Endemol Shine Media Storage, Playback, Mastering with DDP
Shared Storage for Television Production
EndemolShine Australia creates some of Australia’s largest television programs. From The Biggest Loser to Gogglebox to Australian Ninja Warrior. They have lots of editors and lots of media, and are always under pressure to get programs to network quickly.
Augmenting Avid ISIS Storage
Back in 2013, EndemolShine Australia (ESA) started looking at DDP as a solution to augment their existing Avid ISIS storage investment. Not a decision to be taken lightly, in 2015 they took delivery of a 2-chassis system and had production work rolling off it less than 2 weeks later. Thirty plus editing, audio and graphics stations all connect to the DDP across the existing infrastructure.
"It is a real-workhorse with minimal management."
The primary factors in the decision were: bulk shared storage at a competitive price, seamless use from their Avid Media Composer platform (including the ability to use alongside ISIS), simple bolt-on JBOD expansion, simple infrastructure requirements and compatibility with any/all other applications they might throw at it.
ESA use their DDP for high-res media storage and playback, mastering directly from the shared volumes.
"It is a real-workhorse with minimal management," stated Ben Trinder, Technical Supervisor – Post Production, EndemolShine Australia. "We can run multiple productions with appropriate security, all workspaces across a production can share capacity without having to constantly re-allocate (or can be set on a fixed quota), and Archiware P5 integrates directly to ensure volumes are always backed up externally for security."
"We've had the DDP in use 24x7 since the day it went in, never had a hardware failure and it has gone 12 months+ without even a reboot. Client software “just works” – appears as native Avid storage simultaneous with ISIS workspaces, performs well with Resolve and Adobe CC and doesn't need complex driver or networking setups."
Robust System to Meets Ever-Changing Requirements
With 120TB of DDP capacity that constantly gets filled and flushed, ESA has found the DDP to be a robust system that meets their ever-changing requirements. ESA are looking to move up to the DDP v4/5 software release to add more functionality/performance to the existing investment.
"Our aim is to give clients the edge, while making their jobs easier."
Elvin Jasarevic - DDP Asia & Middle East
"We are incredibly happy that EndemolShine is using DDP shared storage to produce some of the most popular content for television in Australia. Success like this makes us more committed than ever to developing our software even further," stated Elvin Jasarevic - DDP Asia & Middle East.
"With DDP V4 and the upcoming V5 software, which allows SSD caching, Load Balancing, Instant Replication and other 'DDP only' features like Folder Volumes with Quota and Workflow Manager, our aim is to give clients like EndemolShine the edge, while making their jobs easier."
DDP - Dynamic Drive Pool - is a multi-award-winning shared storage system. It is available with SSD caching, load balancing and automatic data redistribution as well as a range of additional advantages including linear bandwidth scaling, mirroring and single namespace. It all comes from one box, on one Ethernet network. Simple. An IP-SAN based solution allowing full project and file level based sharing, it uses almost 100% of the available Ethernet bandwidth. DDP is a simple and effective storage solution dedicated to meeting the demands of film, video and audio users. For more information, see www.ddpsan.asia
DDP is sold and supported in Australia by Digistor. Please contact us for information on shared storage solutions and media management.