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Post-Production Storage Solution Guidance - Academic Environment
posted by Julian Firminger  on Feb. 8, 2019, 3:55 a.m. (5 months, 16 days ago)
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Hi Frank,
Though technical, these questions all impact " implementation, maintenance, and expansion":
  1. Which NLE(s)?
  2. How many workstation initially?
  3. Projected scale over time?
  4. 4K what? 4K HVEC or 4K HDR EXR frames. Or something in between :)
  5. How many students x how many classes x how many projects required to be online concurrently x hrs footage per project x average bitrate
  6. Does question 5 make it financially impossible and now you need to think about nearline
In broad terms you need to think storage first, then network, then everything else. Either the syllabusand student requirements drive the budget or the budget drives them. If you have100 workstations and 400 students and some dimwitupstairs has said "everythingmust be 4K" and the budget is 50K, quit your job. They should be asking "how many students can we support for 50K"

Julian Firminger

Senior Systems AdministratorUnited Broadcast FacilitiesAmsterdam, The Netherlands


On Wed, Feb 6, 2019 at 5:19 PM Frank Sanchez <content@studiosysadmins.com> wrote:

Greetings all,

I work in an academic environment and were looking to implement a Post-Production solution allowing both 4k and HD to be rendered in lab environments by students. The solution would need to be able to deal with a varying amount of high and low bandwidth scenarios and be strategically configured to ensure efficient use of storage. We have a proposal on the table from a vendor so I am not so much looking for technical detail or suggestions for hardware solutions so much as I am looking for guidance in implementation, maintenance, and expansion. Is there anyone out there who works in the education or academic world that has implemented and maintained post-production solutions for educators and students that may be able to share their experience in doing so? Were looking to be proactive and avoid pitfalls as much as possible.

Thanks in advance!

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