Save the Children has just upgraded its internal video production facility and implemented a file-based workflow supplied and supported by UK reseller root6.
Adam Robertson, Save the Children’s Video Production Manager said: “We are delighted with root6’s upgrade. The XenData technology they’ve installed means we now have an easily accessible archive of 90 years of video footage from our work around the world to edit and re-edit for different audiences and engage them with our campaigns.”Save the Children chose root6 after attending a seminar on file-based workflow presented by root6 at Broadcast Video Expo, the UK technology showcase in 2010. Robertson continued, “We made more than 150 productions last year to support Save the Children’s campaign to save the lives of children dying under the age of five. We know that people will respond very generously when they see films about our work, and so the quicker we can turn round footage, particularly from emergency situations, the more lives ultimately we are able to save. The new workflow will help us do this much more efficiently.”
The new installation comprises four Avid suites with one configured for Apple FCP, which Robertson describes as “The weapon of choice” for field reporters. The stringers are now equipped with FCP laptops as part of the overall upgrade. The file-based video acquisition now includes Canon FX300 and Canon 5D cameras.
The four new suites, including an Avid Nitris DX much used for ingesting material, and upgraded Media Composers, are interconnected with shared storage from Dynamic Drive Pool, a popular system that emulates Avid UNITY networking.