In the middle of a field, in the middle of a 90-acre farm just outside of Portland, Ore., something wonderful is taking place and the entire world has access to it. Pickathon, a bourgeoning music festival that takes place every August in Happy Valley, Ore., began using Small Tree for their shared storage video content needs and was able to shoot, store and share video from the center of its musical oasis easier than ever before.
In its 17th year, Pickathon is an intimate music festival designed to highlight up and coming artists. The festival is run entirely without corporate sponsors and features seven stages with approximately 60 bands, each playing twice throughout the weekend. The festival is captured in its entirety on video, producing nearly 300 hours of film, which is taken back to the studio where the Pickathon editing team begins developing entertaining content to be shared over the next 12 months.
"We captured 27 terabytes of footage in three days in the middle of a field on a farm - with four shifts of editors (16 in total) working around the clock onsite, cutting original content together shot at the festival for our live stream," said Ryan Stiles, producer for Pickathon. "As such, the environment we work in is not traditional and we required something totally tailored to our needs. For us, the TitaniumZ-8 was a perfect fit."
Pickathon chose the TitaniumZ-8 because of its affordability, scalability and reputation for great performance. The video team for the festival works nearly around the clock in shifts recording, downloading, transferring, sharing and streaming content and it is vital that it all go off without a hitch. The crew works in a 54-foot trailer parked behind the main stage where five workstations, both Mac and PC, are set up to streamline the editing process. The TitaniumZ-8's ability to work across Mac and PC was essential for Stiles and his team.
Data can be pushed, pulled or transcoded for use in between sets during the festival. For the crew, it is truly all hands on deck during this chaotic, sweltering hot, three-day project, so the team desired a shared storage solution that would eliminate any cause for concern. The TitaniumZ-8 handled this workload seamlessly - both on-site and in-studio.
"I needed it to handle an extreme workload with material coming in from 8:30 a.m. until 4 a.m. the next morning," said Stiles. "It worked great. We needed something that we could dump 27 terabytes worth of
data onto in three days, but also maintain our file management and easily access data after the festival is over and available for use the next year. I couldn't have asked for a better system to meet our needs."
Aside from capturing and streaming the festival in real-time, the video team spends the 12 months after the event going through all of the content and repurposing it for various outlets, including episodes released weekly as part of The Galaxy Barn Series, Woods Series and Logging Road Session. This gives fans an opportunity to relive the festival long after they have left the farm and for those unable to attend to revel in the action.
Capable of supporting numerous multimedia content creation workstations with a highly flexible mix of Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet configuration options, TitaniumZ-8 is designed and tested to provide maximum performance for real-time video-editing workflows.
The TitaniumZ-8 has worked flawlessly for Pickathon both on-site and in the office, allowing workflow to be much more streamlined for their editors and other staff, as well as improving project management for Stiles.
"Everyone can access files at the same time without interruption or issues," stated Stiles. "All of the footage was perfectly captured and stored remotely while being filmed at the festival and has set our team up for a year of success leading up to the next show. It's one less thing I need to worry about as we prepare for the 2016 Festival."
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