Facilis Technology File System Emulation
Enabling Avid Project and Media Sharing Features
TerraBlock Manager includes a user mode setting called “File System Emulation” for use with the Facilis Shared File System. On Windows and Mac OS X, this setting allows Avid applications in the Media Composer and Symphony family to use ISIS/NEXIS-style project and media sharing, when working with TerraBlock Multi-user Write volumes. This project sharing feature set has been around since the 90s and is well known to most all professional editors. TerraBlock enables this across platforms on every version of Media Composer and Symphony.
Capture, import, render to the Facilis volumes as if they were ISIS/NEXIS workspaces, and take advantage of the increased performance of TerraBlock shared storage. TerraBlock volumes can be used for capture from multiple workstations concurrently. MXF subdirectories are created by the Avid application to coincide with the workstation host name, and designate which client workstation is managing the databases for the media. This avoids the database rebuild and refresh issues seen in some other 3rd party SAN solutions that are not using Avid emulation.
The Avid application will expose certain features to the operator only when an AVIDFS volume is present on the system. All of these features are operational when using File System Emulation mode on a TerraBlock volume. Any project opened from the volume will allow bin locking and sharing through the lock icons as seen here. A green “Unlocked” icon represents write access to the bin, and a red “Locked” icon represents read-only access. The clips being created by the writer of the bin may be accessed, but the bin will only be updated with any new clips the next time it is closed and re-opened. Sequences should not be changed in locked bins, because the bin contents cannot be saved. To work on a sequence, copy to an unlocked bin or save a copy of the locked bin (copies and originals cannot be opened at the same time). The project window provides a view of the current “owner” of the bin, or no name if the bin is available for write access. An operator may open a bin for read-only access even if the bin is available for write by holding down the ALT or APPLE key while opening.
Using Emulation Mode for Avid workgroups allows editors to reach the potential of their Avid software on a storage system that can keep up with even the most intense 4K DNxHR formats. Facilis has been supporting Avid project sharing since 2009, and hundreds of facilities are working in seamless collaborative workflows with TerraBlock as a very high performing and effective Avid Network Storage solution.