Better IT By Design


In Video Post-Production:
Whether you’re working in video and film, editing audio, or creating effects and motion graphics, take full advantage of the high performance of Xsan 2 from ingest and capture to final output.

Digitise with zero dropped frames
With Xsan, you’ll get the consistent, high-bandwidth drive performance that capturing video or audio data from tape to a digital storage system — the ingest or capture process — demands. Your SAN can accurately capture video or audio data from an ingest station (or multiple ingest stations) without frame drops.

Flexible editing
With Xsan, every editor on a project has concurrent access to source media files and never needs to transfer this data between stations. If your company lands another project, simply install Xsan on additional systems to let new editors use the SAN. Each Mac accesses shared files on the SAN as if the storage were directly attached. Thus, working from a SAN eliminates data duplication between systems and reduces your storage needs. When you complete a project, simply reserve bandwidth to the SAN for the finishing workstation.

Effective storage
Xsan makes it easy for you to set storage policies and allocate different classes of storage to different purposes without forcing your editors to adhere to onerous rules. Affinities let you set up folders in a volume that direct files to specific storage devices. For example, a scratch data folder can direct files to RAID 0 storage, the finished works folder can direct files to RAID 1 storage, and a capture or ingest folder can direct data to RAID 5 storage for a good balance between speed and protection.

Simple solutions for complex networks
Xsan provides powerful SAN benefits with Apple ease of use. Xsan Admin helps you with storage area network setup, putting complex network topology in a simple graphical user interface. You can control access to sensitive files with user and group privileges, as well as set up usage quotas on a per-user or per-group basis. Xsan Admin will notify you via pager or email if a particular event occurs. Event notification options include the following: your capture/ingest or finishing station nears its storage quota, a controller failover occurs, a Fibre Channel connection fails, free space falls below a set percentage of available space, or a user or group exceeds its soft quota.

Final Cut Studio 3:

Final Cut Pro 7
With all the advancements in Final Cut Pro 7, there are now even more reasons why it's the first choice of professional editors. Powerful new features and time-saving improvements help you work faster than ever. Whether you're working solo or collaborating with a team, Final Cut Pro 7 gives you more creative options and technical control.

Expanded ProRes family

ProRes is an Apple codec that allows you to edit at HD quality with SD file sizes. In addition to the original ProRes 422 and ProRes 422 (HQ) versions, Apple now offers three new ProRes versions, ranging from an efficient proxy version for use on notebook computers to a high-quality version for use in compositing.

Broad Format Support.
Final Cut Pro 7 lets you edit virtually anything with the highest-possible quality, including camera-native editing of a wide range of leading SD, HD and 2K formats. Now with expanded support for file-based formats and even more ProRes options, Final Cut Pro offers maximum flexibility for post-production workflows.

Incredible effects and transitions
Final Cut Pro 7 offers real-time performance for more than 150 filters and effects as well as for multistream video. New speed change tools and expanded support for Alpha transitions offer even more options. Use the SmoothCam feature to stabilise shaky shots while preserving standard camera moves.

Digital cinema workflows
Featuring deeper integration with Color, Final Cut Pro 7 is ideal for digital intermediate workflows for projects shot on film, as well as cutting-edge workflows for video from high-resolution cameras such as the RED ONE. Improved relinking with Cinema Tools 4.5 allows you to produce change lists and edit lists with confidence.

Motion4 - 3D effects in record time.
Just drag and drop to send particles exploding through space. Swing cameras around an object with breathtaking ease. Apply new, realistic shadows and reflections with a click, and animate credit rolls in seconds. With Motion 4, it’s easier than ever to create astonishing 2D and 3D motion graphics.

Soundtrack - Audio has its day.
Soundtrack Pro 3 helps you edit and mix faster than ever, with new multitrack editing tools and easy ways to fix common audio problems. Whether you’re enhancing a single clip or crafting a feature-length soundtrack, you’ll find all the tools you need to create perfect sound for picture.

Color 1.5 - Progress made beautiful.
Color 1.5 puts the power of high-end grading in your hands. Thanks to intuitive tools and deeper round-trip integration with Final Cut Pro, you can quickly improve a single scene or create a signature look for an entire sequence. Now with native workflows in high-quality formats up to 4K, Color is the ultimate finishing tool for music videos, commercials, broadcast post and feature films.

Compressor 3.5
New batch templates, enhanced droplets, and convenient auto-detect settings in Compressor 3.5 minimise the time you spend encoding, so you can invest more time in editing. Best of all, you can now keep editing in Final Cut Pro while Compressor encodes and delivers your files for you in the background.

DVD Studio Pro 4
Extend your creative vision to every aspect of DVD authoring. DVD Studio Pro 4 makes it easy, with intuitive authoring tools and a comprehensive set of advanced features for navigation, playback and mastering.

Installation and integration by professional engineers

The IT-Collective's video consultants and engineers have an impressive record of integrating a wide range of technologies, we aim to provide solutions as well as deliver on time and in budget.To get the best from your new systems, we recommend using own team of skilled systems and integration engineers. Before any hardware is delivered it is tested and pre-configured to your specifications in our workshop.We also offer rental opportunities on video workstations and support Adobe and other video editing packages.