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ProMAX Upgrades Platform Workflow Server, Launches Online SSD

ProMAX Systems has released a new lineup of Platform workflow servers focused on 4K and higher finishing workflows. It has also updated software to enhance creative collaboration, asset management control, and integration with production technology.

The new ProMax systems are based on 3D NAND SSD technology.

“Collaborative finishing workflows for 4K DPX or other image sequences are particularly difficult to handle in a shared storage environment,” said Jess Hartmann, CEO. “Each of these video streams requires over 800 Megabytes per second throughput to each workstation. When you have multiple artists pulling these kinds of streams at the same time, traditional Shared Storage systems just can’t keep up. But with our new Platform Online SSD systems, we can deliver up to 4 streams, or 3.2 Gigabytes per second, to a team of content creators”.

The new Platform Online SSD product line starts at 32TB, 48TB or 64TB and can be used in conjunction with standard disk Platform servers to create a multi-tier multi-node workflow system.

As important, the new systems are fully integrated workflow servers allowing companies to offload CPU intensive work like proxy generation, rendering, transcoding.

They also provide data management capabilities like backup and replication, all built into a browser based interface.

“The Platform Online SSD was designed as the perfect add on product to the existing ProMAX Platform Online workflow servers,” says Hartmann. “Managed together through a simple to use browser interface, users can move projects from Online to Online SSD for finishing with a simple click request.”

Platform Version 5.5

The new software release includes upgrades to asset management searching, Proxy Editing for Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Cloud and streaming for NewTek NDI devices.

Proxy Editing for Adobe Premiere enables editing of high bandwidth media in a proxy format, by utilizing proxy footage automatically generated using ProMAX’s Platform workflow servers.

Asset Management Improvements include automatically generated thumbnails, hierarchal tree view searching, faster indexing and improved metadata extraction.  Additionally, the transcoding engine has been redeveloped offering more flexibility, simultaneous encodes, GPU encoding and support for additional formats.

Bulk User Management has been added specifically to address the needs of colleges and universities running student media labs.

Storage and Playback for NewTek NDI Devices makes it easy to see NDI broadcast streams, select and then begin to capture those streams on the Platform system.  ProMAX capabilities also allow operators to “chop” a stream so that the current file is closed and a new file is created during the capture.  This allows editors to grab a stream instantaneously and begin editing so they can respond to timely broadcast requirements.

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