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SNS EVO Increases Production Output for Top Online Education Leader’s Workflow

In this story: Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere, Collaboration, Education, OTT, Scalability

With an estimated 1m-registered users and over 600,000 students, Craftsy, a virtual school for crafting enthusiasts is poised to be the largest online education business ever. Craftsy parent company, Denver based Sympoz, Inc., was founded in 2010 by former eBay executives who were frustrated by the quality of online education. Sympoz introduced classes in crafting and cooking, which they quickly found tapped into a large underserved online market segment, women. The crafting courses were so successful that in May 2011, Sympoz launched the Craftsy brand now offering quilting, knitting, crochet, sewing, paper crafts, cake decorating and more.

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Kukl Streamlines Video Workflows with SNS EVO Shared Storage System

In this story: Collaboration, Documentary, Final Cut Pro / FCPX, Post Production, Scalability, Scripted TV

Founded in a garage in 1998, Kukl started out as a small rental company for the film and television industry in Iceland. Demand quickly grew to include production and post-production services, and today Kukl is a leading supplier of equipment and services to Icelandic and foreign productions offering a complete workflow from pre-production to final completion. Kukl’s projects range from live satellite shoots to feature films.

To fully utilize its investment in computer hardware in its Audio-Video Operations Center (AVOC) and edit suites Kukl needed a fast and reliable SAN. Kukl mostly relies on Apple Mac Pro’s running Final Cut Studio with two Mac Pros used for ingest/playout in the AVOC and four edit suites, in addition to a finishing suite. Many of its projects have to move from one video system to another, and they felt the best solution for that is SAN on fiber.

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EVO offers management consulting firm a proven way to manage production

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This global management consulting firm helps companies identify and develop strategies for securing high-value business opportunities. Because of their proven success, they have grown to become the leading business advisor on the world market with offices around the world.

As they build a client’s business they are also building complex digital video projects that can include 3 to 4 material source streams. And while current production is within a DV format, they will be switching to an HD format in the near future.

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University required OS X SAN, only SNS made the grade

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This University is an established, research-intensive tertiary institution located in China. While science and engineering are the core focus, just as important are the other professional schools that have established, or are in the process of establishing, an international reputation.

The University needed to outfit their student labs with SAN software that was compatible with OS X.

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Start to Finish Collaboration Key to Success at UK’s Hangman Studios

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Doing it all is quite a challenge, and at London’s Hangman Studios not only do they do it all, but they do it all with the best tools available. From creative development to production, to video and audio post-production, Hangman Studios is known for its unique music and film expertise, as well as facilities that are loaded with the technology to make it all happen.

In business for the past six years, Hangman Studios quickly created a reputation for itself in the entertainment industry, and now boasts a long and impressive client list. The facilities were designed from the ground up with the forethought and expertise of industry insiders and a deep understanding of the sharpest technologies available today. Using the best tools necessary for pre-production and directing services, shooting, offline and online editing, sound dubbing and mixing, Web graphics, grading and DVD authoring, Hangman Studios creates audio and video pieces for commercials, documentaries, film, websites and DVDs.

“Hangman produces and edits TV and Cinema commercials, documentaries, EPKs, Making Ofs, Music Videos and Idents. Hangman provides high-end motion graphics services for title sequences and special effects, professional DVD authoring and encoding for the web. Hangman Studios’ audio facility specializes in post-production, stereo and 5.1 sound design, mixing, monitoring and audiovisual synchronization. Additional audio services include programming, recording, composing and re-mixing.” –James Tonkin, Director


“We rely on our SAN one hundred percent for all of our post production work. SANmp is a stable part of our daily workflow and it is an excellent product from a company we respect greatly”

“We have considered the options of ‘file-level’ permissions offered by other manufacturers, but we believe that ‘volume-level’ is the only stable way we can allow users to work with full uncompressed 1080 HD. It is far safer to give exclusive access over a drive to an editor capturing or playing out at 100 MBps.”

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For Hangman, collaboration and teamwork is everything — it’s what sets them apart from their rivals. Within the company and with external clients, Hangman operates on the notion that many heads think more creatively than one, and a close relationship between production teams, and post-production teams is key to their success. Studio Network Solutons’ SANmp became a critical part of the studio’s post-production work as it enabled their computers to concurrently share very large amounts of data over high-speed Fibre and iSCSI Storage Networks. The management software offered Hangman’s post-production artists the ability to more fully collaborate and share huge projects on a Storage Area Network. Their post-production teams are able to capture, record and edit directly onto the storage system and bump up the workflow by eliminating the need to copy files locally.

“We rely on our SAN one hundred percent for all of our post production work. SANmp is a stable part of our daily workflow and it is an excellent product from a company we respect greatly.”

At Hangman, media is shared and accessed by multiple workstations and Studio Network Solutions’ SANmp is the crucial link for governing user permissions across the different drives. The facilities have a total of three different studios, centered around Apple’s Final Cut Pro, that all run on Macintosh systems and dedicated SANs. Studio 1 is the main offline and online suite with two machines capable of HD and SD. Studio 2 is an audio room for completing sound dubs, sound design and 5.1 mixing on projects, and Studio 3 is a dedicated HD suite for finishing projects and working with clients. All three of the studios run off dedicated SANs and servers with share points so that media is accessible in any room. Often a project may start on one Mac in studio 1, then move to studio 3, then studio 2 for sound work and back to studio 1 for laying off to tape or DVD. Keeping projects and media flexible is the key to workflow so that nothing gets tied down to one particular machine or set-up.

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SANmp is good news for major public relations company

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One of the world’s leading public relations agencies, with a focus on effective stakeholder communications and adopting a holistic, media-neutral approach, the company develops public relations programs that deliver value and impact.

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Extreme Conditions for Volvo Ocean Race Require Extreme Storage

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The Volvo Ocean Race, the renowned continent-to-continent, offshore yacht race, attracts some of the most talented sailing crews and state-of-the-art vessels in the world. The race is no small undertaking for competing sailors or video crews that document the event.

Covering over 39,000 miles in some of the most extreme conditions on the planet, often in excess of 40 knots at times (70km/h), the event is one of the world’s premier offshore yacht races. It not only requires the utmost skill, physical endurance and competitive spirit from all of the contestants, but it also requires the most reliable and efficient technologies to document it.

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WXYZ-TV Transitions to digital workflow with SAN solution from SNS

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WXYZ-TV, the number one rated news station in the Detroit area, is among the highest-rated ABC stations in the United States and the largest TV station owned by the Scripps Company. Since its inception in 1948, WXYZ has enjoyed a reputation for quality programming and news reporting as well as technical innovation. In 1998, WXYZ became one of the country’s first TV stations to go digital and last year it became the first Detroit TV station to produce and broadcast its newscasts in High Definition.


When we made the transition from our familiar and efficient tape-based linear world to an all digital Final Cut Pro-based nonlinear workflow, we needed to make sure that we could get our stories on air as fast, if not faster than before.  As a news station, we operate in a mission-critical environment, so the real challenge was to create a file-based workflow that not only retained the speed and operability of a traditional linear solution but also gave us a zero down time guarantee.
Ray Thurber, Head of Engineering, WXYZ-TV

So when the station moved from a linear to a Final Cut Pro file-based workflow for its news operations, finding an enterprise-class storage solution to support the transition was paramount. Ray Thurber, WXYZ-TV’s head of Engineering explains:

“When we made the transition from our familiar and efficient tape-based linear world to an all digital Final Cut Pro-based nonlinear workflow, we needed to make sure that we could get our stories on air as fast, if not faster than before. As a news station, we operate in a mission-critical environment, so the real challenge was to create a file-based workflow that not only retained the speed and operability of a traditional linear solution but also gave us a zero down time guarantee.”

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Vivendi Games Gives Winning Score to Studio Network Solutions

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As a major, worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment, Vivendi Games works with industry-leading content partners, including Universal Music Group, NBC Universal, Twentieth Century Fox, and Paramount, and conducts business in 75 countries around the world.


“With daily deadlines in this HD Video age, a reliable storage/workspace solution was needed and SNS has provided Vivendi Games with just that. We needed all of our digital video content to be housed and accessed by all six of our in-house edit bays. Now all SAN access is in use 24/7/365 and all projects are used with the SNS system, it’s our content storage provider.”
Josh Bartos, Vivendi Games Media Department

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The company’s large number of studios and publishing labels include Blizzard Entertainment, Radical Entertainment, Sierra Entertainment and Massive Entertainment, and their library contains over 700 titles and features some of the most popular brands and franchises in the game industry today. Their ever-expanding portfolio of titles and games includes World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, Empire Earth, Leisure Suit Larry and F.E.A.R. to name a few. World of Warcraft from Blizzard Entertainment, is one of the world’s most popular games with more than 6.5 million customers worldwide as of May 2006, and that label’s track record alone includes nine No. 1 selling games and multiple ‘Game of the Year’ awards.

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