​PreRoll Post for Windows

Having announced support for Apple, Imagine Products has now released PreRoll Post, its Linear Tape File System (LTFS) archiving application, for Windows. Used in broadcast and postproduction, PreRoll Post allows Windows users to create nonproprietary backups of any file or folder using the open-source LTFS.

The application costs $499 and is available for immediate download from Imagine's website. It streamlines the process of placing files onto an LTO-7, LTO-6, or LTO-5 tape, or onto Sony's Optical Disc Archive (ODA) and claimed to be at a price that is far more affordable than any comparable tool.

"Most people keep 'archives' on hard drives, which become less and less reliable the longer they sit on the shelf,” said Michelle Maddox, Imagine's marketing director. “PreRoll Post mitigates that problem by ensuring you can back up full-resolution media to local disk and to a long-term tape or cartridge in an easy and almost foolproof way, so archives are made correctly the first time. Anything comparable for Windows would cost thousands of dollars, versus just a few hundred dollars for PreRoll Post. Even better, it's compatible with our ShotPut Pro application for Windows, which has become the industry's de facto standard for offloading."

PreRoll Post relies on checksum technology to ensure the files on tape exactly match the originals. “By storing the checksum values for each file, PreRoll Post also verifies files during restoration back to hard disk whenever they're retrieved,” adds Maddox. “This process provides confidence that all copies of files match the originals.”

Within the PreRoll Post application, the LTFS mounts a tape as a volume (like a hard disk) within Explorer, making it possible to write to and read from the tape as if it were a disk, without other proprietary software or formatting.

PreRoll Post also enables search and retrieval of previously backed-up files. Drag-and-drop functionality for both archiving and retrieval allows users to drill down into folders on mounted or unmounted tapes/cartridges to locate the files or folders they seek. Once they determine which tape or cartridge holds the file or folder they're after, users can simply insert that tape or cartridge and pull what they need.

For content creators or post houses that create LTO deliverables for Discovery Channel, PreRoll Post offers a Discovery Channel mode to ensure the LTO tapes meet the network's specifications for field, graphics, or program masters. In this mode, PreRoll Post automatically places files in the proper locations on the tape to meet Discovery Channel specs.

PreRoll Post is compatible with any LTFS-compliant tape drive, including MagStor, mTape, UNITEX LT60 with USB 3.0, 1Beyond, or any desktop-connected LTO drive, as well as Sony's ODA. Simple installation instructions walk the user through setup for the appropriate drive. Users can customize settings, such as naming conventions and notifications via email/text, to ensure archiving consistency.

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