Manchester based post production facility uses The MatrixStore to help manage tapeless projects.

Caerphilly, Manchester, UK, 30th September 2010 – Object Matrix, a developer of rushes and nearline archive software, has been chosen by Manchester based post production facility Sumners for its pre- production archive solution, The MatrixStore. The low touch data management solution provides an audited, secure archive for the increasing volume of file based projects that enter the Sumners facility on a daily basis.

Consisting of a three node MatrixStore cluster the solution perfectly compliments the incumbent AVID workflows, allowing content to be available to editors whenever they require it without putting unnecessary strain on the editing and production storage platforms.

Brian Hardman, Technical Director at Sumners stated, “Fundamentally what we want, as do many other post houses in our market, is robust technology that has relatively low entry level cost, but that is inherently and easily scalable. The MatrixStore architecture provides the scalability we require and also it’s flexible data protection approach allows for project based data protection schemes to be set up.”

Located in the center of Manchester Sumners has a strong reputation for providing a creative, professional and reliable environment in which their clients can work. Programmes post produced at the facility include Waterloo Road, The Royle Family and Childrenʼs Hospital.

“Most of the other options we looked at did not meet our criteria by cost, scalability, architecture, metadata handling or suitable architecture for post.” added Brian.

The MatrixStore vault functionality allows Brian and the team to manage client content in their own distinct areas whilst using the same physical platform. It also allows them to protect rushes in a secure area where they cannot be deleted either accidentally or maliciously.

“Brian and the team at Sumners have been at the forefront of the AVID post community pushing products to find their limitations and subsequently innovating workflows to ensure their clients have the best environment possible. We are very pleased to be working closely with Sumners to further refine how MatrixStore solves a crucial part of the file based workflow, namely ensuring rushes are available, authentic and protected. ” stated Nick Pearce, co-founder of Object Matrix.

Sumners ordered the MatrixStore through UK reseller Root6 who also provide consultative and support services to the leading Manchester facility.

ʻIt was great working with Brian in resolving issues in their workflow which not only complimented their existing workflows but also enabled future expansion. MatrixStore fitted the storage and workflow requirements perfectly whilst balancing their business modelʼ stated Mark Jackson, Sales Director

The View From OM

We are very excited to be working with a facility with a strong reputation for innovation and quality delivery. Working  with Brian, Roger and the team we aim to further improve our integration with AVID tapeless workflows.