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Dublin Facility Egg Buys EditShare Workflows

Irish post production and VFX studio Egg has installed the EditShare XStream EFS 450 scale-out storage platform with Flow media asset management and Ark archiving as the infrastructure for its projects dealing in 4K and 8K. The EditShare solution provides a tiered storage environment with smart media management tools for controlling media assets from ingest to archive.

“Egg is working in both sound and visual, and for the most part, in file formats of 4K and above,” explains founder Gareth Young. “We have 11 Avid cutting rooms, two fully equipped DaVinci Resolve colour grade suites, a sizeable visual effects department that can accommodate up to 40-plus creative staff, plus three Avid Pro Tools-based sound studios and three sound stages.”

With most projects developed in file formats of 4K and above, the large post facility required a robust infrastructure that could manage the demands on bandwidth and fast-paced collaboration required by all departments.

Egg upgraded its infrastructure to the EditShare XStream EFS 450 scale-out, shared storage and Ark archiving solutions with integrated Flow MAM featuring the Flow Story editor. The infrastructure provides tools for managing ingest, tracking assets and metadata, project sharing and tiered storage with automation between production storage and archives, as well as collaborative tools for managing editorial and reviews. Centralizing content for project sharing for both online and offline groups, EditShare facilitates an ingest-to-archive workflow with capabilities to support the ebb and flow of bandwidth.

“Our infrastructure requirements are quite steep in terms of performance AND reliability,” states Young. “We looked at Avid and we looked at EditShare and we looked at another three or four other options. We decided on EditShare because of its storage performance capabilities and the additional features it offered through Flow. Modules like Flow Browse and, as an editor myself, Flow Story will be very useful tools for us.” 

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