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Promise SanLink2
by Simon Blackledge 5 years ago
Anyone had a play with one of these in 10Gig Bast-T form Seem cheaper than Atto Thunderlink but does that mean not as good S
Re: Promise SanLink2
by Steve Modica 5 years ago
We get contacted a lot for things like this. People take some server hardware, install redhat, freebsd or windows, and then expect to hook it all up with 10Gb and have it go fast. It usually won't for
How to get AVID to work with Freenas
by Will Brook 5 years ago
I am a relatively new AVID user working with MC 7. I have a new iMac with Maverick 10.9.2. A friend helped me build a 10 tb file server using freenas. I am having a problem saving any project I work o
Re: How to get AVID to work with Freenas
by Steve Modica 5 years ago
Use NFS. It works. Steve Modica CTO, Small Tree Communications
Mount Library on Maxx Digital SAN
by Jason Brown 5 years ago
So, I have project files (libraries) on our SAN and I'm using FCPX 10.1.2 for an occasional project. (mostly using Premier) I had to have Bob Zelin setup the ability to mount the SAN through NFS and I
Re: Mount Library on Maxx Digital SAN
by Steve Modica 5 years ago
Apple had a bug with their SMB implementation a while back where it would not work immediately after boot. You had to restart it (unshare, then share) and it would work. Frustrating stuff. What's odd
10Gb NAS vs Post Oriented SAN
by Nat Jencks 5 years ago
Can someone tell me why one of these new generation 10Gbps NAS arrays w 12 drives or more is not a good alternative to the traditional Post oriented SAN solutions from folks like Facilis, SNS, Promax,
Re: 10Gb NAS vs Post Oriented SAN
by Steve Modica 5 years ago
Still working on this. The official samba code won't release until Spring of next year. Steve Modica CTO, Small Tree Communications
NFS sharing fcpx projects
by Simon Blackledge 5 years ago
So I did a test for this NFS setup to see if it suits. On initial connection it asks for no password Also when I drop a file in over finder there's a 10-20 second delay before the copy starts Fcpx see
Re: NFS sharing fcpx projects
by Steve Modica 5 years ago
I couldn't find anything online talking about SEC requirements for dropping a product. I'm sure there are contractual obligations that some companies have for things like this (perhaps apple has suppo
Poor AFP read speeds after updating our server to Mavericks
by Devin Crane 6 years ago
We are currently editing over AFP with Mac Pro setup as our server attached to a 32TB DAS via a ATTO R680 card. We updated it last night to Mavericks and are only getting 20-30mb s read speed over AFP
Re: Poor AFP read speeds after updating our server to Mavericks
by Steve Modica 5 years ago
Did you guys resolve this I would expect when you upgraded the thing, all the network tuning got removed from etc sysctl.conf Steve Modica CTO, Small Tree Communications
How do you find out which power supply belongs to which drive?
by Scott Clements 5 years ago
Hi, I've been wondering about this for a long time. You're doing several different edits at once....swapping drives around. Your power supply gets separated from your drive (or rather your client's dr
Re: How do you find out which power supply belongs to which drive?
by Steve Modica 5 years ago
Businesses that integrate products are extremely narrow and focused. One huge advantage of having external power is the ability to avoid UL listing and certification. You get to drop that on the power
Need advice troubleshooting Areca 8050T2
by Sean Bates 5 years ago
Hi folks I'm getting fairly low read times with a new Areca 8050T2 thunderbolt drive running on a nMP. Using AJA System Test I'm getting Read Writes of around 650MBs 1050MBs in Raid 5. From what I've
Re: Need advice troubleshooting Areca 8050T2
by Steve Modica 5 years ago
When you test, open a terminal and run this: sudo iosnoop -D You'll see each IO going to and from the device and the leftmost column will show you latency on the IO. I'd love to see what it looks like
Which Hitachi Disks ?
by Simon Blackledge 5 years ago
So confused which to go for Bob To be used with Arcea as discussed. ARC-1883x 12Gig one. Hitachi-HGST Ultrastar 7K4000 HUS724040ALE640 0F14683 SATA 6Gb s OR Hitachi-HGST Ultrastar 7K4000 512n HUS72404
Re: Which Hitachi Disks ?
by Steve Modica 5 years ago
Advanced Format (4K sectors) is what you want. It's better if you can use it. Not all cards support it, which is why the drives support 512 byte emulation. You don't want to be using that since it'll
Exception: Operation not supported message
by David Blumenfeld 5 years ago
I am trying to import some old minidv footage into Media Composer 8. I am on a mac when I try to import the footage onto external hard drives, I get this message: Exception: Operation not supported, f
Re: Exception: Operation not supported message
by Steve Modica 5 years ago
Have you tried an HFS+ formatted drive I'm expecting it's trying to generate extended attributes and getting an unsupported error so it's barfing. I would have a terminal up and capture the process wi
NFS does not work with OS X Mavericks
by Bob Zelin 6 years ago
so my little trick for getting ADD SAN Location to FCP X does not work with OS X Mavericks. Only up to OS X 10.8.5. I am very disappointed. There is a note about problems on the Bresink website. Hopef
Re: NFS does not work with OS X Mavericks
by Steve Modica 6 years ago
There are lots of possibilities on a problem like this: AFP can be set to "ignore ownership" in which case all the files will be owned by uid 99 (unknown to the server) and set to the UID of the perso
Mobile shared editing storage
by David Glass 6 years ago
Hello, Last year we got to the position (as I've read many others on here have) where we needed a shared storage solution for our 5 edit suites, as we couldn't deal with the multiple hard drives and c
Re: Mobile shared editing storage
by Steve Modica 6 years ago
I just have to add a reply and say I love Bob's posts :) As for thunderbolt networking, I had it setup for Kaku Ito in Japan so he could fly to Hawaii and take pictures of stars with 3 macs. It seemed
@John Heagy
by Bob Zelin 6 years ago
Hi John - sorry for repeating this, but I wanted to make sure that you saw this post. Would you be so kind as to tell us EXACTLY WHAT TERMINAL COMMANDS you typed into OS X 10.9 to enable NFS Thank you
Re: @John Heagy
by Steve Modica 6 years ago
Hi Bob You want to put this into your etc nfs.conf file: spongebob: modica$ cat etc nfs.conf # # nfs.conf: the NFS configuration file # nfs.client.mount.options = locallocks This will automatically pu
FCP (7.0.4) Message "Out of Memory"---Far From it & Project Takes 23 minutes to Open--CRAZY!
by Daniel Monskey 6 years ago
FCP is being difficult. I have been getting messages late in edit sessions that say I am out of memory. I am working with a Wiebetech RTX 200 raid system with 2.0 TB internal drives with 1.1 TB availa
Re: FCP (7.0.4) Message "Out of Memory"---Far From it & Project Takes 23 minutes to Open--CRAZY!
by Steve Modica 6 years ago
In the olden days, some apps and OS's used signed pointers and some didn't. If you have a signed pointer, you only get 2^31 bits (2GB). I thought FCP 7 was using signed pointers (like SGI used to). Cl
Shared Storage for Print Design - Replacing Xserve
by Jon Krainak 6 years ago
Hi everyone - I've been trolling for a while, reading what people have to say about all the various options (NAS, SAN, etc.) I'm wondering if these would apply to the world of print (Photoshop, InDesi
Re: Shared Storage for Print Design - Replacing Xserve
by Steve Modica 6 years ago
Hi John For print, usually the tuning requirement is just to go as fast as possible. The apps behave differently, but there's usually no realtime component (IE you won't drop frames. You just want you
802.11ac - theoretically possible for wifi access to a SAN/NAS for video editing?
by Michael Griggs 8 years ago
I've been reading a bit about the 802.11ac wifi standard (gigabit wifi via multiple antenna 5Ghz band transmissions - http: en.wikipedia.org wiki 802.11ac), and I was just hoping to get some of the ex
Re: 802.11ac - theoretically possible for wifi access to a SAN/NAS for video editing?
by Steve Modica 6 years ago
Wifi isn't inherently bad. It's just that anything you can do via wireless you can probably do better over wired. So when they finally get around to full duplex, 10Gb wireless, there will be 100Gb Eth
Quicktime Error (-101) - AJA Kona causing this issue?
by Jessica Mantheiy 7 years ago
Currently running 10.7.4 with an AJA Kona LHi connected and keep receiving error code (-101) when trying to play back videos using Quicktime Player X. I have read that the error could be a result of:
Re: Quicktime Error (-101) - AJA Kona causing this issue?
by Steve Modica 7 years ago
Try this: Create a new account on the system and login to it. Then try. The new account will have clean preferences. If that works, go back to the old account and delete all the Aja prefs and try agai
Disk Utility erase fail
by Jack Stewart 8 years ago
I am trying to format my hard drive through disk utility in the Mac OS Extended (journaled) format. When I try this it gives me the following error message: "Disk Erase failed Disk Erase failed with t
Re: Disk Utility erase fail
by Steve Modica 7 years ago
James Bayliss-Smith " Steve Modica "I'd find the disk utility process using ps and get its PID. Then dtruss it:" Any chance of explaining this in plain english Cheers" Sorry. If you run ps -ef in a t
eSata speed difference on G-RAIDS?
by Thomas Morter-Laing 7 years ago
A little bit more to this than the title, but I'll try and keep it as brief and tech specs only as possible: I have 2 iMacs, both 3.4 Ghz i7 (late 2011), one has 12GB Ram and a 2TB Hitachi internal, o
Re: Sata speed difference on G-RAIDS?
by Steve Modica 7 years ago
That's about right. I would expect 2 drives striped to max out at around 100MB sec (minus overhead for parity and the bus). So 1MB in 10msec sounds right to me. Steve Modica CTO, Small Tree Communicat
macbook pro life expectancy
by Craig Alan 7 years ago
Model Identifier: MacBookPro4,1 Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor Speed: 2.5 GHz My original hard drive is at the point where any added media storage slows it down. I move those files to an e
Re: macbook pro life expectancy
by Steve Modica 7 years ago
I'd get a new one. I have the same laptop as you and I'm starting to consider it. Upgrading the disks is good and SSDs will go much much faster (and the heat won't be an issue), but your GFX card is o
mac os extended journaled
by johnsabbath d'urzo 7 years ago
Just bout a Seagate Expansion Desktop drive 2TB. It's a USB 3.0 and it also works as a 2.0. I'm using a G5 PowerPC Quad Core. When I format the drive the drive disappears from the desk top, seams like
Re: mac os extended journaled
by Steve Modica 7 years ago
open a terminal and run the following: $ sudo tail -f var log kernel.log Try to partition the drive again as HFS journaled. I'm guessing something useful will pop out on the terminal. When done, hit c
Deciphering a system crash log
by Keaton Douglas 7 years ago
Yesterday I inserted two new bare Seagate hard drives into my CRU-DataPort hard drive enclosure. The hard drive enclosure is connected to my Mac through eSATA wires connected into a Sonnet - Tempo eSA
Re: Deciphering a system crash log
by Steve Modica 7 years ago
It's probably safe to assume that this is a sonnet driver bug. The next step would be to set keep_syms to 1 in nvram (google for the exact syntax). Then you'll see the stack trace get filled in rather
FCP-X - Application or Platform?
by Bill Davis 7 years ago
I get that X is fundamentally just a computer program just like any other. But given the reality of the FCP "start from scratch" approach - I found myself wondering if what we're seeing in terms of th
Re: FCP-X - Application or Platform?
by Steve Modica 7 years ago
In my opinion, the main difference is pricing. Apple's cut the pricing so low, that the old style platform companies are struggling to compete. Sure, they might have better features or better match ex
FCP 7 on Mountain Lion. Potential solutions or can I dual boot Snow Leopard?
by Rob McDougall 7 years ago
I know it's been discussed a lot but I can't really find recent information that is helping me, so am hoping someone can. I just bought a Mac Pro 3,1 8 Core system as below. Unfortunately it came with
Re: FCP 7 on Mountain Lion. Potential solutions or can I dual boot Snow Leopard?
by Steve Modica 7 years ago
If you run "uname -a" in the terminal, does the output line end with x86_64 or i386 If it's the latter, then you are booting 32 bit and that would explain some performance issues. You can force a 64 b
Slow system...
by Olly Lawer 7 years ago
Hi, I have a iMac, i7 with 20GB of RAM. Never had an issue with speed before, but FCPX keeps dropping frames and running really, really slowly. I have 500GB free space on my hard drive, so not sure wh
Re: Slow system...
by Steve Modica 7 years ago
One way to debug stuff like this is to open a terminal and run iosnoop: $ sudo iosnoop -D You'll see a ton of stuff like this: 409 502 58833 R 141752216 28672 Preview MacOS Preview 603 502 58833 R 141
Quickbooks or Quicken?
by Mike Browning 11 years ago
Hi all, this question is directed to you strapping and intelligent small business owners: I am finding my increasing amount of contract work needs better book keeping than merely Excel (in other words
Re: Quickbooks or Quicken? Still no Mac?
by Steve Modica 7 years ago
I've used quickbooks for mac (currently 2009) for quite some time, although I don't do bank downloads with it. I also use quicken essentials for mac (I hate it, but I don't want the hassle of going to
How much should I charge for a concert shoot?
by Justin Sheehan 7 years ago
The concert will be a total of 3 hours. There will be 5 different videographers, 4 contracted and myself. The videographers will supply their cameras, memory cards, etc. I will supply most of the trip
Re: How much should I charge for a concert shoot?
by Steve Modica 7 years ago
Have you built in the indirect costs What percentage of your studio rent, phone bill, software costs, machine costs, healthcare, vacation time etc are you building into this Don't forget those overhea
Contemplating Self Employment
by Chris Warren 7 years ago
Hello guys. For several years I have wanted to move into the self employment world and feel like I am very close to making the final jump(and quit my full time job) I have been reading a lot of thread
Re: Contemplating Self Employment
by Steve Modica 7 years ago
Doing military work at Small Tree, we learned an awful lot about accounting. The government makes us use a model called "cost plus fixed fee". The way it works is like this: You get a budget to do som
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Where to look for work. How to land those big jobs.
by Ed Blackford 7 years ago
Hello Everyone, I am part of a collective that does all sorts of post production work and some pre-production. (http: www.full-beard.com if you want to check it out and see what we do). We have had so
Re: Where to look for work. How to land those big jobs.
by Steve Modica 7 years ago
This is so awesome I would retweet it twice if I could! Steve Modica CTO, Small Tree Communications
NAS Device setup
by Christian Simpson 7 years ago
Hey guys I am moving into a new office and looking to setup netwrok storage for the first time. I have 3 users who will need to access the storage. I have never done this before and am somewhat ignora
Re: NAS Device setup
by Bob Zelin 7 years ago
yea, but the Small Tree solution actually works. when you say "we mostly edit RED 4k and 5k" - first, you have not stated what editing system you are using. If you are using Premiere to edit the nativ
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Apple Mac Pro and Editing
by tunde ogundipe 7 years ago
Hi everyone, I'm not sure if this thread has been up before but I'll just like to give it a go. I have a Mac Pro 3.1 (early 2008) 18G of Ram with ATI 5770 Running FCP 7 and X but I still find it slugg
Re: Apple Mac Pro and Editing
by Steve Modica 7 years ago
You didn't say anything about your storage. CPU cycles and memory accesses are measured in microseconds, storage accesses are usually milliseconds. So if things seem sluggish, start there. Steve Steve
ADVICE PLEASE: On a annoying RAID issue.
by Chris Simpson 7 years ago
I do a lot of multiclip sequences editing, thats pretty much all I do. I tend to run 8 Atomos Ninjas, shooting 1920x1080 Pro LT, and anywhere between 1-4 Go pros which I convert Pro Res LT. The Ninjas
Re: ADVICE PLEASE: On a annoying RAID issue.
by Steve Modica 7 years ago
Chris Simpson "I did feel the higher the number the more likely it would be indicative of it's capability" This is usually not the case. In fact, I've found that some of the fastest drag race cards a
Hitachi Ultrastar model HUS or HUA?
by Jack Johnson 7 years ago
I've recently discovered there are two ultrastar models, the HUA (sata) or HUS (sas). I'll be using an Atto R680 to control the mini sas tower. - Does it matter which ultrastar model I use - And can I
Re: Hitachi Ultrastar model HUS or HUA?
by Steve Modica 7 years ago
Rainer Wirth "That is interesting. I've got a question to Steve. As you work for small tree, one of the best raid storage producers, you say, that it doesn't matter wether to use a HUA or HUS drive i
Will and SAN built for AVID also work with FCP 7 and Premiere Pro
by Dustin Parsons 8 years ago
I'm in the market for a networked storage solution for a small 2 man shop. Right now we're editing on FCP 7 but we're exploring moving to Premiere Pro or AVID but haven't decided which yet. I know AVI
Re: Will and SAN built for AVID also work with FCP 7 and Premiere Pro
by Matt Geier 8 years ago
Hi Dustin, When it comes to specialized applications and platforms like what Avid (and real time media and video solutions in general), you've got to pick the "just right" solution for it to work with
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File Error: Unknown File/Saving on a SAN issues
by Matt Callac 9 years ago
Trying to figure this out while I have some downtime. We've Got 3 FCP suites hooked up to a san. Each are running San 2.2. Anytime one of the computers goes offline (shutdown restart sleep etc). the o
Re: File Error: Unknown File/Saving on a SAN issues
by Steve Modica 8 years ago
Our experience has been that project files should not live on the shared storage. This changes with FCP X and its new SAN capabilities. We've been testing Titanium as an iSCSI Xsan and FCP X will use
Configuring an FCP network
by jason harris 8 years ago
Right now I have a single Mac Pro hooked up to a SAS through an ExpressSAS R380. I'm running metaSAN on this computer. I'd like to add two computers to this setup, one being a server and the other ano
Re: Configuring an FCP network
by Bob Zelin 8 years ago
Jason writes - Right now I have a single Mac Pro hooked up to a SAS through an ExpressSAS R380. I'm running metaSAN on this computer. REPLY - why are you running MetaSAN MetaSAN is a fibre software ma
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experience with shared storage from GB Labs Space?
by Micha Blazer 8 years ago
I am about to buy a shared storage system from GB Labs. Does anyone has experience with this system I have 4 edit suites whit FCP 7.0.3. I am also curious if anybody is using this with FCP X -- Micha
Re: xperience with shared storage from GB Labs Space?
by Steve Modica 8 years ago
For the record, we have hundreds of direct customers editing video over NAS and thousands more doing it with our network cards. You can certainly edit video over a NAS. It just requires an understandi
iMAC I7 Jumbo Frames Finaly Enabled
by Gorazd Koncar 9 years ago
Hi, After a lot of confusion about the new IMAC I7 jumbo frames support I have done tests with two Level One USB-0401 Gigabit adapters hooked to two USB IMAC I7 ports. The adpaters are low cost, suppo
Re: iMAC I7 Jumbo Frames Finaly Enabled
by Steve Modica 8 years ago
Danylo Bobyk "it's a QNAP 439 II + Pro (w atom processor) but I am transferring using AFP since iSCSI simply isn't supported for Lion and it seems like the only real option available." It's the Atom
Sharing and FCPX
by Steve Modica 8 years ago
Small Tree is releasing a new product called Titanium. It's our all in one NAS SAN storage appliance and it supports AFP and Samba as well as iSCSI. Small Tree's had iSCSI drivers for Mac for quite so
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Premiere vs. Avid
by Mark Ferris 8 years ago
I ve been a Final Cut editor for years. Since Apple s release of Final Cut X, my unofficial position as Small Tree s video editor has not only forced me to learn FCP X, but to familiarize myself with
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Re: Premiere vs. Avid
by Nicholas Penrake 7 years ago
Hi Mark, some good points listed, and am now persuaded to stick with Premier Pro. However, I was particularly interested in point 5 about speeding up the editing work. Could you expand on 'Premiere Pr
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