Advise on Multi-User Video Editing Setup
Posted on 2011-05-09
Hi All, I need some advise on setting up a Video Editing network. We have 5 users using iMac computers that use local storage for editing and manipulating video. We are looking at migrating all this data to a central SAN we have recently purchased to centralise all the data. The SAN is a HDS AMS 2100 with 4 8GB ports direct connected to 2 x Dell servers running Citrix XenServer. The SAN also host all other company information (word docs etc). The trouble is mainly on the ethernet side. If we host all the data on the central SAN then streaming gigabytes of video to the users to edit would saturate the bandwidth on the ethernet network.
So my question is, what would be a suitable product (both software and hardware) that would allow centralisation of editing and video processing that will eleviate network congestion. I have looked in to Final Cut Pro / Final Cut Server although I cannot install Final Cut Server in a Citrix Xen enviroment. We can purchase another Mac Server although I am looking for alternatives as Final Cut seems a bit over kill in regards to features. I am open on the costings depending on the functionality.