Avid NEXIS Drives Flexible, Scalable Storage for Manor Production Services

Avid NEXIS Drives Flexible, Scalable Storage for Manor Production Services

Avid NEXIS Drives Flexible, Scalable Storage for Manor Production Services

Based in London and Birmingham, Manor Production Services was born from the 2014 merger of leading production companies North One TV and Maverick Television’s post-production departments. Led by Head of Production Piera Cuttica, its 10-strong team provides full post services to both production giants, while continuing to grow an external client base. As an existing member of Avid’s preeminent customer community and users of Avid’s industry-standard Media Composer editing software, Manor Production Services knew to turn to Avid when its storage no longer met their expanding requirements.

When storage architecture began to impact editing performance, Manor turned to Avid elite reseller, Altered Images, for a new solution. The world’s first software-defined storage platform, Avid NEXIS, was the perfect fit for their growing needs. Investing in four NEXIS | E2 storage engines, the team at Manor now benefit from a scalable, collaborative and easy-to-use platform that integrated seamlessly within its network and archive systems.

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“Avid NEXIS supplies us with flexible storage that can be tailored for any given project,” Cuttica explained. “It provides us with a base for our workflows that we can rely upon, easily maintain and even expand if and when necessary.”

 

Virtualized storage

Manor is among numerous post-production facilities enabling true storage virtualization for any real-time media application with Avid NEXIS. Its scale-out architecture enables Manor to mix and match engines in a single system, upgrade capacity and bandwidth as needed, and add redundancy when high availability is required. This flexibility is supported by bulletproof security and fail-safe disk protection that’s so crucial in today’s media landscape.

As expected, Manor has already seen benefits from combining two key products from the open, tightly integrated MediaCentral Platform. By connecting Avid NEXIS to Media Composer, Manor enjoys more speed, efficiency and collaboration throughout its workflow. Cuttica is also impressed by Avid’s integration with partners, commenting: “the ability to integrate with third-party systems developed by Avid partners allows us to move data from traditional offline storage to less costly and more expandable LTO tape – without having to compromise on production requirements.”

 

Channel 4's latest show, Escape, takes four civilians with technical backgrounds and Ant Middleton who was previously with the SAS into the desert of Mexico, to see if they can engineer a way out of the desert after a plane crash (5/25/17). © Vance Jacobs 2017

 © Channel 4 & Vance Jacobs 2017

When broadcaster Channel 4 commissioned Maverick Television’s new factual entertainment series, Escape, everyone involved knew that the project would be ambitious, and this was nothing new for Manor. The series, which follows a team of elite engineers working together to escape from crash sites, put Manor’s workflow to the test with large shoot ratios and mixed media types. But NEXIS rose to the occasion with the features needed to handle the challenges.

Channel 4's latest show, Escape, takes four civilians with technical backgrounds and Ant Middleton who was previously with the SAS into the desert of Mexico, to see if they can engineer a way out of the desert after a plane crash (5/26/17). (L-R) Lyndon, Lauren, Bethan, Demi and Phil. © Vance Jacobs 2017

©  Channel 4 & Vance Jacobs 2017

Playback of multiple grouped videos and many constant audio tracks had caused performance issues on our previously owned third-party hardware, but Avid NEXIS has dealt with the requirements without showing any sign of the performance limitations,” said Cuttica.

Channel 4's latest show, Escape, takes four civilians with technical backgrounds and Ant Middleton who was previously with the SAS into the desert of Mexico, to see if they can engineer a way out of the desert after a plane crash (5/26/17). Picture shows: Ant with Lauren. © Vance Jacobs 2017

© Channel 4  & Vance Jacobs 2017

 

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