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Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Institute Teaches Audio Recording on EVO

April 26, 2016 in User Stories

The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University is home to one of the oldest music conservatories in the United States. A training ground for artists in practically all forms of performance and composition, the Institute’s training also extends to the technological with the Recording Arts and Sciences track, among the most elite programs of its kind. In fact, if you are talented enough to attend the program, you may not necessarily look for it. It may look for you.

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The Recording Arts and Sciences track is an intensive five-year program that trains students as both musicians and audio engineers. Students are those who have espoused a deep interest in music and math and science, and have strong academic records that reflect those interests. Alumni of the program go on to work as radio producers, broadcast engineers, studio recording professionals, video game composers, and designers of AV software and hardware, among many other roles.

“Our students are sought after,” says Ed Tetreault, who oversees operations for the Recording Arts and Sciences program. “They get a conservatory level music education at the same time they get an advanced engineering education. It’s a double major and they work together well. If you’re an audio engineer, you’re working with musicians. By being a highly trained musician yourself, you gain an additional perspective that allows you to be equally effective on both sides of the Recording Studio glass.”

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Biscardi Creative Media is Prepared for Anything with EVO

March 7, 2016 in User Stories

A presentation at the Atlanta Cutters user group opened up new possibilities for veteran producer and editor Walter Biscardi.

BCM Logo“I had heard mixed reviews about a lot of other higher-end shared storage systems, and until I saw EVO there was nothing on the market that I trusted for a Mac and Windows workflow,” says Biscardi, who has been an early adopter of many video editing technologies. “As soon as I see something that’s going to work, I look at it from every angle, and then I go with it.”

Biscardi has served as a filmmaking and video production consultant to the likes of Apple, Adobe, and Dell, and as a frequent industry speaker and founder of WalterBiscardi.com (an education and training community for aspiring creative professionals) his knowledge of production technology runs deep.

He is a renowned editor and producer with multiple Emmy, Peabody, and CableACE awards to his name. He’s also the founder and chief storyteller of Biscardi Creative Media (BCM), an independent production house in Atlanta, where he and his team apply their storytelling skills to a wide variety of projects.

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The Life Church Embraces Video, and EVO, to Share Its Message

November 5, 2015 in User Stories

John and Leslie Siebeling have long held a passion for helping others, a commitment that led them to become missionaries and travel to Kenya. Working there for the Lighthouse Church, they experienced a new vision of what church could be. Bursting at the seams in a soccer stadium, and unbound by racial and cultural divisions, Lighthouse Church reached thousands of people with a fresh, dynamic approach.

A Young and Dynamic Church

John and Leslie vowed to bring that experience back to the U.S. With the backing of like-minded fellow pastors and college friends, they founded The Life Church in Memphis. 19 years later, Life Church has grown to more than 8,000 members on four campuses, in addition to an international location in Santiago, Chile.

Life Church’s vision is to serve people, develop leaders and impact generations in a dynamic and diverse environment that emphasizes community and bridging divisions. The Siebelings wanted a vibrant ministry that would speak to the needs of a new generation, and one of Life Church’s core values is creativity. Life Church has embraced that value by making video a primary channel for its message, and employing a full-time creative staff that collaborates through the EVO platform. more »


To Produce “Alaskan Bush People” for The Discovery Channel, Park Slope Productions Turns to EVO

August 31, 2015 in User Stories

Park Slope Productions is an award-winning producer of original programming for the likes of OWN, TLC and MTV, and knows what it takes to create engaging television. The production house pores over hundreds of new programming ideas all the time. So when an associate producer came upon a family of nine living “off the grid” in the rugged Alaskan wilderness, the Park Slope team knew it had found something unique.

Now in its second season on The Discovery Channel, “Alaskan Bush People” averages more than four million viewers per episode. Recently, the show scored the highest ratings in all of Friday night prime time.

Aside from its interesting characters, location plays a huge role in “Alaskan Bush People.” Everything is shot in Alaska, making shooting and producing more complex and challenging than anything Park Slope had taken on before. But location is just the beginning of what makes the show unique. The length and very nature of shooting, as well as the scope and number of people editing the show, make it an excellent showcase for the capabilities of the EVO shared media server. more »


NRG Uses EVO to Offer World-Class Recording Experience for Top Recording Artists

August 3, 2015 in User Stories

NRG Recording Studios Uses EVO to Offer a Seamless, World-Class Recording Experience for Top Recording Artists

NRG Recording Studios is a world class recording and production facility that has served as an industry leader for over 30 years. By staying on top of the latest technological trends and innovations, they are able to offer their artists the security, equipment and service they need to focus on what they do best: bring their sound, music, and vision to life.

NRG Recording Studios continues to take on more projects and bring in their own bands, giving unknown artists a shot, while still being able to accommodate Grammy award winning acts such as: Beck, Jay-Z, Celine Dion, Kanye West, and Justin Bieber, to name a few. However, with the ever-changing technological landscape, there are challenges that arise which need to be addressed, especially when dealing with some of the top recording artists in the world.

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SNS EVO Boosts Production for one of Australia’s Premier Post Houses

April 27, 2015 in User Stories

ZigZag Post Employs SNS EVO Shared Storage Server for Production of BBC and Foxtel Coast Australia

Built for Editors, by Editors is the tagline in the edit suites at Sydney based boutique post-production studio ZigZag Post. Prioritizing their editors takes precedence and it’s reflected in the exceptional quality of work they produce.

zigzag-1With projects like the widely popular Coast Australia, a spin-off from the popular BBC series Coast, ZigZag Post is proof that regardless of company size or budget, great artistry will emerge.

Choosing the right solution to both enhance their Avid based workflow and fit their budget was a task not taken lightly by ZigZag Post. The decision paid off as SNS EVO expanded their production capabilities allowing editors to focus on their creativity.

The Challenge

“We desperately needed a good shared storage solution,” said Rob Sarroff, Director, ZigZag Post. The hybrid shared storage solution we were using allowed us to project share within the Avid workflow, but like other non-Avid storage solutions there were too many compromises — extra tech support and unhappy editors. With Avid’s storage being a big financial outlay, we discovered EVO and took a big chance bringing it on board. EVO worked perfectly right out of the box. I was surprised how well it integrated into our process, particularly with Avid Media Composer. If you didn’t know any better you would think you were working on Avid’s native storage.” more »


SNS EVO Redefines Award-Winning Gorilla’s Production Workflow

October 16, 2014 in User Stories

Michigan based, Gorilla, a commercial and entertainment based Production Company, has many stories to tell. Starting as a two-man venture in a basement, Gorilla set out on a journey to find success in the industry. Ten years later, the company is now a thriving community of over 30+ artists in a collective space, collaborating on the production of award-winning commercials, documentaries, music videos and animations. Now with the inception of an LA division, GRLA, they will be seeking to expand their theatrical and narrative reel.

GORILLA Showreel – Ode to the World’s Stories from GORILLA on Vimeo.

As Gorilla continues to grow, so have their workflow demands. Thanks to SNS EVO, there’s a solution that fits perfectly into their unique and synergistic style.

Leasing a large space, Gorilla subleases offices and/or workstations out to various freelance artists. This allows them to pool their resources on projects and tap into the many different artists’ talents and interests. It’s an ideal format for fueling creativity, but has proven to have workflow efficiency challenges — a system that provides little safety and security for media assets and time consuming methods of sharing and transferring files. more »


Met Film Post Brings on SNS EVO as Central Hub for Production Workflow

September 10, 2014 in User Stories

Studio Network Solutions’ (SNS) EVO Shared Storage Server Supplies Collaborative and Cost-Efficient Workflow Solution for UK’s Award-Winning Met Film

Based at Ealing Studios in London, the oldest continuously working film studio in the world, Met Film Post is one-third of one of the UK’s most remarkable film organizations, Met Film. Met Film combines three leading-edge companies, Met Film School, Met Film Production and Met Film Post. By providing hands-on professional experience for students, award-winning productions and front line post-production technology services, the vanguard organization creates a unique and a symbiotic working setting for aspiring filmmakers and established experts.

metfilmWhen Met Film Post needed to make a significant change in their post-production workflow, they turned to SNS EVO to provide a more accessible, collaborative and cost-efficient shared storage solution.

“We were looking for a system to replace our Xsan that would allow us to do shared collaborative Avid offline services,” stated Matthew Troughton, Senior Colorist and Online Editor at Met Film Post. “Bringing the EVO on-board allowed us to fully provide Avid offline and online services. Prior to EVO, our editors were not able to work collaboratively on projects in such a developed way. EVO gave us the flexibility we needed and immediately increased our productivity.”

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