is shipping its Avid Unity MediaNet 2.1 system, the latest release of Avid’s premier shared media network that brings feature parity between Mac and Windows clients, including the ability to share media between two dual stream uncompressed systems. The ability to share uncompressed media between two systems was first introduced for Windows systems with version 2.0.
The update also broadens the Avid Unity workgroup to Ethernet-connected editing systems, increasing the total supported client count to 50 simultaneous real-time systems. Unity MediaNet 2.1 includes PortServer Pro, which allows real-time editing clients to access MediaNet workspaces through an Ethernet connection.
The good news for Mac users is that there’s now Mac PortServer support, which paves the way for graphics, animation and other Mac-based workstations to take advantage of the low-cost Ethernet connectivity provided by PortServer.
The Digi PortServer family of terminal servers provides network connectivity over TCP/IP for any serial device. The family supports application requirements from two to 64 ports. The PortServer Family of PortServer TS and PortServer II products can attach any serial device to the Ethernet.
What’s more, Avid has qualified a total of 14 dual stream uncompressed systems on a MediaNet system. Previous versions of MediaNet supported up to seven simultaneous editing systems using dual stream uncompressed media.
Avid Unity MediaNet 2.1 is available through Avid’s worldwide Avid Unity certified reseller channel. Pricing is dependent on system configuration.