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Company:
Polar Graphics
Telephone:
020 8868 2479
Contact:
Peter Rowsell (Managing Director)
Email:
Address
Joel Street Farm,
Joel Street,
Middlesex,
Pinner,
HA5 2PD,
England

About Polar Graphics

Polar Graphics are exclusive distributors for a number of hardware and software products for the film, television and audio visual industry.

Amongst these products are:
  • Digieffects - special effects plugins

  • Tinderbox - special effects plugins

  • Ultimatte - blue/green screen compositing hardware for real time applications and Ultimatte software for rendered applications

  • Digital Voodoo and Bluefish - 10bit SD SDI & HD SDI capture cards for Mac and PC

  • Medea Corporation - high speed disc arrays

  • Huge Systems - High speed disc arrays

  • iMatte - masking and interactivity for the projection/presentation market

  • Polar converters - digital/analogue converters


Polar Graphics has been importing and distributing products for the film, TV and Multimedia industries for over 10 years - however, its history goes far beyond that. Many of you may recall Polar Video. You may even remember the notorious Polar/VME IBC parties at the Subterfuge club and Pink Coconut in Brighton. Well, Peter Rowsell, who is the MD and founding member of Polar Graphics, was a partner in Polar Video and largely responsible for those manic evenings.

Peter started his career at Eclair Debrie and Rank Film Equipment selling lighting, film cameras and then later moving into the fledgling video industry. Peter built upon his experiences in the film markets to establish a European network of resellers for Convergence Corp, who manufactured the first linear joystick operated editor in the world. Subsequently, he joined forces with Fred Smith to form Polar Video and established a worldwide distribution network for their products.

Peter started Polar Graphics in 1994 and his decades of experience in sales, marketing and manufacturing has led to a successful distribution company with strong relationships with both manufacturers and dealers alike. Starting with Ultimatte products and then taking on BorisFX and Digieffects it was obvious that the market was moving heavily into non-linear Digital production. This generated the need for Polar to spread its wings and hence the introduction of Digital Voodoo/Bluefish444 and Medea products. Most recently, the introduction of Huge/Ciprico and G-Tech products have complemented the line-up.


Polar's main aim is to have an exclusive range of non-competitive products and to distribute those products through their UK and European dealer network. It is Polar's policy that all products are sold through their dealers - this gives dealers the confidence that they can work with Polar, knowing that we will not try to take customers from them. At the same time, we have always been happy to talk to end-users direct, providing the highest calibre technical service to our dealers and their customers.

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Polar Graphics In The News

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BFI Preserve Precious UK Video Heritage
Digitising Videotape With Bluefish444 IngeSTore ...
LTFS Changes The Way People Look And Use LTO Tape - Rowsell
Polar Graphics' Katy Rowsell Talks Exclusively To BFV ...
Polar Graphics Named UK & European Distributor
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Company News

11/12/2018
British Film Institute (BFI) Digitising Videotape with Bluefish444 IngeSTore to Preserve Precious UK Video Heritage

Founded in 1933, the British Film Institute (BFI) is the leading body for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive, encompassing a range of cultural, creative and industrial roles for film production, distribution, exhibition and education in order to advance the position of film in the UK.

Among the oldest film archives, founded in 1935, the BFI National Archive has grown to become one of the largest and most important collections of film and television in the world. An international leader in film preservation, acting as guardians for Britain’s unparalleled film and television heritage, the conservation team at the BFI National Archive, based in the BFI John Paul Getty Jr Conservation Centre are responsible for the collection, storage and digitisation of significant numbers of legacy film and videotape formats.

With substantial collections held on Digital Betacam, BFI required a solution to capture multiple streams of SDI video from their DigiBeta VTRs, in as efficient a way as possible, that could be easily managed by a small team.

BFI compared the options to meet their requirement for 12 channels of simultaneous SDI recording from their VTRs. Having discovered Bluefish444’s Epoch | Supernova CG I/O card, paired with the complementary IngeSTore multi-channel capture software, they realised a solution that would give them the desired results at the right price point. Alex Zorba, Archive Technology Manager at the BFI National Archive, was involved with extensive testing of the Supernova CG cards and IngeSTore software to ensure it would suit their long-term goals.



“Bluefish444’s Supernova CG cards give us the quality and flexibility that we require for our digitisation process, and they integrate with our legacy videotape machines perfectly,”
Alex Zorba, Archive Technology Manager, BFI National Archive



Bluefish444’s IngeSTore software allows for four channels of simultaneous ingest, so to meet the 12 channel requirement, BFI installed two HP Z820 workstations each containing two Supernova CG cards. They worked with Bluefish444 to get each of the workstations running two concurrent instances of IngeSTore software enabling six channels of SD Ingest per workstation.

With visual and audio monitoring whilst capturing, and the ability to switch to 16:9 anamorphic mode when the content dictates this, BFI has found IngeSTore to be a great fit in the 12 months they have been using the software. The other plus they have found is how easy the software is to use for their needs, with little operator input required once it’s recording.



“The reliability that we have with the Bluefish444 cards within IngeSTore means that we know we’ll get a consistent result from our recordings, which is paramount when getting these tapes into digital format for long-term preservation,”

“The solution from Bluefish444 has met all of our requirements, and the support we have received for any troubleshooting or custom functionality has been first class.”
Alex Zorba, Archive Technology Manager, BFI National Archive



After a successful first 12 months of using the Bluefish444 solution for their digitisation needs, the BFI technology team is now developing a U-Matic mass digitisation facility, in which they will once again be utilising Bluefish444 hardware with IngeSTore software.

Distributed by Polar Graphics Ltd
For more information on the Bluefish444 product range contact Polar Graphics:
www.polar-graphics.com | +44 (0)20 8868 2479
17/10/2018
PRESS RELEASE: Imagine Products Announce the Appointment of Polar Graphics as Their Exclusive UK & European Distributor

Imagine Products, Inc. and Polar Graphics Ltd are delighted to announce, they have teamed up to develop, strengthen and grow Imagine Products business within the UK and European markets.

Polar Graphics have a long history of providing representation and distribution for manufacturers in the European broadcast, TV, and film industries. They will provide additional sales support, channel management, and business development throughout the region and, will work with the current Imagine Products reseller channel.


When asked about the partnership, Michelle Maddox, Marketing Director of Imagine Products said;
”We are very pleased to be working with such a well-known company like Polar Graphics. We are looking forward to expanding our workflow software further into the UK and European market.”


Peter Rowsell, Managing Director of Polar Graphics, added;
“We are excited to work with Dan, Michelle and the team from Imagine products and look forward to working closely with them in order to gain greater traction within the European market. Imagine Products fits perfectly with our portfolio for the LTO market.”




About Imagine Products:
For over 25 years Imagine Products Inc. have specialised in workflow software applications for film and media professionals and beginners alike.

Imagine understands that media assets are the most important part of this business and have created innovative workflow solutions that enable users to view, share, transcode and archive digital-video assets.

Both affordable and easy to use, these powerful and specialised workflow applications have become invaluable tools for broadcasters, post productions houses, filmmakers and many more that rely on digital video.


Contact for Imagine Products:
sales@imagineproducts.com | +1 317-843-0706 | www.imagineproducts.com




About Polar Graphics:
Having been distributors / representatives for the broadcast, post and video industries for over 25yrs Polar Graphics are experts in their field.

Known as the Polar Bears they work closely with their suppliers, partners and resellers to ensure they provide the very best products and services to an ever changing and growing industry, placing them at the forefront of their field.

Other brands represented or distributed by Polar Graphics and associate companies include; Apantac, Bluefish444, Cinedeck, FocalPoint Server, MagStor, Mediaproxy, Stardom, StorageDNA and Studio Network Solutions (SNS).


Contact the Polar team now for more information on Imagine Products:
sales@polar-graphics.com | +44 (0)20 8868 2479 | www.polar-graphics.com





08/08/2018
PRESS RELEASE: Polar Graphics Appoint NEW Technical Director

Polar Graphics Ltd are pleased to announce that Peter Kavanagh has joined their team as Technical Director.

Peter has been in the industry for 28 years working in such companies as Sony, Snell, DPS, Digital Rapids and Harris/Imagine.

Peter Rowsell, MD of Polar Graphics said;
"I am very pleased Peter has joined us. He brings a wealth of industry knowledge to our team. He is someone who I have wanted to work with for many years"


Commenting on his appointment Peter Kavanagh said;
"I am excited to take on the role as Technical Director at Polar Graphics, and look forward to working closely with the Polar team to help support their excellent product range and expand their portfolio"


Thanks to his hardware and software development background, Peter will also be offering first-line SDK support to our Bluefish444 customers and OEMs via our associate company Bluefish444 Europe.
16/07/2018
PRESS RELEASE: MagStor Announce the Appointment of Polar Graphics as Their Exclusive UK & European Distributor

MagStor and Polar Graphics have teamed up to develop and grow MagStor’s business in the UK and European markets.


With a long history of providing representation and distribution for manufacturers in the European broadcast, TV, and film industries, Polar Graphics will be setting up the re-seller channel, providing additional sales support, channel management, and business development throughout the region.


When asked about the partnership, Tim Gerhard, Product Manager of MagStor commented;
"The MagStor team is excited to enter the UK & European market with the proven professional expertise and track record of Polar Graphics. Let’s bring an end to data loss to all! "


Peter Rowsell, Managing Director of Polar Graphics, added;
"We are really looking forward to work with Tim and his team from MagStor. They have an excellent product range that fills a gap in the LTO market place and we are sure it will be well received by our European dealers and end users "



About MagStor:
MagStor is a daughter company to Magnext, which has 12 years industry experience selling complete systems, repairing, and refurbishing tape storage products. Spotting a gap in the market MagStor was created to promote the MagStor product line and data storage products tailored specifically to the media and entertainment clientele.


What is MagStor?
The first Thunderbolt™ 3 certified tape drive.

Available in LTO-7 or LTO-8 with the option of dual LTO drives in one unit or 1x LTO slot with a 3.5" HDD Tray-less Hot-Swap Dock.

With Thunderbolt™ 3 / USB-C port connectivity the units can be easily connected to your desktop MAC or PC.Taking advantage of LTFS (Linear Tape File System), users can easily drag and drop files to and from an LTO8 tape drive for 12TB of native capacity.


Contact for MagStor:
info@magstor.com | +1 614-433-0011 | www.magstor.com



About Polar Graphics:
Having been distributors / representatives for the broadcast, post and video industries for over 25yrs Polar Graphics are experts in their field.


Known as the Polar Bears they work closely with their suppliers, partners and resellers to ensure they provide the very best products and services to an ever changing and growing industry, placing them at the forefront of their field.


Other brands represented or distributed by Polar Graphics include StorageDNA, Studio Network Solutions, FocalPoint Server, Mediaproxy, Apantac, Bluefish444 and Stardom.


Contact the Polar team now for more information on MagStor:
sales@polar-graphics.com | +44 (0)20 8868 2479 | www.polar-graphics.com



For more information on the range of MagStor products distributed by Polar Graphics, visit:
https://www.polar-graphics.com/magstor/




09/02/2018
The Future For LTO Tape Is Bright

Keep your eyes peeled for exciting news from StorageDNA...

Revolutionary software that will simplify and change the way LTO tape is used

See it in action for the first time in Europe at BVE 2018.

This could revolutionise your workflow.
13/04/2017
PRESS RELEASE: Studio Network Solutions Appoints Polar Graphics as European Representatives

A new partnership positions Studio Network Solutions for growth in key markets.

Studio Network Solutions, LLC (SNS), has appointed Polar Graphics Ltd in London, England, as the official representative of Studio Network Solutions in Europe. Polar Graphics will provide additional sales support, channel management, and business development with Studio Network Solutions throughout the region. This announcement follows two successful trade shows in the UK during Q1 2017—BETT, and BVE—where SNS' EVO shared storage solutions were exhibited by DigiBox, who will continue to distribute EVO and other SNS products in the UK and Nordics, under the umbrella of Polar Graphics.

Polar Graphics has a long history of providing representation for manufacturers in the European broadcast, TV, and film industries. When asked about the partnership, Ryan Stoutenborough, President of Studio Network Solutions said, “Europe has a robust media landscape, and there is a lot of opportunity for us. Our products are the perfect fit for the team at Polar Graphics, who are well versed in the technology that helps creative businesses succeed.” By leveraging their strong reputation and longstanding relationships across Europe, Polar aims to increase the market share of Studio Network Solutions’ products in key countries across EMEA.

Peter Rowsell, Managing Director of Polar Graphics, said, “These are exciting times for Polar Graphics. We have followed the success of SNS in Europe for some time, and they have proven to have a reliable product line over several years of working with many of the top post facilities in the region. We are planning to work very closely with SNS to grow their presence in the European market.”

Other brands represented by Polar include StorageDNA and Bluefish444, both of which are SNS technology partners.


About Studio Network Solutions:
Studio Network Solutions is a top manufacturer of shared storage and software for professional creative teams. EVO shared storage is a complete networked server solution that combines a high-performance storage array with an extensive video workflow tool set including native Avid® Media Composer® bin and project sharing, Adobe® Premiere Pro® project locking, Apple® Final Cut Pro X® library sharing, cloud integration, and easy-to-use asset management by EVO’s ShareBrowser application.

Press Contact, Andrew McKay:
amckay@studionetworksolutions.com
+1 314 733 0551
www.studionetworksolutions.com



About Polar Graphics:
Having been distributors / representatives for the broadcast, post and video industries for over 25yrs Polar Graphics are experts in their field.

Known as the Polar Bears they work closely with their suppliers, partners and resellers to ensure they provide the very best products and services to an ever changing and growing industry, placing them at the forefront of their field.

Contact the Polar team now for more information on SNS:
sales@polar-graphics.com
+44 (0)20 8868 2479
www.polar-graphics.com



Come and see us at NAB 2017 to see how SNS could help your workflow
https://goo.gl/Dc4H0G
10/02/2017
Plan Your Visit For BVE 2017: Don't MISS OUT Visit THE Polar Bears Of Polar Graphics













Visiting BVE 2017? Ensure you don't miss out on visiting the Polar Bears, Stand No. H09
"The Bear Essentials for Media and Entertainment"


Polar's portfolio is vast and comprises of solutions to aid / develop any workflow from: Ingest to Store to Archive. Placing Polar at the forefront of their field.

The team will be available at BVE 2017 to discuss all the products in our range which includes:


StorageDNA: Revolutionary Storage Architecture

Bluefish444: Best of the Best video cards, with nothing beyond their capture

Apantac: The no compromise multiviewers and converters

Stardom: The RAID you can rely on, whatever your workflow

Mediaproxy: Software-based broadcast and IP monitoring, analysis and compliance all in one place


Visit: https://goo.gl/w0WM8q for more info
Location of Polar Graphics