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Globalstor’s ExtremeStor-DI Certified for IRIDAS Digital Daily System Including FrameCycler and SpeedGrade


CHATSWORTH, CA June 20, 2005:

Globalstor Data Corporation and IRIDAS, the industry leader in non-destructive color grading technologies, today announced the ExtremeStor-DI is fully certified for use with SpeedGrade DI and FrameCycler Digital Daily System (DDS) 3.5.  Combined, the solutions offer professional colorists and postproduction facilities a complete Digital Intermediate solution with 1000MB/sec. sustained performance.

A high-performance, fault-tolerant, hi-definition Digital Intermediate (DI) solution, Globalstor’s ExtremeStor-DI incorporates 24, 250GB hot-swappable SATA hard drives for up to 6TB of local storage or 24, 400GB hot-swappable SATA hard drives for up to 9.6TB.  ExtremeStor-DI provides exceptional post-production capabilities to satisfy the stringent technical requirements of filmmakers and post houses at one of the industry’s lowest total cost of ownership (TCO), and to meet the budget requirements of independent filmmakers and boutique post-production facilities.

Built on IRIDAS’ new multi-platform architecture to support Mac, PC, and Linux, FrameCycler DDS 3.5 provides 2k and 4K playback for film-resolution digital dailies and client review sessions. Features include A/B channels, analysis tools, and support for 3D LUTs and SpeedGrade .look files for color graded playback.

SpeedGrade DI is a software-based color grading and film finishing application offering real-time playback at HD and 2K resolutions. With SpeedGrade, IRIDAS is introducing the first complete color pipeline connecting each part of the filmmaking process from production through postproduction and DI.

“ExtremeStor-DI is the kind of hardware platform that really shows what the IRIDAS applications can do,” said Steve Crouch, Director of IRIDAS USA. “This offers two great advantages to colorists and post facilities. First, SpeedGrade DI and FrameCycler DDS are built to take full advantage of advances in hardware capabilities like this. Secondly, with hardware certification, our customers have the option of a complete turn-key solution greatly simplifying the purchase decision-making process for many facilities.”

Bundled with Windows XP pro, this DI solution can alternatively be configured with either Windows 2003 or Linux.  Featuring dual Intel Xeon processors with 2GB of RAM, ExtremeStor-DI writes at a sustained data rate in excess of 350 MB/Sec and plays back/reads in excess of 1000 MB/Sec. under RAID 5.  The result is a powerful, integrated, streamlined DI workflow environment that enables increased productivity and even greater control at the final stages of film production.

“Pairing ExtremeStor-DI with SpeedGrade DI and FrameCycler offers an ideal platform for a broad range of post and DI applications including: 2K editing, color correction, scratch removal, visual effects, capture playback, and more,” said Scott Leif, President of Globalstor Data.  “As a result, this fully certified package will allow facilities to implement complete Digital Intermediate solutions for a fraction of the cost of competitive solutions.”

Pricing and Availability
Available for direct sale through Globalstor Data or to OEMs for development into specific applications, ExtremeStor-DI is available now with a two-year factory warranty.  Pricing for 6TB solutions start at $15,500.

IRIDAS first introduced uncompressed real-time playback in 2001. It continues to be the leading developer of resolution-independent playback and non-destructive color grading technologies for film, broadcast, entertainment, and scientific research. IRIDAS’ SpeedGrade, FrameCycler, DDS (Digital Daily System), and others applications are used by most major animation and post-production houses including Warner Bros. Feature Animation, Industrial Light and Magic, The Moving Picture Company, ReelFX, Lowry Digital and many others. IRIDAS was founded in 2000 and is an independent, privately held company headquartered in Munich, Germany.

About Globalstor Data
Headquartered in Chatsworth, CA, Globalstor Data Corporation is a leading distributor of high performance RAID, SAN and storage/video servers.  Widely recognized for its value-added services, including systems integration and customer support, Globalstor is an OEM with a full spectrum of hardware and software support offering a broad spectrum of broadcast and video professional solutions including DVD Digital Video Dailies solutions, 2K and 4K Digital Intermediate solutions, and high-performance hi-definition video servers offering scaleable storage up to 9.6TB.  Globalstor serves a worldwide customer base from its U.S. headquarters in Chatsworth, California and internationally through a strong foundation of over-seas resellers.