Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment Productions has selected Facilis TerraBlock shared storage systems to produce big screen content for its onsite production departments, and offsite during major sporting events.
VWSE specialises in live sports entertainment and production with an emphasis on in-venue displays. The company has been embedded at Churchill Downs (the Kentucky Derby), The Rose Bowl Game, Notre Dame, USC and every NCAA championship over the last 10 years.
“We are a turnkey operation when it comes to technical consulting, logistical support and content production,” said Ryan Kehn, creative director at VWSE. “For a given event, we have producers and directors come in, call the script, and direct the crews. We have editors and graphic artists that create pre-packaged segments and editors dropping shots in during the event.”
VWSE Productions purchased two Facilis 96TB 96TB TerraBlock 24D shared storage systems through their reseller Cutting Edge Audio and Video Group for each of their production offices in Studio City, Calif. and Raleigh, N.C.
The two matching systems replaced older Promise storage drives and other standalone storage solutions. The TerraBlocks became VWSE’s Tier 1 shared storage for all editorial work. Seeking a more portable solution for use offsite, VWSE Productions also purchased a TerraBlock 8D for use as a road server. Installed in a 14RU rack, the 8D, along with some Blackmagic Design and networking gear, becomes a mobile production hub when they’re on the road, allowing connectivity via Fibre Channel and Ethernet, depending on the workstation and the environment. VWSE Productions typically takes a team of three to 20 editors depending on the length of an event, and they can be on site at an event for two to three weeks or more.
“The 8D has worked well for us,” said Kehn. “We migrated from a solution we came up with which worked great for one or two editors, but as our operation started to expand, we needed to shift our focus to something more portable and versatile, something that could handle the intense loads demanded during major events productions, and the Facilis storage has been solid.”
He added: “We have a lot of users connected to our systems at any given time. Maybe six heavy users on either Fibre or 10gig copper at any one time and our producers also connect over Ethernet as well. We demand a lot from our systems, and don’t have time for any problems. The reliability and flexibility of the TerraBlock systems has been good for us.”