The inside track on how BBC Studios and Post Production uses MatrixStore within the post workflow for flagship BBC One entertainment show Strictly Come Dancing.

Strictly Come Dancing

The background

BBC Studios and Post Production (BBC S&PP) provides HD TV studios and studio support, post-production facilities and digital media services to production companies and broadcasters. A fully owned commercial subsidiary of the BBC, its clients include ITV, Channel 4 and Sky, as well as the BBC, plus an array of independent producers.

One of BBC S&PP’s biggest shows is Strictly Come Dancing (‘Strictly’), the flagship BBC One entertainment show in which celebrities take to the dance floor with a professional partner to compete for the coveted Glitter Ball Trophy.

The main weekend shows air on BBC One in primetime on a Saturday and Sunday night but the show is so popular that viewers are also given the chance to catch up with the latest from the dance floor on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two, which airs each weekday on BBC Two.

BBC S&PP provides full studio facilities, post-production services and technical support for the entire series, including It Takes Two, from its base in Elstree in London.

The Customer Challenge

When Strictly moved from standard definition (SD) to high definition (HD) there was a requirement to invest in extra storage capacity to cope with the additional data that comes with working in a higher resolution.

“The challenge at the time was to have sufficient online capable storage for Strictly, which generates about 150 hours of material per week,” explains BBC S&PP post-production supervisor, John Loughman.

“The storage needed to be fast enough to run multiple ingests and also be read by multiple machines. A lot of storage was required. Price was a big concern but the big thing was reliability.”

Click on the pdf below to find out more about Matrixstore at BBC Studios & Post Production:

BBC Studios & Post Production Case Study

BBC Studios & Post Production datasheet