Chinese National Animation Industry Taps Quantum Storage For 4K Workflow

China’s National Animation Industry Park (NAIP) in Tianjin, is using Quantum StorNext shared storage as the foundation for its 4K post production workflows.

Liu Yuqi, deputy director of the technical center at NAIP, said with StorNext, they are now able to work with Hollywood filmmakers on 4K remastering, which they could not do previously. Now, the StorNext solution has enabled NAIP to increase the efficiency of its workflows by 60 to 80 percent.

NAIP's StorNext storage solution—which includes a metadata appliance, a gateway appliance and disk storage—allows all of the facility's creative professionals to work on content simultaneously in a high-performance, high-capacity environment. They can now handle 4K content with 48MB of data volume per frame and replay an entire film at a rate of 24 frames per second, native, when performing quality control.

“By giving us much greater flexibility in accessing and working with large media files, StorNext has enabled us to enhance our editing and remastering capabilities significantly,” said Dou Kai, production director at NAIP. “As a result, our workflows are much more efficient, and we can better serve our clients.”

"The move to 4K offers exciting new opportunities for content creators to tell more visually impactful stories," said Alex Grossman, vice president, media and entertainment at Quantum. "However, it also presents new challenges for managing this content, challenges that many of today's storage solutions simply can't meet. Quantum has been at the forefront of helping customers such as NAIP make this transition, providing specialized StorNext solutions designed to meet 4K workload demands."

Quantum will exhibit its StorNext portfolio at the 2015 NAB in booth SL8416.

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