Videoguys.com Announces Availability of the new ProMAX Platform Portable Workflow Servers
Groundbreaking mobile server enables smaller workgroup to share anything, with anyone, anywhere
Glen Cove, NY – Videoguys.com is pleased to announce that they are now accepting orders for the revolutionary new ProMAX Platform Portable systems starting at just $5,995. Initially announced at IBC in Amsterdam, Platform Portable distinctively allows creative groups to connect their existing attached storage devices and transform them into a simple, yet sophisticated, shared editing environment. ProMAX, the manufacturer of Platform modular workflow servers, high-performance ONE editing workstations and Cache-A archival appliances, designed this revolutionary mobile server to establish an entirely new product category by utilizing existing drives as shared storage to accelerate the efficiency of video production and post workflows both in studio and on location.
Platform Portable 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 can connect clients up to 5 x 1GbE or 2 x 10GbE ports, copper or fiber. Storage expansion ports include 2 x Thunderbolt 2.0, 8 x USB 3.0, 4 x USB 2.0, 2 x FireWire 800, 1 x FireWire 400, 2 x eSATA and an optional SAS controller.
“Platform Portable enables workgroups to share any content, from any device, in any format, with any user in the group, anywhere they choose to take it,” summarizes Jess Hartmann, ProMAX CEO. He adds, “People are excited to find a new way to retain their investment in terabytes of existing local and attached storage. Response to the system has been resoundingly positive.”
Platform Portable enters the market with capabilities unlike any other shared storage device. Portable models include varied levels of workflow acceleration features such as built in Media Asset Management and Transcoding for groups of up to 6 users. Platform software supports these workflows as well as Portable’s fundamental ability to make use of existing attached storage devices to become a powerful shared storage system.
“One of the biggest challenges and requests we have gotten from our customers over the past several years is finding a way for them to easily and affordably migrate to networked shared storage.” said Gary Bettan, President of Videoguys.com. “With the introduction of Platform Portable, ProMax has hit the nail right on the head. Now, editors can network their existing external storage and attach new faster Thunderbolt storage. Even better, Platform Portable includes file management software that allows them to track and utilize all their footage, no matter which drive it is on. This is the perfect solution for video editors and small post houses that are expanding their business and working with other editors to meet the growing demand for content. No matter which NLE you use Avid, Adobe, Final Cut, or others, Platform Portable supports it. Plus, your editors can run on the workstations they like best ̶ Platform Portable supports Windows and Mac machines!”
As the most affordable video optimized shared workflow solution for smaller workgroups, Platform Portable offers an accessible “bridge” in moving from attached storage into more robust shared storage. Portable can be configured with an optional, built-in 2TB SSD storage module featuring 2 x 1TB drives in RAID-0 for fast access to media. The Portable base configuration will have an MSRP of around $5,995, before options for expanded network connectivity, transcoding, or onboard storage are added. There are no per seat licensing costs.
Platform Portable’s functionality mirrors the merging of production and post processes, blending features to fit the needs of creative teams ranging from production groups of D.P.s, audio technicians and DITs, to post teams of editors, colorists, and graphic artists. For live event production and creating packaged content that requires immediate turnaround for social media and PR packages, Portable delivers an incredibly collaborative editing experience that enables finishing projects faster.
The Platform Portable also answers the call for a shared editing system with supreme mobility to effortlessly travel from studio to locations and back. At 18” x 12” x 2.5” and 10.75 pounds, it’s lightweight and small enough to easily take by plane or car to any shoot location. Its rugged steel construction and anti-shock braces are designed to perform in tough outdoor environments and every Platform Portable comes with a shock absorbent, protective travel bag.