Bristol and Cardiff-based post house, Films at 59, has installed a Pixit Media PixStor scalable storage platform to support its 4K high-end grading and finishing work.
The move comes as the post house deals with more and more 4K programming like the recent Our Planet for Netflix and Dynasties for BBC1,
Digital Garage was Film at 59’s integration partner on the project. Pixit Media delivered a complete solution for Films at 59’s Production Media Services Central Storage system, with a PixStor integrated with Dell hardware and Mellanox networking. The PixStor system currently has six workstations attached to it: two Autodesk Flames, two FilmLight Baselights and two Assist systems, with the capacity to add further workstations. It connects Films at 59’s Avid network, Storage DNA archive system and Object Matrix nearline storage together.
“PixStor’s software-defined architecture provides us with a future-proof platform based on commodity hardware, with performance bandwidth guaranteed for the lifetime of the system with no degradation,” said Stuart Dyer, Films at 59’s Operations Manager. “It’s the perfect match for our needs now and can easily scale up and scale out to allow us to grow the capacity and performance as we require it.”
“With an expansion in high-end broadcast, we are seeing an increasing volume of files from production companies and PixStor helps us to manage them in a really simple way,” Andy Farmer, Films at 59’s Senior Engineer, said. “Its tiered performance lets us efficiently manage the costs of fast bandwidth storage, allocating super-fast storage to the most demanding projects and setting policies for sequential 4K, and in the future 8K, content. With access to a heat-map that visualizes files, we’ve gained real insight to help us develop our storage strategies and that’s a real payoff in managing the costs of projects – both internally and for our clients.”
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