SAN Fusion

Leverage Avid Media Composer's industry-standard project and media sharing with your existing Xsan, StorNext or NFS-based* storage.

What's new in SAN Fusion.

SAN Fusion 1.5 adds support for NFS-based storage repositories.

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What's New

What is SAN Fusion?


Work exactly as you would on an Avid Unity or ISIS using your existing shared storage platform.

Easy to Use

Simply install SAN Fusion and within minutes you can start leveraging the industry-standard project and media sharing feature set of Avid Media Composer.


SAN Fusion is 100% client-based with no additional hardware or minimum number of seats to buy.

Shared storage's dirty little secret.

SAN Fusion's virtual file system allows editors using Media Composer to work as if they were connected to an Avid Unity or ISIS using existing Xsan, StorNext, or NFS-based shared storage.

Technical Specifications

Minimum System Requirements
  • OS X® v10.9.5 or later, including macOS® 10.13.6 with experimental support for 10.14 “Mojave”
  • 8GB of RAM (16GB recommended)
  • 17.6MB of disk space (6MB app, 11.6MB optional install packages)
Supported File Systems
  • Xsan® 3.1 or later 1
  • StorNext® 4.2.1 or later, including version 6 2
  • NFSv3 3
  • Panasas DirectFlow® for Mac® 4
  • Scale Logic HyperFS™ 5
  • Media Composer® 8 or later, including version 2018.12 5
  1. Xsan "Native Extended Attributes" are not currently supported.
  2. StorNext "Named Streams" enabled volumes are not currently supported. Maximum file system tested for compatibility is 256 TiB; however, larger file systems have been reported to work without issue.
  3. Support for NFS-based Workspace Repositories requires a qualified NAS appliance. The maximum file system size SAN Fusion supports for a single NFS volume is 64 TiB. To find out which NAS appliances have been approved for use with SAN Fusion, please contact
  4. Please contact Panasas for more information about PanFS 6 with DirectFlow® for Mac®.
  5. Excerpt from What's New for Avid® MediaComposer® v8.8:

    "The editing application will notify you if your third party storage is emulating Avid NEXIS or Avid ISIS storage. Once you access a project connected to storage that is emulating Avid NEXIS or AVID ISIS storage, you will receive a message asking if you would like to enable bin sharing on your third party storage. Click Yes in the message to enable the bin sharing option in the General Settings.

    This setting ensures that you are aware that the third party storage is currently capable of emulating Avid NEXIS/ISIS storage and is capable of supporting shared bins and projects as verified by the third party, not Avid."

Product Tutorials & Demos

SAN Fusion

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Alex Grossman

Alex Grossman of Quantum explains why he likes SAN Fusion.