LTO Server

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Protect Valuable Assets

The LTS-50 is LTFS-based media archiving servers for LTO-5 drive, respectively. Reading and writing of files on LTO tape is possible via FTP from Windows or OS X computers. An ideal small-scale archiving and backup solution.

Main Applications

  • Backup/archiving of nonlinear project data
  • Backup/archiving of editing material or files used in broadcast production, exchanging data on LTO tapes
  • Archiving of mixed material (video and data files), and other applications


File-based workflows using the LTS-50

LTS-50 deployment in a network environment dramatically streamlines workflows that involve backup, archiving, or repurposing of material.

  • Data backup for NLE systems
  • Reuse of material on LTO cartridges (using partial retrieve)
  • Management of material using MediaConcierge
  • Archiving from a file server
  • Exchange of material with the LTR-100HS/120HS
  • Transfer of re-edited video files to the video server, reuse, and so on
LTS Workflow

Comprehensive file backup/archiving

The LTS-50 functions as an FTP server on the network, enabling Windows or OS X users to read or write any files on the unit’s LTO tape directly via FTP. Back up project files, archive video files, or perform other tasks without file type or format restrictions.

Convenient MXF file archiving

Video files in standard MXF formats (such as MPEG-2, DVCPRO, or AVC-Intra) can be tagged before archiving, enabling the LTR series video archiving recorder compatibility when stored on LTO tape. Thumbnails and proxy videos can be generated automatically from the MXF files being archived, using the optional software. And with a new “partial retrieval” feature, individual MXF files on the LTO tape can be retrieved for use as separate MXF files.

Complete data archiving to LTO

Archiving equipment that relies on databases or other internal file information tends to lock users into particular systems and limit LTO tape portability, making the system less versatile. In contrast, the LTS-50 maintains flexibility by recording all data, including metadata, to the LTO tape*1. This avoids system lock-in and simplifies data transfer in asset management and other applications.

*1 Requires activation of the metadata function before backup/archiving of generic files using the LTR Browser or LTS-MAM (optional software).

LTO duplication

LTO tapes in LTFS format can be duplicated. Optional software and an additional, external LTO drive enable high-speed copying between LTO tapes.


LTO server material file management software LTS-MAM

Compact LTFS Archiving Box
LTS-MAM is optional software that runs on the LTS-50. It enables intuitive, browser-based*2 adding, searching, re-purposing, and management of assets from devices on the network. Also enables batch archiving of folders. For the details
*2 IE 10、Google Chrome、Safari


LTR Browser

Enables these operations from a computer: Browsing lists of MXF files on an LTO tape, with thumbnails and metadata. Windows and OS X versions available.
Extra features: Metadata searching, Adding/removing MXF files, Viewing/editing metadata, Proxy playback, Partial retrieval

MPEG-2 option

An option for expanded functionality with MPEG-2 based MXF files.
Supported file formats: MXF (OP-1a) MPEG-2 I-GOP/Long GOP (SMPTE ST 386, RDD 9)
Extra features: Generation of thumbnail and proxy video (H.264 or WMV), Partial retrieval

AVC-Intra/DVCPRO option

An option for expanded functionality with AVC-Intra/DVCPRO based MXF files.
Supported file formats: MXF (OP-Atom, OP-1a) DVCPRO 25/50/HD, AVC-Intra 50/100
Extra features: Generation of thumbnail and proxy video (H.264 or WMV), Partial retrieval (OP-1a/OP-Atom output), OP-Atom to OP-1a conversion

Dual-drive copying option

Duplication of LTO tapes in LTFS format, using the built-in drive and an external drive*7.
*7 Sold separately

Remote control SDK

Please ask FOR-A about remote control API.

*What’s LTFS?

An abbreviation of Linear Tape File System, LTFS is an open-source file system for use in Linear Tape-Open (LTO) archiving as originally developed by IBM. LTFS enables reading/writing of files from various vendors or systems on LTO tape.



Recording format LTO-5*8, LTFS 2.0 format
Server functions Via FTP: Direct reading/writing of files on the LTO tape
Via HTTP (Browser): Remote LTO tape operations (mount, eject, or format), metadata input, and settings adjustment
Interfaces USB: 2.0 (High Speed) Series A connector × 2
PS/2 (Keyboard/Mouse) × 1
RS-232C × 1
LAN1/2: 100 Base-TX/1000 Base-T, RJ-45 × 2
To External Drive: mini-SAS connector × 1 (for external LTO-5 drive)
DVI-I: for maintenance
Temperature / Humidity 10°C - 35°C / 20% - 80% (no condensation)
Power / Consumption 100 V AC - 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz / Approx. 130 VA (130 W) at 100 V AC - 120V AC, Approx. 132 VA (124 W) at 220 V AC - 240V AC
Dimensions / Weight 212 (W) × 116 (H) × 421.2 (D) mm / Approx. 8.5 kg
Accessories Operation manual, AC Cord (comes with an anti-disconnect fixture), LTO cleaning tape (1)
(if used 24 hours a day at room temperature)
Cooling fan: Replace approx. every 3 years. Power unit: Replace approx. every 5 years.
Battery: Replace approx. every 5 years. Hard disk drive: Replace approx. every 5 years.
Options LTR Browser / MPEG-2 option / AVC-Intra/DVCPRO option / Dual-drive copying option / Remote control SDK / LTS-TSC (LTO autoloader control software) / LTS-MAM (material management software) / Annual support

*8 LTO WORM is not available.

LTO Basic Performance

Cartridge Size 105 (W) × 22 (H) × 102 (D) mm
Capacity Approx. 1.5 TB (data area: 1,425 GB / 1,327 GiB)
Recording capacity (theoretical value)*9 MPEG-2: 50 Mbps, HD: Approx. 52 hours
Response*10 File system information acquisition time: under 1 minute in typical case (depends on number of files on LTO tape)
File body seek time: within 3 minutes in typical case

*9 Without proxy video and metadata.
*10 Response may vary depending on the LTO tape or LTO drive condition.

  • LTO is a trademark of HP, IBM and Quantum.
    AVC-Intra and DVCPRO are trademarks of Panasonic Corporation.


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