9/15/2010 8:03 AM
Bling Digital's mission: Turn around dailies from production on a
spy drama so that they are received next day by key agency operatives in Los Angeles for editorial as well as executives in New York and Toronto for "eyes-only" viewing.
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"Receiving a few hundred gigabytes of footage each day, we needed a storage solution that we could dedicate exclusively to this project to ensure fast turnaround," said Chris Parker, digital cinema specialist at Bling Digital, a division of Sim Video. "With production budgets tightening, we searched for a cost-effective solution that met our strict requirements. We were running the Small Tree system 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during production and it met all of our expectations."
While working on the spy drama, up to four members of Bling's digital support team were using GraniteSTOR ST-RAID simultaneously, processing Red Camera footage into a variety of formats for editorial and screening purposes, as well as running Avid, Final Cut, DVD Studio Pro and a number of other applications to produce the required deliverables. For Parker and his team, the Small Tree system's reliability was crucial to the primary objective of their assignment: achieving client satisfaction.
"Working on a network show, there are a lot of deadlines and requirements you have to meet or you won't make it to the end of the season," Parker said. "Small Tree's storage worked as billed - it was fast and reliable."
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