Artsis Media, a full-service video production company in the New York Metro area, recently received a 2013 New York Emmy Award for its work on "9/11, a Look Back" - a documentary commissioned by the New York Post to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Working closely with New York Post Photographer Matt McDermott to tell the story, Michael Artsis, founder and owner of Artsis Media, relied on shared storage technology from Small Tree to meet the project's exceptionally tight deadline.
"The memory of the tragic events surrounding the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 will remain with Americans forever and I was honored to have been chosen to work with Matt on this project," Artsis said. "As the video journalist, I was the camera person, producer, interviewer, lighting technician, sound engineer and video editor, so the last thing I needed was to worry about possible delays in post-production. Fortunately, we equipped our facility with Small Tree shared storage a few years ago, so I knew performance wouldn't be an issue."
Artsis Media features a 24TB GraniteSTOR ST-RAID, an Ethernet-based shared storage system from Small Tree, connected to each of the facility's four editing bays. While Artsis was working post-production for the 9/11 documentary, sharing the stunning images of courage and destruction that unfolded that unforgettable day, the rest of his editing team also needed to access content on the server for other client projects, making the storage system's mission critical.
"I shot all of this content on a very tight deadline and couldn't afford to lose any of the footage," Artsis recalled. "With the raw emotion on the footage we captured during production, we knew there would be no going back to reshoot anything should we lose something in post-production. To know that I would be able to work long hours and that no matter how hard I pushed the system I was not going to lose vital content was a tremendous relief."
Using footage captured on a variety of Cannon DSLRs and GoPro cameras, Artsis edited the entire documentary with Final Cut Studio 7 via his iMac connected to Small Tree's ST-RAID.
"We've had the ST-RAID at our facility for more than two years and it has met every challenge," Artsis stated. "Not only is the product fabulous, but the people behind the product are phenomenal as well. As the owner of a small video production company, the type of support I know I'll receive from Small Tree takes a lot of burden off of me."
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