Facilis TerraBlock Helps CODA Keep Pace with Television Editorial Demands

CODA Case Study ImageAustralia-based CODA provides an eclectic range of services spanning production, post, multi-system edit solutions for hire and audio finishing for high-profile clients like Network 7, Shine, Freehand, Eyeworks and Southern Star Entertainment. CODA’s team of talented creatives and rental kit have played an integral role in the creation of popular shows like “Dancing with the Stars Australia” and “Amazing Race Australia.” Powering CODA’s operations are two newly purchased Facilis TerraBlock 24D shared storage systems that the company leverages to accelerate editorial in-house as well as for its rental customers.

At the end of 2013, CODA Managing Director Rob Peile set out to find a versatile shared storage system to meet rising client demands. In search of a solution that could push 26 streams of DNXHD120 in multicam mode to multiple systems concurrently, he found the speed and capacity required for the job in Facilis’ TerraBlock. “Our former system served us well for day-to-day applications, but our producers wanted more; they wanted Avid-compatible storage that could keep up with the fast paced world of editorial,” he said. “With capacity, speed and price all major factors and endorsements from our tech specialist Cactus Resolutions and reseller Blonde Robot, we went with TerraBlock and haven’t looked back.”

CODA just completed an installation of 19 workstations connected to TerraBlock via 10GB Optical and 1GB Copper that run an array of creative applications – allowing editors to seamlessly share project files created in Avid® Media Composer®, Apple® Final Cut Pro® and Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve. Using the system, CODA’s team members and clients can digitize and compress footage simultaneously, and work at online resolutions to deliver straight to TV.

“TerraBlock is client agnostic, which means we can use the best tools for each job, and remain flexible when it comes to the kinds of projects we can take on,” noted Peile. “It also provides immediate access to project files across different applications – enabling teams to work more efficiently across edit suites. On top of all that, the system is very reliable; it’s solid.”

Having recently wrapped post production on “Under the Hammer,” a home auction lifestyle show on Network 7 using a 72TB TerraBlock, CODA is using the same system to complete post for the upcoming season of “Amazing Race Australia.” The second 48TB TerraBlock, will be leveraged to facilitate post-production for the latest season of “Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year,” an award-winning Nine Network comedy produced by Radio Karate.

“We have several exciting projects in the queue, which we’re incredibly proud of. We’re always excited to continue our relationship with Network 7, especially on such a high profile series such as ‘The Amazing Race Australia.’ With fast access to media through TerraBlock and a large storage array, we’ll be in good shape to quickly deliver the quality work our clients expect,” Peile concluded.

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