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Cleveland Clinic Foundation

A massive Final Cut and After Effects move to Facilis By Ko Maruyama
At NAB, it's easy to find sales people and marketing teams who want to tell you all of the selling points of the different products on the floor, but it's really nice to meet the other users who are working on similar projects and in similar pipeline structures who can tell you about their experiences.
This year at NAB, I had a chance to meet a couple of editors who use the TerraBlock workflow in their shop.   It wasn't a pre-scheduled meeting.  It was just a chance meeting while I was snooping around the Facilis  Technology booth.
Mike Wallace is an editor at the Cleveland Clinic and knows all about the need for speed and accessibility to media.  I talked to him about the responsiveness of the solution that they're using.  " TerraBlock is  more than just convenient.  It frees us up.  Whether we have to work between Final Cut and After Effects or just move files around, it delivers.  And it's not as hot in the studio now that the XRAID isn't in there, constantly spinning away."

Bill Roth indicated that they are interested in the upcoming file-level management coming up, but every project that they have done has been made better by the volume-level management that they've started to setup within the studio.

As with the introduction of any new hardware, there are new workflow outlines that have yet to be ironed out, but the addition of the Facilis TerraBlock has made the studio much more efficient.
They also have a Digital Rapids system where they can encode to Windows Media, Flash, QuickTime and more.  Once the editor is done - the materials can be grabbed by the transcoder without moving materials around the partitions.
Their graphics and animation artist (Sarah) can make changes to the materials that need to be introduced into the edits, and the connectivity to all of the media throughout the studio means that nobody has to stop production to wait for elements.  Mike said, "She does her thing, and the animations show up ready to go into the Final Cut timeline."

TerraBlock version 3.0.5 now supports Mac OSX 10.5 / Final Cut Studio 2.   Version 3.0.5 also supports Autodesk Smoke and Flame 2008.
If you're in the Cleveland, Ohio area you can find The Cleveland Clinic at 9500 Euclid Avenue, or you can find them online at  Their number is (216) 444.2200.

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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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