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No Dropped Frames for Film and HD Video Production/Post-Production Facility Using Small Tree Shared Storage Technology

December 10, 2009 by Joe DiBenedetto

Location: Orlando, FL
Industry: Production and post-production
Working Environment: Final Cut, Apple ProRes 422 HQ

From concept development and scriptwriting to state-of-the-art production and post-production services, DNP Studios develops solutions to effectively inform, inspire, educate and motivate.

CHALLENGE

With three fully stocked post-production suites in a new, custom-built, 10,000-square-foot facility, DNP Studios needed a shared storage system capable of sharing HD footage in real time without dropping frames.

SOLUTION

To meet its technical requirements, DNP Studios installed Small Tree’s Ethernet-based shared storage GraniteSTOR solution with its unique OS X networking capabilities. Tightly integrated with Apple’s built in file sharing system, GraniteSTOR technology – which also incorporates Small Tree’s PEG4, a 4-port Ethernet card with the Edge-corE ES4524D, a 24-port Gigabit Ethernet switch certified to work with Small Tree’s technology – has enabled DNP Studios to play back DVCPro HD footage, while editors are pulling ProRes 422 HQ files from the drives simultaneously. Small Tree’s reliable solution has improved the production team’s productivity.

MAXIMIZING WORKFLOW

Small Tree is the Mac Networking Expert specializing in affordable Ethernet-based networking and shared storage products for the Media and Entertainment industry. Consisting of networking developers who have extensive experience in high performance computing, Small Tree’s team knows how to achieve the demanding application requirements of Mac customers.

Respected throughout the creative industry, Small Tree’s customers include many of the industry’s leading facilities, as well as a growing number of smaller production houses who require greater throughput while paying close attention to their bottom line. Additionally, a number of the industry’s giants, including Apple and Intel, often look to Small Tree to support their existing technology.


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