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Maximum Throughput Enhances LLPs Productivity

Picks Sledgehammer HD!O networked storage solution for HD production (January 17, 2005)

Maximum Throughput Inc. (, a provider of high performance networked storage and media management solutions, announced today that LLP Production Services, Inc. has selected Sledgehammer HD!O as their networked storage solution for HD footage acquisition and file sharing, and as a play-out station for quality control of material. LLP Production Services, Inc. joins a growing list of marquee customers in the United States, Europe, Canada and Asia.

LLP Production Services, Inc. utilizes the Sledgehammer HD!O for HD footage acquisition and central file storage. Sledgehammer HD!O captures uncompressed HD footage and allows multiple users on different platforms to share the media. It also provides playout capability of material directly to a broadcast monitor, eliminating the extra step of laying the material off to a VTR or DDR for quality control of finished segments. Sledgehammer HD!O concurrently acts as a storage server integrating the workflow between their existing Discreet flame system and twelve other workstations in the graphics department.

"We produce a large number of films per year and have total creative control of the entire process. We needed a storage system that would help accelerate the process and allow access to the material from the entire network. At the beginning of the production process, we use Sledgehammer for media acquisition. Once the material exists on the server, we access it from the various workstations in our graphics department, including our flame. This optimizes the utilization and the productivity of the workstations and resources required for each part of the process. Working on so many films, we allocate resources to each project based on the immediate need. Sledgehammer helps us stay productive and enhances our resource allocation" said Ron Sabatino, Director of Visual Effects at LLP Production Services, Inc.

"We also use the Sledgehammer for quality control of the material. Once we apply effects, we don't need to lay the material out to tape to check it before distribution of the finished product, we simply hook a broadcast monitor up to the Sledgehammer and review it. Our goal was to stay tapeless until the film is complete, and Sledgehammer allows us to accomplish that goal," he continued. "We can also transfer HD files to our flame in real-time using the Sledgehammer as a virtual tape device, instead of importing frames via Ethernet."

"Producing such a large number of films each year forces productivity and resource allocation to be of the utmost importance. LLP Production Services, Inc. manages to meet those goals while maintaining artistic integrity throughout the process. We are pleased that they have chosen Sledgehammer to help them deliver such high quality films on a consistent basis" commented John Miller, Max-T's VP of Worldwide Sales & Marketing.

About LLP Production Services, Inc.
With varied clients who option films before production begins, LLP Production Services, Inc. maintains complete creative control over the entire production process. Our finished products are full-length feature films, mini-series, and long form formats. Our productions are shot on 35mm film and delivered in HD to our clients, allowing us to work with cutting edge technology and products, and enabling us to deliver the highest quality films to our customers.

About Maximum Throughput
Maximum Throughput Inc. is a networked storage and media management tool developer. Max-T's storage solutions deliver SAN level performance over TCP/IP. The company's unique solutions provide many times the storage bandwidth of other NAS and SAN products, using intelligent software that runs on industry standard hardware. The media management tools are integrated within the storage, delivering enriched functionality in one versatile solution. Having pioneered the development of a Network Attached Media Bridge to serve heterogeneous operating environments over both data and video networks, Maximum Throughput offers products with unparalleled performance, capacity management, and capacity availability, as well as having the lowest total cost-of-ownership in their class.

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