South African Facility Speeds Transfer with Aspera

South African post house Digital Workshop is using high-speed file transfer and workflow automation software from Aspera to ingest, manage and distribute the hundreds of hours of diverse media content it receives daily from global content owners.

Digital Workshop receives up to five terabytes of DCP (Digital Cinema Package) trailers, EPK (Electronic Press Kit) packages, artwork, television spots and film trailers from global film studios, content distributers and business partners each month. Packaging the media to the required file formats and size, before distributing it to broadcasters and cinemas across South Africa, was an inefficient and time-consuming tape-based process.

With the growing volume of global content it was receiving and the gradual change in the region from tape to file-based production, Digital Workshop was encouraged to seek a more efficient way to manage its complex workflows for processing hundreds of files in multiple formats, as well as a solution that would allow them to distribute content faster and more reliably, despite severe challenges with network latency in South Africa.

To meet these needs, Digital Workshop selected the Aspera Faspex Server and Aspera Orchestrator to quickly and securely distribute feature films and HD assets digitally. It also solved the challenge of connectivity and bandwidth limitations in South Africa as it offers an HTTP fall back for highly restrictive network environments and automatic resumption of partial or failed transfers.

Digital Workshop is now able to receive, process and supply high-quality content faster than ever, without delay, within hours. The result is an expanded capacity to deliver media from 500 gigabytes to 3 terabytes per month, including approximately 30 music videos and eight EPKs.

Digital Workshop further improved their digital processing workflow by deploying Aspera Orchestrator. Offering a variety of plug-ins for transcoding and quality control, this automatically manages the end-to-end processing of hundreds of diverse media files for Digital Workshop every month. Any type of digital asset received from global content owners is securely ingested, processed into the requested format, and distributed to a number of media outlets, broadcasters and cinemas in a variety of resolutions, bitrates and formats - all via high-speed Aspera transfer.

“Our investment in Aspera solutions has enabled us to enormously simplify our internal processes and save considerable time that was previously taken up with manual tasks,” said David Rypstra, MD at Digital Workshop. “Now we’re able to receive, process and supply high-quality content faster than ever, without delay, within hours. Our fast delivery and reduced turnaround time positions us ahead of the competition in South Africa.”

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