Shared Storage, in the cloud.

The only cloud that lets you play back media on your timeline, without first having to download everything.

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Feels Like Home

Postlab Drive behaves like any drive that's sitting next to you. Drag-and-drop files without any special software. All you need is Finder, and Drive’s ready to go. Share media and other assets with the rest of your team, right away.

All Inclusive

With cloud storage, there’s usually a catch. Cheap, but throttled and capped. Fast with complicated (and costly) pricing. Storage cost should be predictable for everyone, so we’ve given Drive one price. No hidden fees. No fine print.

Zero Hassle

Ever set up a NAS or Xsan? We feel your pain, so we’re making life simple. Use Postlab to manage user accounts, mount your Drive, and keep tabs on your connection quality. Zero setup. Zero config. Zero clunkiness. Zero learning curve.

Works with everything you already use today.

Getting Things Drive

Latency Detector

When playing media directly from the cloud, it’s not speed that’s the bottleneck, but latency. Because latency is so important, Drive monitors your network performace continuously. You’ll be notified of what you can expect from your network connection before you even press play.

Bookmarks

Media management, redefined. Point your team members to where you stored audio, stock footage, graphics, or LUTs by bookmarking folders on Drive for each Postlab production. All bookmarks are synced between team members, so you're all immediately on the same page.

Proxies, Originals, Or Both

Have a proxy workflow? Working with Optimized Media? Editing directly with H.264? ProRes? It all works. The only thing that doesn’t make sense today? Editing raw, directly from the cloud. Other than that, the sky’s the limit.

Work From Wherever

Who would have thought the world would change overnight, and your office along with it? With Drive, you’re ready to never have to go back to the office. Work from home, the coffee shop, on a train - wherever you need to be.

Encryption, Everywhere

Like Emery from Frame.io says: "It's not about using a secure cloud, it's about how to use the cloud securely." With Drive, all moving parts of our triple-tiered authentication only come together on your Mac, and only with your credentials.

Bring Your Own Storage

Already using S3-compatible storage? Working on sensitive material? We’ve got your back. We’ll set up a Drive connected directly to your own object storage, even if that object storage is on premise.

"I had no idea how badly I needed Drive."

"Postlab Drive is like a no-nonsense remote server aimed at editors, and I had no idea how badly I needed it. Once I realized what it really was, I couldn't stop thinking about the collaborative possibilities it opened up. It instantly became indispensable to me. Postlab Drive behaves like a local disk and that truly makes a world of difference in how I can communicate with collaborators."

Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants

Building a cloud for media production is no light undertaking. That’s why Drive is a partnership. Together with LucidLink and Wasabi, we fine-tuned their services specifically for editors' needs — with our own sauce on top. The result? A whole greater than the sum of its parts.

Video is Special

Most clouds are built by IT engineers, for IT engineers. They excel at processing many tiny payloads, like database changes and images. That's where Drive comes in. Optimized for real-world needs, Drive serves large and continuous data rates, no matter which codec you throw at it.

Network Topologies?

Forget about AFP, SMB, NFS, iSCSI, Xsan, session signing, certificates, resource forks, IP addresses, subnets, port forwarding, punching holes in your router, validating negotiation requests, CAT5/5/5e/6e, auto configuration that isn't auto to begin with, and all other network hiccups that just happen.

Save Bandwidth

Sharing the same connection with your family at home? Unfortunately, most Internet connections aren't truly unlimited. With Drive's straight-from-the-cloud design, you'll save up to 80% of that precious bandwidth and still hit your delivery time.

Location, Location, Location

With cloud storage, location matters. More precisely: distance matters. Postlab's worldwide network of servers are automagically matched with Drive's servers to ensure data flows from the data-center closest to you.


Drive Thru

Cloud storage only makes sense when it's super easy to get your media into it. Drive Thru lets you create links for clients to up- and download assets and media. No accounts needed, no fees charged.

Drop Off Coming soon!

Clients can batch upload files directly into Drive, and right into a folder of your choice. Each Bookmark in Postlab can be a Drop Off location, and each can have an expiry date to make sure you stay in control of when data can be uploaded.

Mail Drop

Need to kickstart a project, but there's just too much media to upload? Send us your disks and we'll plug them straight into our servers. Also great for dailies, rushes, and whatever you need on Drive overnight — or even the same day.

Pick Up Coming soon!

Finished some edits, rendered out timelines, and now need to share them externally? No need to get them an account. Select files on Drive, create a Pick Up link, and have your clients batch download whenever they want.

Snapshots

Mail Drop, the other way around: send us an empty disk, and we'll return it with your Drive's contents on it. All of it, or just a selection - that's up to you. To a NAS, or even LTO? Prefer an online snapshot? Contact us for details.

Early Access Program

Drive automatically grows with your needs, and you can scale down just as easy. No need to worry about upload & download charges, egress, retention fees, hidden cost, throttling, or other fine print.

Oh, and every 10th TB is on us 🥳

Integrations

Drive can integrate not just with your NLE, but also with other tools and platforms. Remove the heavy lifting of your workflow, by connecting your Drive to these platforms:

Kyno's Drill Down feature, in the cloud. Have Kyno index your Drive as soon as data is added to it, without your desktop app. You won't have to wait a second until Kyno finished parsing your disk, extracted metadata, and created previews - it's all already there.

Turn your Drive into an independent ISG, and every media file that is uploaded to Drive is automatically catalogued, transcoded, and instantly available inside Iconik and your NLE. Whether your editors work with proxies, or originals, both are there right away.

Questions?

Everything else we can think of that you might want to know:

Is my data safe?

Yes, very much so. Drive uses several layers to make sure your data is available only to you: Postlab, Drive, LucidLink, and Wasabi all have independent, top-notch, pen-tested security protocols in place, and it requires all four authentication layers to successfully access a Drive's contents. Feel free to ask us questions on security, anytime.

Can I try out Drive to see how it works for me?

Of course! Best way to do so is to start a Postlab Pro or Team trial. Both include 100GB of Drive during the free 15-day trial. Prefer the Drive-only plan after the trial ends? Let us know, and we'll convert your plan.

Do I need to pay for Postlab to be able to use Drive?

No, but you're getting it for free anyway 😁 You can use Drive without making use of any of the Postlab goodness, that's up to you. The Postlab app just functions as the way to connect and manage your Drive, as it contains all the logic and security that Drive requires.

Is Drive a backup service?

Drive is not a backup service - just like Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, and OneDrive aren't. We, of course, do create backups, but those are meant for restoring service in the case of force majeure. If you need a backup of your specific data, check out our Snapshot service, or talk to us about backing up your Drive automatically to a cloud provider of your choosing.

Why is latency more important than download speed?

When downloading a large file, your filesystem does a single request, and then the data flows in. You won't notice the request might take half a second, as you won't be able to play back the file until downloaded. But as Drive allows you to play back a file without downloading it, it needs to do a request for each chunk. The faster those requests can be done, the better.

Can I improve my latency?

If you're on WiFi, switching to Ethernet will help a lot. Even if you already max out your download speed on WiFi, Ethernet will always have remarkably less latency. Beyond that, it's a matter of talking to your ISP.

Don't I need Tier 1 cloud storage for real-time work?

Tier 1 is superfast, but you'll only experience it if your workstation is in the cloud too, like a Windows VM on AWS EC2. Your home or office connection is relatively limited, so downloading from S3 storage easily fills it up. Especially with finetuned object storage like Drive uses, you hit the sweet spot between cost and transfer speed.

Are there any file size limitations?

None. Due to its block-based nature, Drive scales indefinitely. On top of that, we engineered Drop Off to support all file sizes — even a single 100GB file uploads fine. To top it off, both Drive and Drop Off have automatic resume functionality. Detecting interrupted uploads, only the missing bits are uploaded.

Can I download my media instead of streaming it from the cloud?

Of course - remember that Drive acts just like shared storage. If your connection doesn't support direct playback of the media you're using, simply drag the files from Drive to a local disk and you're good to go. FCPX user? Postlab's Individual mode you'll save yourself and the team from endless relinking.

Proxies or original media?

Many ask us: should we store just proxies in the cloud, or originals too? Well, it depends. If you plan on editing remotely, but doing the final grade in a central location, just storing proxies online makes sense. But if you need to be able to finalize, grade, or conform wherever you are, you'll need OCF in there too.

What happens when my Drive is full?

Drive can never be full. When you upload more data than your plan allows for, we'll notify you. If after 24 hours your Drive still contains more data than your plan allows for, it's adjusted automatically and you are billed for an extra TB. To downgrade, remove some files, and adjust your plan in Postlab itself. The change will be applied at the start of the next billing cycle.

Can my clients upload or download data, without needing an account?

Yes, they can upload files straight into your Drive by using a Drop Off link, or download with a Pick Up link. Both you create yourself in Postlab. Each Bookmark in a Drive can be one, to make media management as simple as possible.

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