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Motion Picture Solutions
Invests in SpycerNode
Media Storage
Following a major Long-term investment in R&S Clipster mastering systems, MPS upgrades media storage
with SpycerNode, which together improve efficiency and stability of operations at Motion Picture Services...

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ondon-based
Motion
Picture
Solutions (MPS), a leading
international film services facility is
a major user of Rohde & Schwarz's
mastering and distribution platform,
R&S Clipster. To support this mission
critical investment, the company has
recently invested in the new media
storage system, R&S SpycerNode.
As a film mastering and distribution
house, MPS offers unparalleled
expertise in Digital Cinema Package
(DCP) creation for Hollywood studios,
but its services reach far wider,
encompassing many independent
movies. In an average month MPS will
work on at least three major features.
For a global release, it can create DCPs
for up to 35 different territories all of
which MPS handles on its eight Clipster
mastering workstations.
Now, to support this large Clipster
network, MPS has invested in
two 5U84 SpycerNode storage
systems from Rohde & Schwarz.
The two systems are configured in a
synchronous cluster spread over two
locations. One part of the cluster is
in MPS' Mission Hall site in Olympia,
London, and the other in a data centre
11km away. They are connected by
two diverse dark fibres running 100
gigabit Ethernet over CWDM optical
multiplexing. The data is immediately
copied to another location, giving
instant backup.
Performance Edge
One key feature of SpycerNode is its
integration of IBM's Spectrum Scale
technology, formerly known as General
Purpose File Systems (GPFS).
Eric D'Souza, Head of Technology
at MPS, sees this being key to the
performance that SpycerNode offers
his operations. "Spectrum Scale is
more advanced than the previous
SAN file systems and uses 100gigabit
Ethernet as the interconnection," he
explains. "Unlike layer 2 fibre channel,
100 gigabit Ethernet allows redundant

R&S SpycerNode

layer 3 network topologies to be
extended over metropolitan distances.
It is also much faster and more
affordable. Networking and storage
now share a common advanced
topology."
"SpycerNode's
synchronous
replication means that the data exists
in two geographical locations for
disaster recovery," D'Souza continues.
"Snapshots provide the ability recover
files that have been accidentally
deleted or changed.
"The bottom line is that the
SpycerNode system and provides
fast storage for the Clipsters," states
D'Souza. To understand how this
directly translates into a significant
business advantage for MPS, we need
to look further at how they use the
Clipster mastering and distribution
platform.
MPS will version the DCPs based
on markets. For a big release they
might have 120 shots that need
localisation and graphics work. This
could include road signs that might
be in a particular language that need
to change according to the territory,
or as on one project, MPS had a shot
of a mobile phone that had a vital text
message on it and they had to cut that
out and write it back out in 32 different
languages.
Any sort of editorial trimming that
MPS need they can do within Clipster.
On a typical project, film masters will
be in DCDM format (Digital Cinema

Distribution Master) or DCP. They
come in via Aspera to our Data I/O
department where they are ingested
on to SpycerNode. From here any clips
that need localisation or modification
are exported using Clipster. MPS teams
work on the shots with a combination
of tools including Adobe After Effects,
Cinema 4D and Nuke, before dropping
them back into the timeline on the
Clipster ahead of mastering to DCP and
distribution.
Latest Technology
MPS has to be able to service clients
with the very latest technological
needs as well as all the traditional
deliveries. They can see advantages
in fulfilling versioning within the IMF
package, particularly with respect to
demand for VOD.
To do another VOD version in its
pipeline is relatively straightforward,

so the fact that the Clipsters are all
IMF-capable was one of the reasons
for buying so many of them.
Another of the key features for
Clipster is the colour processing
engine. MPS have to service the
HDR market and this allows them
to work with Dolby Vision HDR for
cinema as well as being geared up
to do HDR for VOD.
These
advanced
workflows
require
similarly
state-of-theart storage facilities and it was a
straightforward decision for MPS to
invest in SpycerNode when it became
commercially available. "SpycerNode
provides a single large fast namespace
for all systems working on a project,"
explains D'Souza. "Data does not need
to be moved during the workflow - this
improves efficiency and profitability
throughout our operations."
"Clipster is a unique product that
is at heart of mastering DCPs at
MPS. It was essential that our new
storage architecture would provide
outstanding support for Clipster and
with SpycerNode this was never in
doubt," D'Souza concludes. "Rohde
& Schwarz provided the support to
ensure that both systems would be
fully integrated from day one within
our very specific requirements at MPS.
Clipster and SpycerNode improve
the efficiency and stability of the
operation at MPS."

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