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R!OT Santa Monica Uses Maximum Throughput Sledgehammer HD!O

Sledgehammer HD!O provides real-time 2K playback of digital dailies and additional shared storage (August 02, 2005)

Maximum Throughput Inc. (, a provider of high speed networked storage and media management solutions, announced today that R!OT Santa Monica (, a division of Ascent Media, is utilizing a Sledgehammer HD!O system for real-time 2K HD playback, the ingest of material, and as additional shared storage for their facility. Sledgehammer HD!O was recently used for real-time HD playback of digital dailies during production of the feature film The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3D. R!OT joins a rapidly growing list of prominent customers for Maximum Throughput in the United States, Europe, Canada, and Asia.

R!OT was looking to streamline their production pipeline by acquiring the Sledgehammer HD!O. Having the ability to playback HD and 2K material in real-time is a key feature that is in constant use for digital dailies and output to videotape. Sledgehammer HD!O was chosen for its unique ability to provide this feature.

The Sledgehammer HD!O allows R!OT Santa Monica to first render and copy files to the server, and then directly output the material to videotape. This saves time, as once the material exists on the Sledgehammer, it does not need to be converted for recording the material directly to tape. Sledgehammer HD!O is also being used as an HD ingest station, freeing up billing revenue centers for project work instead of housekeeping tasks such as acquisition and output of content. The ability to free up these billing revenue centers is an extremely important benefit for R!OT.

Sledgehammer integrated quickly and easily into the large heterogeneous network environment that exists at R!OT. Currently, R!OT has several discreet advanced systems including flame, smoke, inferno, and fire, all utilizing the Sledgehammer HD!O as central storage and as an ingest station for content. In addition, there are also several dozen desktop workstations and a render farm of 100 nodes concurrently sharing content on the Sledgehammer HD!O.

?We were looking for a central storage solution and evaluated different options. We chose Sledgehammer for its ability to handle our 2K material as well as serve and store content throughout our facility. Sledgehammer HD!O solved a variety of pipeline problems by providing real-time 2K playback and HD input and output. It was invaluable during our production work on The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3D for viewing digital dailies of the work in progress said Michael Taylor, Managing Director of R!OT Santa Monica.

?We are ecstatic that the Sledgehammer proved to be such a useful tool during the production of a feature film. R!OT is a well known production facility on the cutting edge of production and they chose Sledgehammer to be a cornerstone for their facility. They are taking full advantage of the I/O and media aware central storage capabilities of the Sledgehammer HD!O, said John Miller, Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Maximum Throughput.

About R!OT Santa Monica
R!OT is a digital studio providing creative visual effects, animation and post-production services for all forms of visual media. Located in the heart of Santa Monicas burgeoning media district, the company serves an international clientele, including the industrys leading motion picture studios, television broadcasters and advertising agencies.

The company's Feature Film Visual Effects Team earned an Academy Award, and the Matte Painters at R!OT are renowned for their creative input and world class work. R!OT also provides essential post-production services to The Sopranos and other top-rated television shows, as well as scores of television commercials for the worlds best known advertisers. Powered by leading edge digital technology in every facet of its operation and emboldened by the industrys most distinguished team of artists, R!OT continually pushes the boundaries of thought, process and creative excellence.

About Maximum Throughput
Maximum Throughput Inc. is a networked storage and media management tool developer. The companys unique solutions provide many times the storage bandwidth of other NAS and SAN products, using smart software that runs on industry standard hardware. The media management tools are integrated within the storage, delivering enriched functionality in one versatile solution. 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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