Elements has introduced an all-new high-performance file system to the media and entertainment industry: BeeGFS. Originally designed at Fraunhofer ITWM and developed by ThinkParQ, it normally powers supercomputers, and this is its first use in broadcasting.

In September, it used Elements Bolt SSD-based storage with BeeGFS to achieve the highest performance score ever recorded by the SPEC SFS VDA video benchmark, making it the world’s fastest storage for video. It recorded the highest stream count (throughput) of 11,000 streams (50,708Mbps) – 14.58% higher than the previous high score. It also scored very highly for efficiency, with the highest storage CPU efficiency (23% more concurrent streams per CPU core than the highest scoring competitor); highest client CPU efficiency (107% more concurrent streams per CPU core); and highest RAM efficiency (68% more concurrent streams per Gigabyte of RAM used).


Elements One and Bolt really buzz with BeeGFS

Elements believes that BeeGFS will enable it to build highly efficient cloud and on-premise storage environments and benefit from high-performance Ethernet workflows with revolutionary on-demand cloud possibilities. It “offers performance that stretches way beyond state-of-the-art, allowing users to capitalise on a future-proof file system, that encompasses cutting-edge technical properties and features while outsmarting the status quo”, the company said. BeeGFS will be available on Elements Bolt and Elements One.

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Also new is a version of Elements’ Media Library Panel for DaVinci Resolve. The Panel is the same as the one for Adobe Premiere Pro and allows users to import clips and rough-cuts together with all the comments on the footage, start Automation jobs and the granular search function. Users can also reuse Media Library proxy files for offline editing, saving time and bandwidth. A single click relinks the timeline to proxy or high-resolution footage.

Media Library now offers AAF support and will work with external transcoders. It also has improved sharing, quick renders for subclips into a physical file, an updated rough-cut editor interface, and the ability to exclude certain folders from Media Library scans.