The Painstaking Editing Process

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-08-06 Print this article Print

JMR's BlueStor PCIe Extender, which was used in the editing process for the highlight reel of the moon landing, works especially well with Mac OS X; that was another major factor. Using this tool with its own patented restoration methodology, Lowry was able to complete the project on time and with excellent quality.

NASA officials then presented the highlight reel to hundreds of reporters during the 40th anniversary press conference in July.
"We usually use our own custom-built storage systems, but for the Apollo 11 project, we needed faster storage for our [Mac Pro] Final Cut workstation," said Ray Mitchell, vice president of engineering at Lowry.

"The famous moonwalk video isn't found on one reel alone; it is actually pieced together from several sources. We had four of those sources available to us, and five people working on the highlights we needed to put together for NASA before the press conference. JMR's BlueStor PCIe Extender provided us with the speed necessary to get the job done," Mitchell said.

Currently, Lowry plans to use the BlueStor unit with high-definition restored video files once the final complete NASA moonwalk reel is finished in September.

About 1 hour of footage was edited using the BlueStor Extender for file storage. The highlights featured the dramatic "before and after" of the video as a means of showing the company's advanced digital-imaging techniques, called the Lowry Process.

To see a selection of "before and after" video clips from the Apollo 11 mission, click here.

The BlueStor PCIe Extender enables PCI express bus expansion from a host server. In addition, it provides five PCIe expansion slots in an external 3U (5.25-inch) rack mount also containing 16 hot-swappable SAS/SATA (Serial ATA) disk drive bays and a SAS Expander, JMR Vice President of OEM Sales Steve Katz told eWEEK.

Plugging a PCIe SAS RAID controller into one of the Extender's slots builds a RAID storage system, and other slots may be used as needed for other peripherals, Katz said.

'JMR had one of the faster storage solutions'
Mitchell said he researched other storage providers, but found them to be too expensive or not adaptable enough.

The BlueStor PCIe Extender is "a great piece of technology, and for the price, it's definitely one of the faster solutions available. And in our industry, price is always a primary consideration when updating equipment rooms. I also thought it was beneficial to have a vendor that was located close to us, since service is the second-biggest factor," Mitchell said.

Katz said he didn't see the original video with which Lowry had to work.

"But it must have been awful. It's fairly low-definition-remember this is 40 years ago. The recording equipment was probably pretty fundamental, and so were the broadcasts," Katz said.

JMR makes a number of external attached storage products for companies such as Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Apple, Hitachi and Fujitsu.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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