Published on Wednesday, 26 June 2013


DigitalFilm Tree Builds Facilis Shared Storage for ABC Series

DigitalFilm Tree post production, consulting and software development company in Burbank, CA originally designed and outfitted their pipeline with Facilis TerraBlock because of the system's compact size, high-capacity and performance. First implemented in September 2012, TerraBlock has proven successful in facilitating the workflow for DFT on the ABC series ‘Mistresses’ and ‘Perception’.


"TerraBlock packs the capacity and bandwidth needed to manage colour correction and DI workflows into a small sized device," said Guillaume Aubuchon, the company’s CTO. "The system also allows you to choose the best tool for each job, because it is compatible with a number of standard applications, and you can connect users via either Fibre Channel or Ethernet." At Digital Film Tree the team is using Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve and Avid products.

With support for 4TB drives, TerraBlock fits 96 terabytes into a single 5RU, 24-drive chassis, which gives enough bandwidth and storage for a full show season, while also reducing the power consumption and heat emission compared to a traditional SAN. The compact design also allows post production teams to complete on-set dailies. Once filming is wrapped, hard drives with RAW Apple ProRes 444 footage are loaded into the TerraBlock for the dailies to be processed.


At the same time, an editing team is able to cut multiple streams of Avid DNxHD Mbit/s36 offline from the SAN. There is always a link to the RAW material housed on the TerraBlock, so the post production team can easily lock a cut by reconnecting to the online ProRes 444 material rather than having to take the material off an LTO or the post production facility's SAN.

The TerraBlock SAN has a shared file system to allow cross-platform clients to share, write and access a single volume or several volumes using Facilis Virtual Volume architecture. New storage volumes can be created on the fly and used immediately. Workflows can be designed for multi-write shared access for all workstations, with the ability to allocate single-user write volumes to fibre channel workstations when dedicated throughput is required. The Facilis shared file system also makes TerraBlock one of the only third-party SANs that support the native Avid project and media sharing functions.