Advantage Video Systems will showcase 4Kase, its new mobile, post-production and editing system for use on-set at the SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, October 20-23, in Hollywood.


The lightest, most compact and most comprehensive on-set production solution on the market, 4Kase drew rave reviews from production professionals of all types when it was introduced at NAB in April.

At SMPTE, AVS will be demonstrating 4Kase at the axle Video booth (booth 409). axle Video’s industry-leading media management software is a standard feature of the system.

Sam Bogoch, axle’s CEO, said “we are delighted to have our software included in this leading-edge solution by AVS. On-location tools are expanding from simple DIT style file transfers to much more powerful workflows, and axle’s search, mobile review/approval and collaboration capabilities help make this wider role a reality.”

Based on a high-performance Mac Pro workstation, 4Kase offers the ability to input and output 4K data from most popular digital cinema cameras and perform such tasks as dailies processing, media back-up, color management, media management and editing—all from a fully integrated system small enough to fit in the trunk of a car.

4Kase is unlike any on-set dailies system currently on the market. “We’ve built a better mousetrap,” says Advantage Video Systems principal Jeffrey Stansfield. “4Kase replaces rack-mount DIT carts that are bulky, costly to ship and difficult to operate. It is smaller, faster and lighter, and can be configured to meet the needs of individual production workflows. 4Kase provides a streamlined workflow that carries the creative intent of directors and DPs from the set through final post.”

4Kase includes a 2014 Apple Mac Pro workstation capable of running most current software for dailies processing, color management, media back-up and editorial. It supports the latest cameras made by Sony, Arri, RED, Canon and Blackmagic Design. Key features include a built-in high resolution monitor, up to 16 TB of onboard storage, two LTO-6 drives, SAS RAID-5, a multi-cam reader, Thunderbolt expansion slots, and cooling and power management tools. All of that is custom fitted into a rugged transport case designed to stand up to the rigors of location production, yet small and light enough to be checked as airline luggage.

Production teams using the 4Kase system gain immediate access to dailies on laptops, iPads, and smartphones with the integrated axle Video media management software. Whereas MAM systems are typically complex, expensive, and difficult to install, axle’s “radically simple” media management software saves time and cost with its easy set-up and simple, browser-based user interface.

Advantage Video Systems’ development partners include Apple, axle Video, HP, Magma, RED, Tolis Group, SKB Corporation and Blackmagic Design. The system has undergone extensive beta-testing with a variety of camera systems and under a range of operating conditions.

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