- Friday, Apr. 15, 2016
Pixspan, Inc., the leading storage and bandwidth workflow technology company, will demonstrate new storage workflows for full-quality 4K images powered by the NVIDIA Quadro M6000 at NAB 2016.
With the proliferation of 2K, 4K, 6K and HDR in the media and entertainment space, creative workflows must handle increasing amounts of data from the camera to the data center and on to the workstation. But these streams of data threaten to flood today's storage and network infrastructures with hundreds of terabytes or more for a single feature. Full-resolution 4K video files outstrip typical NAS storage systems and 10Gbps networks.
Pixspan will present an economical and efficient solution to these challenges that reduces storage requirements by 50-80%. This allows 4K workflows to operate on equipment originally designed for 2K while enabling data access times that are two to four times faster. When Pixspan combines its unique software with the superior processing of the NVIDIA Quadro M6000 GPU, the result is bit-accurate video decoding at up to 1.3 GBs per second - enough to handle 4K digital intermediates or 4K/6K camera raw files in real time.
Pixspan's solution is based on its bit-exact compression technology, where each image is compressed into a smaller data file, while retaining absolutely all the information from the original image. All images are encoded and decoded bit-for-bit exact, allowing unlimited compress/decompress cycles with no loss of quality.
"Pixspan's software combined with the processing power of the NVIDIA Quadro M6000 creates an incredibly fast 4K workflow solution for those working with full-resolution images in a true real-time imaging chain, regardless of their physical location," said Bob Pette, vice president of professional visualization at NVIDIA. "This brings the benefits of GPU processing to an entirely new market for storage and networking."
"We are excited to show how Pixspan with NVIDIA Quadro professional GPUs enables 4K workflows on infrastructure designed for 2K," said Michael Rowny, CEO of Pixspan. "Pixspan software works across the entire imaging chain, from on set through post and final assets. We will be demonstrating how the tremendous processing power of the Quadro M6000 can be put to new uses in imaging storage and networking, which saves time in today's world of increasing resolutions and tight deadlines."
EMC is demonstrating at its booth (SL9605) a complete 4K workflow solution that includes Pixspan, NVIDIA and Aspera. With EMC's Isilon Scale-Out NAS for storage, Pixspan's software will be used for 4K video playout in real time via an NVIDIA Quadro M6000 with an HP Z840 workstation.
"EMC, NVIDIA and HP provide off-the-shelf equipment components that are in wide use today, making the integration of Pixspan's software easily accessible to studios, post facilities, and end users across content creation, storage, and transmission segments of the industry," added Rowny.
Pixspan is a workflow technology company offering unique software products that reduce storage costs and increase transmission speeds of full-quality media, medical, and surveillance imaging. Its software covers all bit depths and resolutions of EXR, DPX, TIFF, Cineon, and ARRIRaw, while remaining bit exact. Currently, Pixspan is the only company providing a solution for full-resolution workflows beginning from camera RAW, through image processing, and through to final assets. For more information, visit www.pixspan.com.