Hammes & Buhler: Facilis TerraBlock is the first choice
Following a trend for significant new customer wins in international markets, Facilis has recently announced a strategically important new customer win in Germany. Cologne-based post house, Hammes & Bühler Postproduction has placed a TerraBlock 24EX/16 shared storage system at the heart of its post workflows. In this blog post we talk to Phillipp Hammes, CEO of Hammes & Bühler Postproduction, about this exciting investment.
Tell us a little bit about Hammes & Bühler?
We were established in 2015, and Hammes & Bühler Postproduction has quickly grown to become one of the leading independent post houses in Germany serving a broad range of clients from Warner Bros and Endemol/Shine to much smaller local production companies. From day one, as a facility we aimed to offer streamlined and fast workflows in a modern feel-good location – as well as serving the best coffee in town!
How does your technology infrastructure work?
At our facility, we have 15 Avid edit suites, an Avid-based Baselight 4K color grading suite and a ProTools studio including Voice Box. The company has installed two TerraBlock 24EX/16 shared storage systems running on a 10GB Ethernet network with everything connected to TerraBlock to enable collaborative video co-working. In addition, we offer pop up-post production facilities, where the team delivers turnkey edit solutions including complete network infrastructure optimized for a specific customer’s workflow including both short and long-form projects.
Why did you choose Facilis TerraBlock for your shared storage needs?
When we started this new post production facility, it was a no-brainer to select Facilis Technology for all our shared storage needs. Here, TerraBlock is the heart of the facility’s production workflow – the system is fast and reliable. The TerraBlock shared storage system enables collaborative workflows, which are critical for over 90 percent of our projects since they enable multiple editors in multiple edit suites to work simultaneously on the same content.
Aside from your TerraBlock investment, how important is local support to the way you work?
Local support is really important to us, despite the reliability of the TerraBlock system. We have worked with Speed Systems since 2004 and they bring a lot of value and security to our facility. Speed Systems are really specialized in TV post production and this means there is a lot of knowledge (gebündelt) available to our team. Really fast and good support is just a phone call away and this is valuable. In today’s crazy postproduction world, where we face short production cycles, having the best technology is not enough. Also, you need high class tech support with the best hotlines for phone support or fixing problems on location.