SAN Solutions Supports Fast, Flexible Tapeless Workflow at Florida State University Film School

RENO, Nev. — July 7, 2009 — SAN Solutions, a leading architect of enterprise-class network storage infrastructures for the media and entertainment markets, today announced that the College of Motion Picture, Television, and Recording Arts at Florida State University (the Film School) is using a SAN Solutions Video/Audio Production SAN to support student projects. Installed in the school’s post facility, the SAN provides a reliable, scalable storage and distribution network for the Film School’s storytelling curriculum in digital cinema, as well as traditional film production for audio and visual elements.

"To better support students and faculty at the Film School, we needed to evolve from a tape-based, sneaker-net infrastructure to a centrally served, streaming environment," said Chuck Allen, professor at the FSU Film School. "SAN Solutions was the only company able to demonstrate the experience and knowledge necessary to architect and implement a complete, reliable solution that would provide fast access to assets throughout the post-production and delivery workflow. Now, at any point in this workflow, anywhere in the facility, our Video/Audio Production SAN allows us to access, manage, and evaluate student projects very quickly."

The Film School curriculum focuses on the art, craft, and business of storytelling, providing a one-on-one setting for the majority of instruction. Faculty members work with students in a studio facility that consists of production offices, sound stages, screening theaters, digital production and post-production equipment, and grip and camera trucks. The school produces in excess of 250 short narrative film productions each year. Each is written, produced, crewed, and posted by students from super 16, 35mm, or RED acquisition.

Installed in the Film School post facility, the SAN Solutions Video/Audio Production SAN supports ingest, screening, and finishing stations as direct-attached fiber clients and is linked to editing workstations via a GigE network. The school runs a Final Cut Studio workflow with an occasional Avid-based production. The Film School also uses Nuendo for audio editing/mixing duties and Sound Miner for sound effects management. The SAN supports all aspects of file-based film workflow, including syncing, editorial, screening, sound design, ADR and foley, mixing, color grading and timing, and conforming.

The file-based workflow supported by the Video/Audio Production SAN has enabled the Film School to realize faster-than-real-time ingest, transfer and delivery of assets, and faster and more reliable delivery of projects for screenings and faculty review. Operating invisibly in the background, the SAN Solutions networked storage infrastructure allows students and faculty at the Film School to focus on the creative aspects of the storytelling process.

The FSU Film School has won a total of eight "Student Oscars®" from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and has placed as a regional finalist 12 times. Four student titles have gone on to win top awards in festivals that qualified them for entry into the non-student Oscars. The Film School also has earned a total of 24 collegiate Emmy® Awards from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

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About Florida State University
Florida State University is an internationally recognized teaching and research institution committed to preparing its graduates for the ever-expanding opportunities of a global society. The Florida State Legislature created The College of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts (a.k.a. the Film School) in 1989 with the expressed mission to prepare men and women for successful careers in the film and television industries. The school operates on the main campus of The Florida State University located in Tallahassee, Fla., offering programs in undergraduate and graduate film production.

About SAN Solutions
SAN Solutions Inc. architects, implements, and supports enterprise-class network storage infrastructures that revolutionize the workflow and management of media throughout a studio, newsroom, or post-production facility. With its proven methodology, the Reno, Nev.-based company develops best-of-breed solution sets tailored and tested to meet the requirements of ingest, production, post-production, media transformation, digital asset management, content delivery, and archive applications. SAN Solutions has implemented solutions for leading media companies including CBS, Fox, Lucasfilm, NBC, and Sony.  


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