Published on Thursday, 05 September 2013


Cache-A LTO-6 Protects Assets for Post, Arts & Education

Cache-A LTO-6 archive devices are now in use on major feature films, broadcast production, and in arts, medical and educational organizations for long-term asset protection. These varied installations reflect the fact that the system Cache-A products are based on, LTO-6, is versatile enough to suit different users and purposes, and is cost effective.

REDLab Digital post-production facility in Toronto, Canada is using Power-Cache6 working with with two LTO-6 drives as its primary archive appliance. The company recently used this combination for fast production archiving tasks on Sony Pictures’ upcoming film ‘Pompeii’, shot in stereo on RED Epic cameras. The project was delivering about 2TB of data per day, amounting to nearly 120TB in total, including RAW R3D and editorial files plus VFX pulls. Power-Cache LTO-6 was used to make two LTFS LTO-6 copies of each day’s footage, with one copy stored off-site. REDLab Digital also used Cache-A’s new Simul-Copy, an LTO-tape duplication function, for ‘Pompeii’.


Extra Speed & Capacity

“We were already running a Pro-Cache5 24 hours a day on some other movie projects and needed extra capacity and speed, so we bought the Power-Cache LTO-6,” said Andy Hunter, owner and Flame artist at REDLab Digital. “We chose the LTO-6 because Cache-A’s appliances have been fairly easy for us to integrate into our pipeline. The Power-Cache has performed very well, and by combining it with Simul-Copy, we can now make multiple LTO-6 copies simultaneously, saving a lot of time.”

In broadcast, one of Turner Broadcasting’s production operations in New York needed a simple back-up system for RAW original camera master files and now uses the desktop Pro-Cache6 to perform scheduled, unattended backups from a central storage NAS. Kinetic Productions, a production and post-production company in Honolulu, Hawaii, has replaced its existing Blu-ray disk facility with the Pro-Cache-6.

Cache-a-Vtape-Tech-Room   Cache-a-Pro-Cache6

VTape is an international distribution, exhibition and resource centre in Toronto that restores and preserves work created by independent filmmakers and video artists. The company holds approximately 5,000 different titles, covering about 30 years and amounting to tens of thousands of hours. Material is being archived to LTO-6 via Cache-A Pro-Cache6 from diverse, antiquated formats from 1-inch tape, VHS and Umatic cassette tapes up to the current QuickTime and digital camera formats. Works include those of Colin Campbell, one of Canada’s first video artists who made such films as ‘Modern Love’ and ‘Bad Girls’ in the 1970s and ‘80s, and ‘Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner’, the first feature to be written, directed and acted in Canada’s indigenous Inuit language, directed by Zacharias Kunuk, and the winner of the Golden Camera Award at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.

Historic Video

“We’re responsible for a wide range of contemporary and historic video artworks, so preserving and archiving them properly is critical,” said VTape technical coordinator Mark Pellegrino. “Longevity is a serious element of our work, and we wanted to get rid of unreliable hard-drives completely. Cache-A was recommended by others working in the archiving industry. The robustness and backward compatibility of LTO-6 means it should be 10 years before we have to think again about our archiving strategy. Pro-Cache6 is simple to use and compares well in price to videotape archiving. Each minute of data stored on LTO-6 is costing us a few cents.”


In higher education Southeastern University, Florida, has purchased the Cache-A LTO-6 as part of its studio and broadcast facility upgrade to a full-HD workflow. The university runs several different broadcasting degrees and also uses its facilities to produce promotional videos, chapel services, student concerts and shows. It has the Power-Cache appliance, with an LTO-6 Library24, for all archival work and uses the NAS functionsto share materials between editorial bays.

“With our upgrade to HD, we realized the data output would multiply considerably and that we would need somewhere to store all of this material safely. We were also hoping to set up a shared storage system but didn’t have the budget for a large SAN,” said Ian Fritzsche, campus engineer at Southeastern University. “However, we are at the start of the LTO-6 life-cycle, which we can expect be relevant for many years. Combined with Cache-A’s Library24, the capacity is theoretically infinite. The fact that Power-Cache6 also works as a NAS meant we didn’t have to also buy separate shared storage. Overall, Cache-A represents a versatile archive system for the university’s broadcast facility.”

Cache-A will debut all of its LTO-6 products at IBC 2013, Amsterdam, in September.