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Warner Bros. De Lane Lea’s Alfred controls assets in the cloud

Warner Bros. De Lane Lea (WB DLL) has launched Alfred, a secure, online portal that gives its clients complete control of their content. This platform plays a key role in the production and post production process, providing the ability to store, distribute and manage assets and data in a speedy and efficient manner.

Developed by the team at Warner Bros. De Lane Lea, Alfred has a number of applications that provide productions with flexible control over their content, including:
– Allowing clients to request media pulls including VFX, marketing and conform, at any time
– Automatically sending pulls to selected vendors and recipients
– Fully customized to suit all production requirements
– Providing media tracking for raw and delivered elements
– Giving visibility to clients on the status of processes within the facility, including conform and VFX, QC reports and deliverables

The service are available to all WB DLL clients from today.

Kevin Harwood, head of workflow at Warner Bros. De Lane Lea, oversaw the creation of Alfred from start to finish. “On a typical day, we’ll work through TBs of data and Alfred allows us and our clients to manage and track that data seamlessly, and for it to be accessed anywhere, at any time. Alfred is a flexible platform that can be moulded to each individual client’s needs.”

He continues, “Being able to access and manage content wherever you are is always important, especially now, we’re confident Alfred will help facilitate productions having to find creative solutions when working remotely.”

 

Quantum upgrades StorNext to v6.4

Quantum has made upgrades to its StorNext file system and data management software that the company says will make cloud content more accessible, with significantly improved read and write speeds for any cloud and object store-based storage solution. The new StorNext 6.4 software features enable hybrid-cloud and multi-cloud storage use cases, for greater flexibility in media and entertainment and other data-intensive workflows.

StorNext 6.4 software incorporates self-describing objects to make cloud content more easily accessible, enabling new hybrid-cloud workflows. The client writes files into StorNext file system, and then, based on policy, StorNext 6.4 software copies files to the public or private cloud, with the option to include additional object metadata. Non-StorNext software clients and cloud-resident processes may now access objects directly, thereby using the new extended metadata.

Multi-threaded put/get operations improve retrieval speed to and from large object stores and the cloud. Quantum says users can expect to see a 5x to 7x performance increase with StorNext 6.4 software, depending on the size of their objects and other factors. This feature enhances performance where single stream object performance is limited.

Among the other features in the StorNext upgrade is dynamic library pooling. This feature improves resiliency for large tape archives, enabling the use of multiple libraries for performance and redundancy, including scale-out tape with vertical libraries like Quantum’s Scalar i6 tape library. Customers can rotate file stores to different libraries to increase availability.

StorNext 6.4 also adds support for Amazon Glacier Deep Archive to StorNext’s integration with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and others.

Signiant expands Latin American efforts, hires JP Garza

Signiant has hired JP Garza to lead its expansion in Latin America. As a 25-year veteran of the media and entertainment industry, Garza has worked at building the presence of companies like Sony, HP, Harris, Omneon and Ooyala across the region. He will be based Miami which will serve as Signiant’s hub into all corners of Latin America.

Signiant offers intelligent file transfer software and its own cloud-native SaaS platform. Customers include studios, broadcasters, sports leagues and teams, gaming companies, streaming providers as well as folks working in post production and media distribution. With more companies finding ways to work remotely, Signiant expects business to expand not only in Latin America, but globally as well.

XenData intros Multi-Site Sync service for cloud object storage

XenData, which provides data storage solutions, has announced its new Multi-Site Sync service for cloud object storage targeting media applications. The service creates a global file system accessible worldwide via XenData Cloud File Gateways. The XenData gateways are optimized for video files, supporting partial file restore and streaming.

Each gateway manages a local disk volume that caches frequently accessed files. The solution scales to 2 billion files, unlimited cloud storage and up to 256TB of local disk cache at each location. It can optimize a company’s productivity by providing global file sharing across multiple facilities combined with reliable local performance through local disk caching.

Each instance of the synchronized gateway runs on a physical or virtual Windows machine and allows access to the global file system on each local network as a standard share using SMB, NFS and FTP network protocols. When a file is written to the cloud object storage via one of the gateways, it immediately appears as a stub file within the global file system on all other gateways.

The Multi-Site Sync solution currently supports the following cloud object storage services: Amazon Web Services S3, Hot and Cool tiers of Azure Blob Storage and Wasabi S3. It also works with multiple cloud storage accounts, allowing simultaneous use of multiple cloud storage providers within the global file system.

According to XenData, each gateway uses multi-part HTTPS with checksum verification for a fast, reliable and secure connection to the cloud storage. The gateways adhere to the Microsoft security model based on Active Directory, allowing easy installation into existing domains. The Cloud File Gateway software can be installed on Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2019 and Windows 10 machines.

XenData also offers two optimized edge appliances that include the XenData gateway software: the CX-10, a 1RU rack-mount appliance with a 10TB disk cache, and the X1, a compact unit that includes a 1.92TB SSD cache..

The solution uses cost-effective object storage and is priced from $150 per month for a system that manages up to 10TB of cloud storage and has two gateways. The cost of the cloud object storage is in addition. Multi-Site Sync is scheduled to be available in May.

Frame.io updates video collaboration tool

The minds behind Frame.io have added some new features to their cloud-based video collaboration tool, which they say has now surpassed 50,000 members from 120 countries.

These include the following for the Frame.io Web App 1.1
• New Private Team Files and Folders — You can now set files and folders to be invisible from collaborators.
• New Collaborator Permissions — You can now restrict collaborators from downloading, sharing or inviting other collaborators.
• New Project Sharing — When project sharing is turned on, anyone with the link can join. You can invite large groups of collaborators without having to invite them individually.
• New Realtime Upload Status — Now all participants of a project can see upload progress in realtime, which can eliminate lots of confusion.
• Expanded Keyboard Shortcuts — You can now use the arrow keys to navigate through thumbnails: spacebar to Quicklook, Esc to exit, Enter key to enter the player, and Esc key again to exit the player.

Updates for the Final Cut Pro Companion App 1.1. include:
• Added support for queuing
• Drag and drop upload from the desktop
• Custom export locations allow access to rendered FCP X media
• Convert FCP X markers into timestamped Frame.io comments
• Added options to choose marker types when exporting only clips with markers
• New reduced bandwidth option

See our past coverage of Frame.io here.

ftrack updates management app to V3, lowers cost of entry

Version 3 of ftrack, a cloud-based project management solution for the creative, visual effects and animation industries, is available and offering workflow updates, a refreshed UI and improved tools for multi-location/remote team work.

ftrack V3 also features a more affordable pricing structure. A single Creatives license of ftrack is now $20 a month.

So what else is new for Version 3? Let’s dig in:

Client Review: Allowing clients access to an ongoing project has been made easier. Users send a secure URL to as many clients/collaborators as they need. They can then leave their comments and feedback on a project. Review sessions are only shared on your say-so, and are all fully editable.

Client Review with Comments

 

Events & Actions: If you need a way to enhance and customize ftrack for your workflow, events and actions allow your developers to make quick additions to utilities and functionality, all without taking people out of the UI.

ftrack Connect: By downloading Connect to your system and using its tools, you can enable all manner of additional integration via ftrack’s web interface. It’s an easy way to import files from apps like Premiere and Photoshop by draggin and dropping.

Groups & Teams: A straightforward, powerful and effective way to manage teams within ftrack. You can assign groups, teams and even individuals to specific shots or elements of a project, allowing direct communication.

Client Review setup

New API: Introducing the beta version of a a new an API designed to grow with you — the more you add to it and tweak it, the more you will be able to get out of it.

New time tracking tools: Start and stop timers give more accuracy, measuring time spent on tasks or in meetings at the click of a button.

Check back with postPerspective in a month or two for our review of ftrack Version 3.

 

Quick Chat: Larry Jordan on NAB 2014

By Randi Altman

As we approach NAB 2014, postPerspective thought it would be fun to throw a few questions at Larry Jordan (www.larryjordan.biz), who will once again be at the show with his podcast Digital Production Buzz,  (@DPBuZZ).

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SportsPost NY event set for February 26

New York — The Sports Video Group, along with HBO, is hosting the second-annual SportsPost NY event on Wednesday, February 26, at the Michael Fuchs Theater at HBO in New York.  Leading post production execs, producers, editors, graphics professionals, and technology manufacturers will come together to discuss the industry’s latest tools, projects, and design philosophies.

An event highlight is a behind-the-scenes look at HBO Sports’ award-winning reality series 24/7. The team behind the show will share favorite moments and discuss how their production and post workflows help them pull together each episode on time and on budget, delivered with the series’ signature style. The show, which follows two contenders in the lead-up to a major sporting event, took home a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Editing for the fifth year in a row last May.

postPerspective’s own Randi Altman will be moderating a panel on post in the cloud, called “Breaking Down Collaborative Walls: Postproduction in the Cloud .” Collaborating in the cloud has been a boon to broadcasters with workflows distributed across in-house and geographically separated facilities. What can and can’t be done in the cloud, and when is it most useful? What are the economic and creative advantages in shifting workflows to distributed shared networks? How are security and redundancy handled? How  collaborative cloud workflows at smaller facilities compare with those used during events like the Olympics.

Panelists include Alex Grossman, Quantum, VP Media and Entertainment, Mike Jackman, Brevity Ventures, Chief Business Development Officer/EVP of Post Production, FilmNation Entertainment, and  Art Raymond, Levels Beyond, CEO.

Here is a full schedule of  SportsPost’s activities:
1:30-2:15 p.m.: Opening Keynote: Behind the Scenes of HBO’s 24/7
2:15-3:00 p.m.:  Cream of the SportsPost Crop: Winning Ways in Storytelling
3:00-3:30 pm: Case Study: Inside RadicalMedia’s New 50-Seat FCPX Edit Suite
3:30 – 3:45: Networking break
3:45-4:30 p.m.: Breaking Down Collaborative Walls: Postproduction in the Cloud
4:30-5:15 pm: Graphics Tools: Scaling Designs from Sizzling Opens to Dynamic On-Air Graphics
5:15-6:15 pm: Networking Reception

For more on the event, check out http://sportsvideo.org/main/sportspostny-2014.