Bond University’s Centre for Film, Television and Screen Based Media has further cemented its reputation as home to one of Queensland’s best equipped production facilities by expanding their state-of-the-art editing and media storage system, EditShare.
Facilitating the move to a completely tapeless HD environment the EditShare system – used in films such as the Academy Award winning, King’s Speech – supports the collaborative creative process for film and television students by delivering high quality and high performance networked collaborative editing solutions.
Associate Professor Michael Sergi, Director of Film and Television, see’s the installation of the new end-to-end EditShare system as providing a more efficient way of managing the Centre’s vast amount of HD content.
“The Centre functions like a medium-sized production house. We have over 250 students enrolled each academic year, working on over 600 projects annually,” Associate Professor Sergi said.
“EditShare enables us to manage more than 45 TBs of rushes, feeding 55 edit suites running Avid and Apple Final Cut Pro editing systems installed on high-performance Macs.”
The EditShare servers we installed a few years ago to handle this massive volume continue to be very reliable, and we have easily added more capacity, from 24 to 56 TBs, as we have grown.”
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Technology and Studio Manager, Daniel Murphy is also very happy to see the installation of this fully integrated EditShare system that enables the huge workflow produced by the film and television students to be properly managed.
“Originally we saw EditShare as post-production storage with great features like Avid and Final Cut format support and project sharing; kind of the data bank at the end of the Ethernet cable,” Daniel Murphy said.
“We now realise that EditShare is like the ‘back-bone’ that supports our entire workflow.”
Associate Professor Sergi believes the installation of a fully integrated EditShare system is further evidence of Bond’s commitment to providing students with an authentic industry standard experience, ensuring that as soon as they complete their degree they can make a smooth transition to the workforce.
“The installation of the EditShare equipment illustrates how we are combining our student’s film and television education with industry based hands-on instruction, in a state-of-the-art environment that is based on real world production facilities,” Associate Professor Sergi said.
About EditShare LLC
EditShare LLC is the pioneer of a new category of collaborative editing solutions designed for digital media workgroups and production companies. The EditShare system fuels the collaborative creative process for digital media artists by delivering high quality high performance and cost effective networked collaborative editing solutions. For more information, please visit www.editshare.com.
Shared Storage at the Hub of Bond Activity
Bond University’s new 32 TB EditShare XStream – as well as its existing 24 TB EditShare Storage servers – are the core of the Media Centre’s workflow, allowing all connected workstations to access and share in real-time a common pool of media files. Regardless of application or platform and source material, work in progress and finished packages are shared and instantly available to all students on the EditShare network.
Flow adds a layer of control across the workflow. Students are able to ingest footage directly to the EditShare storage systems. Flow simultaneously produces a proxy, allowing fast search and preview from any standard desktop system connected to the EditShare network. Flow also provides logging and editing tools, letting students begin the editing process before they hit the edit room.
The Geevs HDP44 playout video server is directly accessible from the Centre’s three main suites for direct playout of student productions. Bond maintains a backup of student work using EditShare’s Ark Disk system.