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An interview from the 2014 Content & Communications World Expo in New York City with Nate Cooper of ProMAX Systems. ProMAX Systems creates powerful servers, storage, workstations, and software specifically designed for the film and video industry. The ProMAX Platform Shared Storage System has become one of the most widely adopted products in the industry and the ONE+ Workstations are favored by editors, colorists and VFX artists around the world. In this interview Nate talks with us about the newest addition to the ProMAX Platform series, The Platform Portable.

The revolutionary ProMAX Platform Portable server is set to establish an entirely new product category by enabling mobile collaborative workflows for on-set video production and post-production. Platform Portable allows creative groups to connect their existing attached storage devices and transform them into a simple, yet sophisticated, shared editing environment.

The Platform Portable enters the market with capabilities unlike any other on-set device with the unique ability to make use of existing attached storage devices to become a powerful shared storage system; and with workflow acceleration features including built in asset management search for groups of up to 6 users. Platform Portable is also the most affordable video optimized shared workflow solution for smaller workgroups, offering a versatile “bridge” between attached storage and more extensive shared storage systems.

The ProMAX Platform Portable server is cross-platform compatible (OSX, Windows, Linux) and supports all common attached storage interfaces including Thunderbolt, USB, FireWire, SAS and eSATA. Portable also reads all common file systems including, HFS+, FAT32, and NTFS. Platform Portable’s network connections include up to 6 x 1GbE or 10GbE ports to connect clients, 2 x Onboard Gigabit LAN Controllers, and Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac. Storage expansion ports include 2 x Thunderbolt 2.0 (optional), 8 x USB 3.0, 4 x USB 2.0, 2 x FireWire 800 (optional), and 2 x eSATA.

Nate also talks with us about the the ProMAX Platform Series 4, its latest and most advanced workflow servers for video professionals. Platform Series 4 servers have been engineered to improve collaborative video workflows. The key to this design are new media asset management features accessible from within the web interface. These features include ingest with automated proxy generation, custom metadata tagging, search and preview. So critical to content creation, these asset management functions are included in Platform Series 4 and require no additional licensing fees. A new transcode engine has been built into Series 4 servers to power media conversion for ingest and delivery and is capable of handling multiple transcode jobs in sequence. Transcode capabilities can be optionally upgraded enabling support for up to 24 simultaneous tasks.

For more information please visit: www.ProMAX.com

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