We delivered solutions for storage and archive, render management, active directory-based authentication, networking and servers — all integrated into a complete and efficient file-based workflow.
Due to the sheer volume of content created and the number of users accessing the system, ERA deployed a bespoke media asset management (MAM) solution developed by Mediasmiths to connect the content islands.
By integrating the MAM with FilmPartners MXFserver media platform, we could connect and support the University’s 160 NLE systems (mainly Avid, FCP and Adobe Premiere edit stations), creating a powerful collaborative workflow for users across the campus.
MXFserver’s platform allows up to 20 projects to connect simultaneously, offering bin-locking, improved project sharing and switching between or merging NLE editing systems. Plus, connection to media is based on virtual files, making it fast, safe and secure.
An open agnostic structure enables users to access, transfer, manage and share content easily — without additional software — to provide the University with exceptional flexibility to tailor workflow and courses to meet changing student and industry demands.
To enable this level of secure project sharing, ERA designed and built a scalable, robust and efficient IT backbone to link all the editing stations and other stations on the network. The IT architecture features Cisco switches, storage and archive servers, an archive tape system and PipelineFX Qube! render management software with full power backup.
Following the successful delivery of the project — from initial workflow analysis and solution architecture to system build — ERA’s team continues to provide ongoing maintenance and technical support for the systems deployed.