St. Louis, MO (February 2, 2005)–Founded in 2003 to provide students with a highly specialized filmmaking experience, the University of Texas Film Institute recently installed leading edge storage equipment from Studio Network Solutions (SNS) into its post-production facilities and also at the University’s College of Communication. SNS supplied UT, and UTFI with various systems (six globalSAN X-8 iSCSI units, two A/V SAN PRO Fibre Channel arrays, and one A/V SAN Pro Fibre Channel-SATA array) totaling approximately 20 terabytes and created to handle approximately 50 users.
“It was surprising how easy it was to set up and get going [SNS’ storage equipment],” explained Wayne Chance, digital audio specialist for the University of Texas. “We plugged the equipment in and it just ran.”
The easy to install, robust storage technology provided by SNS has met the demands placed on it by professionals and student filmmakers working at the University, and at the Institute, helping to streamline the post-production process. “The reason we were originally interested in Studio Network Solutions’ storage equipment is because we have Avid systems that are all on PC and our audio gear is on Mac, so we needed a solution that could work concurrently with both systems,” said Chance. “What we found out was that the SNS systems work great.
“We’ve tried to choke it and we can’t. We just cut a trailer on an Adrenaline HD system at 1:1 with no problems, bounced the audio files out for me to work in Pro Tools and mixed it down on a Pro Tools TDM system on a Mac. We then bounced the files out of there and put it on the SAN and went right back into the Adrenaline system to output the final piece.”
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