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  1. Tips for Happy Shared Storage Workflows

    June 24, 2013 by Steve Modica

    1.  When you have lots of media coming in from various cameras to your shared storage, make sure you are ingesting that media using appropriate software.

    We have seen a few cases where people are dragging files in from the camera using the Finder, rather than the camera vendors import software.
    When you do this, the media can sometimes have the “User Immutable” flag set.  This flag prevents users from accidentally deleting files, even if they have appropriate permissions.  You can see this flag via Right Click->get info.  It’s the “Locked” flag.

    While this makes sense if the media is on the camera (where they expect you to do all deleting with the camera software interface), it does not make sense on your storage.  However the flag is persistent and will also be set on any copies you make and any copies you make of those copies.  It will also prevent the original files from being deleted when you “move” a large batch of material from one volume to another!

    Obviously this will waste a lot of space and be very frustrating down the line when you have thousands of media files you can’t delete.  You’ll also find that unsetting the Lock bit via “get info” is way to cumbersome for 10,000 files.

    One simple answer is the command line. Apple has a command (as does FreeBSD) called “chflags”.  If you can handle using the “cd” command (Change Directory) to navigate to where all your Locked file are, you can run:

    chflags -R nouchg *

    This will iterate through all the directories and files (starting from whatever directory you’re in) and clean off all the “Locked” bits.

    2.  Edit project files from your local machine, rather than shared storage.

    There are a number of reasons to do this, and as time goes on, I seem to find more.

    First, it’s just safer.  Not all apps lock project files. So it’s possible that if you have enough editors all sharing the same space and everyone is very busy and the environment is hectic, someone could come along and open a project you already have open.  If they “save” their copy after you save yours, your changes will be lost.  It would be no different if it was a Word Document or Excel Spreadsheet.  When multiple people save the same file, the last guy to save wipes out the first guy.  (This is not a problem for shared media like clips and audio since those files are not being written, just pulled into projects).

    Second, apps like Avid and FCP 7 all have foibles with saving to remote storage. Avid doesn’t like to save “project settings” over Samba or AFP (although NFS and “Dave” from Thursby work fine). FCP seems to mess up its extended attributes when it saves, leading to “unknown file” errors and other strange behavior.  (When this happens, you can easily fix it.  See Small Tree Knowledge Base solution here:

    Lastly, you may have different versions of apps on different machines.  I recently had a customer that was using FCP 7.0 and attempting to open files written by FCP 7.0.3.  The older app was unhappy with the newer format files and it created some strange error messages. While this would have been a problem no matter how the files were accessed (locally or over the network), the network share made it more confusing since it was not clear that the files came from another system.  Had the user received the projects on a stick or via email, the incompatibility would have been much more obvious from the start.

    If you have any questions regarding shared storage and improving your workflow, do not hesitate to contact me at

  2. Powerful Shared Storage

    June 7, 2013 by Joe DiBenedetto

    The New Titanium Z8 — 16 are pretty powerful machines. Feed 10gb to ALL of your clients without even buying a switch. Gives you huge volume that you can add to on the fly.

  3. The Impact of Shared Storage on Video Production

    May 30, 2013 by Joe DiBenedetto

    Walter Biscardi of Biscardi Creative Media talks about how Small Tree’s shared storage system impacts his full service, script to screen creation company.

  4. Thunderbolt and USB 3.0

    May 25, 2013 by Steve Modica

    Steve ModicaApple has always been on the leading edge of connectivity for their systems.

    Back in 2004, before we had formed Small Tree as a company, I can recall drooling over a Power Book laptop with an integrated Gigabit port. That was a crazy thing to have on a laptop at the time. Gigabit was still a little weird, very expensive, and not common as a drop at anyone’s desk. Yet here apple was putting it on a laptop. (more…)

  5. Best Shared Storage System for Remote Video Post-Production

    May 23, 2013 by Joe DiBenedetto

    Walter Biscardi of Biscardi Creative Media ( gives a product overview of Small Tree’s TitaniumZ-5 technology and tells us why it’s a “pretty sweet” option for small- to mid-size production teams that are shooting out in the field.

  6. Small Tree Shared Storage Plays Vital Role in Boutique Post-Production Company’s Rapid Growth

    May 20, 2013 by Joe DiBenedetto

    ProdigHouse 1Jakarta, Indonesia, May 20, 2013— Originally founded in 2012 to handle post-production on two feature film projects, Prodigi House in Jakarta soon acquired additional clients – including Samsung and Honda – seeking support with TV commercials. With additional projects and tighter deadlines, the company installed a Titanium16 shared storage system from Small Tree, the leader in simple, affordable and powerful Ethernet-based shared storage solutions for professionals engaging in the creation, management and delivery of electronic media and entertainment content.
    Company’s Flexible Storage Solution Handles Workflow Requirements


  7. Getaway Productions Chooses Small Tree Shared Storage for Feature Film Project

    May 7, 2013 by Joe DiBenedetto

    Affordable Solution Enables Post-Production Team to Meet Tight Editing Deadlines  

    Small TreeAtlanta, GA, May 7, 2013 — Having finished shooting on the feature film “Getaway,” an action movie starring Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez and Jon Voight, the Getaway post-production team knew they needed to add visual effects artists to work on the project. With the addition of up to six VFX artists and two post-production assistants, the team also knew a robust storage solution would be necessary to meet tight deadlines. As such, the group installed a Titanium16 Ethernet-based shared storage system from Small Tree(more…)

  8. Scott Simmons on – NAB 2013: The TitaniumZ-5 from Small Tree

    April 18, 2013 by Joe DiBenedetto

    We recently wrapped up a great NAB 2013 show in Las Vegas! During the show we launched our newest products including our shared storage TitaniumZ-5. Wondering what the Titaniumz-5 is all about? We could talk all day about it but we’ll let Scott Simmons clue you in:

    TitaniumZ-5Not everyone in post-production has the need for shared storage and probably even less of those need portable shared storage but if you’re one of those that do look no further than the TitaniumZ–5 from Small Tree. It’s got some impressive specs and an eye-catching, yet useful form factor. It looks like it would be the perfect fit for certain editing situations.

    Read the rest of his blog at Pro Video Coalition





  9. NEIGHBOR Film & Video Workflow Solution Case Study

    April 4, 2013 by Joe DiBenedetto

    Boutique animation studio, NEIGHBOR, had a dilemma – the newly formed company, sprouted from a much larger post-production company, needed a centralized storage solution that would be both fast and future-proof.

    Neighbor Workflow Diagram for Case Study

    Neighbor Workflow Solution Diagram (Click to see larger)


  10. Gigabytes per second or Giga-buts per second?

    March 24, 2013 by Steve Modica

    Steve ModicaEvery year as NAB approaches, the marketing once again begins.  Oh the marketing….

    As NAB approaches, I’d like to take a moment to remind people in the market for storage that Gigabytes/second is not what makes video play smoothly. (more…)