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EditShare Takes The Bounty At Hybrid Films

Hybrid Films is producing 2 new primetime series for A&E: ?Dog the Bounty Hunter? and ?King Of Cars? (May 16, 2006)

Hybrid Films is a New York based, independent production company that produces award-winning reality based television programs. Over the last 10 years, the company has produced character-driven documentary and factual, entertainment programming for A&E, the BBC, Arte, HBO and The Discovery Channel.

Currently, Hybrid Films is producing 2 new primetime series for A&E: ?Dog the Bounty Hunter, now in season 3, follows the real-life exploits of an expert bounty hunter in Hawaii, and ?King Of Cars, a brand new series that takes viewers on a thrill ride into the crazy, cutthroat world of car sales.

With several projects running concurrently, Hybrid was finding that the management of their media was getting out of control. They had 23 editors needing simultaneous access to all new footage, plus they had media from three previous seasons of Bounty Hunter that had to be available for use in the new season. So it was time to make a choice: either continue buying an ever-mounting number of external drives or look into implementing a centralized storage solution that would allow collaborative editing from a single pool of media. This is when they turned to EditShare, as Post Production Technical Supervisor Mark Hervey explains:

?We were editing from external drives and had to copy media daily to those drives so that everyone had access to the same material. Media management was getting out of hand with two shows being produced at the same time plus having to store media from three seasons of ?Dog the Bounty Hunter. Eventually we were spending so much money on external drives that we determined it would cost us more to buy additional drives than to purchase the EditShare system!

?We did a lot of research on other products and EditShare came out on top: it was the best priced and highest quality shared media system that could use our existing Ethernet networking infrastructure. Other solutions either offered fewer seats for more money, or required a prohibitively expensive new fiber optic cable infrastructure. And EditShare was the only solution that offered our editors the ability to work in shared Avid Projects, where everyone can see what everyone else is editing. The choice was an easy one to make, adds Hervey.

Connected to the 9.6TB EditShare system are 15 full editing suites running Avid Xpress Pro on Macintosh G5s, as well as several PowerBook G4s and iMac G5s to do light editing and screening. The EditShare system gives Hybrids 23 editors the ability to digitize into and edit from the same Media Spaces.

At any given time, each one of them can work from the exact same shared Avid project files and access every second of video shot for the previous two seasons of ?Dog the Bounty Hunter, at 15:1 offline resolution. And thanks to EditShares comprehensive media management and security features, everyone can work with the knowledge that files and shared Avid bins arent getting erased or modified by editors who don't have the proper authority.

?Its only been a few weeks and already we have a more streamlined workflow, if only for the fact that we dont have to copy media anymore! concludes Hervey.

About The EditShare Family of Systems
EditShare is an award-winning system for storing audio and video media files in a central networked location. Based on patent-pending technology, EditShare allows all connected workstations to create and access a common pool of media files, while guaranteeing that individual workstations never interfere with - or accidentally erase the files of - other workstations on the network. EditShare is the first affordable solution for collaborative editing - designed for the industrys leading editing software products like Avid Xpress DV, Avid Xpress Pro, Avid Adrenaline, Avid Symphony, Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro and Canopus Edius.

About EditShare LLC
EditShare LLC is the pioneer of a new category of collaborative editing solutions designed for digital media workgroups and production companies. The EditShare system fuels the collaborative creative process for digital media artists by delivering high quality high performance and cost effective networked collaborative editing solutions.

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