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feature post production About the workflow

EditShare seamlessly integrates high-performance shared storage solutions - XStream, Energy and the newly announced Atom - with video ingest (Geevs and Flow), media asset management (Flow), and archive (Ark), to offer broadcast and post-production professionals a productivity-enhancing, tapeless workflow on a highly scalable infrastructure. With powerful capture, logging, searching, sequence creation, and project sharing, as well as easy archiving, the workflow becomes streamlined and more efficient. From start to finish, metadata and media are easily searchable and accessible from EditShare central storage or archives. Background processes are also transparent to users, allowing them to focus on their creative efforts.

concern and that was the move from fibre to Ethernet. PILOT’s content/data needs are significant. After a thorough bandwidth testing, and knowing that 10GB Ethernet is an option should we need to move to higher bandwidth needs, we put that concern to bed. The implementation of the new

EditShare infrastructure let PILOT expand from five to 15 edit bays equipped with a mix of Avid and FCP applications. We doubled the amount of storage available and were able to use multiple NLEs simultaneously in any combination we needed throughout the agency. The integrated EditShare

storage/asset management system capabilities far exceeded our previous asset manager. PILOT’s vast scope of service offerings caters to an array of clientele and just about every type of media available: XD-cam, RED, ProRes, AVC, DVCPRO, MXF, P2 and more. And the newly designed infrastructure lets us manage any file format situation.

PILOT’s edit bay.

PILOT staff access media in any room from any editing application. They can also access it from a standard desktop system through the Flow MAM application. This capability is a key timesaver. With Flow, producers and writers have the ability to make string-outs and rough cuts from proxies, which can then be dragged and dropped by editors into FCP or Avid for finishing. The EditShare system automatically re- links to the actual media files with no delay. This cuts out the time- consuming step of logging or paper cutting, then having the editor track down that particular shot in the original source footage. The system also gives the team

more of a selection. Rather than looking at select reels or a rough cut, the creative staff have access to all of the source footage and dailies, giving them the full view of available content without the need to tie up an edit bay or editor. The new EditShare installation also

provided enormous gains in project sharing. EditShare's ability to share and collaborate on Avid projects is impeccable. Throw in the ability to lock and manage FCP project files, or use them as if they were the equivalent of read-only bins in Avid, and PILOT editors and assistant editors are collaborating better than ever. When doing upfront pieces or

creative pitches, PILOT often has several editors cutting different versions of the same project in order to present many options.

At a moment’s notice, the direction

can change to ‘everyone start cutting a new version based on Edit Bay 1’s current version’. The editor in Edit Bay 1 clicks ‘save’ and everyone can immediately begin cutting their own version of the saved sequence, without the need to exchange XMLs or copy a project file. This kind of rapid turnaround is invaluable to our clients. As a post supervisor, one of the

biggest benefits is that all of the cuts and projects are found in the same folder. We no longer have to search for files stored on local drives and ask the team ‘where did you put that last edit?’ Projects/content are saved in a logical manner, easily retrievable through the Flow search engine for future use.

A collaborative platform is key

Implementing a MAM/shared storage platform for the PILOT infrastructure proved key in managing the increasing growth and dynamic number of formats we manage on a daily basis. Today, everyone has structured access to every piece of media at any given time, in any room or producer desk. Once an asset comes in, screeners screen, writers write, editors log and cut, and graphic design starts. Sometimes this happens simultaneously. Regardless of the situation, the infrastructure we designed manages it with ease and allows us to focus on producing a great PILOT product for our clients.

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