IBC 2012: The Mill syncs up for high-speed, global post-production workflow

Editor | 10-09-2012

The Mill, the UK’s leading post-production visual FX house, has deployed Aspera Sync to enable real-time, post-production collaboration across their facilities in New York, London, and Los Angeles.

The Mill deploys Aspera Sync to 200x through high-speed, scalable and multidirectional file-synchronisation technology

Offering scalable and multidirectional file-transfer capabilities, the technology will see use in providing acceleration in the Mill’s post-production workflow as it creates post-production visual FX for the advertising, film, TV, games and music industries, handling multiple workflows with teams working on multi-GB files.

With three time zones and geographic locations to operate and manage, achieving real-time collaboration on projects proved a very difficult task, the post house had reported challenges with being able to synchronise and replicate file-based content between locations in acceptable times. It was find that it had to queue different teams up to work on the same large media files, impacting the length of the production cycle.

“We’re dealing with terabytes of data that we need to transfer and manage, and our files for post-production workflows have to be digitally posted around the world,” recalled Jonathan Brazier, computer systems manager at The Mill. “But our previous solutions really slowed our workflows down with each office having to wait in turn for hours to work on new shots.”

The Mill selected Aspera Sync for its 3D post-production workflow. Built upon Aspera fasp transport technology, Aspera Sync transfers new or changed data between peers at full bandwidth capacity, regardless of distance and network conditions. Aspera Sync will also allow The Mill to take on more projects in which different studios across the globe collaborate together and split the work between locations.

“Ultimately, it's all about speed and saving time, and Aspera helps us to do that. With a faster post-production workflow, we can spend more time producing better visual FX for our clients,” Brazier added.

“We’re pleased The Mill selected Aspera Sync to power their global workflows,” said Bruce Brewer, European Sales Director at Aspera at Aspera. “The ability to keep multiple sites in sync at high speed will enable The Mill to meet their existing workload, and allow them to take on larger, more complex projects, as they continue to grow their 3D post-production business.”