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23/09/2019

ERA Teams Up With On-Set Tech

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ERA has announced it is working with On Set Tech on the dailies and DIT (Digital Imaging Technicians) specialists recently opened facility.

Work began earlier this year with the installation of a Tiger Store storage system with Mellanox networking. Further expansion is already being discussed, including the addition of a Seagate SSD Storage Array.

On Set Tech built its reputation working in studios and on location for film and high-end TV drama production, providing DITs and dailies services. Recent credits include 'Rocketman', 'Paddington 2', Netflix's 'The Dark Crystal' and the new Edgar Wright film 'Last night in Soho'.

With the increase in its dailies work the company decided to create a dedicated facility and in January 2019 opened its own laboratory within the CineLab building in Slough. A critical requirement for this new set-up was a shared storage system that would allow users at multiple Mac workstations to access material simultaneously.

On Set Tech consulted ERA, which has a long track-record in providing network storage design and support for broadcasters, post houses and media organisations. ERA proposed a 720TB Tiger Store system, that can cope with the large amount of data generated when transferring and scanning image formats such as ARRI RAW, DPX and RED. Tiger Store managed system works in conjunction with a Mellanox high-speed Ethernet network and can act as both a SAN (storage area network) and a LAN (local area network).

The core Tiger Store installation went in earlier this year. A Seagate SSD Storage Array will be added to Tiger Store in the future to create a faster tier of storage. There are also plans to implement a feature to allow film negatives to be scanned by CineLab directly onto the OST Tiger Store, via 40Gb Ethernet.

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