NextWeb | How Pixar’s “Toy Story 2” got deleted — and a note on shared storage data integrity

This story about how Pixar’s Toy Story 2 accidentally got deleted really resonates with us here at EditShare:

“That’s when we first noticed it, with Woody.”

“[Larry Cutler] was in that directory and happened to be talking about installing a fix to Woody or Woody’s hat. He looked at the directory and it had like 40 files, and he looked again and it had four files.”

“Then we saw sequences start to vanish as well and we were like, “Oh my god”

“I grabbed the phone…unplug the machine!””

That’s Oren Jacob, former Chief Technical Officer of Pixar—then an associate technical director for Toy Story 2—recounting the moment they discovered that the movie was being deleted off of the company’s servers after an erroneous command was executed, erasing two months and hundreds of man-hours worth of work.

You might have heard something about this lately, as a clip from the special features of the movie has been making the rounds after being posted on Tested. It’s narrated by Jacob himself, and the movie’s Supervising Technical Director Galyn Susman.

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“You have 400 people on the network and they all have to have like pretty massive access across the board to the whole project, so it’s hard to like, limit the damage,” Jacob said. “It could happen from almost any terminal.”

“Pixar being a wide open Unix environment meant that it was very promiscuous. You could [change directory] ‘slash’, net ‘slash’ or walk across the network and log into Ed Catmull’s machine or Steve Job’s machine if you wanted to. Not that Steve ever did do any work on the film directly, but you could do that.”

The common way to prevent an accidental command like this being run on an entire project is to lock users down with permissions to only the files they need. But, because of the way a project like a Pixar film works, almost everyone working on the show needed permissions to read and write to the master machine. This was their job.

Assigning micro-managed permissions would have eaten up administrative resources, especially in crunch time.

This sort of problem is exactly what EditShare shared storage was designed to solve in the first place.

With EditShare, film & video editors can collaborate on footage on a common file server and be assured that situations like this shouldn’t be a problem, because the system actively manages permissions so that simple human mistakes don’t become catastrophes.

It works great, and we’d love to talk to you about it if you’d like to learn more.

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EditShare scores big with Chelsea TV

EditShare Scores Big With Chelsea TV

Integrator Altered Images spearheads the upgrade to EditShare’s fast, tapeless end-to-end production and playout workflow for English Premier League Football Club channel

Basingstoke, UK –September 9, 2011 — EditShare®, the technology leader in cross-platform collaborative editing and shared media storage systems, announced that Chelsea TV, the London-based Premier League Football Club broadcaster, has upgraded their Stamford Bridge production facility with end-to-end EditShare tapeless production and playout technology: Geevs for managing multichannel ingest; EditShare Flow for asset management and live sports logging, fully integrated with the company’s tiered storage solutions; XStream shared storage and Ark nearline and offline archiving. Altered Images, EditShare’s premiere system integrator, oversaw the modern design and extensive implementation.

Launched in 2001, Chelsea TV is a paid subscription service on the Sky Digital network airing top-rated shows such as Friday Night Live, Blues News, and Reserves Live. The highly popular Chelsea TV programming is also available online at Chelseafc.com and through mobile services in over 50 countries worldwide. “More and more EditShare installations are encompassing our complete workflow, from ingest to archive,” comments Tara Montford, General Manager, EditShare EMEA. “Chelsea TV invested early-on in EditShare, installing one of the first shared storage solutions we offered. Their tremendous growth since 2001 in terms of programming schedule and distribution platforms matched EditShare’s expansion in production and broadcast capabilities. From complete file-based ingest, to collaborative editing, shot logging, full file-based archive, retrieval through Ark, Chelsea TV’s new EditShare workflow improves their production capabilities for turning around game coverage and entertainment programming faster than ever before.”

The new workflow features Geevs direct capture of Chelsea Club sports content to the EditShare XStream shared storage system fully integrated with Ark. The EditShare Flow live-logging templates and comprehensive metadata tracking make managing content, whether it is a live game or player interview, much more manageable. “What makes the new EditShare installation really shine is the ease of logging player actions using Flow. The customized logging templates contain just about every event/action we could think of; a player receiving a yellow card, a red card, scoring a goal or giving an interview. With Flow templates, producers and operators log information in a standardized manner; ensuring that other staff can quickly and easily locate content. Editors have a much more streamlined workflow with dragging clips from the point of ingest – already indexed – into their Avid. It is an incredibly fast turnaround,” Richard Bignell, Executive Producer, Chelsea TV.

The integrated workflow removes the need for VTRs and centralizes Chelsea TV media on the EditShare XStream shared storage platform. Advanced EditShare project sharing capabilities ensure Avid editors can access content in real-time, freely sharing media and collaborating on projects and programs. Finished programs and complete matches are migrated to the EditShare Ark tape-based solution for long-term archiving.

EditShare systems support the full range of industry standard codecs and formats. Whether it is the Avid DNxHD footage captured by the Geevs system from Stamford Bridge-shot material or AVC-Intra P2 format acquired from the team’s Cobham Training Ground coverage, EditShare manages it with ease. “We have been working with Chelsea TV for a number of years, and we have seen their workflows develop and expand over that time. The EditShare workflow fulfils everything that Chelsea TV needs as a solution. It’s another example of a customer successfully migrating to a file and asset managed workflow with our solutions and support,” commented Nick Frith, Operations Director, Altered Images Ltd.

EditShare is showcasing the end-to-end workflow implemented at Chelsea TV during the IBC 2011 event on stand 7.C21. For more information or to book a press appointment, please contact Janice Dolan at: janice@zazilmediagroup.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

About EditShare Complete Collaboration Products
EditShare’s Energy and XStream Series shared storage solutions enable editors and compositors to easily and economically share media and work collaboratively, regardless of the platform or application. Users connected to an EditShare network can seamlessly access in real-time a common pool of media files. Source material, work in progress, and finished packages are shared and instantly available to all users on the EditShare network. The rules-driven workflow ensures that no data is ever overwritten or accidentally destroyed. EditShare’s patented bin-locking / project-locking framework allows editors working in either Avid or Final Cut Projects to open up and safely work with each other’s project files, bringing unprecedented efficiency and creativity to the editing process.

EditShare Flow, Lightworks, Geevs, and Ark bookend the shared storage solutions with production asset management, editing, and distribution capabilities. The integrated solutions provide a highly scalable, end-to-end media management workflow.

About Altered Images
Since its inception over 14 years ago, Altered Images has specialised in delivering post production and media delivery solutions, installation and technical backup for a wide range of clients in production, post and broadcast, as well as a variety of corporate organisations. The company has become the leading supplier of post production, shared storage and delivery solution technology in the UK. For further information see www.alteredimagesltd.com.

About EditShare
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. For more information, please visit www.editshare.com.

©2011 EditShare LLC. All rights reserved. EditShare™ is a registered trademark of EditShare LLC. All other trademarks mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

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Zazil Media Group
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EditShare and Nemeton TV team up for the Rugby World Cup

EditShare And Nemeton TV Team Up For Rugby World Cup

Nemeton TV’s new production studio features EditShare’s fast, tapeless workflow to capture exciting Rugby World Cup coverage

Basingstoke, UK – September 9, 2011 — EditShare®, the technology leader in cross-platform collaborative editing and shared media storage systems, announced at the IBC 2011 exhibition that Nemeton TV, Ireland’s largest production company, has purchased EditShare’s integrated production and playout technology – Geevs multichannel ingest and Flow production asset management; tiered storage with high-performance XStream Series and Ark archiving – to produce 2011 Rugby World Cup programming. Commissioned by TG4, Ireland’s National Broadcaster to capture the World Cup games, Nemeton TV has built a state-of-the-art HD production studio around the EditShare tapeless workflow. “The Rugby World Cup games command an audience of just over 4 billon viewers. Only the Olympics, Football World Cup and European Football Championships have higher viewer ratings. With this level of popularity, the production gear we use to capture, produce, and broadcast coverage must be as rugged as the game itself,” said Irial Mac Murchu, Managing Director, Nemeton TV. “Our positive experience with EditShare combined with their knowledge and technical capabilities to manage sports workflow from ingest to archive, integrating important components such as NLEs and Vision Mixers, gave us high confidence to equip our purpose-built studio with EditShare end-to-end.

Spearheading the installation is EditShare Premiere System Integrator Eurotek. “This was an extremely challenging and exciting project with a fast turnaround time for the complete studio build and the workflow design,” Kevin Moore, Eurotek. “We knew when working with EditShare that we could rely on them to build the complete collaboration solution.

EditShare offers integration across the board – with our own products and industry standard production and broadcast equipment. This is critical to support fast productions such as sports. With metadata and content shared across the workflow, production teams can turn around game plays faster than ever before,” comments Tara Montford, Managing Director, EditShare. “For Nemeton TV, they need seamless integration from the satellite truck to the Vision Mixer to the editing workgroup. This is where EditShare shines. EditShare moves content from each component to the next, ensuring all the details associated with media migrate along with it. Operators, editors and producers have access to content in real time – with flexible project sharing rules that organize the media sharing on a platform with near infinite scalability. We remove the complexity of media movement and increase the speed.

EditShare will showcase the end-to-end workflow at Nemeton during the IBC 2011 event on stand 7.C21. For more information or to book a press appointment, please contact Janice Dolan at: janice@zazilmediagroup.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

About Nemeton TV
Award-winning Nemeton TV is Ireland’s largest, full-service independent television producer and facilities provider with a world-class audiovisual production center for television and digital media programming in Waterford. The plant includes a TV studio, multiple Apple Final Cut Pro HD editing suites, high-end graphics, effects and audio suites, and training facilities. A fleet of satellite vans is used for live events and remote shoots. With three very busy production divisions representing Live Sports, Documentaries and Lifestyle programming, the company produces the largest number of television hours in the country. Nemeton TV also boasts an impressive representation of corporate clients, such as Guinness/Diageo, AIB and GlaxoSmithKline.

About Eurotek
Eurotek is Europe’s longest established supplier of media technology. Officially established in 1967 by Drago Radic, Eurotek has been leading the market in the application of Broadcast and future media technology ever since.

By constant research, attendance at international seminars, and sheer interest in our subject, we stay at the forefront of technology, and provide knowledge, advice and innovation to our customers. Our effort in staying ahead helps our customers to stay ahead too. We provide technology updates, product information, and demonstrations of all the latest products, from all the leading manufacturers.

Eurotek specialises in high-end solutions, and are called on to offer solutions for a wide range of clients, from education/colleges, to independent programme makers, to broadcasters. Recent projects include a new Graphics production and delivery system for RTE, a networked digital media distribution and display system for Croke Park, digital delivery and infrastructure for Dundrum Town Centre, complete new post production facilites at Brownbag Films, Flame installations at UTV, Windmill Lane, Piranha Bar and Screen Scene, and Flint installation at BBC Belfast.

About EditShare
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. For more information, please visit www.editshare.com.

©2011 EditShare LLC. All rights reserved. EditShare™ is a registered trademark of EditShare LLC. All other trademarks mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

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Zazil Media Group
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Digital Media World | Editshare Automates ‘Big Brother Jakarta’ Production

Written by Adriene Hurst

  

Tuesday, 26 July 2011 16:18

Endemol is managing the large quantities of footage generated during recent production of Big Editshare-flow-ingest
Brother Jakarta and automating tasks from on-set into post with an EditShare ingest, storage
and data sharing system.

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Endemol handles various reality TV shows around the world like ‘Deal or No Deal’, ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’, ‘Star Academy’, ‘The Money Drop’ and ‘Wipeout’. They have now deployed EditShare Flow, XStream and Ark hardware and software to manage the production of the new Big Brother Jakarta television program. Claudia Vermeulen, Consulting Producer for Endemol International said that the reality TV format keeps the production cycle on ‘Big Brother Jakarta’ moving very fast. Multiple cameras record footage 24-hours a day, leaving no opportunity for second takes.
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They use the EditShare system to manage the quantities of footage and automate aspects of the production. Flow automates media ingest from the multiple cameras and microphones, placed around the house, directly into the XStream shared storage. Recorded media can be viewed from a standard desktop system connected to the network, where producers and editors can review the material together without an edit suite. The editors have production tools in Flow to get a head start on post by creating selects and sequences to establish a timeline before going into the edit room. Once in post, the XStream shared storage system centralizes all media and facilitates media sharing, which means several editors may work on footage at a time.
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Ark integrates media protection and archiving with Flow and XStream, providing a tiered storage environment with file restoration across disk and tape-based models. Media protection, which moves media files to LTO-5 tapes, becomes part of the workflow. All editors can still access archived clips in Flow Browse through playable proxy video files. They can make clip selections, edit sequences with the proxy versions, and restore selected high-resolution material themselves without outside engineering support.  www.editshare.com

EditShare Customer Spotlight : EditShare masters the multi-camera madness at South Pacific Pictures and saves the day

Customer Spotlight : EditShare Masters the Multi-camera Madness at South Pacific Pictures and Saves the Day

South Pacific Pictures, a full-service production facility that produces New Zealand´s most popular soap opera, recently made the leap to HD with the help of EditShare. “Of course, HD has improved our production values, but so has our EditShare. Flow Browse is a great tool with all departments able to reference shots instantly, which leads to better decisions being made,” says Chris Bailey, Managing Director of SPP. “Footage and information are available to the edit suites faster. We can now finish in-house and grade more extensively, which all helps our look on-screen.”
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Ask us at #NAB booth SL4728 how SPP uses our end-to-end production infrastructure for New Zealand’s most popular soap opera!

EDITSHARE MASTERS THE MULTI-CAMERA PRODUCTION WORKFLOW AT SOUTH PACIFIC PICTURES

Producer of New Zealand’s most popular soap opera implements EditShare’s end-to-end production infrastructure for faster, cost-effective workflow

Brisbane, Australia (April 11, 2011)— EditShare®, the technology leader in cross-platform collaborative editing and shared media storage systems, has announced that South Pacific Pictures (SPP) has implemented EditShare’s end-to-end production infrastructure for New Zealand’s most popular soap opera, Shortland Street. With EditShare ( www.editshare.com), SPP now has a completely file-based, tapeless workflow with centralized storage and content readily available to any department at any point in the production chain, enabling the company to handle production faster, better and more cost-effectively than ever.

SPP, a full-service production facility, has a team of more than 150 actors, directors, camera operators, sound mixers, video editors, assistants, loggers and other professionals churning out 250 episodes of Shortland Street each year. Chris Bailey, managing director of SPP, sees the EditShare workflow as a major boon to this operation. “Of course, HD has improved our production values, but so has our EditShare,” he said. “Flow Browse is a great tool with all departments being able to reference shots instantly, which leads to better decisions being made. Footage and information are available to the edit suites faster. We can now finish in-house and grade more extensively, which all helps our look on-screen.”

With the new workflow, the Shortland Street soap is shot, in the studio, with three Sony HDC 1500 cameras that are ingested through an EditShare Geevs broadcast server. During recording, video and audio are stored directly on an EditShare XStream server in full resolution and simultaneously on an EditShare Flow server in proxy resolution. Both sets of media are immediately available to anyone who needs to view or edit it. In the show’s previous workflow, it would take up to a week for footage from a scene to be available for editing. Location footage, recorded on P2 with the DVCProHD 100 codec, is transferred to the XStream and scanned into Flow, where proxy files and database entries are generated. Bailey sees the EditShare tapeless end-to-end workflow as a major boon to the soap opera, which just made the transition from SD to HD this season.

Paul Hayes of the EditShare Australia Pacific team emphasized the importance of integrated archives. “It was extremely important for SPP to protect the footage and edit decisions for Shortland Street from acquisition through archive and retrieval. In addition to EditShare’s RAID 5 architecture, SPP has the added security of EditShare Ark Disk and two Ark Tape LT05 backups, allowing both on- and off-site protection, which has resulted in a reduction in the company’s insurance premium. The combined power of Flow and Ark allows SPP to browse proxy clips of everything in the archive and bring back high-resolution versions with minimal effort.”

Feature Highlights of the EditShare Workflow at SPP

  • Geevs records directly to digital files, eliminating costly VTRs from the capture process, with full-quality Replay to review and critique takes
  • Media is recorded directly to the EditShare XStream shared central storage with user-level security, mirror copy and offsite backup in EditShare Ark. Content is available immediately for editing.
  • During recording, EditShare Flow, the production asset management system, creates low-res proxy files in real time that everyone can then view from their desktop, eliminating tapes and DVDs while significantly improving the review quality and time. Users can review and rough cut media via EditShare Flow and drag and drop clips and sequences into their NLEs.

“EditShare has given South Pacific an ingest-to-archive workflow with metadata management, instant access and comprehensive administration capabilities for controlling and tracking assets,” said EditShare business partner Doug Braddock of AV Intelligence. “And with a single vendor, there are no complex integrations; there’s also a clear line of accountability for system reliability and performance.”

About EditShare Complete Collaboration Products

EditShare’s Energy and XStream Series shared storage solutions enable editors and compositors to easily and economically share media and work collaboratively, regardless of the platform or application. Users connected to an EditShare network can seamlessly access in real time a common pool of media files. Source material, work in progress and finished packages are shared and instantly available to all users on the EditShare network. The rules-driven workflow ensures that no data is ever overwritten or accidentally destroyed. EditShare’s patented bin-locking/project-locking framework allows editors working in either Avid or Final Cut projects to open up and safely work with one another’s project files, bringing unprecedented efficiency and creativity to the editing process.

EditShare Flow, Lightworks, Geevs and Ark bookend the shared storage solutions with production asset management, editing and distribution capabilities. The integrated solutions provide a highly scalable end-to-end media management workflow.

About South Pacific Pictures

South Pacific Pictures has an international reputation for producing world-class television and film. The company celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2008 and to date has produced around 3,000 hours of programming. Drama series and serials, feature films, and more recently, entertainment, reality programming and documentaries are all part of the programming mix. The current slate includes work for New Zealand, Australian, Canadian and UK broadcasters. http://www.southpacificpictures.com

About EditShare

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. For more information, please visit www.editshare.com

©2011 EditShare LLC. All rights reserved. EditShare™ is a registered trademark of EditShare LLC. All other trademarks mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

Press Contact

Janice Dolan
Zazil Media Group
+1 617 817 6595
janice@zazilmediagroup.com

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