TV & Movie Producers – Control Your Costs!

The action scenes in the recent movie Mission Impossible – Fallout are really exciting! The movie was filmed in 4K ultra high definition (UHD), which enhanced the action sequences; however, at 1.5TB per minute of digital storage, the amount of storage space required for the production was immense.  With high storage demands, movie makers, TV producers and broadcasters feel the need to control content storage costs while maintaining and protecting access to valuable digital assets.

In this BlogBytes, we will review how LTO technology and the Linear Tape File System (LTFS) help to achieve these important objectives in the media and entertainment industry. But first, let’s see how one TV production firm uses LTO technology to its fullest.

Production Firm Gets Ideal Solution

Authentic Entertainment is an Emmy Award-winning production company based in Burbank, California. Authentic produces some of cable TV’s most popular shows as seen on the Discovery Channel, Food Network, TLC, History Channel,  National Geographic, Showtime, Travel Channel and more.  Authentic has a growing list of innovative productions including: Ace of Cakes, Flipping Out, Toddlers & Tiaras, The Best Thing I Ever Ate and Auction Kings.

As noted in a case study, Authentic wanted to replace an existing archive system with a faster and more intelligent workflow solution.  The solution needed to speed up archives and restores of digital assets as well as being cost-effective and high-performing. “[The solution] is one of the most efficient and cost-effective solutions I’ve ever worked with” explained Will Pisnieski, vice president of Post-Production. Authentic chose an LTO technology with LTFS system that helped achieve:

  • Increased archives and restores by up to five times over the speed of the original archive system
  • Significant savings from reduced labor costs
  • Elimination of hardware costs

How does LTO technology coupled with LTFS help to achieve these impressive benefits? Read on.

LTFS – How Does it Work?

LTFS, an international standard, is a small open software specification – a kind of software driver. Since LTO generation-5, LTO technology has supported dual partitioning of tape media. LTFS uses the two partitions by storing data index locators and metadata in one partition and data content in the other partition.  It’s a simple, yet powerful innovation helping to make accessing data on tape easier than ever before in a manner similar to using a USB stick or removable disk drive.

LTFS can be downloaded for free to work with a stand-alone LTO tape drive and is loaded one time on a workstation or server. This presents tape as an extension of the operating system. The tape appears as a drive letter, icon or folder in the OS directory just like other storage devices on the system. No proprietary backup software is needed. This simplifies the retrieval process while also reducing costs. It’s as easy as clicking on the tape drive icon to view and access sub-folders and files. To learn more, check out this great LTFS video.

LTFS can be used in a variety of small to large configurations and as part of a comprehensive workflow and archive system. See a list of LTFS implementers here.

With the huge size increase of digital media files and a growing need to control costs and protect valuable content, organizations are turning to LTO technology with LTFS solutions.

Want to see LTO-8 technology and LTFS in action? Visit the LTO Program team at IBC in Amsterdam – booth #6.A21, September 14-18.