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DNAfabric and CatDV

DNAfabric™ seamlessly integrates into CatDV for LTO/LTFS-based archiving and nearline, and easy content restores.

“As an integrator who’s made it my focus to help mid-sized producers deliver at enterprise levels, I appreciate solutions that can handle the pace of modern post production.
DNAfabric combines the speed of a direct-attached LTO system, web-based administration and the compatibility of LTFS to provide a fast, reliable archive and retrieval solution for CatDV integrations.”


– Bryson Jones,Founder, CIO,

North Shore Automation

Faster Archiving and Restore Performance
DNAfabric runs multiple times faster than network deployments as it deploys over FC and SAS giving you the full performance of LTO technology
Fully Integrated into the CatDV Interface
Users can “send-to” and “restore from” the CatDV interface for fully-automated archive and restore pipelines
Automated SAN Space Management
Setup policies to automatically “remove from your SAN” or “quarantine” hi-res media for verification
LTO / LTFS for Long-term Protection
DNAfabric uses LTFS to ensure long-term and open access to your hi-res media on LTO tape
Direct Connect LTO Deployment

Archive and Restore From CatDV

Archive and Restore via Avid Interplay Access and Media Composer


  • Users can “send-to-sdna” from the CatDV interface that initiates an automated archive to tape. DNAfabric can also be configured to delete or move media to another location for verification before deletion.


  • DNAfabric updates the CatDV interface with the archive name, LTO tape serial, and checksum of the file.


  • Simply visit a web url and you can monitor details of the progress of the archive.


  • Additionally, DNAfabric allows you to restore from the CatDV interface to the original location or alternate locations.

Alternate High Performance Archive and Ingest Workflow


  • An alternative to having your archive requests come from CatDV’s interface is to set up a CatDV folder-based workflow within DNAfabric. Simply provide DNAfabric with the folders you’d like to archive and DNAfabric will only archive those elements that already exist in CatDV via a folder scan. Existing assets are updated after they are archived, allowing you to see their location on LTO tape from within CatDV.



  • Optionally, DNAfabric can create a list of assets “NOT” in the CatDV database during the folder scan. This list is compiled into a CatDV batch XML file that allows you to seamlessly import these elements into CatDV via a batch XML import.