Sony Pixel Power calrec Sony

How Technicolor achieves Any-K' video storage with Excelero

16/08/2018

"What we wanted to do was to build a file system that would support any resolution at any number of streams"

Author:

ContributorPublish date:

Aug 16, 2018

The M&E industry is one of the fastest evolving sectors. The rapid progression of frame rates and video revolution has a considerable impact on production and post-production teams, and their storage and capacity requirements. Throughout the production process, a film increases from approximately 10 TB to roughly 350 TB and the number of workstreams with users working on the same dataset grows rapidly.

To solve this data storage challenge, Technicolor created a scalable and future-proof storage infrastructure using Excelero NVMesh to provide workstations with access to high bandwidth and low latency performance that accommodates streaming, editing and reel presentation at any time.

Future-proofing post-production storage

Like many data centre and infrastructure teams at production and post-production houses, Technicolors IT department along with engineering director Amir Bemanian, were struggling to keep up with the rapid evolution from one resolution to the other.

4K is becoming the default resolution and 8K is on the horizon, and frame rates are increasing from 24 and 30 frames per second to 48fps and even 60fps. The additional storage capacity and thus also bandwidth that is needed for higher frame rates increases linearly: doubling the frame rate from 30fps to 60fps also doubles the storage needs. And increasing the resolution from 2K to 4K quadruples the storage requirements. When a studio switches from 2K 30fps to 4K 60fps, the post-production house also needs to be prepared to store and stream eight times the volume of data, which is a substantial increase.

On top of this, there are also possible investments in extra cameras, additional visual effects, High Dynamic Range (HDR), colour depth, and more. Yet another challenge for post-production workflows is avoiding dropped frames, caused by insufficient performance and high latencies, which impacts the technical quality of an asset and results in on-screen motion.

A common problem is that many companies in the M&E industry such as Technicolor, retain infrastructures which are typically based on a Fibre Channel network with storage arrays serving tens of workstations. This means that the speed to ingest data to the workstations from the Fibre Channel storage arrays is simply too slow and does not scale. At Technicolor, workstreams had to be duplicated in order for multiple people to work on the dataset at the same time.

In order to be better prepared for current and future storage and streaming needs, Amir Bemanian and his team at Technicolor began exploring new "future-proof" storage and network architectures. "What we wanted to do was to build a file system that would support any resolution at any number of streams," explains Bemanian. "And that was essentially impossible until 2017 where we saw an alignment of technologies: the networking, the PCIE slot, the NVMe drives and also the software - from Excelero - that glued it all together. This combination of technologies enabled us to do storage in a very different way to traditional methods.

The IT infrastructure required to feed dozens of workstations of 4K files at 24 fps is mind-boggling and that doesn't even consider what storage demands we'll face with 8K or even 16K formats, Bemanian continues. It's imperative that we can scale to future film standards today. Now, with innovations like the shared NVMe storage that Excelero provides, Technicolor can enjoy a hardware-agnostic approach, enabling flexibility for tomorrow while not sacrificing performance.

Excelero's NVMesh for Any-K workflows

NVMesh software-defined block storage features Elastic NVMe, a distributed block layer that allows any application to utilise pooled NVMe storage devices across a network at local speeds and latencies. Distributed NVMe storage resources are pooled with the ability to create arbitrary, dynamic block volumes that can be utilised by any host running the NVMesh block client. These virtual volumes can be striped, mirrored or both while enjoying centralised management, monitoring and administration. In short, applications can enjoy the latency, throughput and IOPS of a local NVMe device while at the same time getting the benefits of centralised, redundant storage. NVMesh is deployed as a virtual, distributed non-volatile array and supports both converged and disaggregated architectures, giving customers full freedom in their architectural design.

By deploying Excelero NVMesh and six standard NVMe servers powered by Intel 3D NAND flash, Technicolor achieved 4K streaming at 60fps to over 50 workstations concurrently. Delivering 99.8 per cent of local NVMe storage server performance across the network, the solution offers twice the performance of competing solutions at 50 per cent of the cost and requires a much lower data centre footprint.

After an initial proof of concept, the storage solution was brought into production within four weeks for use with a major Hollywood feature film. So far, three projects have been run successfully on the software-defined system.

A major benefit is that the architecture has created an optimal environment where multiple members of the post-production team can simultaneously view and work on the same data set. Bemanian concludes: "It has generated a positive and productive end user experience.
LINK: https://www.tvbeurope.com/features/how-technicolor-achieves-any-k-vide...
See more stories from tvb

Europe Stories

28/07/2021

Digging deep into the core of VSN (II): Our Frontend team

Behind the scenes: A look into the roles of our Backend, Frontend and Apps and Tools development teams. Last week we started a tour around what we decided to c...

27/07/2021

Here Are the First Publishers and Platforms Getting Connected With Spotify's Open Access Feature

Back in April, Spotify announced the expansion of our podcast monetization offer...

27/07/2021

Nokia and Empire Access bring ultra-broadband services to Binghamton New York

Nokia and Empire Access bring ultra-broadband services to Binghamton New York Empire Access extends partnership with Nokia to expand its fiber network to the...

27/07/2021

Digital Marketing Apprentice opportunity

Posted on 27 Jul 2021 ICG has teamed up with client, Blackpool and The Fylde College, to offer our first apprenticeship. We are looking for an enthusiastic t...

27/07/2021

CODA Audio System Optimiser Beta v0.5.2

System Optimiser allows the accurate simulation of CODA Audio Loudspeakers in any 3D View with unmatched precision and speed. It allows the design of all sizes ...

27/07/2021

Banijay Rights Assembles Landmark China Deal For LEGO Masters

Banijay Rights today announces a new adaptation for competition reality format LEGO Masters, with China the latest country onboard. Chinese production company ...

27/07/2021

Banijay Asia Launches Survivor India Comeback

Banijay today announces the return to India of iconic format, Survivor, with leading Tamil general entertainment channel, Zee Tamil. Banijay Asia will produce t...

27/07/2021

Lucasfilm hires YouTuber who created Luke Skywalker deepfake

Video has been watched over two million times, and improves the VFX used to de-age Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker By Jenny Priestley Published: July 27, 2021 ...

27/07/2021

ARRI Hi-5: fifth-generation intelligent hand unit

ARRI Hi-5: fifth-generation intelligent hand unit posted: 27/07/2021 Hi-performance: strong radio signal over long distances Hi-versatility: swap...

27/07/2021

grandMA3 onPC rack-unit: The all-round lighting control solution for installations

grandMA3 onPC rack-unit: The all-round lighting control solution for installatio...

27/07/2021

ITV Drama vs Reality Anna Friel, Olivia Attwood and Bradley Dack

ITV Drama vs Reality Anna Friel, Olivia Attwood and Bradley Dack ITV's Drama vs Reality latest film with Emmy-winning actor Anna Friel & reality star coupl...

27/07/2021

X-Rite Names Dustin Bowersox Textile & Apparel Business Development Manager

X-Rite Names Dustin Bowersox Textile & Apparel Business Development Manager Contact: Corporate: Alicia Libucha X-Rite +1 857-205-0919 alicialibu...

26/07/2021

Lido Pimienta lleva sus races afrocolombianas al pop electrnico como artista EQUAL del mes

Quiz ubiques a Lido Pimienta por nuestra playlist Spotify Singles: Pride que la...

26/07/2021

Spotify's What's New Feed Means You'll Never Miss the Latest Releases From the Shows and Artists You Follow

On Spotify, every day brings the chance to discover something new-whether that&#...

26/07/2021

Popular Chilean Sci-Fi Podcast Gets Adapted for Brazilian Listeners in Paciente 63'

Since its premiere last fall, the popular Chilean Spotify Original podcast Caso ...

26/07/2021

Sky Mobile reveals summer dating trend as new break-up banger, Time to 65075' is released with Lady Leshurr

I've Got a Text!: New research from Sky Mobile reveals that 1 in 4 couples a...

26/07/2021

Net Insight Wins Key Aperi Order

Net Insight Interim Report January - June 2021 Strategic initiatives ensure continued growth After a cautious start to the year, sales and operating earnings ...

26/07/2021

Nokia and EDC partner to advance Canada's 5G contributions

Nokia and EDC partner to advance Canada's 5G contributions Export Development Canada (EDC) will provide financing and insurance solutions to Nokia's...

26/07/2021

Banijay Benelux Expands Portfolio

Banijay Benelux today announces its acquisition of a majority stake in leading Dutch sports producer, Southfields. Retaining its name, the label will combine wi...

26/07/2021

Live sports broadcasting in 2021- is it time to be experimental?

With the uncertainty surrounding live events in 2021, Arqiva's Chris Alner looks at the broadcast challenges of a congested and fluid sporting calendar and ...

26/07/2021

Water Saving Week: The solutions making a splash

We need to be more water aware and we need to use water wisely, or we risk placing parts of this country under severe water stress. Last March, the Environment...

26/07/2021

Preparing for a broadcast-driven summer of sport

Arqiva will be at the heart of many broadcasters' plans for this summer's major sports events. TVB Europes Jenny Priestley met the company's commerc...

26/07/2021

Keep your fans engaged!

How event-based TV content such as cliffhanger dramas and Reality TV can be used to personalise the viewer experience and maximise monetisation opportunities S...

26/07/2021

Malaysia's Visual Three Powers Live Production With AJA FS-HDR

Malaysia's Visual Three Powers Live Production With AJA FS-HDR posted: 26/07/2021 The broadcast technology experts at Visual Three in Malaysia have pr...

26/07/2021

ITV backs three Studio 55 Ventures

ITV backs three Studio 55 Ventures Businesses with appeal amongst 16-34 year olds ITV can today announce the three successful media and entertainment busines...

26/07/2021

Samsung partners with Parasite producer on virtual production studio

The modular screens include precise colour expression, HDR10 and cinema LED picture quality technology, as well as optimised frame rates for production houses ...

26/07/2021

Andrea Duilio appointed Sky Italia CEO

Will take up his new position in early September By Jenny Priestley Published: July 26, 2021 Will take up his new position in early September target=_blan...

26/07/2021

V-Nova raises 33 million in latest funding round

Investor Neva SGR tips V-Nova to become a billion euro company in the next few years By Jenny Priestley Published: July 26, 2021 Investor Neva SGR tips V-No...

26/07/2021

Apantac Joins SDVoE Alliance

Apantac Joins SDVoE Alliance posted: 26/07/2021 Leading developer of image & signal processing equipment adds SDVoE solutions to their product roadmap The ...

24/07/2021

DPA TAPPED FOR LORD HURON'S NEW ALBUM

DPAs Mics Ensure Indie Rock Band's Fans Get the Ultimate Sound Experience. After crashing onto the music scene in 2012 and gaining popularity among indie r...

23/07/2021

AND IT'S LIVE! Sky Q offers live sport in HDR for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and the Premier League

Watch live sport for the first time on Sky Q with High Dynamic Range (HDR), maki...

23/07/2021

New Role for Rachel

dB Broadcast has appointed Rachel Ellis as Project Coordinator, reporting to Mike Bryan, Technical Director. In her new role, Rachel is responsible for many as...

23/07/2021

Making the grade for Our NHS: A hidden history'

Editor Adam Garstone writes for TVBEurope on the edit and grade for the BBC documentary which aired on BBC1 on 15th July By Contributor Published: July 23, 20...

23/07/2021

IABM elects new members board

Number of elected companies represented on the board has increased from 15 to 20 to better reflect the diversity in the associations membership By TVBEurope St...

23/07/2021

2021 Half year results

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Thales's Board of Directors (Euronext Paris: HO) met on 23 July 2021 to review the financial statements for the first half o...

23/07/2021

Discover Arcadia- Empowering A New Worflow That Represents The Best Of Both Partyline And Matrix Systems

Discover Arcadia - Empowering A New Worflow That Represents The Best Of Both Par...

23/07/2021

Sound Devices releases industry-leading wireless transmitter, the A20-Mini

Sound Devices releases industry-leading wireless transmitter, the A20-Mini posted: 23/07/2021 Sound Devices is proud to announce the A20-Mini digital wire...

23/07/2021

Studio Technologies Realeases Two New Dante Intercom Kits

Studio Technologies Realeases Two New Dante Intercom Kits posted: 23/07/2021 Party-line Intercom Kits Allow Users to Easily Order a Dante-enabled System a...

22/07/2021

Covering the escalation of police brutality in Kenya

On the 13th March, Kenya announced its first coronavirus case. The government announced measures to contain the spread. However, some of the measures proved dea...

22/07/2021

Podcast popular de fico cientfica chileno adaptado para ouvintes brasileiros em Paciente 63'

Desde sua estreia em Novembro do ano passado, o popular podcast chileno Spotify ...

22/07/2021

En el Da Mundial del Cerebro, descubr el Poder de la Mente Humana en Pensar de Nuevo'

El cerebro humano es poderoso. Ante los desaf os, naturalmente se adapta para bu...

22/07/2021

Brooke Wells and NOBULL Bring Beast Mode to the CrossFit Games

On July 27, 2021 hundreds of athletes from around the world will meet in Madison, Wisconsin, to compete in the 15th annual CrossFit Games. The event tests athle...

22/07/2021

Elevate Your GIF Game With GIPHY and Spotify's New Music Feature

After searching GIPHY, an online database that contains billions of GIFs, stickers, and more, you've found it. You've spotted the perfect GIF. Now, it&#...

22/07/2021

Filipino Boy Band SB19 Brings P-pop to the World With Their New EP

Pablo, Josh, Stell, Ken, and Justin, the five members of Filipino boy band SB19, are leading the Philippine-style pop movement known as P-pop with lively hits a...

22/07/2021

Poland's EQUAL Artist of the Month Hania Rani Composes Music That Lights Up the Soul

She's a neoclassical pianist, musician, singer, composer, and award-winning ...

22/07/2021

Two thirds of British SME's agree that they have shown more resilience during the pandemic than larger businesses

80% of British small businesses believe they have shown resilience at its best t...

22/07/2021

Riedel MediorNet, Artist, and Managed Technology Ace Communications and Networking for Wimbledon 2021

Wuppertal July 22, 2021 Riedel MediorNet, Artist, and Managed Technology Ace C...

22/07/2021

WDSC boosts branding with StreamMaster

StreamMaster BRAND proves plug-and-play legacy replacement Pixel Power, the global leader in master control playout, automation and graphics, has delivered a S...

22/07/2021

Nokia to publish second-quarter and half-year report on 29 July 2021

Nokia to publish second-quarter and half-year report on 29 July 2021 Press Release Nokia to publish second-quarter and half-year report on 29 July 2021 22 ...

22/07/2021

Double digit client win for ICG

Posted on 22 Jul 2021 Weve enjoyed a winning first half to the year after adding 10 new clients to our impressive roster. The new wins include Hamilton Buildi...