The ability to have a shared storage solution like TerraBlock pays for itself, but you also need a complementary archiving solution like DNAevolution to manage your data and get the most out of your shared storage. DNAevolution and TerraBlock are a great match; even through heavy post schedules and high data rates, they’ve proved
themselves time and time again.
Situated in the heart of St. Louis, MO, Coolﬁre Studios is a full-service entertainment company serving a diverse client-base. The studio specializes in production, post production and motion graphics, working on everything from original TV series to commercials, branded content and more. Having established a reputation for crafting persuasive, imaginative and unforgettable stories, the company leverages a workﬂow fueled by Facilis TerraBlock shared storage, and StorageDNA LTO LTFS archiving and archive asset management solutions that facilitate an advanced level of creativity in-house.
The studio ﬁrst brought TerraBlock and DNAevolution™ on board two years ago, while producing 10 one-hour episodes for the Style Network series Resale Royalty. Shooting occurred over 83 days resulting in approximately 24 terabytes of raw footage that had to be stored, edited and archived. Coolﬁre assembled a setup composed of 18 Avid ® Media Composer ® workstations connected via Ethernet to TerraBlock, with a DNAevolution X200-24 Linux ® turnkey system featuring a 24-slot autoloader and two LTO tape drives for archiving. TerraBlock provided a ﬂexible workﬂow for storing and accessing the data, while DNAevolution’s LTO LTFS technology streamlined archiving and archive asset management for the project.
“With 18 workstations simultaneously referencing projects and media ﬁles for the show, Resale Royalty, we needed shared storage that was fast with multi-user Read/Write functionality. To be able to have one a central area like TerraBlock that everyone could play on, in an organized fashion was vital,” said Roxanne Henry, media asset manager, Coolﬁre. “DNAevolution further simpliﬁed the job, making archive runs quick and consistent; we could also verify the data after the fact, giving us the conﬁdence that our data was secure.”
Noting the success of the dual-implementation for the project, Henry added, “It was a deﬁnite triumph, and integrating both products was a great adventure. Having such efﬁcient equipment allowed our team to focus less on the technology and spend more time being creative to make the show look better overall.”
Over the last year, Coolﬁre has continued to take on an expanding project load, carving out a local niche for itself in network and long-form programming, with DNAevolution and TerraBlock playing an integral role. “DNAevolution and TerraBlock have brought us to where we need to be, technically and infrastructure-wise, to be able to keep up with the volume of projects ﬂowing in,” Henry expressed.
TerraBlock has also been used by Coolﬁre for other network shows including: Alternate Route (Esquire Network), Carver’s (SyFy) and Salvage City (Discovery Channel), and the team is currently in post for an upcoming six episode series, Weekend Fix (Esquire Network). “Because TerraBlock is fast, we’re able to edit native C300 in Media Composer, giving us the ﬂexibility to avoid the hassle of an online/ofﬂine workﬂow, and our network approvals are in full resolution,” Henry said. “TerraBlock encompasses our three ‘must-haves’ in a shared storage solution: multi-user Read/Write functionality; the ability to create volumes on the ﬂy without having to take users down; and the ﬂexibility to increase volumes – all at a fraction of the cost of traditional SAN systems. It offers a nice blend of functionality and affordability, and as a smaller company that’s growing rapidly, that’s important to us.”
With more than 600 terabytes of media assets in house and more content coming in on a daily basis, DNAevolution has proven to be crucial in Coolﬁre’s archival process. “DNAevolution gets our data onto LTO tape incredibly fast, allowing us to keep up with incoming data. Having an archival product that runs in a quick, efﬁcient manner ensures redundancy of our footage. The fact that DNAevolution formats LTFS is an added beneﬁt because it allows anyone to read the data if you need to send an LTO tape out of house,” Henry explained. “These features are important in an enterprise archive solution, and from a functionality standpoint, DNAevolution blows its competition out of the water, with features that uniquely cater to video users. The fact that we could also use it to conform an online is also appealing, and something we’d like to explore integrating into our workﬂow in the future.”
Whether for a small or mid-sized company or large enterprise, Henry believes the beneﬁts of a solid shared storage and archiving workﬂow are indisputable. She concluded, “The ability to have a shared storage solution like TerraBlock pays for itself, but you also need a complementary archiving solution like DNAevolution to manage your data and get the most out of your shared storage. DNAevolution and TerraBlock are a great match; even through heavy post schedules and high data rates, they’ve proved themselves time and time again.”
Founded in 2003, Massachusetts-based Facilis Technology, Inc. designs and builds affordable, high-capacity, turnkey shared storage and archiving solutions for post production and content creation professionals working in the ﬁlm, television, education and audiovisual markets. Its production-proven solutions are fast and intuitive – making it easier for creative professionals to collaborate and work more efﬁciently.
Flexible, scalable and compatible with industry-standard creative solutions, Facilis’ products blend seamlessly into any studio environment – boutique, mid-size or large – and have been installed in more than 2000 facilities worldwide. http://facilis.com/
StorageDNA helps media professionals move, manage, and access digital ﬁled-based assets for faster repurposing and monetization of content. DNAevolution is a groundbreaking nearline and archive workﬂow solution for LTO LTFS that helps customers build more cost-effective, scalable, and secure archives. StorageDNA’s solutions power some of the most complex and critical workﬂows for customers worldwide ranging from broadcasters, major ﬁlm studios and television production companies, to sports organizations, government agencies, and Fortune 500 corporations. https://www.storagedna.com/.