Ascent Media opens new digital facility in Burbank

Ascent Media Group has unveiled what it is calling the industry’s largest, most technologically advanced independent digital post-production network and distribution facility. The 100,000sq ft Digital Media Data Center (DMDC), based in Burbank, CA, combines post-production, media management and syndication services under one roof.

The DMDC, built at a cost of $17 million over more than five years, consolidates multiple facilities and new workflows that address the increasingly complex delivery needs of an on-demand media landscape. It will offer a full slate of services to producers, such as editing, mastering, 4K digital intermediate, audio and video restoration, quality control, audio mixing, digital conversion, subtitling and closed captioning, data translations, water marking, versioning for region, data asset management, distribution and the archiving of digital assets. It’s all linked via a secure digital production network.

Internal production processes are facilitated by Ascent’s secure, high bandwidth network called ProdNet. This proprietary network allows Ascent to compress what were once linear and operationally dependent processes into time saving parallel workflows. In some cases, ProdNet-supported processes have delivered up to a 75 percent reduction in the time required to take projects through particular workflows, according to Ascent. ProdNet can process data at 1.2Tb/s and stores up to 368 hours of uncompressed high-definition content at any given time.

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