Digital Bytes Sees the Future of 4K Production with Facilis TerraBlock

Digital Bytes Case Study ImageA talented team of creatives at Utah-based video production studio Digital Bytes, Inc. supports local and national companies such as e-Bay, AMC, Rio Tinto and Ernst & Young with production and post services for a wide range of projects, from commercials and corporate videos to live events and documentaries. To deliver high-quality results that keep customers coming back, the team relies on a solid post production workflow managed by Digital Bytes Multimedia Producer Kiyoshi Nagahama.

Looking to expand the scope of the studio’s technological capabilities and prepare for the advent of 4K TV, Nagahama recently added Facilis’ TerraBlock 24 EX SAN and Adobe® Premiere Pro® to Digital Bytes’ arsenal of technology, which already includes three Avid® Symphony® suites and an Apple® workstation running Autodesk® Smoke®. Integrating the TerraBlock into this workflow proved seamless with help from Facilis and local reseller Philm Gear. Nagahama shared, “Support was great throughout the entire install process; both Facilis and Philm Gear were fast to respond to questions and resolved any issues quickly.”

Digital Bytes is currently in the process of transferring data from its obsolete Unity MediaNet system to the TerraBlock, which will replace the Unity entirely once the transfer is complete. Throughout the process, Digital Bytes has already seen increased productivity, because editors are able to connect via Ethernet and Fibre Channel to easily collaborate across Mac and Windows workstations. “Our editors are no longer limited to one piece of software. They can work together more efficiently across Avid, Final Cut, Adobe and Smoke – which makes our workload much more manageable,” said Nagahama.

TerraBlock has also given Digital Bytes additional storage space to grow, which will help the studio diversify the kinds of projects it can take on in the future. “As the pool of multi-format media continues to expand and our facility starts to dive deeper into the latest version of Premiere, we need the space and bandwidth of TerraBlock to accommodate new work, especially 4K projects. Now, we’ll be able to easily handle HD and 4K files with Fiber Channel, while tapping Ethernet for DVD files and encoding,” Nagahama added.

“Shared storage is very, very important to everything we do, and TerraBlock keeps us up and running. The system does exactly what we need it to without interfering in our day-to-day operations or costing us an arm and a leg with per-seat licensing,” he concluded.

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