All posts by Patrick de Silva

Director/Founder of The Media Village and Media ASYLUM.

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How Nice Shoes made surreal happen in Pink’s “Just Like Fire”

“It will be a race against time.” – The White Queen

Software used : Autodesk Maya , Autodesk Flame , Arnold Renderer

For Just Like Fire, signature song for Disney’s new film, Alice Through The Looking Glass, director Dave Meyers of Zanmi Films and Strange Invention’s VFX Supe, Todd Sarsfield, teamed with Nice Shoes Creative Studio to immerse pop star, Pink, into the zany ‘Underworld’ as Alice.

Realizing a dreamlike sequence involving 18 versions of Pink atop a life-sized chessboard, as well as lush, digital gardens filled with flowers and trees, Nice Shoes Creative Studio’s Director of CG, Steve Parish, reveals how he and his team fearlessly took on Time to make standout surrealism happen in the striking music video.

Nice Shoes Creative Studio on Pink’s “Just Like Fire” from Autodesk Media and Entertainment on Vimeo.

“It’s about the shortest amount of time I can image having to achieve such a thing in. It was kind of insane, actually.”

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Singapore TV Dramas Make the Grade — Media Asylum


Colorist Alicia Wong shares her experience in grading TV Dramas for Singapore-based broadcaster, MediaCorp The majority of English and Mandarin television drama programs at MediaCorp are created by in-house production units. Post production is also done in-house by their Digital Arts team, which specializes in Broadcast Design, Motion Graphics, Computer Visual Effects and Compositing. 2…

via Singapore TV Dramas Make the Grade — Media Asylum

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Flanders Scientific’s BoxIO and Monitors Receive Prestigious Cinec Award

Flanders Scientific received a 2016 CinecAward for the BoxIO Dual-Channel Color Management Device and DM series Color Critical Production Monitors at Cinec 2016 in Munich this week. “BoxIO and our DM series monitors were designed specifically to help address the challenges associated with on or near set color management and we could not be more thrilled than to have the CinecAward judges recognize these products for their value in color critical on set monitoring applications” said Bram Desmet, CEO/GM of Flanders Scientific, Inc.

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DATAShared Storage

Facilis Terrablock Shared Storage Unleashes Productivity for Emoxis


Emoxis LLP is a long-established 3D animation and video post-production house based in Singapore. Catering to global advertising agencies and multinational corporations, the company’s services include television commercials, multimedia video productions, infographics, corporate presentations, animatics, stilomatics, motion graphics, animation, VFX and audio. Whatever the project, Emoxis’ creative team collaborates to deliver a unique aesthetic for each client within a short timeframe, which requires a strong storage infrastructure for quick and easy file access and sharing. Last year, Emoxis invested in a Facilis TerraBlock 24D to streamline operations.

sun.pngAt Emoxis, jobs are passed from offline, to 3D, motion graphics and online finishing at a rapid pace, and TerraBlock has simplified and accelerated the flow of data through Emoxis’ workflow. “Our operational team is lean, so productivity is hugely important. We want our creatives to be able to perform at top speeds, and with TerraBlock at the center of our workflow, they can,” said Mark Sun, creative director, Emoxis. “Our files render and transfer quicker than ever before, and we can playback uncompressed Adobe Premiere files in real-time. This functionality is crucial, especially when facing tight deadlines daily.”

Before integrating TerraBlock into its workflow, Emoxis explored NAS and standard file sharing with a centralized server, but quickly found that those solutions lacked the performance needed for concurrent connectivity and multi-format playback, while using more complex protocols. After searching for a higher quality storage solution that could match its video centric workflow needs, Sun purchased the TerraBlock through integration partner The Media Village. “We couldn’t be more pleased with our final decision. After using the system for some time, it’s evident that Facilis’ team is dialed into our needs as video creators and built a highly efficient solution at a price point that can’t be beat,” noted Sun.

Collaborating closely with The Media Village and Facilis, Emoxis’ TerraBlock installation ran smoothly, and the team was up and running in no time, with TerraBlock connected via 8Gb Fibre Channel to five Mac workstations that run Apple® Final Cut Pro®, Adobe® Premiere Pro®, Autodesk® Smoke®, Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve and/or Avid® Pro Tools®, in addition to four Windows motion graphics suites that are linked via 1Gb Ethernet and run Adobe® Creative Cloud™ and Autodesk® 3ds Max®. The system is also linked to three producer workstations, a custom archive workstation, encoding suite, ten render farm nodes and an administration file server.


Emoxis is unique in that it is not a full edit-based post-production house, and shares its storage with producers, whose work typically requires 1Gb access to input documents into project folders. While real-time performance played a role in the decision-making process, finding an affordable, fast and easy way to share data between the entire team was the most important. “With Facilis, you don’t incur per-seat licensing fees, and you can easily customize your connection, whether Fibre Channel or Ethernet, to work in a hybrid environment,” said Sun. “It’s also easy to use and there is no cumbersome metadata controller; you can customize your workflow to cover a variety of situations. That alone made it a no brainer in terms of our decision to acquire TerraBlock.”

Over the course of post production on each project, Emoxis’ team will often draw upon high quality stock footage purchased from sister company, As the HD and 4K footage arrives uncompressed, the team has to be able to maintain maximum availability and speed while transcoding the footage for the timeline, which TerraBlock has afforded.

TerraBlock has also eliminated the need for Emoxis’ team to migrate project files from one workstation to another when changing edit suites, because all of the workstations can access footage directly from the system. “TerraBlock has put our editors at greater ease. It’s simplified the project planning process and changed the flexibility of how we work as a team for the better,” explained Sun. “We needed to move uncompressed HD files in real-time, and TerraBlock delivered; we wanted everyone in our studio to have access the same shared volume and TerraBlock provided that.”

He concluded, “No news is good news in this business, and we never hear any complaints about file access or networking from the staff. TerraBlock works perfectly the way we envisioned it would, which gives our entire team a peace of mind.”

About TerraBlock
Facilis TerraBlock is a high-capacity, multiplatform, shared storage system for post-production and content creation professionals. It fosters collaboration, supporting Fiber channel and Ethernet, as well as volume and file-level control.

About Facilis Technology
Founded in 2003, Massachusetts-based Facilis Technology, Inc. designs and builds affordable, high-capacity, turnkey shared storage and archiving solutions for post production and content creation professionals working in the film, television, education and audiovisual markets. Its production-proven solutions are fast and intuitive – making it easier for creative professionals to collaborate and work more efficiently. Flexible, scalable and compatible with industry-standard creative solutions, Facilis’ products blend seamlessly into any studio environment – boutique, mid-size or large – and have been installed in more than 2000 facilities worldwide.

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Media Contact: Katie Adams, RazPR / / 310-450-1482

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ABS-CBN’s iPost Deploys Large Facilis Technology SSD Hybrid Shared Storage System

Philippines-based integrated post production facility puts 288TB shared storage system at heart of new media asset management architecture supporting national commercial broadcast television & radio network

HUDSON, MA (April 12, 2016) – Facilis, a leading international supplier of cost-effective, high performance shared storage solutions for collaborative media production networks today announced a large-scale order for its TerraBlock shared storage system. Philippines-based ABS-CBN Corporation iPost (Integrated Post Production) has purchased four TerraBlock Hybrid24 systems, which have already been delivered and installed at the customer’s Quezon City-based post production facility.

The order was secured by Facilis working in partnership with local authorized reseller, Singapore and Philippines-based Media Village.

iPost operates under the Technical Operations Division of the Philippines’ national commercial broadcast television and radio network, ABS-CBN. It provides audio and video post production and visual effects services with an extensive range of content from drama series to soaps, talk shows and game shows. ABS-CBN operates two national TV channels, two regional radio networks, 11 cable channels and six international channels.

Prior to this install, iPost had four editing workgroups where each workgroup comprises 20-25 editing bays. To significantly increase the broadcasters’ editing capacity, it has added two more workgroups where up to 30 Avid Media Composer systems will work in a shared collaborative workflow. Facilis TerraBlock provides the shared storage facilities which bind this large-scale open workflow together.

The TerraBlock shared storage system is integrated alongside iPost’s content ingest facility to capture video feeds from other channels within the network and also from external sources. Eventually, the TerraBlock systems will be part of a larger central ingest system aimed to manage materials from acquisition to post production and delivery to in-house clients.

Specified by Media Village’s expert team of workflow designers, the TerraBlock system utilizes a combination of SSD and spinning hard drives to provide optimum levels of operational efficiency, resilience and cost efficiency. The system provides 10GigE and 16Gbps fiber channel client connectivity.

“We evaluated several other shared storage systems prior to making our decision and the Facilis TerraBlock out-performed all of its rivals,” commented Jessie Yamzon, the Head of Post Production at iPost. “Price and performance combined with its ease of maintenance were major factors that also led to the decision.”

For Facilis, this contract marks a turning point in company’s 13 year history. “Our ability to extend our technology to meet such high bandwidth and capacity requirements is a testament to the evolution of company and product line,” commented James McKenna, VP of Marketing and Pre Sales at Facilis Technology. “Working with Media Village, our ability to meet the needs of a national broadcaster in the APAC region speaks volumes about our customer focus and product quality.”

About Facilis Technology

Founded in 2003, Massachusetts-based Facilis Technology, Inc. designs and builds affordable, high-capacity, turnkey shared storage and archiving solutions for collaborative media production networks in the film, television, education and audiovisual markets. Its production-proven solutions are fast and intuitive –making it easier for creative professionals to collaborate and work more efficiently. Flexible, scalable and compatible with industry-standard creative solutions, Facilis’ products blend seamlessly into any studio environment –boutique, mid-size or large –and have been installed in more than 3,000 facilities worldwide.

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For more information, please contact:

North America
Doug Hansel or Véronique Froment

+1 603-537-9248


Bob Charlton and Katie Charlton

+44 20 7084 6335


EditShare XStream EFS: Taking scalable collaborative storage to new heights with added flexibility

XStream EFS New Features

EditShare XStream EFS storage with its combination of EditShare File System (EFS) and innovative hardware is uniquely tailored for the post-production environment with core features delivering a resilient, high-performance storage platform:

  • Single namespace – expands with additional storage
  • Non-disruptive scalability to 5PB+ with millions of assets
  • Distributed file system with multiple levels of hardware redundancy
  • High availability options for reduced downtime
  • Native Client connection for enhanced bandwidth performance

At IBC 2016 we will showcase the latest XStream EFS storage release adding further enterprise storage functionality that increases versatility and security:

  • Node Groups: Now an EFS cluster can be configured with a mix of capacity and technology including SSDs for high data rate content and SATA HDDs for cost-efficient, performance storage
  • File Protection: Administrators can choose from a variety of new file protection mechanisms to match content value and storage cost
  • EFS Storage Goals: Users can allocate dedicated storage resources and file protection to individual departments or workgroups, ideal for managing enterprise environments
  • File-per-frame Enhancements: The latest release expands optimization support for file-per-frame media including DPX, DNG (CinemaDNG), EXR (OpenEXR), CRI (Cintel), R3D (RedRAW), TIFF and RAW formats
  • New HDD Options: EditShare has just completed qualification of our first 8TB HDD, which provides 33% more storage than we have ever offered before

More details on this latest XStream EFS release can be found on our website.
For a complete overview of the XStream EFS storage platform please download the new EFS brochure.