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Mach2Media Chooses ELEMENTS ONE for  Global Production of GT Academy Series

Simplified collaboration between editors in 24 countries

ELEMENTS, developer of solutions for collaboration in shared media workflows, has announced that Mach2Media, a full-service production house, has deployed its recently purchased ELEMENTS ONE all-in-one server and shared storage appliance for production and post-production of 68 episodes of GT Academy, broadcast in 24 countries worldwide.

GT Academy, an initiative by Nissan and Sony PlayStation, is the international virtual-to-reality contest that follows the world’s best Gran Turismo video players as they compete for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a real-life professional race car driver. The television show documents the intense competition and training for the final candidates. Mach2Media chose ELEMENTS for its embedded Media Library, a comprehensive web-based workflow management feature, to enhance and simplify the extensive global workflow.

Headed by Simon Südel and Daniel Thomé, two seasoned veterans in sports journalism, Mach2Media served as the production company for the German edition of the GT Academy series for the past three years, establishing an unmatched benchmark for high-quality.  In order to adopt and apply the same standard of programming to all other participating countries, Mach2Media was selected as the worldwide production company for the 2015/2016 season to be aired on RTL, the European TV network as well as networks around the world.

Mach2Media chose the 24-bay edition of ELEMENTS ONE as their centralized high-performance server and storage solution for the entire video content, captured with over 50 cameras around the globe, including RED Digital cameras, Sony F5, Canon DSLR, video drones and GoPro’s Hero4. The all-in-one solution provides up to 360TB of shared storage in only 4 rack units and enables customers to work in a heterogeneous SAN or NAS environment to share media files natively across all platforms and non-linear editing and VFX applications. Maintenance is reduced, and complicated workarounds and time-consuming transcoding or copy tasks are eliminated. Located in the Mach2Media production headquarters in Cologne, Germany, ELEMENTS ONE provides the international team of editors, based in 24 countries, with 24/7 remote access to all media assets. The highest level of data security is maintained with automated back-up routines, both online and on tape, and with the embedded token-based security system for added access control.

“The biggest challenges in a decentralized workflow setup over such great distances are quality control, data security and efficient communication,” says Simon Südel, Co-Owner and Executive Producer, Mach2Media. “ELEMENTS was able to supply us with fast and highly secure storage plus an easy, user management.” 
He also points out that working remotely enables Mach2Media to realize remarkable cost savings by eliminating travel expenses and reducing the production budget significantly with an accelerated implementation and approval process.

ELEMENTS Media Library is a comprehensive web-based workflow management feature set that provides an intuitive graphical user interface for professionally managing, presenting and sharing media assets. Eliminating the necessity to perform any time consuming transcoding or copy tasks first, the embedded Rough Cut Editor allows for editing original film material remotely via the HTML 5 platform.

Globe-spanning Workflow
To guarantee the same high standard of quality in all the countries, Mach2Media created three master templates for on-site editors to load their local content. The entire process is facilitated within the fully-featured Media Library Rough Cut Editor. Once the local content was loaded, Südel and his team of production supervisors in Cologne previewed the episode and left comments within the same file in the Rough Cut Editor.

All Proxy files, automatically created within ELEMENTS ONE, are linked to the original source material, making it easy to implement requested changes fast and effortlessly. With ELEMENTS Media Library being fully compatible with virtually every professional editing application available today, such as Avid, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro and others, operators on site can even execute the changes directly in any editing application. The Media Library also fully supports Avid bin-locking and project sharing.

Easily expandable
As is oftentimes the case, Mach2Media realized eventually that the originally deployed storage space of 43TB was not sufficient to execute the entire project.

“Fortunately we are able to expand ELEMENTS ONE during operation without the need to shut down the system, let alone conducting any data destructive tasks,” says André Kamps, CEO of ELEMENTS. “We doubled the media storage space by simply adding a JBOD expansion – on the fly and without any downtime.”

Within hours Mach2Media had 96TB raw (or 86TB net) media storage space available, instead of 48TB raw initially purchased.

Data Protection
An automated 3-stage back-up routine, including ELEMENTS ARCHIVE with LTFS support to back-up the data on redundant LTO tapes on a regular basis and additional back-ups an external NAS, guarantees data security. But ELEMENTS ONE provides additional layers of data and access security: embedded in the comprehensive user management, the system provides the option to create unique token-based access keys that only the dedicated team member can use, making it virtually impossible for any unauthorized people to access the files. (2/16)


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