Key Features and Benefits

  • Quantum’s Pro Video A-Series-- the first data tape solutions enhanced for professional video
  • 400GB(native) of removable networked storage and tape based file system that is content aware for MXF files
  • 400GB tape cartridge holds over 7 hours of 100MB/sec HD content
  • Up to 544 Mb/sec transfer rate
  • Each tape cartridge carries its own file system content directory for direct drag and drop by standard Web browsers and FTP clients on multiple OS platforms
  • 30 year per tape archive life to protect professional video asset


Quantum's ProVideo A-Series, the first data tape system enhanced for professional video, now includes new LTO-3 A-Series. This revolutionary system combines the well established benefits of data tape archiving with video tape convenience and accessibility.

The LTO-3 A-Series feature set makes the drive MXF-aware which permits video tape-like access to subclips by timecode and provides an unprecedented level of interoperability between applications and environments.

With its built-in Gigabit Ethernet port, the LTO-3 A-Series is a network-attached device so it can be directly connected to any network and accessed by every edit workstation, networked server, graphics devices, or other computer based video equipment on the network.

Because it uses LTO Ultrium 3 tape, the LTO-3 A-Series delivers a 30-year tape archive life to protect professional video, audio and data assets better than any video tape backup. Each cartridge holds 400GB of information and allows faster-than-real-time transfer rates of up to 544 Mb/sec. And, because each LTO Ultruim 3 tape contains key MXF metadata in a tape-based file directory, your media is transportable and exchangeable for seamless application independence.

LTO-3 A Product Details

  • Easy to Deploy - With its included gigabit Ethernet interface and built-in FTP, the LTO-3 A-Series products can be easily attached to any network where it becomes accessible to every workstation and server through Windows Explorer and standard browsers. The system can be used in stand-alone rack-mount and table-top configurations as well as integrated into the full range of robotic tape libraries.

  • Flexible - The data tape format of the LTO-3 A-Series includes a file system on the tape, making any cartridge readable anywhere, anytime. Traditional video archiving uses proprietary management software which dictates that tapes must remain locked in a library system in order to restore any data. Quantum's A-Series LTO Ultrium 3 cartridges are free from this constraint - they can be easily moved between libraries, stand-alone drives and even video facilities. With this flexibility, LTO-3 A-Series products are ideal for serving the full range of video applications -- from hand-carrying video content out to a truck for live production to a facility-wide, long-term, secure archive.

  • Secure Yet Accessible - Quantum's A-Series LTO Ultrium 3 data cartridges have a robust 30-year archival life that ensures the longevity of precious video content. At the same time, the LTO-3 A-Series system is an ideal solution for archiving content because files are easily accessible. The LTO-3 A-Series makes partial restores of subclip files by timecode or even metadata with an ease unlike any other data tape solution - a new level of accessibility in data tape that defines "working storage."

  • Unmatched Performance and Capacity - At a native 68 MB/s, data transfer is many times faster than real time, even in HD. At a native capacity of 400 GB per tape, a single tape can accommodate more than 7 hours of 100 Mb/s HD content.

  • Cost-Effective - In addition to its file-based, faster-than-real-time access to HD, SD and data assets, the new LTO-3 A-Series is a much more cost-effective storage solution than video tape. Because it is built on Quantum's popular, industry-leading LTO platform, the LTO-3 A-Series system benefits from significant economies of scale.