BURLINGTON, MA — Just six months after its introduction, Avid’s (www.avid.com) NEXIS software-defined storage platform is seeing strong demand. The solution was introduced at NAB 2016 and is powered by the MediaCentral Platform.
Stop-motion animation studio Laika has invested in Avid NEXIS | E4 for its current and future animated feature films. “At LAIKA, we have an uptime environment—meaning we cannot have downtime—with editorial at the heart of production and multiple projects running at the same time,” says Trevor Cable, lead media engineer and editorial manager at Laika. “Avid NEXIS provides us with great media management, unrivaled reliability, and high bandwidth at a competitive price. It was very easy to deploy and it’s simple to create users, groups and workspaces. I have complete confidence in Avid NEXIS | E4 and plan on purchasing another for failover redundancy.”
Creative post production house Gorilla Post uses Avid workflows to accelerate production and enhance collaboration in their ingest, editing, sound design, mixing, color correction and finishing pipeline. The Dublin-based facility recently expanded its workflow to include Avid NEXIS | E2.
“With all of our Avid-centric workflows at Gorilla, Avid NEXIS was an easy choice,” says Barry Reid, managing director and owner at Gorilla Post Production. “Our decision was based on the continued reliability we’ve always experienced with Avid products. The bandwidth is so fast that any edit suite in the facility—be it offline, grade, mix or finishing suite—can access the large dailies/transcodes from our ingest station with minimal downtime. It’s hugely beneficial.”
Using Avid NEXIS in a provided-facilities environment for an outside broadcast production, Video Europe deployed Avid NEXIS | E4 at UK music festival, Latitude. “We required a reliable shared storage environment to handle the demands of a fast-turnaround, multi-camera live production,” explains Ollie Stratton, engineer at Video Europe. “Working with mixed formats meant the workflow needed to be resilient to handle whatever was thrown at it. The combination of Media Composer and the Avid NEXIS storage environment was a perfect match for this on-site deployment.”
Other companies that have invested in Avid NEXIS include major US television broadcast networks; US basketball team The Miami Heat; Canadian broadcaster CBC; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; UK-based independent TV production company Spun Gold; UK-based full-service post house The Edit; Belfast-based production company Paper Owl Films; French television network La Chaine Parlementaire; French sports news channel Infosport+; German broadcaster CBC; Germany’s Federal Ministry of Defense; Italian digital satellite television platform Sky Italia; Arabian television channel Discovery Networks MENA; and Doha-based state-funded broadcaster Al Jazeera.
“Avid NEXIS addresses the unprecedented explosion of content and the need for more robust storage infrastructure, reliability and collaboration,” notes Jeff Rosica, senior vice president and chief sales & marketing officer at Avid. “With strong adoption across the globe, post-production organizations and broadcasters are reaping the benefits of the industry’s first and only software-defined storage platform by accelerating production and increasing efficiency.”