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The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has chosen Facilis to expand its shared storage network and enable 4K+ workflows.

NAHB 9 march 2019Headquartered in Washington, DC, the NAHB is a federation of more than 800 state and local associations; about one-third of NAHB’s more than 140,000 members are home builders or remodellers. The remaining members are associates working in closely related fields within the housing industry, such as mortgage finance and building products and services. The association produces a large amount of video content every year, including two design-build video series, housing legislation videos, safety training videos, and videos addressing new regulations and standards for taxing and so on.

The group also produces a large amount of educational material for online courses, conferences and seminars.

To create that volume of content, the NAHB has its own video production company, Structure Productions, and its own facility for all internal needs as well as providing production and post-production services to external clients such as National Geographic  and the Travel Channel.

“Our goal has always been to bring outside business into the facility when we can, so we will pitch TV shows to different networks and offer our talents to anyone who needs video production services,” said Sam Mercer, post-production supervisor, onsite engineer and manager at Structure Productions. “We’re allowed to operate autonomously in that regard.”

Structure Productions has expanded its Facilis investment and added a Facilis Hub Server; the facility now has two more Facilis 24D storage servers and a pair of TX-16 expansion chassis, all connected to the Facilis Hub Server, which aggregates and manages the storage network for the fastest and most efficient throughput.

“The introduction of the web console was a game changer in terms of convenience for us,” said Mercer. “I have remote admin control that allows me to create volumes and assign permissions for all of our eight edit suites from any workstation, even when I’m away from the building. It’s extremely convenient.”

Structure Productions has eight Mac Pro workstations using Premiere Pro and other Adobe Creative Cloud apps with dual or triple monitor displays installed in eight edit suites.

“One of our clients recently finished a documentary for Nat Geo Wild and they shot most of the material at 6K or 8K, with the latest Red Camera,” Mercer said. “For short-form productions, we run the footage native on the Facilis system. For longer-form work, we’ll create HD proxies of the 4K+ media to save space and max our performance and flexibility. The important thing is that the Facilis system can handle it all.”