Avid has launched a lower cost version of its Isis shared storage system designed specifically for smaller broadcasters and facilities.

The Isis 5000 is built on the same technology backbone as the original, can handle up to 40 clients and works with both Avid and Final Cut Pro running on either Mac or PC.

Major features include the Isis file system, which improves collaborative workflows by delivering centralised media access with guaranteed real-time performance, and Ethernet connectivity.

Jim Frantzreb, Avid’s marketing manager for broadcast and storage, said: “From a practical standpoint, this will be a more competitive offer for upgrades of legacy systems and for those who don’t need the very high availability and scalability of Unity Isis.”

Ian Burling, head of technical services at Films at 59, who was a beta tester said: “Our clients use a variety of editing systems, so to meet their needs, flexibility is a number one priority for us. We were looking for a solution that would allow us to consolidate high and low resolution clients and move media with greater agility and ease.”

UK pricing for the Isis 5000 starts at £29,600 for a 32TB system with 40 licenses.