Sneaky Big Studios Turns to Harmonic for Shared Storage System for 4K Online Post Workflow

Sneaky Big Studios has invested in a Harmonic MediaGrid 4000 shared storage solution for deployment in what will be one of Arizona’s largest and most technologically advanced production facilities. Supplied by Harmonic Platinum reseller DigitalGlue, the MediaGrid 4000 will serve as active storage for editorial, color correction and grading, and VFX stages of the 4K production workflow in a demanding end-to-end ACES pipeline.

HARMONIC_2Q“With exceptional creative and technical staff paired with state-of-the-art systems including the Harmonic MediaGrid 4000, Sneaky Big Studios is poised to take on the most challenging of projects,” says Stephen Brain, VP and general manager, Sneaky Big Studios. “Working with DigitalGlue and technology partners such as Harmonic, we’ve established a robust yet agile storage infrastructure that will enable us to offer world-class services without the associated high costs typical of high-end studios.”

Located in Scottsdale and encompassing more than 15,000 square feet, Sneaky Big Studios will open in July 2016 to support shooting and production of television, commercial, and corporate content; web/media production; and post-production. Within this facility, the MediaGrid 4000 high-performance scale-out storage system will provide 540 TB of useable storage capacity and deliver the performance of a Fibre Channel storage area network (SAN) with the simplicity and scalability of Ethernet-based network-attached storage (NAS).

The on-the-fly scaling of capacity and bandwidth made possible by the MediaGrid 4000 will ensure superior workflow efficiency and productivity while supporting an ACES workflow using OpenEXR for VFX, which has a high data rate and high storage demands. The robust Harmonic system also will facilitate full online work with RAW files from RED and Sony cameras. As Sneaky Big Studios adds bandwidth and capacity-intensive projects, the MediaGrid 4000 system’s active expansion architecture will enable smooth extension of storage without the need to take the system offline.

Sneaky Big Studios also has selected the Harmonic ProMedia Carbon file-based transcoder to facilitate conversion of content to any array of acquisition, editing, broadcast, web, and mobile formats.

“As a next-generation shared storage system optimized for demanding media workflows, the Harmonic MediaGrid 4000 is a perfect fit for Sneaky Big Studios and the facility’s 4K online post workflow,” says Doug Triblehorn, regional vice president of sales for North American Broadcast at Harmonic. “With MediaGrid 4000 supporting the real-time work with 4K source formats, without the need for proxies, Sneaky Big Studios will be able to turn around projects at a quality and speed that rival that of major facilities in New York or Los Angeles.”

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