Rorke Data, an Avnet Company (NYSE: AVT) and a data storage solutions provider, has enabled the National Geographic Channel to optimize its post production video editing workflow by providing a cost-effective project management solution. Rorke Data and its reseller partner, Human Circuit, evaluated the complex workflow requirements of the National Geographic Channel. They developed a streamlined solution, which included Flavoursys’ Strawberry software for collaborative editing workflow and consulting services from Rorke Data, to improve the efficiency and productivity of the National Geographic Channel’s video editing teams.
“The solution developed and implemented by Rorke Data and Human Circuit is exceeding our expectations at every level,” said Brad Hughes, systems engineer at the National Geographic Channel. “We first learned about Flavoursys’ Strawberry software at the NAB Show last year because Rorke Data was demonstrating the solution. We already have it up and running today because Rorke Data’s consulting services and support, including solution design, demonstration and testing in their lab, streamlined the implementation process. We received excellent support from Human Circuit’s technical staff and Flavoursys’ developers as well. We expect to see a significant long-term return on investment from this solution.”
The National Geographic Channel produces hundreds of thousands of hours of award-winning video content, including their current hit series Doomsday Preppers, the popular Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, as well as the longest running documentary series in cable television, EXPLORER. The editing team relies on sophisticated and resource-intensive post-production applications, including AVID and Final Cut Pro, across 15 different editing systems, and a Quantum StorNext file system.
The Strawberry-based turnkey software and server solution designed and built by Rorke Data enables cross-platform media and project sharing in an open storage environment with support for most high performance SAN environments. This open platform enables customers to use off the shelf file systems such as StorNext or Rorke Data’s HyperFS. By using the Strawberry solution from Rorke Data, the post-production editing team at the National Geographic Channel can now access more than 1,000 hours of content on demand without having to retrieve files from archives, which is a significant improvement from the approximately 150-hour online storage limitation of their previous storage environment. Benefits of the solution include improved bin search capabilities and project sharing, seamless workflow integration, and compatibility with Front Porch Digital DIVArchive and Telestream’s Quicktime Reference workflows. The solution also enables easy archive access, which saves time and resources for the edit and technical teams.
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