Maryland Public Television (MPT) recently installed a 144 TB Facilis TerraBlock shared storage environment in its post production facility to increase capacity, accelerate post production and enhance project collaboration.
From the series “Outdoors Maryland” to “Chesapeake Collectables,” the TerraBlock systems will play a role in MPT’s creation of weekly programming. MPT also is using the TerraBlock system in production on national programs such as the long running “MotorWeek” and the soon to be released children’s science show “Space Racers” that will be shared with PBS affiliates across the U.S.
“With the volume of work our team handles every week, we have to be able to collaborate quickly across the promo, graphics, audio, online and offline departments, said Bill Dukes, MPT’s Post supervisor.
“Since installing our TerraBlock network, we’re already running smoother and faster than before, even though we now have more clients connected. It’s really streamlined how we work across departments.”
The installation, which required the transfer of 60 TB of data from MPT’s former storage solution to the TerraBlock environment, proved one of the toughest in the history of reseller Digital Video Group (DVG). However, in less than a week, DVG had the new system up and running.
The TerraBlock network is connected via 8 Gb Fibre Channel to eight Avid Symphony workstations, six Avid Media Composer suites, two Avid Pro Tools stations for audio post and two Avid Deko graphics systems. A Mac system running Adobe Creative Suite, Storage DNA for digital archiving and a Digital Rapids encoder are also linked to the TerraBlock system.
“Our editors have logged on and started working instantly. I love watching our Media Composer clients light up when they pull project information from Facilis, something they couldn’t do before,” Dukes said.