London-based Roundtable Films, an independent post-production house known for their work on award winning documentaries and drama, as well as brand films, indie features and live music content, has recently expanded its grading facilities with the help of a PixStor software-defined storage system from Pixit Media.
Turning eight this year, Roundtable Films recently undertook a half a million pound expansion into new premises in Macklin Street, including the installation of two 4K Nucoda grading suites from Digital Vision. The facility also has two online suites, seven offline suites and audio facilities.
In order to allow fast simultaneous real time 4K playback for the grading suites, Roundtable Films installed two standalone PixStor servers into the new facility in February and March this year. The two systems connect together to provide 96TB worth of storage to support the high level demands of Roundtable Films with render speeds in excess of 4000MB per second.
The installation of the PixStor system not only means that Roundtable Films is able to get the most out of the speed and capacity of its Nucoda grading systems, it also means that the storage doesn’t need to be defragmented as it is self-maintaining, saving an invaluable amount of time for the team, which enables them to focus on being creative rather than managing the system.
“Our main aims were to find storage that is fast, able to cope with uncompressed, raw 4K formats, and would be future-proof. We looked at a lot of manufacturers, and with the help of Pixit’s preferred partner, Escape Technologies, we quickly identified that Pixit Media was the only platform that could offer us a practical 4K demonstration onsite, and furthermore was able to integrate our existing hardware resources to facilitate our storage needs,” said Jack Jones, Colourist at Roundtable Films.
“Working with the Pixit Media team was really the only choice for us. They went above and beyond our demands – the consultation, planning, training and support has all been fantastic” added Ben Coulson, Managing Director of Roundtable Films.
Barry Evans, Technical Director, Pixit Media, said, “As the first bespoke storage solution Roundtable Films has invested in, it was paramount that the speed requirements fitted with their demands of their system. The PixStor solution provides that efficient 4K workflow to support the new grading suites, using commodity hardware.”