Video Editing Suite- PC based
Ok guys and gals, I'm open to suggestions here!
We have two media classrooms in adjacent buildings, one room has four editing suites with two high end workstations in each (8), the other has three edit suites also with two fairly fast workstations in each (6)
I have all 14 machines running Windows 7 64 bit with Adobe Premier CS5, four workstations also run After Effects, All run at least 6GB of RAM
All of this is connected by a 1 GB Fibre to a HP 4108 Managed switch, and workstations have a 1 GB copper connection to the switch.
, this runs in its own Media VLAN.
Connected directly to the switch via a 1 GB copper connection is a 2TB Buffalo NAS running RAID 5, with a UPS to cover power outages
Since the dept has moved to HD Video the whole lot has slowed to an unacceptable level. At present we see two main issues:-
1. The speed of the disks in the NAS are not fast enough to support up to 14 workstations rendering HD video sometimes all at the same time!
2. The NAS only has one 1 GB link (although the throughput has never maxed out)
The HOD wants to be able to edit and render HD video without lag by any student at any workstation!, they must be able to edit at whichever room they are timetabled into.
We must also be able to offer at least nightly backup of the day’s data.
IMHO, this is NOT how industry works video editing, it is almost 180 deg the other way round in that each person editing video does so on the same machine on a local HDD.
They are of the opinion that replacing the entire setup with a MAC Suite will fix the issues overnight; to say I'm sceptical would be an overstatement!
Currently we have no MAC hardware or software in schools, nor does any of the IT staff currently possess any support skills on MAC's
The first thing they will probably need is AD integration (as they won't want another set of credentials) and the ability to read files from their home areas as well as print to the Windows printers!
Short of pulling out the network cables and making them all stand alone I'm at a loss as to how to give them everything they seek, a SAN is out of the question due to cost (not that a MAC suite of 14 video editing machines would be any cheaper)
So chaps and chapseese, how do you do it in your school?