The Foundry User Conference – Sydney 27-28 May 2014

Posted on 28.03.14 at 02:09

Foundry Conferece

World’s First PCIe® Card Expansion Systems With Thunderbolt 2

Posted on 04.02.14 at 00:54

Sonnet Now Shipping Echo™ Express III-D, III-R, and SE II Expansion Chassis With Thunderbolt™ 2 Technology

IRVINE, Calif. — Jan. 16, 2014 — Sonnet Technologies today announced that its Echo™ Express III-D (desktop), Echo Express III-R (rackmount), and Echo Express SE II (desktop) Thunderbolt™-to-PCI Express® (PCIe®) card expansion chassis are the first devices of their kind to ship with 20 Gb/sec Thunderbolt 2 interfaces. These models, which began shipping this week, are the newest members of Sonnet’s award-winning Echo Express family of expansion products that enable any Mac® computer equipped with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports to interface with a wide variety of high-performance PCIe cards originally designed only for use in desktop computers.
The Echo Express III-D, Echo Express III-R, and Echo Express SE II incorporate ultra-fast Thunderbolt 2 technology, which delivers twice the throughput of 10 Gb/sec Thunderbolt and provides sufficient bandwidth to support many of the highest performance and most demanding PCIe cards. The new expansion chassis support every kind of Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card available — enabling the use of professional video capture, audio interface, 16Gb and 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, SAS and SATA HBA, and RAID controller cards with Thunderbolt-enabled iMac®, Mac mini, Mac Pro®, MacBook Air®, and MacBook Pro® computers. Plus, the Sonnet systems’ dual Thunderbolt 2 ports support full-bandwidth connectivity with Thunderbolt 2-equipped host computers, full backward compatibility with 10 Gb/sec Thunderbolt-equipped computers and devices, and daisy-chaining of other Thunderbolt 2 and Thunderbolt devices.
Designed for users needing an optimum solution for connecting three PCIe cards to their computers, both the Echo Express III-D and Echo Express III-R provide one x16 and two x8 PCIe slots to support three full-length, full-height, single-width PCIe cards. Both chassis feature a built-in universal 300W power supply with a 75W auxiliary power connector to support PCIe cards with higher power requirements. In addition, the systems integrate two large ultra-quiet, temperature-controlled cooling fans to enable their use in noise-sensitive environments. The companion Echo Express III-R Mobile Rack Kit enables users to install one or two mobile rack-form-factor devices inside the Echo Express III-R chassis. Peripherals such as LTO tape drives, 2.5-inch SSD or HDD drives, 3.5-inch drives, Blu-ray™ burners, and memory card readers can be installed into the kit and connected to the PCIe cards installed in the chassis, saving rack space for other equipment.
The Echo Express SE II was designed for users needing a simple way to connect two adapter cards to their computers, and it supports all but long Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe cards. Weighing just 3.7 pounds and measuring only 6.5 inches wide by 11 inches long by 4.6 inches tall, the Echo Express SE II is compact and lightweight, and its rugged aluminum case provides excellent protection for the cards. The new chassis supports two half-length (up to 7.75 inches long), full-height PCIe 2.0 x8 cards and provides an additional space for a daughter card. Some specialty cards, such as RME’s HDSPe MADI FX card, Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink 4K Extreme, and the Lynx Studio Technology AES16e-50, include a daughter card that mates with and provides additional external connections to the main card. The Echo Express SE II provides the slot space and mounting support for an adjacent daughter card without sacrificing an entire PCIe slot.
“Sonnet has consistently led the way in delivering high-performance and reliable Thunderbolt-enabled products, beginning with the first-ever suite of Thunderbolt-to-PCIe expansion chassis, and now continuing with the only Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe solutions available,” said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. “Our new Echo Express III-D, Echo Express III-R, and Echo Express SE II not only deliver amazingly fast 20 Gb/sec performance when connected to Thunderbolt 2-equipped computers such as the new Mac Pro, but also are our quietest models yet and are fully compatible with even the earliest Thunderbolt-enabled Macs.”
Until now, the Echo Express III-D, III-R, and SE II have been equipped with 10 Gb/sec Thunderbolt technology. Customers who have purchased these Echo Express systems received an in-box coupon for a free upgrade to Thunderbolt 2. These customers will be able to claim their Thunderbolt 2 upgrade from Feb. 3 to March 31, and more information can be found at www.sonnettech.com/thunderbolt2upgrade.
More information on the Echo Express III-D is available at www.sonnettech.com/product/echoexpress3d.html.
More information on the Echo Express III-R and Echo Express III-R Mobile Rack Kit is available at www.sonnettech.com/product/echoexpress3r.html.
More information on the Echo Express SE II is available at www.sonnettech.com/product/echoexpressse2.html.

The Foundry Melbourne User Group Meeting

Posted on 29.01.14 at 01:10

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We are pleased to invite you for the first ever user group meeting with the folks from The Foundry and VFX artist extraordinaire Mat McCosker!

Mat McCosker is a CG/VFX artist  who’s worked at a variety of studios in various capacities. Mat will present “the artist’s guide to geeking out” – a discussion of NUKE basics through to deep data compositing along with tips for saving CG render time using NUKE”. More info at www.matmccosker.com

The Foundry’s Mariana Acuña is a veteran VFX artist, and Creative Specialist. Mariana will show the latest and exciting features in MARI. Check out some of her many accomplishments at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1598737/

Feel free to come straight from work and mingle (Cold beer and food provided). Bring your friends and colleagues! Everyone is welcome but you need to RSVP! Please email: wayne@intraware.com.au with your name, contact number and email address to secure your spot.

Mix and mingle at 6p.m, demos will start at 6:30pm sharp, afterwards you are invited to stay and talk to our presenters, The Foundry and Intraware Australia.

NUKE8 and HIERO 1.8 is OUT NOW!

Posted on 06.12.13 at 01:39

We’re very pleased to announce that NUKE 8 is now available!
Fully loaded with a wide range of new features and improvements. This latest release offers something for everyone, from NUKE novices to experienced users and pipeline developers.

Offering a range of user-driven new features and improvements, HIERO and HIEROPLAYER 1.8 focus on both interoperability with NUKE and core workflow enhancements. New features include Quicktime color handling controls, editing audio controls, custom image readers and enhanced playback performance.

Check out this page for more info about Nuke8 and Hiero 1.8.

Sonnet Announces Echo™ Express SE II Two-Slot Thunderbolt™-to-PCIe® Expansion Chassis and Upcoming Support for Thunderbolt 2

Posted on 23.09.13 at 07:32

Sonnet Announces Echo™ Express SE II Two-Slot Thunderbolt™-to-PCIe® Expansion Chassis and Upcoming Support for Thunderbolt 2

Two-Slot Chassis Will Ship With Certificate For Free Upgrade to Thunderbolt 2 Technology

IRVINE, Calif. — Sept. 11, 2013 — Sonnet today announced the Echo™ Express SE II, the replacement for the highly successful Echo Express II Thunderbolt™-to-PCIe® expansion chassis. The new model adds enhanced capabilities and sells at a lower price, and also includes a coupon for a free upgrade to exchange to Thunderbolt 2 when it becomes available this fall. The new two-slot Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion chassis enables the use of a wide variety of high-performance PCI Express® (PCIe) cards — originally designed for use in desktop computers — with any Mac® computer with a Thunderbolt port. Accommodating cards up to 7.75 inches long, the Echo Express SE II supports nearly every Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card on the market, including double-width cards (PCIe card plus daughter card).

The original 10 Gb/sec Thunderbolt interface provided breakthrough bandwidth for external expansion, more than sufficient to support the maximum performance of most PCIe cards. However, some high-bandwidth cards, such as 16 Gb fiber channel and multiport 10 Gb Ethernet cards or multiple bandwidth-hungry cards, require more than 10 Gb/sec. Thunderbolt 2 removes this barrier by providing more bandwidth for demanding applications. Featuring 20 Gb/sec Thunderbolt 2 technology, the Echo Express SE II chassis squeezes every bit of performance out of the most demanding PCIe cards, ensures optimum performance with every compatible computer, and is backward compatible with computers equipped with 10 Gb/sec Thunderbolt. The Echo Express SE II equipped with Thunderbolt 2 will be available when Thunderbolt 2 hosts, such as the new Mac Pro®, ship this fall. Until then, Sonnet will ship the expansion chassis equipped with 10 Gb/sec Thunderbolt, and will include a coupon for a free exchange to Thunderbolt 2 (the customer pays only shipping and handling costs).

The Echo Express SE II was designed for users needing a simple way to connect two adapter cards to their computers, and it supports all but the longest Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe cards. Weighing just 3.7 pounds and measuring only 6.5 inches wide by 11 inches long by 4.6 inches tall, the SE II is compact and lightweight, yet its rugged aluminum case provides great protection for the cards. The new chassis supports two half-length (up to 7.75 inches long), full-height, single-width PCIe 2.0 x8 cards, and provides an additional space for a daughter card. Some specialty cards, such as RME’s HDSPe MADI FX card, Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink 4K Extreme, and the Lynx AES16e-50, include a daughter card that mates with and provides additional external connections to the main card. A daughter card occupies an adjacent PCIe card space without filling a slot. The SE II provides the space and mounting support for a daughter card without sacrificing a PCIe slot.

The Echo Express SE II ships with an external, 80-watt power supply. Like all Echo Express expansion chassis, the SE II has dual Thunderbolt ports to support daisy-chaining of devices and features a large, quiet, temperature-controlled fan to help keep hot-running cards cool. When not needed, the fan slows down to a whisper, making the SE II Sonnet’s quietest two-slot expansion chassis. The SE also conserves energy by automatically powering off when the computer to which it is attached sleeps or is disconnected.

The Echo Express SE II enables iMac®, Mac mini, new Mac Pro, MacBook Air®, and MacBook Pro® computers equipped with a Thunderbolt port to use Thunderbolt-compatible professional video I/O, audio interface, SAS and SATA HBA, 16 Gb and 8 Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gb Ethernet, and RAID controller cards. The list of compatible cards is available on Sonnet’s website and is continually expanding as more cards are tested and certified. Like the other models in the Echo Express family, the Echo Express SE II was designed, engineered, and built by Sonnet in California.

“We are excited to collaborate with Sonnet on new levels of external PCIe performance,” said Jason Ziller, director of marketing for Thunderbolt at Intel. “With breakthrough speed, these products will provide a wide variety of workflows in a portable package.”

“Our new chassis offers a much quieter replacement for our Echo Express II two-slot Thunderbolt-to-PCIe expansion chassis, which provides 20 Gb/sec Thunderbolt 2 technology and is priced even more affordably,” said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. “Now, users considering the purchase of the new Mac Pro and other Thunderbolt 2 technology-enabled computers will be able to take advantage of the groundbreaking performance of Thunderbolt 2 technology using Sonnet’s Thunderbolt expansion chassis for PCIe cards.”

More information on the product and compatible PCIe expansion cards is available at www.sonnettech.com/product/echoexpressse2.html.

MARI 2.0v2 is now available!

Posted on 16.08.13 at 01:14

Mari 2.0v2

MARI 2.0v2 is now available to download, including a number of important fixes and enhancements.

For full details of improvements made please see the release notes.

If your maintenance is current, download MARI 2.0v2 today.

BLUEFISH444 CREATE & EPOCH 2K VIDEO CARDS RECEIVE COMPATIBILITY CERTIFICATION WITH SONNET’S EXTENDED RANGE OF THUNDERBOLT™ PCIE EXPANSION CHASSIS

Posted on 12.08.13 at 05:40

09 August 2013

BLUEFISH444 CREATE & EPOCH 2K VIDEO CARDS RECEIVE COMPATIBILITY CERTIFICATION WITH SONNET’S EXTENDED RANGE OF THUNDERBOLT™ PCIE EXPANSION CHASSIS

South Melbourne, Australia, July 30th, 2013…Bluefish444 manufacturer of the industry’s highest-quality uncompressed 4K/2K/HD/SD SDI video cards, announced the certification of its Epoch 2K and Create video cards with Sonnet Technologies Inc.’s full length family of PCIe Thunderbolt™ Expansion Chassis.

Bluefish444’s entire range of Epoch 2K and Create uncompressed 2K/HD/SD SDI I/O video cards have been successfully tested and qualified by Sonnet as Thunderbolt™ compatible when run with the Bluefish444 8.7.0 driver for Mac OSX 10.8.

The Sonnet Echo Express Pro, Echo Express III-D, Echo Express III-R and xMac Mini Server are all qualified with Bluefish444 Epoch | 2K and Create video cards for uncompressed 2K/HD/SD SDI capture, preview and mastering of digital content.

The Thunderbolt™ port on the range of Sonnet PCIe expansion chassis provides external PCIe device support for laptops and personal computers such as the Mac book Pro, iMac and Mac Mini and upcoming Mac Pro that do not otherwise provide slots to support PCIe cards. The second Thunderbolt ™ port on the range of Sonnet PCIe expansion chassis allows daisy chaining to other Thunderbolt enabled devices.

“Bluefish444 intends to provide our Mac OS X customers with the widest range of SDI I/O workflows available. Thunderbolt™ connectivity is a means to enable a flexible and portable solution for digital content creation utilizing all of our major features such as 2K, hardware scaling and 12 bit SDI I/O,” said Craige Mott, Managing Director, Bluefish444. “Sonnet, with its range of Thunderbolt ™ expansion chassis, makes this workflow possible for Bluefish444 customers.”

“Sonnet welcomes the compatibility of Bluefish444’s high quality SDI I/O PCIe video cards with
our family of full length PCIe expansion chassis. Sonnet customers will be able to access studio quality 2K SDI I/O via their laptops and personal computers through our collaboration”, said Greg LaPorte, VP Sales and Marketing, Sonnet Technologies. “Together with Bluefish444 we bring a high quality SDI digital content creation workflow to portable video artists”.

The Bluefish444 8.7.0 driver for Mac OSX 10.8 supporting the Thunderbolt ™ protocol and compatible with Sonnet expansion chassis is immediately available for Epoch and Create customers from the Bluefish444 homepage www.bluefish444.com free of charge.

Epoch 2K and Create video cards are available from Bluefish444 resellers worldwide.

About Bluefish444:
Bluefish444 is the manufacturer of the industry’s highest-quality uncompressed 4K/2K/HD/SD video cards for the Windows, Mac OS X and Linux operating systems. Its video cards are used in broadcast, feature film and post-production markets for editing, animation, compositing, color correction, restoration, digital intermediate, 3D and IPTV applications.

Bluefish444 cards have been used on award-winning feature films, commercials, music videos and sports events worldwide. Bluefish444’s range of video cards are incorporated in video servers, encoders, decoders and character generator solutions by numerous 3rd party OEM manufacturers, in addition to other niche & mainstream applications.

Founded in 1998, Bluefish444 is a division and brand name of Bluefish Technologies Pty Ltd., which is based in S. Melbourne, Australia. Its products are distributed via an extensive sales channel of OEMs, dealers, and system integrators globally. For further information, visit www.bluefish444.com

About Sonnet Technologies:
Sonnet Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of storage systems, Thunderbolt™ technology PCIe® expansion products, interface cards, and media readers for professional users in the audio, video, and broadcast industries. Sonnet’s Thunderbolt expansion products enable the use of pro audio I/O and DSP cards, pro video capture and transcoding cards, interface cards, and other high-performance PCIe cards with mini, portable, and all-in-one computers. The company’s product line features a range of high-performance, cost-effective, and reliable portable, desktop, and rackmount RAID storage solutions. For more than 25 years Sonnet has pioneered and brought to market numerous innovative and award-winning products that enhance the performance and connectivity of Mac®, Windows®, and other industry-standard computers. More information is available at www.sonnettech.com.

INTRAWARE @SMPTE 2013 (23-26 July 2013)

Posted on 08.07.13 at 02:01

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SMPTE 2013 – INTRAWARE (STAND B11)

 

OVERVIEW

Intraware Australia will be showcasing a diverse and rich range of tools and infrastructure solutions specifically focused on the Broadcast, Film, Media and Entertainment markets.

This will include artistic tools from THE FOUNDRY such as NUKEX (Compositing), MARI (Texture Painting), MODO (3D Modeling) and HEIRO (Shot Management).

Our industry experts, on the infrastructure side, from ARISTA NETWORKS (High Speed 10Gbe Switching), SOLARFLARE (High Speed Low Latency 10Gbe HBA’s), FUSIONIO (High Speed Flash Memory), SGI (High Performance Servers, Storage and Archive), SPECTRALOGIC (Tape Libraries), CACHE-A (Archive Appliances) and PANASAS (High Speed NAS storage) will provide attendee(s) with a wealth of knowledge and product expertise that can assist studios and artists to dramatically reduce and, in some cases, remove infrastructure bottlenecks that stifle creativity and impact delivery timeframes.

We will also be showing MARQUIS BROADCAST’s Parking solution for analysing and archiving Avid ISIS storage environments along with the latest Thunderbolt and expansion solutions from SONNET TECHNOLOGY.

In summary, at SMPTE 2013 Intraware Australia, is bringing together specialist high performance vendors to address the specific challenges of working with large datasets in networked environments and go beyond where standard IT solutions can take you.

 

THE FOUNDRY

The Foundry, and partner Luxology, develops award-winning computer graphics and visual effects (VFX) software used globally by leading artists and designers. The portfolio lets users create inspiring and technical high-end visuals across a wide range of industries including film, TV, commercial and games, as well as the CAD, design and architecture markets.

Demonstrating/Showing: We will be demonstrating the following Foundry products

NukeX – Compositing

Mari – Texture Painting

Heiro – Shot Management

Modo – 3D Modeling and Animation

 

ARISTA

Arista Networks was founded to deliver software defined networking solutions for large data center and high-performance computing environments. Arista delivers a portfolio of 1/10/40 and 100 GbE products that redefine network architectures, bring extensibility to networking, and dramatically change the price/performance of networks.

Demonstrating/Showing: Arista 7048A Edge Switch, Arista 7500 Modular Switch

 

SOLARFLARE

Solarflare develops network interface software and hardware to transform the way applications use networks, providing industry-leading application acceleration for the most demanding scale-out compute environments.

Demonstrating/Showing: Low Latency 10Gbe HBA

 

FUSIONIO

Fusion-io delivers the world’s data faster. The Fusion ioMemory platform accelerates databases, virtualization, cloud computing, big data, and the applications that drive the Digital Media market.

Demonstrating/Showing: FusionIO ioFX accelerating Foundry Products

 

SGI

SGI is focused on helping customers solve their most demanding technology challenges by delivering high performance computing, server, storage, data center and cloud computing solutions and professional services. The company develops, markets and sells a broad line of low-cost, mid-range and high-end scale-out and scale-up servers and data storage solutions, as well as differentiating software for Data Management and high performance requirements

Demonstrating/Showing: 2 Node 1u Server, MIS Storage Solution

 

SPECTRALOGIC

Spectra Logic’s large-scale, long-term storage and archive solutions utilizing automated tape libraries and disk systems will protect your data efficiently and securely.

Their products include innovative features, such as our tape libraries with LTO-6 tape drives, integrated data encryption, media health monitoring, and low power consumption. Spectra Logic has the highest quality tape libraries and disk backup solutions available today.

Demonstrating/Showing: Why Spectralogic – robotics, tape handling, expandability, reliability

 

CACHE-A

Cache-A is a leading supplier of network-attached small form factor LTO-4, 5 and 6 archive appliances, optimized for the media and entertainment industry, that are easy to deploy in professional video and digital film workflows. Cache-A’s archive appliances provide both source masters for digital acquisition and long-term storage for project archives. With a built-in catalog database Cache-A archive appliances easily track content on every tape they have ever seen. Archives are on secure, portable LTO tape cartridges using the new LTFS file system or the industry standard tar format.

Cache-A’s Prime-Cache6, Pro-Cache6 and the high performance Power-Cache are ideal for archiving production source masters or entire projects for post-production and can manage a deep archive of hundreds of Terabytes with quick access to any asset. These powerful archive appliances are simply the lowest cost, most future-proof, complete archiving tools available.

Our products are targeted at the idea of archiving made easy, serving workflows for production, postproduction and broadcast applications.

Demonstrating/Showing: Archive/Restore Workflows using ProCache Appliance (maybe with library)

 

PANASAS

Panasas is the premier provider of high performance scale-out storage solutions for big data workloads. All Panasas storage appliances leverage Panasas® PanFS™ parallel file system to deliver superior performance, data protection, scalability, and manageability.

Now in its fifth generation, Panasas systems are optimized for highly demanding big data workloads in media and entertainment markets

Demonstrating/Showing: AS12 Storage Shelf

 

SONNET

Sonnet Technologies, Inc. is a world-leading computer hardware upgrade company with a comprehensive line of pro storage systems and media readers, Thunderbolt™ technology PCIe expansion solutions, and performance extending computer cards for professional users in the film, video and broadcast industries. With over 25 years in the hi-tech industry, Sonnet has pioneered and brought to market numerous innovative solutions that enhance the performance and connectivity of Mac® and Windows® computers.

Demonstrating/Showing: Thunderbolt and Expansion Products

 

MARQUIS BROADCAST

Marquis Broadcast provides a range of media integration products designed for the data-intensive and challenging requirements of today’s fast-paced broadcasting environments, enabling broadcasters and other users of digital media to achieve maximum efficiencies from their workflow processes.

The company is committed to interoperability and identified the need to develop integration products to ensure that its customers had the flexibility to mix and match the best array of Broadcast and Production tools for their requirements.

Demonstrating/Showing: Project Parking for AVID Workflows

 

Method Studios Go KATANA – first in Southern Hemisphere

Posted on 19.12.12 at 22:55

The Method Studios VFX team at Lane Cove in Sydney has been steadily expanding all year and part of this process has been the development of a new VFX pipeline to include the Foundry produced lighting kit, Katana.

Head of 3D Gyuri Kiss says “We had a real need to create a lighting pipeline and our choices were to either spend a significant number of man hours building our own software or to employ the already existing Katana software. The choice was pretty clear as it meant we had an immediate solution.”

Our initial interest in Katana was based on many of our crew having backgrounds in Houdini and the similarity of the workflows between the two programs meant it would be easy for us to adapt to it.

After spending time in  R&D we felt we were ready to use the tools in a real life job and so embarked on an epic spot for Surya Pro (Indonesia). The spot involved 18 shots of a robot  trashing a city whilst in battle with the Surya logo.

Lead Lighting Artists Jensen Toms says “The whole job was great fun to work on and we realised very early on that the main advantage of employing the Katana pipeline was that it gave us flexibility as a node based system that let our artists update assets without changing the look of anything else. This meant we were able to get agency & client “look” sign off very early in the production, while the robot character was still in development, and simply update elements into scenes without any adverse effect as we went. It also meant that managing a large number of iterations in shots became a lot easier. We also used the Alembic format with Katana which allowed us to integrate both Houdini & Maya seamlessly”. Jenson went on to add “Yeah I have to say its just great once I have a lookdev set up, say with a character I can just update to a new character and it will inherit the look. Currently we have 5 people creating assets modelling texturing and I can keep up with the renders and update when there is new textures or models its great” Really enjoying working with this software.”

Katana has now become our tool of choice and we have enjoyed much collaboration with the Foundry team in developing future versions.

Method have now used their Katana pipeline on Surya Pro – Indonesian TVC (character & logo integration into live action plates) Seven  Psychopaths – Feature Film (blood fx), The Railway Man – Feature Film (in post production) and Fury Road – Feature Film (in post production).

The Foundry – December Honeymoon Promo

Posted on 09.12.12 at 23:39