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PILOT, a Manhattan-based post-production facility, has significantly grown in terms of projects, tripling the number of non-linear editing rooms since opening its doors in 2008. A full-service creative brand and media consultancy agency, PILOT provides professional post services for a number of genres, including reality episodic, film, and brand integration. Its impressive client list includes A&E, FX, The Food Network, NBC, and Turner. PILOT’s systems administrator and post-production supervisor, Nathan Rausch, reports.


standards and formats add a level of complication to the busy post facility whose many projects already come with a wide range of formats to manage. Anytime PILOT discusses adding


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or me, it has been challenging to keep pace with the facility’s expansion. Adding to the mix of growth hurdles we face is the ever- changing technology. New


acquisition, editing, storage, asset management, and cable infrastructure. This has been the process from the day our doors opened back in 2008. PILOT was busy out of the gate. On


another edit room or a new format, we need to assess the viability of the technology PILOT is using for


Nathan Rausch, PILOT’s systems administrator and post-production supervisor.


any given day, a truckload of media would show up. For the quick turnaround of projects, the content would need to be ingested and screened by multiple producers and writers on-site and off-site. So from the very beginning, proxy generation and asset management were a key element in the PILOT workflow, and we designed PILOT’s original infrastructure comprising Apple Xsan and Final Cut Pro (FCP) with Final Cut Server.


A change in technology opens the future


In 2011, Apple changed course and stopped developing Final Cut Server. During that same time PILOT was in the midst of a substantial agency expansion. The combination of the two prompted us to assess our workflow needs and consider an infrastructure makeover to better support future technologies and


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standard shared storage platform; PILOT required a production platform that provided extensive media management capabilities. After pricing out and comparing


several SAN & NAS solutions partnered with combinations of asset management systems, we decided on Editshare with Flow asset management leveraging gigabit Ethernet. As a systems integrator and media


workgroup consultant, I have had experience with EditShare and felt confident with its technology, support and commitment to the industry. However, we did have one main


projects. We came to the conclusion that PILOT would design a collaborative editing workflow around a centralised storage system that would support more than Apple applications and formats. The central storage platform would need to be a shared solution that would support multiple editing vendors and a much wider range of file formats, including those introduced in the future. It would need to be highly scalable with options for cost-effective expansion. We were looking for more than a


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