EditShare Field 2 – our second-generation portable storage unit – is the perfect solution for situations where you need media and project sharing in a small, quiet box. Designed to meet even the most stringent airline regulations for carry-on baggage, Field 2 can travel with you wherever you go – providing an instant collaborative editing environment in a hotel room, on a film set, at a remote office or even in an ENG van.
Field 2 has all the standard features you expect to find in EditShare's XStream and Energy models, including hardware RAID protection, enterprise “spinning disk” or SSD drives, media and project-sharing support for Avid, Final Cut Pro, Premiere, and Lightworks, the EditShare Sync Tool (TM) for sending media to another EditShare system over the Internet – even scalability and expandability options.
Field 2 comes with 4 Ethernet ports for direct connections to client workstations or laptops.
Options include adding:
Optional PortaBrace Bag
The ergonomic PortaBrace carry bag facilitates comfortable transportation of a Field 2 unit while still fitting most airline overhead lockers.
Field 2 is available with several different 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch hard drive options to help you optimize for what counts the most – greatest amount of storage, highest performance, lowest weight, or best economy.
Each 4-drive set of 3.5-inch drives can support a “baseline performance” of 8 streams of ProRes 422 or DNxHD 145 or 24 streams of 25-Mbit video such as DV25 or XDCAM-EX 25. An 8-drive Field with 2.5 inch 10K SAS drives provides about a two-fold increase in performance over the baseline. An 8-drive Field with 2.5 inch SSD drives provides about a 6-fold increase over the baseline.
Field 2 storage is based on the industry’s most reliable Enterprise hard disks and SSD drives and uses hardware RAID-5 or RAID-6 protection. The rugged chassis is built for easy upgrades and maintenance, with removable drive cages and a slide-out CPU tray design that allows convenient access to all components.
In 2004, EditShare pioneered the idea of “in-place editing” over standard Gigabit Ethernet connections, showing the world that Avid and Final Cut Pro workstations didn't need expensive and fragile fibre channel technology to play multiple streams of uncompressed SD material, or multiple streams of compressed formats such as DNxHD 220. Today, thousands of EditShare customers can testify to the reliability and performance of Gigabit Ethernet– even when playing back multi-stream effects. With Field 2, you can make direct connections between your workstations and the 4 on-board Gigabit Ethernet ports, or you can use a unique Linux bonding configuration (adaptive load balancing) to combine the bandwidth of all 4 Ethernet ports and connect them to a low-cost switch that doesn't normally support bonding or link-aggregation.
With an optional 10 Gigabit Ethernet card, you can connect a Field 2 system to a 10 Gigabit switch for expanded client connectivity, connection to client workstations for finishing work and other high data rate editing, or to use Field 2 with other EditShare servers (XStream, Energy, Flow or Ark) on the same network.
With file-based workflows growing larger and more complex every day, EditShare believes a storage system simply has to include tools to help you catalog and manage all your files, as well as tools to help you back them up and archive them to less expensive and more energy-efficient devices. Every Field 2 system includes Flow software for file-based ingest, logging, cataloging, searching, simple cuts only editing and drag and drop into the leading NLE applications. Field 2 provides two concurrent Flow Browse licenses for Windows or Mac clients as well as one file-based ingest license. In addition, Field includes Ark software for backing up and archiving to qualified tape libraries, including many Quantum, HP and SpectraLogic models, available for purchase separately.
EditShare storage servers run on a rock-solid Linux base – but not all Linux operating systems are the same. A decade of tuning and tweaking our version of Linux, based on our vast knowledge of media creation applications such as Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Apple Final Cut Pro, has led to the best storage platform in our industry.
EditShare's Extreme Scalable Architecture (ESA) allows connecting multiple Field units together on a single network, or connecting a Field unit to other rack-mounted EditShare servers, where they all just appear as a single storage pool.
EditShare’s elegant NAS technology controls locking at the file level, allowing multiple editors to write to the same volume simultaneously – crucial for efficient workflows. In comparison, many SANs use volume-level locking, allowing only one user at a time to write to a volume.
Multiple Avid editing applications simply cannot share media on a standard IT-type NAS or SAN; if you try to do this, the different Avid workstations will quickly corrupt each other's database files. EditShare's patented Avid media sharing technologies, however, make collaboration with Avid a breeze.
Working together gets really interesting once editors can open the same project to share ideas, sequences, cuts, etc. EditShare developed and patented the first non-Avid “bin locking” solution to allow Avid editors to work collaboratively and use the same bins simultaneously without stepping on each other's toes. We later extended our technologies to support Final Cut Pro 6 and 7 and Premiere Pro. And now we have the world's most advanced project sharing for our own NLE, Lightworks.
Although the technology behind every EditShare system is highly complex and sophisticated, the front-end Administration tools make it very easy to create user accounts and spaces for media and projects, and to then assign different user rights to the various spaces. Managing an EditShare system is simple enough to be handled by a senior editor.
To make media management easier, content creation organizations usually want to create different “spaces” for different projects so that media files can be easily archived or deleted when they are no longer being used. Because EditShare “spaces” are just virtual volumes, enlarging or shrinking them after you create them is as simple as a couple of clicks.
With EditShare shared storage, there are no per-seat license fees, removing barriers to productivity and providing faster return on investment.
EditShare Administrators can set privileges such as who can delete files and when. Deleted material can first be moved to “Trash” so that it is possible to “Undo” a deletion if a file is deleted by accident.