DaVinci Resolve Shared Storage Eric Newbauer
DaVinci Resolve Shared Storage
Shared NAS/SAN Workflow with Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve and EVO
Network Storage for Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve
Choosing the best shared storage for DaVinci Resolve or Resolve Studio requires careful consideration about how your team wants to get organized and collaborate.
This is especially true if you’re using DaVinci Resolve for color grading and finishing, because working with DPX/EXR sequences can mean throughput of 2GB/s (yes, that’s two gigabytes!) or more per second to just one computer. Using popular image sequence formats like DPX, TIFF, and OpenEXR can put tremendous demands on storage arrays, and this is particularly true for shared/networked storage arrays that have to balance the needs of multiple users.
For example, 4K DCI (4096×2160) 16-bit uncompressed DPX can require as much as 1.8GB per second, which easily exceeds the bandwidth of a 10GbE connection. On top of that, just one hour of this sequence can take up as much as 6TB of storage!
Until recently, color grading in a shared environment meant huge investments in complex storage deployments and expensive clustered Fibre Channel network infrastructures.
EVO makes it simple.
EVO Shared Storage systems offer Resolve colorists a high-performance, cost-effective shared storage solution that bridges the gap between editorial and finishing.
It’s now easier than ever to incorporate color grading into a shared environment, along with motion graphics, and online/offline edit suites running Premiere Pro, Avid, or FCP X.
Resolve has collaboration features built-in, but if your shared storage can’t support your team’s high throughput workflow you’re not getting collaboration the way Blackmagic intended! With EVO, you get the throughput required for even the most demanding tasks, such as working with 2K, UHD, 4K, and 6K image sequences.
It’s amazing what happens when everyone is working in harmony.
Prep, edit, grade — shared storage for the whole team
EVO makes all of your camera files, offline proxies, master files, projects, and DPX sequences available in real-time for all Resolve users connected to the network. And, whether you have an artist working in After Effects, an editor working in Final Cut X, and a colorist working in Resolve, everyone can access the same storage system and work with shared assets.
Purpose built storage
EVO is a purpose-built networked storage server for professional media teams. Unlike generic SAN or NAS systems, EVO is designed exclusively for high throughput, low latency media creation requirements. EVO increases efficiency in your workflow by storing and serving all media and project files from a centrally accessible system.
Focus on productivity
By enabling real-time editing directly over the storage network, EVO eliminates the need for standalone RAIDs or individual drives for multiple workstations. This, in turn, eliminates the need to endlessly shuffle huge files. Editors, colorists, and other artists spend less time waiting and more time getting things done.
Netflix Deliverables? No problem.
The EVO DPX system handles real-time playback of uncompressed 4K media and finishing in 16-bit EXR/DPX from a single shared storage system. Windows, Linux, and Mac workstations can achieve 1GBytes/s and higher — without using Fibre Channel.
EVO is used all over the world, with professional NLE applications like DaVinci Resolve, Adobe Premiere Pro, FCP X, and Avid Media Composer.
EVO Network Storage for Your DaVinci Resolve Workgroup
Resolve supports multiple operating systems, and you can use any or all of these platforms with EVO. Each OS has its own nuances that can affect Resolve’s performance with shared storage, so advanced situations — especially very high throughput and/or using multiple OSes — may require additional configuration. Contact us to discuss your workflow requirements.
The greatest increase in workflow efficiency comes from enabling everyone to access the same media files at the same time. EVO is designed to handle cutting edge workflows with HD, 4K, 6K, and even 8K video formats, all while allowing editors to access their projects and media concurrently.
Enhanced data protection
Centralized RAID protection, UPS monitoring, and custom network notifications protect your data 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.
Get organized with ShareBrowser
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.