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11/09/2012

The Mill Deploys Aspera Sync

Aspera, Inc., creators of next-generation software technologies that move the world’s data at maximum speed, have announced that 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.
With scalable and multidirectional file-transfer technology for big data over large distances, Aspera's Sync solution enabled The Mill's award-winning visual FX team to develop collaborative 3D post-production workflows in real-time, 24/7 and up to 200 times faster.
The Mill 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 Mill couldn’t synchronize and replicate file-based content between locations fast enough, having to queue different teams up to work on the same large media files, impacting the length of the production cycle.
Competitive sync solutions were evaluated by The Mill, but failed to achieve the necessary transfer speed and reliability requirements that would enable them to meet their tight production deadlines. It also only provided unidirectional transfer capabilities.
"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," said 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, making it consistently fast and scalable. 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.
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