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Maximum Throughput Releases Sledgehammer 2.5

MAXmedia to deliver enhanced media management toolset (January 06, 2006)

Maximum Throughput Inc. (, developers of ultra high performance software-based solutions for networked storage infrastructure and media management, announced today the release of version 2.5 of Sledgehammer. This release will deliver a broad range of customer requested features and capabilities, and introduces a revamped version of MAXmedia with new media processing and organizational functionality. End-users will benefit from enhanced productivity tools and unique control over digital content throughout the entire post-production process.

MAXmedia is an application specifically designed to cater to colorists, editors, visual effects artists and I/O operators with a rich toolset for digital content preparation and management from acquisition to delivery. MAXmedia requires no software installation, and provides facility-wide access to Sledgehammer. Sledgehammers high-performance, open and centralized storage is extended with real-time audio and video I/O, playback and DDR emulation, project-based content management, offline and online media assembly, formats and standards conversion, image color as well as spatial and temporal processing. MAXmedia streamlines the entire production workflow to increase the amount of billable time, and simplify the workflow through any facility. Now, with the release of Sledgehammer 2.5, MAXmedia has been enhanced to meet users needs with a richer, more robust toolset thats faster and easier to use.

?Engineered to deliver on Max-Ts vision to provide high-speed, media-aware storage appliances, centralizing not only data serving but data processing as well, the release of Sledgehammer 2.5 is balanced with several key additions and enhancements that have been incorporated in response to customer feedback, commented Maximum Throughput Vice President of Engineering Mahmoud Al-Daccak. ?Additionally, we have improved our tight integration with film and video equipment from vendors like Cintel, da Vinci, Panasonic and Pandora, just to name a few. These refinements make Sledgehammer an ideal productivity-boosting film & video appliance to add to any telecine or color grading room.

The major new features available with Sledgehammer 2.5 include: EDL import, assembly, and export support with a customizable parsing engine that can interpret and extract vendor-specific comments; real-time 3:2 insertion/removal support in all modes to enable smooth transitions between 24 fps and 30 fps material and optimize storage use; multi-resolution timeline support with Alpha (Key) channel support so that any desired format can be delivered with the push of a button; real-time Timecode and text overlay as well as enhanced timeline editing tools in offline mode, allowing multiple users to build, save and playback timelines, and concurrently assemble and prepare media sequences using new image crop, pan, scan and scale tools along with formats/standards conversion and clip sequence renaming/renumbering capabilities which facilitate many required housekeeping tasks even while the system is attending to a real-time I/O operation or network file access requests. Sledgehammer 2.5 also provides enhanced Digital Intermediate and telecine support with full Timecode and Keycode handling, as well as new project-based content organization tools to better serve a post facility workflow. The revamped user interface provides much faster access to content via different clip browsing and viewing options that greatly improve the productivity and usability of the system.

?With this release weve dramatically simplified the frequent and often billable operations that have to get done in any facility hundreds of times a week things like telecine transfers, dubbing in multiple resolutions for offline and online work, proxy generation, and file formatting, said Michael Hughes, Maximum Throughput Vice President of Product Marketing. Overall, Sledgehammer 2.5 offers the two-fold benefit of new, field-tested functionality that caters to production and post needs while providing the necessary support tools for System Administrators.

About Maximum Throughput
Maximum Throughput Inc. ( is a networked storage and media management tool developer. Max-T's storage solutions deliver SAN level performance over TCP/IP. The company's unique solutions provide many times the storage bandwidth of other NAS and SAN products, using smart software that runs on industry standard hardware. The media management tools are integrated within the storage, delivering enriched functionality in one versatile solution. Having pioneered the development of a Network Attached Media Bridge to serve heterogeneous operating environments over both data and video networks, Maximum Throughput offers products with unparalleled performance, capacity management, and capacity availability, as well as having the lowest total cost-of-ownership in their class.

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