Prettybird expands storage infrastructure with Small Tree
March 12, 2013

Prettybird expands storage infrastructure with Small Tree

CULVER CITY, CA — Creative think tank Prettybird, here, recently installed a Small Tree GraniteStor Titanium16 shared storage system with 32TBs in an effort to improve workflow and project management. The studio has worked on a variety of notable music videos and commercials, including Rihanna’s We Found Love and Kia’s Optima commercials featuring NBA star Blake Griffin.

Prior to adding the GraniteStor Titanium16, Prettybird relied on copying files from one workstation to the next. The team knew they needed a shared storage solution to accommodate larger projects. Once installed, the Ethernet-based GraniteStor Titanium16 was immediately put to the test on a documentary project that had a tight deadline for Vice Magazine. The piece was comprised of Red footage shot around the world.   

Prettybird used its Titanium16 on this video for the game The 7 Wonders of Crysis 3 - Final Episode: "End of Days."

“Being able to collaborate on projects while accessing the same media without having to bring a drive over to another workstation has made life easier for everyone,” notes Quinn Alvarez, media coordinator at Prettybird. “The Small Tree system was easy to install, the performance was exactly what we needed given the additional projects we’re taking on and the price point was ideal.” 
The Titanium16 is a 3U rack-mount solution that’s configurable with up to 20 GbE or 12 10GbE ports and can have a storage capacity from 32TBs to 320TBs, while delivering up to 72 streams of ProRes 422. Titanium works seamlessly with popular editing software such as Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Suite and Avid.
“The speed at which footage moves over since introducing the Titanium16 has been the most surprising thing to me,” Alvarez adds. “I knew we would see an improvement in loading times, but it’s exceeded my expectations.”