Avid Storage Workflow using EVO

ISIS/Nexis Alternatives for Avid Media Composer


Network Storage for Avid Media Composer

avid-logoChoosing the best shared storage for video editing with Avid Media Composer can be daunting.

Avid’s own storage solutions are the choice for some, but they are by no means the only choice. There are many advantages to be gained — including price, compatibility, performance, and features — by taking a responsible look beyond a Nexis/ISIS/Unity system for your team’s Media Composer workflow.

An important point to know is that Media Composer natively includes some excellent sharing/collaboration features, and most off-the-shelf storage systems will not allow you to take advantage of these features. It’s therefore equally important to know that EVO has been designed specifically to support Avid Media Composer collaboration with project, bin, and media sharing, so that you can take advantage of these excellent features directly within MC itself.


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EVO Shared Storage systems offer Avid Media Composer editors a collaborative workspace for media, projects, and bins.

EVO eliminates the need for standalone RAIDs or individual drives for multiple workstations. Editors no longer have to worry about locating their media or managing duplicate files: With the proper setup they can just focus on editing.



EVO Shared Storage Advantages for Avid Media Composer

Project & Bin Sharing

EVO is a purpose-built networked storage server for professional media teams. Unlike generic SAN or NAS systems, EVO includes unique features that create new possibilities for collaboration within multi-user Avid Media Composer workgroups.

EVO enables the most desired workflow for Avid editing teams: the ability to work in the same project at the same time and share access to bins and media, natively within Media Composer, as would occur when using an Avid Nexis/ISIS network or Unity storage system.

High speed sharing, no switch required

EVO’s NLE-optimized networking and storage functions provide outstanding performance for shared media with Avid Media Composer. Teams of editors can concurrently handle multiple streams of XDCAM, DNxHD, DNxHR, and other codecs via standard 1GbE and/or 10GbE network connections, and in most cases editors can connect their workstations directly to EVO, with no additional switch requirements.

Easy-to-use asset management — included

Every EVO includes ShareBrowser, an editor-friendly asset management application built to complement EVO and make it easier for multiple users to work together as a production team within the shared storage environment. With ShareBrowser, users can view proxies, verify data transfers, tag files, comment on, and search for assets across all EVO storage as well as local, offline, cloud-based, and other network disks.

Enhanced data protection

Centralized RAID protection, UPS monitoring, and custom network notifications protect your team from things like disk failure and file overwrites, and a unique shared Recycle Bin even protects against accidental file and folder deletion! Editors can rest assured that all of their critical media is safe and readily accessible.


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Avid Media Composer

Media Composer is the industry’s standard video editing software for macOS and Windows, trusted by professional editors in every segment of movie making, television, broadcast, and streaming media. With its extensive history, track record, and feature set, creative editors everywhere are well-versed with and ardently faithful to Media Composer. Designed to handle high volumes of disparate file-based media, Media Composer delivers accelerated high-res and HD workflows, real-time collaboration, and powerful media management, eliminating time-consuming tasks so you can focus on telling a great story.

“EVO worked perfectly right out of the box. I was surprised how well it integrated into our process, particularly with Avid Media Composer. If you didn’t know any better you would think you were working on Avid’s native storage.”

Rob Sarroff, Director, ZigZag Post



Network Storage Solutions for Media Composer Workgroups

EVO works with professional NLE applications like Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, FCP X, and DaVinci Resolve. There’s an EVO for every team regardless of its size.


16 Bay

EVO 16 Bay

High performance scalable storage for medium to large workgroups

The 16 bay EVO accommodates up to 80 drives per managed system, 28 GbE ports, 12 Fibre Channel ports, and multiple 10GbE ports.

8 Bay

EVO 8 Bay

High performance shared storage for small to medium workgroups

The 8 bay EVO accommodates up to 24 drives per managed system, up to 4 Fibre Channel ports, and multiple 10GbE ports.

Prodigy Desktop


Something big… figuratively speaking

EVO Prodigy Desktop is small, quiet, desktop storage with 4 x enterprise drives, for compressed workflows, mobile/field use, and studios without rack space.



Avid Media Composer Workflow on EVO

EVO and ShareBrowser provide unique features that empower Avid Media Composer workgroups to be more collaborative. EVO gives you the ability to share media and have multiple editors in the same Media Composer project at the same time.


Native Project & Bin Sharing

One of the most powerful features of Avid Media Composer is its ability to let multiple editors work in the same project file while sharing access to bins. EVO offers the same project and bin sharing solution Nexis/ISIS users have come to rely on for ultimate collaboration.


Media Sharing

Another one of Avid’s powerful features is media management. Media Composer employs its own logic for tracking media files. EVO has been designed to seamlessly enable this functionality while working with Avid Media Composer.



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