Customer Stories

Platform Powers Media Storage for Documentary Productions

"We have wall-to-wall tapes of every kind, and tons of hard drives piling up. We were looking for a better video storage plan, and a better way to manage media throughout production and post."
- Hillary Bachelder; Post Production Manager, Kartemquin Films


Kartemquin Films has been Chicago’s, internationally recognized documentary powerhouse for over 48 years. Hillary Bachelder; Post Production Manager at Kartemquin, had been looking for a better video storage plan, and a better way to manage their media. Bachelder faced two key workflow challenges that are characteristic of documentary productions; many span long amounts of time (sometimes as long as 10 years) with source footage coming from a wide array of media formats. As Post Production Supervisor for Hard Earned, a 6 hour, episodic documentary series for Al Jazeera America, she says, “We have a crazy amount of footage on this project; over 250 hours of footage, totaling to over 12 TB of media.” The ProMAX Platform Studio perfectly suited the production’s shared storage needs. Kartemquin’s Studio server, with a 32TB SHARE module, is currently supporting four Mac-based, Avid Media Composer workstations assigned to the production. Two of the workstations are assigned to the film’s co-editors and the other two workstations are designated to support ongoing media management.


Upgrading from Xsan to Platform Increases Performance

"We were running an Xsan for years. Platform has made maintaining the system easier, plus it out performs the Xsan. Its IT integration has allowed us to expand our digital lab services by synchronizing to our delivery servers. This has enabled us to monetize digital delivery and create happier clients."
- Leonardo Gonzales, CEO Rhino Studios Miami


Rhino Studios in Miami offers the full range of production and postproduction services to an international mix of clientele for motion picture, network television series, and commercial productions. Their old XSAN network, which was only 2GB Fiber, just couldn’t meet Rhino’s performance standards and requirements. “I think I looked at every system on the market. Platform stood apart from others with its security, and reliability which was a must for our workflows,” explains the studio’s CEO, Leonardo Gonzales. Rhino made the move to Platform with its 10GB connectivity to each edit suite. The company’s infrastructure and in-house capabilities have been expanded and enhanced since Rhino brought a Platform Online workflow server onboard with 32 TB of shared storage space and Archival capabilities. Rhino is not only more efficient, but also offers an array of Digital Lab and archival services. Now they can handle productions’ DIT work including all data conversions, LTO transfers and storage through the Platform’s TRANSCODE module.


Platform on Location Makes Next Day Delivery Possible

"We used the server for the first time yesterday on the one of the biggest fashion shows in New York Fashion Week. We really couldn't have done it without the server. Thanks so much for providing a great product!"
- Will Bystrov; Creative Director Post Production, Mustache Agency


Brooklyn-based Mustache Agency produces digital and social content designed to inspire audiences to take action. Much of Mustache’s work is for web series and large-scale, multiple video campaigns, where they deploy large teams of editors and artists on location to cover events for PR Agency packages. . Mustache initially wanted to get a sense of what type of investment was needed to get going with networked shared storage at the studio. What they found was that Platform Studio’s mobility opened up the capability to bring their editing groups on location for shoots and optimizing workflows to meet extreme project turnaround times. The Studio X model Mustache selected is equipped with 32TB of shared storage, an ARCHIVE Module and an LTO5 tape system to provide long term protection to their media assets. The production workflow fit so well that within 6 months Mustache was adding a second Platform Studio X with the SHARE module providing another 32TB of storage. Now for their live event PR productions, Mustache shoots the event and has the deliverables ready the next morning to blast complete and comprehensive assets to media outlets for online and social media outreach.


Platform Studio Hits the Road Editing 8 Day Star Wars Relay to Comic-Con

“Being able to have 4 editors edit simultaneously was really tantamount to the success of our stated goals for post production. Without a device as portable as the Platform Studio we wouldn’t have been able to accomplish that goal."
- Phil Loeb; Nerdist Industries


Nerdist Industries is the innovative production company behind a robust network of podcasts and a premium content YouTube Chanel. Their productions include “Course of the Force”, a video series chronicling the week-long relay along the California Coast that celebrates Star Wars and raises money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Nerdist was tasked with producing daily wrap up videos for this 8 day light saber relay that begins in San Francisco at Skywalker Ranch and finishes in Downtown San Diego at Comic-Con. It was important to have editorial systems that could withstand the mobile aspect of this event. The ProMAX Platform Studio was the tool for the job.


Saying Goodbye to Attached Storage & Improving Creative Collaboration

"Platform Studio really sped up our process of ingesting video."
- Ryan Spindler; Creative Director, Render Perfect Productions


Render Perfect Productions is a digital creative design firm in Baltimore, Maryland, working primarily with Apple ProRes 422 and ProRes 444 as well as creating motion graphics. For a long time they just had been connected to attached storage. Creative Director, Ryan Spindler started researching shared storage options to see what was on the market, and what would be, “the best bang for their buck for our small studio.” Render Perfect Productions got a Platform Studio X with 16TB of storage in the SHARE module to serve their 2 primary edit bays with FCP and Adobe CC, as well as their 2 secondary stations for graphics and other post processes. Spindler shares, “We’ve been really happy with our studio-wide solution. I recommend the Studio and any of the Platform products to anybody that’s looking to keep all their team engaged all the time and wants to maximize speed and efficiency and get deliverables out the door quicker to your clients.”


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