PreRoll Post™ is an application that automates indexing your camera originals, complete with thumbs and metadata, while backing up full resolution media to local disk and long-term LTO-6 or LTO-5 tape. PreRoll Post takes advantage of the Linear File Transfer System (LTFS) supported by tape drive manufacturers. The LTFS mounts a tape as a volume (hard disk) within Explorer. This makes it possible to write and read from the tape as if it were a disk without proprietary software or formatting.
LTFS also makes PreRoll Post hardware independent—you can use it with any LTFS compliant tape drive, such as the UNITEX™ LTO-6 tape drive with certified USB 3.0 connectivity.
The PreRoll Post software controls copy operations from field hard disks (created using ShotPut Pro™) onto LTO-6 or LTO-5 tape(s). You may choose to make an additional copy onto local hard disk at the same time. All copies are verified using checksum integrity algorithms, such as XXhash or MD5.
Making LTO-5 tapes for delivery to Discovery Channel is a snap. PreRollPost helps automatically fill in metadata and categories for you (since it’s “video aware”). So whether you’re making Field Footage, Program Master or a Graphics Master tape, count on PreRollPost to get it right the first time. There’s even a Discovery Verification Tool built-in to check a tape conforms to the specs.
The backup process is not specific to HD files; it may be used with any files. For example, you can back up NLE project files or entire hard disks if desired. However, if you are backing up camera originals, PreRollPost has an option to create thumbs to help identify clips.
PreRoll Post requires a LTO-6 or LTO-5 tape drive and means to connect it to your computer (e.g. Thunderbolt interface, SAS card or adapter). The PreRoll Post ‘one-click’ installer includes everything you need to easily get LTFS up and running for single drive HP, IBM, Quantum, mLogic and Tandeberg models.