Sync Stories is a column dedicated to our users. Each week, we showcase a different use case for BitTorrent Sync and the personal stories behind it.
In this week’s edition: Brett Sims of Alkali Productions shares how his video production company uses Sync to send large amounts of data quickly and reliably.
In production, time is money. And for us, we were wasting a lot of it by sending hard drives filled with footage back and forth to editors, transcriptionists, and clients. We needed a reliable and secure solution that would be able to handle hundreds of gigabytes of footage.
We’ve used many other file sharing services in the past, but all had limitations that made them impossible to count on as a reliable option to send large amounts of data quickly. Sync combined all the best features we were looking for and provided an easy solution to fit all of our needs.
Big Files, Limited Time
Our first experience using Sync was amazing. We needed to send about 25 GBs to an After Effects artist in Los Angeles for a 24-hour turnaround on an edit. We knew that if we sent a physical hard drive, we would never get the project done in time.
Downloading and setting up Sync was easy and intuitive. Within a couple hours of shooting, our graphics guy was laying in the final touches and sending us back a final version. What has been the most impressive is that we can have multiple editors working on the same project without sending drives. Since many of our freelancers work in different areas of California and the United States, we can have one central repository for projects and then have multiple freelancers working on different aspects.
Since we always have several projects in post, having everyone backing each others systems up is a great solution for us as well. We also are currently investigating to see if Sync could be adapted to be an off-site disaster recovery system, where we could have a computer off site constantly backing up files for us.