Industry: Media and Entertainment
Challenge: Efficient, secure, and timely transfer of high-definition media files for post-production processes spread across various locations.
A leading name in the film industry was gearing up for its next blockbuster. With film sequences shot in diverse global locations and post-production units located in yet other locations, the organization faced a daunting challenge—transferring huge volumes of high-definition raw footage to multiple locations for editing, VFX integration, sound design, etc., was proving to be time-consuming and cumbersome. Any delays or data compromises could push release dates and escalate costs.
- Volume and Size: Daily shoots resulted in several terabytes of data and traditional transfer methods were slow and inefficient.
- Data Integrity: Ensuring that the transferred files retained their quality and faced no corruption during transit was vital.
- Security: Preventing leaks of unreleased footage was crucial for maintaining the film’s market anticipation and preventing potential revenue loss.
- Collaboration: Multiple teams needed simultaneous access to the latest versions of the transferred files.
bTrade’s TDXchange solution with its proprietary Accelerated File Transfer Protocol (AFTP).
The media production company turned to bTrade’s managed file transfer solution, particularly intrigued by its bulk data transfer capabilities through AFTP.
- Efficient Bulk Data Transfers: Leveraging the bulk data transfer feature, the media company could send large volumes of daily footage to multiple post-production units simultaneously. AFTP ensured up to 10 times faster transfer speeds, even for 4K and 8K resolutions.
- Data Integrity and Quality: Checksum validations were performed post-transfer, confirming that no data corruption occurred during transit. In addition, the TDXchange solution offered automatic retry and notification features in case of network or server failures to guarantee data delivery and reducing operational overhead.
- End-to-End Encryption: The software’s robust encryption mechanisms ensured that all footage remained secure, preventing potential leaks.
- Real-Time Collaboration: The software’s file management features allowed different teams to ensure that everyone worked on the latest file version.
- Timely Deliverables: Bulk Transfer capabilities cut down the data transfer time by over 60%, ensuring that post-production processes started on schedule.
- Cost Savings: Efficient transfers and reduced rework (thanks to real-time collaboration) led to a 30% reduction in post-production costs.
- Enhanced Security: Throughout the project, the media company experienced zero leaks, preserving the movie’s anticipation and ensuring no premature evaluations.
- Positive Feedback: Teams across locations praised the seamless experience, citing fewer delays, efficient collaboration, and peace of mind due to robust security.
For the media production company, bTrade’s managed file transfer solution, especially its bulk data transfer feature, transformed its post-production workflow. What was once a bottleneck became a streamlined, efficient process, ensuring that audiences worldwide could enjoy the blockbuster on time, as envisioned.