(Las Vegas, Nevada--April 6, 2014) NAB 2014 marks the world debut of Quantel's Genetic Engineering 2. GE2 is Quantel's new shared storage solution for post that delivers new levels of flexibility, performance and productivity for Quantel Pablo Rio color and finishing system users. GE2 uses COTS hardware and is already transforming the efficiency of post houses in today's multi-resolution post world.
GE2 optimises post workflow. It brings total scheduling flexibility to the post production process, allowing high resolution jobs to be instantly switched or shared between suites so post houses can meet tight deadlines or take on short-notice work. Up to four Pablo Rio systems can share the same GenePool storage, with guaranteed realtime performance on every connected system no matter what each is doing - even when working at 4K. GE2 also goes beyond 4K - offering 6K 16-bit operation on multiple clients to cater for the new generation of ultra-high resolution cameras.
New for NAB, the Pablo PA workflow assist station can now be directly connected to the GenePool. This enables conform, prep and workflow tasks to be undertaken on lower cost equipment so that the Pablo Rios can deliver maximum value for client-attended creative sessions.
There is a huge range of potential GE2 configurations, so GE2 systems can be tailored to meet every individual facility's workflow requirements. For example, GenePool shared storage can range from 18TB to support a two-suite HD production environment to almost 400TB - more than enough for even multiple simultaneous 4K or 6K Red Dragon jobs. Quantel has published a configurator on its website so that customers can dial in different requirements for numbers of suites, resolution and storage, and the configurator interactively 'builds' the system for them and produces a bill of materials. http://www.quantel.com/repository/files/GE2VisualConfigurator.msi
The first 6K Genetic Engineering 2 system is already installed and enabling leading LA and New York post house Light Iron to deliver more for its clients. "I cannot stress enough how important the GE2 infrastructure and workflow is to success in the DI business," said Light Iron CEO, Michael Cioni. "With GE2, media can be edited and color corrected and input and output and beautified all at the same time and there is no rendering, transcoding or media moving. GE2 means everything is shared dynamically so it's truly a collaborative environment. We just did our fourth client-supervised 6K DI session; with 4K and 6K projects becoming more routine, we needed a total game changer. GE2 has done just that."