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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

BVExpo 2015 Recap

Posted by Kelly Taranto on 3/11/15 11:15 AM

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to see us at BVExpo 2015, Stand R30 with Storage DNA. This was the biggest and busiest BVExpo we have seen!


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Topics: Events, Partner Integration, Partner Collaboration

Who Turned Out The Lights? - Disaster Recovery Strategies

Posted by James McKenna on 10/22/14 11:00 AM


The post 9/11 years in New York were a breeding ground for DR solutions that few were even imagining in the years prior. There was a time when the worst case scenario was losing a drive in a RAID0, or two in a mirror. After 9/11 there were greater things to worry about, as we were reminded in August 2003 when the lights went out in NYC. We considered what would happen to the shows that we're delivering. Would we be able to continue production on those in the near future if the power didn't return? What if this was an attack, and we were vulnerable to this happening again? Luckily that event was not terrorist-related, and power was back in a couple days.

But the seeds were sown - I started to get requests for off-site storage, and started developing new multi-dup policies of all masters (all tape-based back then of course) and keeping them in a secure location outside the city. Once footage was digitized, standalone spinning disks, DVD-R and new LTO technology became a hot commodity.

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Topics: SAN, Workflow, Partner Integration, Partner Collaboration, Archive

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