1st Edition

Moving Media Storage Technologies
Applications & Workflows for Video and Media Server Platforms

ISBN 9780240814483
Published April 1, 2011 by Routledge
630 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations

USD $98.95

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Book Description

A practical guide to the implementation of state-of-the-art media storage systems.

Keep your media assets organized, searchable, protected, and immediately accessible with a clear understanding of the technical concepts and best practice workflows for deploying storage systems for media servers. Information is organized to focus on the principles of storage, collaborative workflow, compressed video and media formats, and associated topics that use file based workflows. A thorough understanding of the technologies is provided, accompanied by numerous illustrations, tables, examples, glossaries and additional reading suggestions.

The text and appendices are designed to provide easy to access valuable reference and historical information.

  • A focus on the media serving concepts and principles employed at the enterprise level
  • Practical and technological summaries of the applications and linkages between media asset management and storage technologies for studio, television, and media production workflows
  • Illustrations, standards, tables, and practical summaries serve as handy reference tools

Table of Contents

Digital Media Recording and Storage Technologies ; Digital Disk Recorders - DDR; Non Linear Editing - NLE; Video Server Systems; Media Server Components and Disk Based Architectures; Storage Arrays; Storage Networking; Optical Based Storage Platforms; Bridging the IP and IT Worlds with the Video/Media World; Encoders and Decoders; Compression formats, bit rates and services ; Performance - Bandwidth, Stripping and Throughput ; Clustering; High Performance Storage Systems; File Transfer Protocols (FTP); Formats, Conversion and; Interchange and Exchange Formats; Scalability, Extensibility, Interoperability; Storage Management; Archives, Backup and Libraries; Applications of Video Server Technologies; Video on Demand; Digital Cinema Servers; Media Asset Management - Digital Asset Management; Workflow and Content Delivery Networks; Storage Virtualization; Multifunction Media Servers for Broadcast; Disaster Prevention; Upgrades, Updates and Forklifts

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Karl Paulsen has spent over thirty years in broadcast television engineering and management holding key positions in operations, consulting, design, and systems integration. Karl is currently a Senior Technologist/Consulting Engineer with Diversified Systems. Previously he was CTO at AZCAR Technologies, a global provider of media solutions and technology integration for the moving media industry and Director of Engineering for Synergistic Technologies, Inc., and VP of Engineering at Digital Post & Graphics. Karl has focused on video file servers, storage and IP-based video technologies, including workflow, implementation and analysis for advanced digital media systems for nearly two decades. A feature columnist for TV Technology magazine, he has contributed over 150 articles to his long running 'Media Server Technology' series. Karl authored the book "Video & Media Servers: Applications and Technology" as well as dozens of other contributions to the industry. He is a SMPTE Fellow and standards community participant, a SBE Life Member and a Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer.


"Written especially for IT professionals involved in video production and multimedia management, this volume examines in detail the requirements of digital video and media professionals and the robust, secure and scalable storage solutions available to them. Beginning with overview material on server types, buses, disks and physical mediums, the work proceeds through a practical discussion of media specific storage issues including trans-coding and wrappers, multi-user IP storage, archives and backups, metadata and media asset management, clustering and resilience and virtualization. The work includes illustrations and tables and access to a companion website is provided."--Reference and Research Book News

"Complex media storage computer systems are employed to capture, store and retrieve moving media content on systems that will preserve the original integrity of the content over time and technological transition.  This book provides detailed information related to the concepts, applications, implementation and interfaces of video file servers, intelligent storage systems, media asset management services, content distribution networks, and mission critical platforms.  A tutorial and case example approach is taken to facilitate a thorough understanding of the technologies, using numerous illustrations, tables and examples.  The text and appendices are designed to provide easy to access valuable reference and historical information."--Radio Magazine

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