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Terrablock rocks TV3’s new soap

Facilis has installed its TerraBlock 24D | 48TB shared storage system in a new production facility in Dublin, Ireland. The facility has been designed and built to produce Ireland’s new soap series, Red Rock, which is co-produced by Element Pictures & Company Pictures and broadcast across Ireland by TV3.

Facilis has installed its TerraBlock 24D | 48TB shared storage system in a new production facility in Dublin, Ireland. The facility has been designed and built to produce Ireland’s new soap series, Red Rock, which is co-produced by Element Pictures & Company Pictures and broadcast across Ireland by TV3.

Red Rock went to air in January 2015. Initially TV3 commissioned two 80-episode series, broadcast twice a week over a 40-week period. Positive viewer reaction, and recent IFTA award wins has created ambitions to go far beyond two series, to broadcast year round, and more frequently in the future.

The team invested in a new production facility to produce the series and Tyrell CCT was contracted to assist in the design, integration and commissioning of the production workflow. Working with Tyrell, Facilis helped design collaborate workflows for the facility based on its TerraBlock shared storage system. Red Rock‘s turnaround is extremely fast: 22 days for four 22 minute episodes to be shot, edited, graded, mixed and delivered to the broadcaster. This requires four different cycles (of four episodes each) being worked on at various stages of the post process simultaneously.

‘Tyrell recommended the TerraBlock system unwaveringly as the best option for our Red Rock focused production facility,’ said Paula Heffernan, series producer (production on Red Rock. ‘The ability to have shared projects throughout the facility: our production schedule would have been impossible without it.’

“The ability to create a separate volume within TerraBlock for each Director’s cycle keeps everything neat and tidy during the edit and when it comes to archiving,’ explains John Philipson, the shows online editor and post production HOD. ‘Also, having no per-seat licensing fees gives our production team access to 100 clients if needed, leaving plenty of room for our post production department to grow.’

The Red Rock workflow features one shared storage system consisting of One Facilis TerraBlock 24D, currently providing 48 TB of storage capacity. Connected to the TerraBlock are one iMac assist/data wrangler system, two HP Z820 offline edit suites with Media Composer, one online edit and grading suite with Media Composer and DaVinci Resolve respectively (connected via 10GbE), one Z820 running ProTools, and DNA automated LTO archiving system (connected via 10GbE).

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