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Facilis facilitates German post production Facilis TerraBlock storage technology has been adopted by several German post houses to enhance collaborative workflows. Jack Przwalski takes a look


obeo GmbH is a full service provider of TV production services based near Cologne, Germany. The studio complex offers an ideal production environment for TV and web TV productions. Seven studios, an extensive post production unit, a blue box and an open air area provide resources for complex live shows, dramas and international programmes. With mobile HD production sets, nobeo can support TV productions at literally any location. nobeo1, one of Europe’s most modern OB trucks, provides the heartbeat of numerous outside productions. nobeo works with some of Europe’s leading broadcasters and content creators, including Endemol Shine Germany, UFA Show & Factual, Filmpool Entertainment GmbH, RedSeven Entertainment GmbH and Norddeich TV. The company has invested in an extensive and specialised production infrastructure, including an Avid workflow comprising 80 Media Composer edit systems and six ProTool HD edit suites. Until recently, nobeo employed Avid Unity MediaNetwork storage, but it has replaced this with the Facilis-based shared storage system. The company has installed three TerraBlock 24EX/16 and TerraBlock TX16 expandable storage systems, together with a TerraBlock Hybrid24 storage system. All of the TerraBlocks are connected to a switched 10 Gbit/s ingest and logging network and to an 8Gbps Fibre Channel editing

network that supports the entire seven studio, outside area and post production campus where they manage all ingest, logging, service and back-up operations. “A key driver for upgrading to Facilis was our existing Fibre Channel infrastructure, including many san boxes and host adapters,” says Norman Ende, head of post production at nobeo Studios. “We like the option to use both technologies – Ethernet for service tasks and our fast Fibre Channel for editing jobs.” A central feature of Facilis TerraBlock is the collaborative operating practices that it facilitiates – a feature that Ende describes as “must have” within Avid workflows. “Already we can recognise the very fast behaviour of the Facilis system and how it provides large, highly cost-effective amounts of storage – it is straightforward to expand our network with cheaper Ethernet 1 or 10 Gbit clients for logging and ingesting tasks. “With Facilis, I like how easy it is to expand our storage network, simply by adding an additional server and not having to concern ourselves with issues such as managing servers, databases or client licensing,” Norman Ende concluded. COLLABORATIVE WORKFLOWS Another new customer for Facilis is Hammes & Bühler Postproduction, also based in Cologne. Established in 2015, Hammes & Bühler Postproduction has grown to become one of the

leading independent post houses in Germany, serving a range of clients from Warner Bros and Endemol/Shine, to smaller local production companies. From day one, the facility aimed to offer streamlined and fast workflows in a modern feel-good location – that also serves the best coffee in town! “When we started this new post production facility, it was a no-brainer to select Facilis Technology for all our shared storage needs,” said Philipp Hammes, CEO of Hammes & Bühler. “Here, TerraBlock is the heart of the facility’s production worklow – the system is fast and reliable. The TerraBlock shared storage system enables collaborative workflows, which are critical for over 90 percent of our projects since they enable multiple editors in muitiple edit suites to work simultaneously on the same content,” The Hammes & Bühler Postproduction facility has 15 Avid edit suites, a Baselight 4K colour grading suite and a ProTools studio including Voice Box. The company has installed two TerraBlock 24EX/16 shared storage systems running on a 10GB Ethernet network with everything connected to Terrablock to enable collaborative video co-working. In addition, Hammes & Bühler Postproduction offers pop up-post production facilities, where the team delivers turnkey edit solutions including complete network infrastructure optimised for a specific customer’s workflow including both short and long-form projects. Hammes & Bühler Postproduction was drawn to TerraBlock by Philipp Hammes’ work with the storage system in his previous job. “In our work here, the editors need a backend that requires no maintenance from them – with TerraBlock, our editors work all day with no thoughts of how to keep the system running.”

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TV Tech Global May/June 2017  

The technical resource for the global media ecosystem

TV Tech Global May/June 2017  

The technical resource for the global media ecosystem