Montage is one of Dubai’s premier post-production facilities. Offering a vast repertoire of post services from sound design and composition to VFX, motion graphics, editing, and color grading. They provide these services to some of the largest advertising, film, and television companies in the region. As the industry continues to push towards higher and higher resolutions, many post-production studios are finding the backend technology that keeps their shops running is becoming strained.
Can your system play x number of streams of my favorite codec? When you’re searching for a new shared storage system it’s common to compare a system’s published stream counts against those from different manufacturers, but there’s much more behind these numbers than meets the eye. The purpose of this article is to explain how stream counts can be generated, and highlight some of the less obvious things that can affect a shared storage system’s ability to do (or not do!) a certain number of streams of video playback. We think it’s important when making comparisons to understand how stream counts are generated, and to know what other factors can affect streaming performance and playback. We will also explain some of the ways we generate our own video stream counts and discuss why we get them that way. Part 1 (This is a two-part article. Part 2 explores the stream count topic more deeply and can be found here.) Getting stream counts There are several ways to estimate stream counts, and it won’t always be clear to see how a system’s stream counts were measured just by looking at “the chart,” so trying to use these metrics to compare one system to another can be kind of tricky at best, and misleading at worst. The process a storage manufacturer must go through to determine a system’s stream count is challenging to do accurately and repeatably; it requires testing in a methodical way, with real applications and a vast array of different kinds of hardware and software.
Choosing the right solution to 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 right out of the box, allowing editors to focus on their creativity.
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. When 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.”