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VES/Delta 1000 series PC Workstation debuts at 61st Annual UFVA Conference

Professors representing the film and video departments from hundreds of North American colleges and universities recently gathered in Denton, Texas for the 61st Annual Conference of the University Film and Video Association. This year the week-long event was hosted by the Radio-TV-Film Dept of the University of North Texas, and drew close to 400 attendees along with dozens of exhibitors encompassing publishers, software developers, and equipment suppliers.
In addition to the academic panels and film screenings, the Conference featured Technical Sessions and Exhibits from industry sustainers that included: Eastman Kodak, Apple, AVID, Panasonic, JVC, AntonBauer, and honored the UFVA by choosing this international event to debut their eagerly-awaited VES/Delta Series PC Workstation editing solution. The system is unique in that it is a superbly engineered PC workstation developed from the chassis up to be the ultimate, affordable, advanced, integrated & certified turnkey editing platform for the video editor who prefers to run AVID Media Composer, or Liquid.
According to Professor Fred Ginsburg C.A.S. Ph.D. MBKS, "These are not just modified office computers. The VES/Delta was designed from the ground up specifically for video editing, by some of Hollywood's top computer engineers who understand not only the needs of AVID software, but the video editing lifestyle! The system is lightening fast, powerful, reliable, and work-flow friendly.


"Without a doubt, the most exciting innovation on the VES/Delta is the unique Recovery Emergency Disk (tm)  that allows the end user to instantly (and legally) restore all of the system and editing applications back to their perfect state without loss of editing data, and without having to go on-line for authorizations, validations, or permissions. In the event of system slowdowns, file corruptions, or failures on Drive C, this system gets you up and running in minutes, without any need to call for Tech Support!"
The VES/Delta 1000 ships as a complete and configured system, so it is truly ready to use out of the box. All of the software is fully installed and configured at the factory, including any of the client's own software. The basic system includes four quick removable drives, two 22-inch digital widescreen video monitors, a pair of professional grade audio speakers, custom keyboard for AVID, and mouse. An optional internal RAID array for protected media storage is available as well.
Tons of features have been designed into the system for reliability and editor convenience. Voltage and temperature display. Dual ethernet systems (10/100 as well as GigE) for local "edit net" collaborative editing as well as internet connectivity. WiFi station as well as access point so you can lock onto an existing signal or broadcast your own signal. High speed rear e-SATA II connections that are 6 times faster than IEE-1394. Swiveling front connectors for USB, Firewire, and audio. Drop-down bolting and lockable side panels for security. Roomy tower enclosure for ease of maintenance. Clearly labeled and neatly bundled wiring harnesses, in case you do have to fix anything inside. Custom, re-usable travel cases for all of the hard drives.
Powerful Nvidia Quadro graphics card with Nvidia chipset. SLI motherboard and beefy 850watt power supply, in case you ever need to add a second graphics processor to the system. Every component has been carefully designed and researched to optimize performance while still being affordable and cost effective.
This system is ideal for the beginning editor who wants to move up to the power and respectability of AVID and AVID Liquid; as well as for the seasoned veteran who needs to upgrade their network.
It is truly a ready-to-use editing solution for those of us who are artists, rather than engineers.
Note: More information about the system is described in the PDF flyer.
From the desk of Fred Ginsburg is the non-linear editing division of
Equipment Emporium Inc.  (818) 838-4457
15235 Brand Blvd, Ste A-110, Mission Hills CA 91345
And some more background material for you....
Why we designed the VES/Delta 1000

Putting together the "perfect" computer system for running AVID is a whole lot more complicated than I (Prof. Fred Ginsburg) ever imagined when I first began my quest for a personal computer system to host the copy of Media Composer Academic that I purchased after the 2006 University Film & Video Association Conference.

Of course, it was that frustration that led me down the path to my esteemed colleague, Nigel Hamley, who has been a leader in putting together video editing systems ever since his early years with Convergence Editing Systems in England! These days, his company is located in Burbank California, and he has designed and installed systems for major studios & broadcast facilities.

I showed Nigel some quotes that I had gotten from various sources on the web, and he began enlightening me on the realities of non-linear editing.

Which, of course, is what ultimately brought about the creation of the VES/Delta Series of advanced, turnkey editing systems for AVID and AVID Liquid. But I digress from sharing with you what I have learned.

MAC vs PC. This is the first question on everybody's mind. After all, didn't AVID originally only run on the MAC platform?  Well, yes, sort of. The AVID package included software & special hardware, and cost more than most houses. In those days, you did not buy software only.

That was then, and this is now.

When you get a MAC, you get it the way Apple intends it. Period. Not much wiggle room, nor opportunity to customize it cheaply. Despite their great advertising campaign, Apple is far from the bohemian, counter-culture, folksy image that they convey. In reality, we are staring at a massive, monopolistic corporate monolith whose halls swarm with as many "suits" as any other "big business" entity.

Video has changed a lot since the olde days. Much higher resolutions, more sophisticated effects, and more emphasis on doing it all right there in your desktop as opposed to editing only an off-line EDL and then bringing your tapes to a facility for final rendering.

Oh, and let us not forget that HD and HDV are upon us.

Today's editing systems need some major processing power, terabytes of (transportable) storage, and well conceived fail safes! There is no room for technical compromise if you expect to play in the big leagues!

Which is why the production community now favors the PC. A PC can be configured far more efficiently for what we need it to do.

To begin with, there is a myth regarding the speed of the CPU. It is widely believed that the most important number when choosing a computer is the speed or power of the Central Processing Unit. Not so. The CPU plays an important role, but the power of the Graphics Processing Unit is perhaps even more critical when discussing video editing.

Economically speaking, one should go with a slightly less powerful CPU and put the savings into a better GPU. Don't misunderstand me. I am not suggesting that we not use a state-of-the-art Intel Core2 Duo, but we do not need the fastest one on the market.

More of the overall speed of the system has to do with a high performance chipset supporting a high performance graphics processor. Many computers fail in this regard by not engineering the best chipset to support the graphics! Our VES/Delta computers will employ a very powerful (newly designed)  Nvidia Quadro graphics card supported by an advanced chipset and special motherboard. So new, in fact, that we had to re-think our original design to accommodate this new technology.

Fact. AVID software works best with Nvidia. Although Liquid is far less fussy when it comes to the type of graphics card, classic AVID is extremely particular and is only certified with a handful of models. AVID strongly recommends Nvidia, and that is what we are using!

Beware, though, that not all Nvidia graphics cards are appropriate for AVID. They manufacture a variety of cards, some of which are not suitable for professional video editing!

The motherboard, chipset, and graphics processor that we have put together will support the future addition of a second GPU. You probably don't need it now, but who knows what the near future holds in store? New formats, new clients, new processing demands. Better to spend a few more dollars today on an advanced, upgradeable system -- than to have to toss out your motherboard and GPU in order to beef up your system later.

Our single GPU supports two monitors, of course. We supply every system with two 22-inch wide-screen displays, along with audio speakers (properly mated in terms of quality, magnetic shielding, and impedance on your system).

Drives. We start off with four large capacity drives. These are all the latest technology, removable, heavy duty drives that install as easily as changing the battery on a power drill.

Drive 1 is for the main operating system and applications. It remains uncluttered from projects and media, which are on drives 2 thru 4.  It comes preloaded and configured (as does everything on the Delta). We also include special utilities for disk management & routine maintenance.

But one day, the drive will self-corrupt or mechanically fail. All drives fail eventually. That is a fact of life that computer manufacturers like to pretend will never happen. But it will crash. Question is, what will happen to your career?

Before we ship your system to you, and after it has been completely configured, we make a special restore package for your main drive.  (And yes, this required a lot of political negotiation and special licensing from the software giants.) All you have to do is employ the restore media, and minutes later your reformatted or new main drive is ready to continue editing, just as if nothing bad ever happened.

Drives 2 thru 4 would include your Project data as well as Media. The Project data could be recovered from your backup on one of the other drives.

If your original media is timecoded, you can alway recapture or batch capture your material in the event of a crash. Or, you can back up your media drives to external high performance drives, thanks to the addition of two ports on the back!

These ports also make it very easy to transport your whole show to another physical computer somewhere else in your company, or even around the world.

For those of you with stringent client demands who absolutely cannot afford to recapture due to time schedules or other reasons, the VES/Delta computers are set up to easily add our Raid 5 array.

I know. You're not a geek. What the heck is a Raid 5?

The Raid 5 is an internal hard drive array holding 4 active drives for your media. It would replace the function of the your Drives 3 and 4. But the cool thing about these drives is that any 3 of the 4 hold 100% of your data. It is a complicated thing to explain, but at any given moment 3 drives store data while the fourth drive (called a Parity drive) stores a redundant data. Of course, the role of the 4 drives continually changes, so that at any given moment, any 3 of the 4 drives can restore the data of its (damaged) sibling.

Oh, and should one of the drives fail, you will not have to wait impatiently for Federal Express  to deliver a spare drive to you. We stash a brand new drive inside of the rack so that you are not forced to "drive without a spare tire" in case of another crash. We have great respect for Murphy's Law!

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