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DI Workflow Benefits for Ascent 142, London, with New BrightDrive Media Recording System

(November 28, 2008)

DMN Newswire--2008-11-28--Bright Systems, Inc., developer of disk recording and data infrastructure technology, has installed a BrightDrive media recording system at Ascent 142, one of London's busiest and biggest digital post facilities.

Ascent 142 spent nearly a year studying the different options for building its new data-centric infrastructure before choosing BrightDrive. The new system has two online workspaces for multiple realtime 2k clients, and one nearline workspace for data IO and staging projects. All of the company's DI systems are connected to the BrightDrive, providing a highly powerful and flexible workflow.

"Our new DI pipeline is extremely efficient," explains Laurent Treherne, Digital Film Technical Director, Ascent 142. "For example, we can dust-bust at the same time as we are working on the grade, as BrightDrive allows all the operators to work concurrently on the same data. Everything is directly attached. We are also able to allocate more resources as required for a short period without having to move any data between our different dust-busting, conforming or grading systems. Using this approach makes the entire DI process flexible and highly collaborative. The operators can access the media and work on the same files without waiting for each other to finish which is a huge bonus."


Ascent 142 ingests data into the nearline workspace with 2 ArriScan film scanners and by importing VFX with BrightDrive TxP transportable drives which means the data is immediately backed up. Data is moved to the online workspaces accordingly as required by the project. Conforming is done directly from the online using Autodesk Smokes, and despotting is carried out using MTI or Diamant directly from the online. Colour grading operators use da Vinci Resolves, and they render the different graded version to the online for QC before copying the graded versions on the nearline. Finally, data is available to Ascent 142's two Arrilaser recorders for film-out.

The first projects Ascent 142 carried out on BrightDrive were the Bond movie Quantum of Solace, Lesbian Vampire Killers and 44 Inch Chest.

About Bright Systems
Bright Systems was founded in 1999 to design and develop advanced infrastructure systems for data-intensive environments. Based in Reno, Nevada, a centre associated with important milestones in the development of video disk recording, Bright Systems provides a range of extremely high-performance file servers capable of record/playback of real-time uncompressed video and data streams. With its unique expertise in advanced engineering and facility integration/workflow, Bright Systems is able to deliver a significant competitive edge to the post production industry.

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