Cache-A Extends Leadership in LTFS-Based Archiving for Media & Entertainment Industry at NAB 2012

Continuing to extend its leadership position in developing products that support the LTFS (Linear Tape File System) format, Cache-A Corporation has built a significant track record with this emerging technology. HBO, Safeway and Offhollywood are among the first companies to deploy Cache-A’s enhanced LTFS technology with their archive appliances.

All of Cache-A’s LTO-5 based products include LTFS capability, including the company’s flagship product — the award-winning Pro-Cache5, the high-performance Power-Cache and the quiet, desktop Prime-Cache5. Cache-A is featuring all of these products at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention (NAB 2012) in Las Vegas, NV (Booth SL10508).

LTFS is particularly relevant for media and entertainment companies that need storage solutions that effectively safeguard their content, increase data mobility and share content organization-wide.

Based on open software, LTFS enables users to interchange content across different operating systems, software applications and physical locations. It leverages the economy, robustness, high density and low power of tape with much of the functionality and usability of a hard drive by allowing tape to be accessed through standard file systems.

Cache-A enhances LTFS to overcome the following limitations:

  • LTFS has inherent characteristics that can cause long waits when used with file management tools like Windows Explorer or Finder
  • With LTFS, restoring more than a few files at a time with Explorer or Finder can be very slow
  • LTFS cannot be used by itself in a network or multi-user environments because the open code or “base level” deployment requires that the LTO drive be dedicated to a single computer
  • LTFS looks like, but does not behave like random access disk. Due to the inherent linear nature of tape, accesses must occur over all files in the order they were written, potentially causing long delays

Benefits of the Cache-A interface that specifically enhance LTFS include:

  • File Manager Utility — File moving that avoids issues with Finder/Explorer
  • URL Encoding — Allows archiving of file names with illegal characters
  • Networked — Makes LTFS volumes available across a LAN
  • Indexed — Every tape is searchable and can have additional metadata for every file, folder and tape
  • Easy Formatting of Media — No shell command line is required
  • Easy Mount and Unmount — No shell command line and no locked eject due to folders in use
  • No Client-side Software — Every computer can instantly work with it

With Cache-A’s implementation of LTFS, the tape both looks and behaves like a disk, and all tape operations are handled transparently in the background by the archive appliance and delivers a solution that is:

  • Self-contained: Platform neutral to stand the test of time
  • Interchangeable: Easy to distribute and interchange assets
  • Extensible: Scalable to meet future needs

As a complete archive solution for digital media professionals, Cache-A appliances simplify operations, improve manageability and meet their long-term data retention requirements. Self-contained, easy to deploy with no assembly or installation required, Cache-A appliances know where every file lives on each tape and organizes restores for efficient linear access. They also allow users to employ hard disk caching for file transfers, which protects them from the latencies and access issues associated with linear tape. In addition, they include full remote support and software updates ensure that users always have the latest LTFS version as well as the latest Cache-A features.

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NAB Show to Feature Super Session Exploring the Future of Mobile Digital TV

NAB Show will present a Super Session on mobile DTV titled “Mobile Video and Mobile TV – Beyond YouTube,” presented by NAB Labs. During the session, scheduled for Monday, April 16 in Las Vegas, industry experts will offer their perspectives on the future of mobile video and mobile broadcasting.

Consumer desire for media content anywhere and anytime continues to tax telecom wireless networks’ ability to deliver video via their one-to-one architecture. As a result, wireless companies are imposing data limits on services that have raised concerns among content providers and consumers. On the other hand, broadcasters’ one-to-many architecture has an edge in terms of delivering video to mass audiences with few constraints, an advantage that could serve the industry well in terms of meeting consumer expectations.

Peggy Johnson, who heads global market development for Qualcomm, will deliver the session’s keynote address. At Qualcomm, Johnson leads efforts to commercialize new business opportunities, nurture early stage initiatives and develop strategic relationships. In a previous role as executive vice president of Qualcomm’s Americas and India division, Johnson played a key role in the global development and adoption of 3G wireless broadband technology and services in those regions.

Moderated by Jim Burger, member, Dow Lohnes PLLC, the session’s panel will include Mark Aitken, VP Advanced Technology, Sinclair Broadcast Group; Peter Siebert, executive director, DVB Project Office; Jack Perry, CEO and founder, Syncbak; and Cedric Fernandes, VP technology, MobiTV.

Panelists will examine various global technologies and potential business models for future mobile TV use in light of consumer demand. Discussion topics include the effects of data limits put in place by wireless providers, how broadcasters can leverage home grown technologies to their advantage and how the broadcast industry can meet consumers’ changing expectations.

About NAB Show

NAB Show, to be held April 14 – 19 in Las Vegas, is the world’s largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. With more than 90,000 attendees from 151 countries and 1,500+ exhibitors, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for digital media and entertainment. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, NAB Show is home to the solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways.

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Thoma Bravo to Acquire Telestream to Accelerate Business Growth

Telestream, the leading provider of video transcoding and digital media software solutions, has announced that leading private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo, LLC has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Telestream, Inc. The transaction will facilitate further growth of Telestream’s core businesses in addition to providing additional capital for further market expansion and acquisition.

For more than 13 years, Telestream has been at the forefront of innovation, pioneering file-based video encoding and transcoding solutions for media and entertainment companies, enterprises, and consumers. According to 2011 reports by business research firms Frost & Sullivan and In-Stat, the worldwide multi-format transcoders market is poised for strong growth.

Telestream has been profitable since 2001 and has self-financed three acquisitions: compression specialist Popwire in 2006; live webcasting and screencasting provider Vara Software Ltd. in 2008; and Anystream, a leading provider of automated multi-platform media publishing solutions in 2010. At the close of 2011 Telestream brings thirteen straight years of record sales growth.

The transaction is expected to close in early January 2012. Terms of the deal were not disclosed as both companies are privately held. Telestream will continue to operate as an independent entity with existing management teams continuing their current roles. Headquarters will remain in Nevada City, California with offices in Virginia, Sweden and Germany.

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Singular Software Announces Crossgrade Promotion

Singular Software, developer of workflow automation applications for digital media, announced an exclusive offer for current PluralEyes users. From now through July 17, 2011, current PluralEyes customers switching non-linear editing applications (NLE) can purchase a new PluralEyes license at 50% off. The crossgrade promotion is available to anyone that purchased PluralEyes prior to July 4, 2011. Each valid PluralEyes license key is good for one crossgrade discount code.

Customers who purchased a PluralEyes crossgrade license after June 19, 2011 should send an email to sales@singularsoftware.com with their original PluralEyes license code and the new NLE PluralEyes license code. Singular Software will send a 50% rebate.

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Singular Software Announces DualEyes Public Beta Program for Mac Users

Singular Software, a developer of workflow automation applications for digital media, has announced that it has launched the highly anticipated DualEyes for OS X public beta program. Winner of TV Technology’s 2010 Mario Award for its breakthrough technology, DualEyes is a standalone application for the automatic synchronization of video and audio clips in dual-system audio production. Designed to work alongside any video editing application, DualEyes is streamlined to accomplish the task of replacing in-camera scratch audio with separately recorded high-quality audio.

The DualEyes for OS X public beta program is available for Mac OS X 10.5 and later.

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