Through Intelligent Retrievals
DNA Evolution allows for P2 clips to be grouped via AAF/XML. Clips can be grouped in a rough sequence or bin e.g. “Color Correct” which allows an editor to perform a search e.g. “Color Correct”. DNA Evolution can then bring back only those clips from a library of tapes – in their encapsulating P2 structures. Once the clips are back online on a SAN, the same metadata (e.g. time-code notes) is available within the editorial application (e.g. via AMA in Avid).
DNA Evolution enables Post efficient online-offline workflows. Often times (e.g. Reality TV pipelines) – a tremendous amount of content needs to be browsed and is often not cost effective to do this at the raw resolution. In these pipelines the native content will be transcoded to a lower resolution format e.g. Avid 10:1m. In these workflows, DNA Evolution archives the raw P2 media but can use an AAF or XML of an offline sequence to identify the raw clips and restore those back. Once restored, the media can be re-linked.
High Performance Retrievals
DNA Evolution allows you to restore at over 1.2 Gb/s. When compared to performing drag 'n drops from a USB drive, DNA Evolution manages the process of pulling P2 card structures from multiple LTO-5 tapes. This makes the process of moving media to Post easy and reliable.
Shared Nearline Enables Restores To Any System
Once P2 media is tagged, organized and offloaded to DNA Evolution and LTO-5, it can be accessed and retrieved via DNA Evolution’s web interface. The DNA Evolution interface enables any editor to login, look up, search and restore files to any system or workspace on a shared SAN.
More Cost Effective
DNA Evolution utilizes LTO-5 as its storage medium. LTO-5 is an extremely low cost medium, requires low maintenance and minimal management.
Lowest Media Costs
LTO-5 is a low cost storage medium ($4,400 for 100 TBs) – costing factors less than primary SANs and Nearline disk. Additionally, LTO-5 is a high capacity medium - capable of archiving more than 1.5 TB/tape. That amounts to:
- 96 hrs (DVCPRO), 48 hrs (DVCPRO 50), 24 hrs (DVCPROHD), 48 hrs (AVC-INTRA 50), 24 hrs (AVC-INTRA 100)
Lowest Maintenance Costs
LTO-5 is low maintenance with no moving parts and does not need an electrical signal (like hard drives). Further, LTO-5 is very high density reducing the storage footprint considerably compared to optical storage. This further reduces the physical storage, power and cooling costs.
Lowest Management Costs
LTO-5 is built on standard IT technology and can be supported with off-the-shelf components. This reduces management costs when compared to proprietary technologies.
More Reliable, Future Proof
DNA Evolution archives are built on LTO-5, LTFS and open metadata paradigms. This makes your archive masters future proof with the ability to restore your P2 media for decades without proprietary software.
30 Year Shelf-Life
LTO-5 is built for a 30 year shelf life. With no moving parts and no need for magnetic refresh, LTO-5 tape represents a true replacement for traditional video tape.
Open Data via LTFS
LTFS (Linear Tape File System) is designed to be an open data format for tape that is supported by three big manufacturers (IBM, Quantum, HP). Since DNA Evolution writes all tapes using LTFS, all content can be retrieved simply via drag n’ drop without DNA Evolution software.
Open Meta-data via XML
DNA Evolution also records all metadata (native and P2) in an open XML file-system. This file-system can be exported and stored along with your archived P2 media.