Last updateSat, 25 May 2019 4pm


Introducing – Tools for Cinema Quality Assurance


Cinema Test Tools for the Non-Technical Manager 

Cinema Test Tools is a free resource for the cinema industry, tuned most particularly for the non-technical manager. The tools include several DCPs, all with interesting means of testing the sound and picture quality for the interested by lightly trained staff. The lessons on sound and light are written to provide a foundation to communicate with the technician who must respond quickly and well to the information that they discover.

The key is a free Online Managers Online Walk Through Checklist that correlates with the many DCPs. It helps bring an understanding of the many nuances of the auditorium's situation in a straightforward way. 

Tandberg HH FC LTO-5 Drive Connects to Mac Through Thunderbolt

Tandberg Data announced a solution that allows its LTO-5 HH FC  tape drive to connect to a Mac by using its Thunderbolt port along with PROMISE SANLink to provide users with high-performance LTO tape storage.

The solution is compatible with Thunderbolt technology that ships on the new MacBook Pro, Mac mini, iMac and MacBook Air. Mac users can store HD video and workflow applications directly to LTO tape using Thunderbolt technology. With this solution, Mac users can store up to 3TB (Compression ratio of 2:1) of data in less than three hours on a single $69 LTO-5 cartridge.


Tandberg Data and PROMISE Technology, Inc. have tested and certified the solution to ensure compatibility to the user. SANLink provides a dual 4Gbps FC link that can be used to connect to external FC storage. Each adapter features full-duplex capable FC ports that automatically detect connection speed and can each independently operate at 1, 2 or 4Gbps.


Tandberg Data's LTO-5 tape drives store up to 3TB (with 2.1 compression) per cartridge. Capable of data transfer rates of up to 280MB/sec, it dynamically and continuously adjusts the speed of the drive to keep drives streaming. This maximizes performance and reduces start/stops, which increases the reliability of drives and media. Tandberg Data also supports LTFS (Linear Tape File System), which allows the tape drive to operate like a hard disk with direct access without the need for tape backup software. The solution is also compatible with all major backup software packages.

Tandberg Data LTO-5 HH FC external tape drive features with PROMISE SANLink:

  • Capacity of 1.5TB / 3TB (native/compressed)
  • Performance up to 1TB/hr (compressed)
  • 8Gb FC connectivity
  • Thunderbolt connectivity with PROMISE SANLink
  • Low media cost
  • Low power consumption: 6.9 W (sleeping mode) and 20 W (operating mode)
  • Enterprise features and performance in a small desktop form factor
  • WORM and Encryption (AES 256-bit)
  • LTFS (Linear Tape File System) for Mac and Linux
  • Future-proof with eight-generation roadmap
  • Data speed matching reduces mechanical wear and extends tape life
  • MTBF of 250,000 hrs at 100% duty cycle
  • 30-year archival life
  • Three years Advanced Replacement Service Warranty
  • Availability
    Tandberg Data LTO-5 HH FC external tape drives and LTO-5 media are available through established channel of distributor and reseller partners. MSRP pricing for the LTO-5 HH FC external tape drive is $3,395.00, and MSRP pricing for LTO-5 media is $69.00. All Tandberg Data LTO-5 HH FC tape drives come with a three-year warranty and Advanced Replacement Service.

    The PROMISE SANlink is available through PROMISE's network of distributor and reseller partners and from the Apple Store and Apple Authorized Resellers. SANlink is available for $799.