Maxx Digital's FINAL SHARE 10G
Maxx Digital's 10gig Final Share is a very simple, accelerated ethernet system, that allows multiple users to share the same Hi Def Video media, all at the same time.
An off the shelf Mac Pro with a lot of RAM is used as the server computer. If we use the regular MAC OS-X operating system, we can have up to 10 users working at once. If we use OS-X Server software we can have as many users connected as the ethernet switch has ports. Inside this Mac Pro are two PCIe cards - one is a disk drive host adaptor that supports the new 6Gig SATA drives. The new drive arrays that support 6Gig drives are running at 1600 MB/sec read speeds, which is really, really fast. The drive arrays can be as large as 48 Terabytes each, and we can daisy chain up to 8 of these together. That's a LOT of storage (384 TB).
The other card in this MAC Pro is a 10Gig Etherent NIC. This 10Gig card hooks up to the back of a special ethernet switch that has 10Gig ethernet ports on the back, and regular 1Gig ethernet ports on the front.
You plug in your MAC computer's ethernet port to the front of this special switch. They can be MAC Pro's, iMacs, MacBook Pro's, MacBooks, and even old G5 computers. Without jumbo frames enabled, we can get about 90MB/sec read times for each computer attached. This means that every MAC computer attached can do any ProRes HD resolution up to and including ProRes4444. And there are no issues with large data transfer, or large render files - you can render right off of the shared drive volume.
And if that is not fast enough, we can put in a multiport 10Gig ethernet card in the server. This will allow us to have the extra ports connect directly to other MAC Pro computers that have a 10Gig ethernet card in them, and we can get about 300MB/sec to just these computers, which means that these computers can do uncompressed HD, or multiple streams of ProRes422HQ for large Multiclip jobs.
Maxx Digital Final Share works with all NLE editing software, like Final Cut Pro, or Adobe Premier. It does NOT work with multiple AVID systems, however we can have one AVID connected without issue, that can share media with the other editing systems.
All of this works, just like normal ethernet - meaning no special software, and no site licenses to purchase. It just plugs in and works, just like normal ethernet.
I know - it's hard to believe that this stuff actually works.
For years, people have been saying "isn't there a cheap simple way I can share video media between two or three MAC edit systems ?". This is that system.