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IBC 2015 - Facilis Recap

Posted by Kelly Taranto on 9/24/15 2:18 PM


IBC 2015:  What an amazing show for Facilis! We would like to thank everyone who came by our booth. We also have a lot of exciting news to share with you!

If you couldn't attend IBC 2015 in Amsterdam this year don't worry, we have all of the exciting Facilis news here for you!

At IBC 2015 in Amsterdam, Facilis (booth # 7.C10) announced new offerings for both high-end and budget conscious facilities, along with an all-new digital asset tracking product that combines search, management and access to project assets in a simple interface. Learn more about these products here.  

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Topics: Fibre Channel, 4K, 4K DPX, SAN, Workflow, Ethernet, Events, TerraBlock 8D, TerraBlock HA (Hybrid Array), FastTracker, New Products, TerraBlock, SSD

Can high-end post tools empower the small facility?

Posted by James McKenna on 6/23/15 3:29 PM

 

In the UK, March saw the publication of Broadcast magazine’s Indie Survey 2015 and this annual overview of our industry provided some fascinating reading. It represents an important overview of the global Indie sector, which the report’s authors value at a whopping US$ 3.5 billion.

Amongst a plethora of facts & figures is a trend indicating the rise of a new breed of tech savvy facilities that are using technology to empower their staff and return some stunning trading results. Whilst the #1 position on the survey list is firmly owned by IMG (WME) which employs 347 full-time UK staff, the next two positions are filled by Carnival Film & Television and Thames who each employ just 22 staff. And these two facilities are at the cutting edge, producing blockbuster series such as Downton Abbey and The X Factor respectively.

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Topics: Fibre Channel, SAN, Workflow, Ethernet, Partner Integration, TerraBlock 8D, FastTracker

NAB 2015 - Facilis Recap

Posted by Kelly Taranto on 5/8/15 4:32 PM


NAB 2015:  What an amazing show for Facilis! We would like to thank everyone who came by our booth. We also have a lot of exciting news to share with you!

If you couldn't attend NAB 2015 don't worry, we have all of the exciting Facilis news here for you!

At NAB 2015 in Las Vegas, NV, Facilis (booth # SL8811) announced new offerings for both high-end and budget conscious facilities, along with an all-new digital asset tracking product that combines search, management and access to project assets in a simple interface. Learn more about these products here.  

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Topics: Fibre Channel, 4K, 4K DPX, SAN, Workflow, Ethernet, Events, TerraBlock 8D, TerraBlock HA (Hybrid Array), FastTracker, New Products, TerraBlock

IBC 2014 - Facilis Recap

Posted by Kelly Taranto on 9/30/14 4:00 AM



IBC 2014:  What a show! With attendance of over 55,000 people, it's fair to say this show was a big one! We had a lot of exciting news to share and showcase this year and we thank everyone who stopped by our booth!

If you couldn't attend IBC 2014 don't worry, we have all of the exciting news here for you!

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At the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) 2014 in Amsterdam, we showcased TerraBlock shared storage qualifications for popular production, ingest, asset management and archiving tools that are designed to simplify post production and content creation workflows. We also previewed new features to be incorporated into future versions of TerraBlock and highlighted the latest in worldwide customer deployments.

Watch Jim McKenna's interview with TV-BAY from the floor at IBC 2014:

 

 

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Topics: Fibre Channel, Workflow, Ethernet, Events, Partner Integration, Case Study, Partner Collaboration

From "Why Not?" to "How" - What Every Facility IT Professional Should be Asking About Their SAN Network!

Posted by James McKenna on 7/18/14 2:44 PM

There’s a new commercial campaign for FIOS in which a little kid walks around trying to do things that his set-top box simply can’t do - pause in one room and resume in another; record every show; watch on a mobile device. His father keeps telling him it doesn’t work that way, to which the kid says “Why?” That’s the way facility IT should look at shared storage networks. Before rolling out your typical answer when asked to bypass the house switch infrastructure, or run 10Gb to every desktop, or even deploying shared fibre channel block-level storage, don’t be afraid to ask yourself “Why not?”

Necessity is the mother of invention, but stagnation is the mother of innovation. Create your own workflow, and your own model of efficiency, without the immobility of status quo IT infrastructures. We know the understanding that IT managers often have with the GM is “We’ll make it work, just follow our rules”. Be one of those breakout stars of the video IT convergence that understand innovation is occurring at a much faster rate in the content creation world, and traditional IT will never keep up. Rules are made to be broken.

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Topics: Fibre Channel, 2K DPX, Future Proofing, Workflow

Thunderbolt - I Can Do What?

Posted by James McKenna on 7/10/14 12:33 PM

The popularity of all-in-one and mini workstations have been forcing a conversion in many facility infrastructures. If you haven’t found sufficient reason to shrink the legacy fibre channel footprint in your facility, these non-expandable workstations may push you toward that decision. 1Gb is fine, right? Most HD video formats you’re getting in are of the 35Mb to 50Mb variety, plenty of head room in 1Gb for multi-stream work. What about the 4K+ raw formats? Well, that is a challenge but you can always proxy those down to something more manageable. Uncompressed QuickTime’s from your animation department? Ah, no. Re-render those compressed please. DPX files? Okay, things that seem simple really don’t hold up when you consider the changing world of post, and the requirement for a facility to maintain flexibility when managing various sources and deliverables. Now hold on, before you go out there and scoop up all the silver Mac Pros on EBay, you can still have your iMac and Mac Mini, even your MacBook Pro AND perform at the level required for any common format.

Thunderbolt has been around for a few years, but it wasn’t until the shiny new Macs that it really started getting attention as a high performance data delivery protocol. Most of the recent iMacs, MacBook Pros and Mac Minis in the field are Thunderbolt 1. I’ve found that Thunderbolt 1 in practice is good for up to 800MB/sec, but will vary greatly based on adapter and test method. This is plenty to get you into the raw 4K+ formats with ease, and even up into the 3D 2K DPX range. The shiny new Mac Pro systems use Thunderbolt 2. With similar variability, Thunderbolt 2 will get you into the 1400MB/sec range. Now you’re in full frame 4K DPX territory.

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Topics: Fibre Channel, 4K DPX, Thunderbolt, 3D, 2K DPX