E D I T S H A R E I N E D U C A T I O N E D I T S H A R E I N E D U C A T I O N Bond University blends academics with industry expertise in film, TV, multimedia courses EditShare delivers end-to-end solution Australia’s Bond University Centre for Film, Television and Screen Based Media is preparing the next generation of industry media professionals. Degree programs combine academic study with lecturers and tutors from related industries and “hands-on” training with state-of-the-art equipment. Depending on coursework, students use various content creation tools including Avid Media Composer, Apple Final Cut Pro, and Digidesign Protools, Autodesk and Unity. “We have over 250 students enrolled each trimester, working on over 600 projects,” explains Michael Sergi, Director of Film and Television at Bond. “At any one time we might be required to manage more than 12 TBs of rushes feeding 55 edit suites. The EditShare servers we installed a few years ago to handle that heavy volume were very reliable. We could, and did, easily add more capacity as needed.” the challenge really the ‘glue’ that supports our entire workflow.” More recently, the Centre planned a shift to a totally The existing EditShare™ Storage servers are the core of tapeless HD environment, which presented some special the Bond workflow, allowing all connected workstations needs. Of course, EditShare handles a wide variety of HD to capture, access and share in real time a common pool and SD vcodecs. The move to solid state acquisition cried of media files. Regardless of application or platform – out for a more efficient way to manage the vast amount of from video editing to game creation - source material, content. The TV studio lacked an HD-capable video server work in progress and finished packages are shared and that could handle multiple ingests and replay. “It’s really instantly available to all users on the EditShare™ network. difficult to find a cost effective studio replay solution,” EditShare uses standard Gigabit network technology says Daniel Murphy, Technology and Studio Manager. and supports a wide range of video codecs, including all “We also realized that when you go totally tapeless, compressed High Definition video resolutions, including it’s very difficult to manage all the raw media. It’s more the Panasonic AVC-Intra Codec, the P2 format that Bond complicated than you anticipated.” students use in their coursework. the solution the workflow After exploring all the options, Bond turned to the The Centre functions like a medium-sized production latest products in the EditShare Complete Collaboration house, with a very large number of Avid editing seats offering - Flow for ingest and asset management, and deployed on high performance MacPro and Windows the Geevs video server for multichannel ingest and workstations, as well as several Apple Final Cut Pro playout. Combined with additional storage in a 32TB, editing systems. high bandwidth, high performance XStream server, Bond Student rushes are sourced from film (35mm and 16mm devised an incredibly efficient, end-to-end workflow at telecined to tape or data file), Panasonic 2 cameras an affordable cost. “We used to see EditShare as post- (AVC-Intra codec, DVCProHD and DVCPro50), and production storage with great features like Avid and Final SONY XDCamHD. All footage is ingested directly to Cut format support and project sharing – kind of the box the EditShare systems, saving time and effort. Flow at the end of the process,” says Mr. Murphy. “But with Ingest captures multiple channels of media and metadata these new capabilities, we now realize that EditShare is directly to EditShare storage along with a proxy. With Flow Browse, users can monitor, log and create subclips during or after ingest, manage file-based transfers from XDCAM and P2 sources, and search through the media on EditShare storage. “Flow gives us the ability to input metadata upfront as opposed to having hundreds of files that need to be sorted out in an NLE. We can also ingest right in the field, which will also help quite a bit,” explains Mr. Murphy. “And Flow allows students and staff to locate and handle media much more easily.” In addition to sharing files, EditShare provides advanced collaboration. “EditShare is the only system that allows us to implement project sharing for both Avid and Final Cut Pro, saving us time and storage space by centralizing shared media used by all students in a class,” says Mr. Sergi. “Our tutors can give students immediate access to media, review their progress and mark editing assignments all within Editshare.” At Bond, the Geevs HDP44 video server provides simultaneous ingest of four HD channels using Avid DNxHD and Apple ProRes codecs. Playout is uninterrupted, even when files are still being transferred. Geevs is directly accessible from the three main suites for direct playout of student productions. Geevs Autorun software allows the creation of sophisticated playout lists; Studio MC software supports manual and automated triggering of playout events from the studios. Bond maintains a backup using EditShare’s cost effective Ark Disk system. They have multiplied their backup capacity by adding a 32TB Ark Disk unit to the existing system. the benefits The EditShare Complete Collaboration line of products has expanded the workflow horizon at Bond from ingest through playout and archiving. Flow simplifies media management with ingest directly to EditShare Storage, which provides the sharing capabilities. “It’s really the same workflow the entire film and television production industry uses,” Mr. Sergi observes. “The Director can access the editor’s work at any time, from any editing suite, make comments, suggest improvements, or even do their own version of a scene as a guide.” The Geevs multicam capability brings a professional dimension to teaching film and TV drama. “With every stream recorded as it comes in, Geevs automatically creates an edit decision list with the edits,” explains Mr. Murphy. “After a student finishes the edit, we’ll be able to go back in and actually review what they’ve done. We get a much better sense of their camera selections and cuts. Before, we had no easy way to iso the cameras and look at the edit points. This totally changes the way we teach multicam drama, and we’re very excited about this capability.” EditShare offers an excellent cost-benefit ratio, with no costly seat licensing, and options to scale the system over time. EditShare’s tools for managing passwords, media spaces, quotas and media management are straightforward and easy to use, simplifying system administration. EditShare’s Active Directory integration allows students and tutors to login into the system using standard AD credentials, and just start editing. EditShare provides Bond Centre’s state-of-the-art production and training lab facilities with a reliable, high performance, end- to-end workflow that mirrors the industry’s highest standards.
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