Scaling Global Media Production: Storage Infrastructure Challenges and Solutions

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Active Everywhere for VFX: Manage Massive Files in Visual Effects Workflows
Adam Kranitz, Resilio; Danny Yoon, Mr. Wolf; Alan McSeveney, Preymaker; Christiaan Botha, Sunrise Animation Studios

This engaging panel discussion, recorded in the Connect Zone at NAB Show 2024, features leaders from three innovative visual effects and creative agencies: Mr. Wolf, Preymaker, and Sunrise Animation Studios. They share invaluable experience managing the complex IT infrastructure required to support global creative teams in today's fast-paced media production landscape.

Key insights include:

  • Balancing cloud and on-premises storage: The panelists discuss the pros and cons of cloud vs. on-premise storage infrastructure, emphasizing the importance of a hybrid approach tailored to each studio's needs.
  • Solving latency issues: Learn how studios leverage edge computing and strategic file synchronization to provide seamless experiences for artists working remotely globally.
  • Scalability and flexibility: Discover how modern IT infrastructure solutions allow studios to rapidly scale resources up or down based on project demands and access talent worldwide.
  • Automation and AI: Explore how studios implement automation and artificial intelligence to streamline workflows, reduce repetitive tasks, and allow artists to focus on high-value work.
  • Cost-benefit analysis: Gain insights into how studios justify investments in advanced IT infrastructure by focusing on artist productivity and project efficiency.
  • Future-proofing: The panelists share their visions for the future of VFX and animation production, including increased use of AI/ML and continued optimization of global workflows.

Whether you're an IT professional in the media industry or a studio executive looking to optimize your production pipeline, this discussion offers valuable perspectives on navigating the technical challenges of global creative collaboration.