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Dec 14

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Tired of doubling up media over multiple workstations, Melbourne-based production company Coda.TV, known for its work on “Dancing with the Stars,” recently employed Cactus Resolutions Pty Ltd to install Small Tree’s complete GraniteSTOR shared storage system to streamline its workflow by eliminating unnecessary time delays.

Featuring four HD Final Cut suites packed with state-of-the-art editing systems, Coda.TV frequently requires multiple editors to work simultaneously on a single project. The GraniteSTOR installation features: a 16 bay GraniteSTOR ST-RAID direct attached shared storage system designed specifically for Final Cut users looking for economical, functional and easy to manage storage technology; PEG6, a 6-port Ethernet card; and Edge-corE ES4524D, a 24-port Gigabit Ethernet switch. According to Rob Peile, Coda.TV’s managing director, prior to installing the GraniteSTOR system, the company’s editors had to deal with the complicated and tiresome transfer of media between systems.

“Editing is an art, and the common disruption our editors faced from having to copy files from one workstation to another was hindering the creative process,” Peile stated. “We needed a system that would enable our editors to access projects concurrently without clogging the network. With Small Tree’s GraniteSTOR system, our editing team is much more productive, and that is great for morale and even better for creativity.”

With five freelancers on the system at any given time working with XDCAM EX and ProRes HD footage, Peile has been impressed with the Small Tree system’s reliability in addition to the technology’s affordability.

“We haven’t had a single issue with the Small Tree system pushing the material we work with,” Peile remarked. “And as if that wasn’t enough, not only was the Small Tree gear available at a substantially better price point than the alternative solutions, but having the technology on-hand has allowed us to bid on more jobs that would have been too expensive to work on under our previous operating procedures. Thus, we saved money installing GraniteSTOR, and now, having the technology is opening additional revenue opportunities for our company.”

Designer of simple-to-install, affordable Mac-based networking and shared storage products, Small Tree is the premier multi-port Ethernet networking technology provider for OS X customers, enabling cost effective Ethernet shared storage technology. For more information about the company and its products, please call 1-866-STC4MAC (1-866-782-4622), or visit www.small-tree.com or follow Small Tree on Twitter @smalltreecomm.

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