Snell Router Solutions Anchor New, Consolidated Facility at the Post Group
A leading post-production facility serving the film and entertainment industries, The Post Group provides television and feature mastering and restoration services. iO Film is a supplier of digital intermediary services to the film industry, and Lightning Media offers dubbing and file encoding services. Previously, each company operated from its own building with its own independent routing equipment. The move to bring all three operations into a single facility provided an opportunity to consolidate the technical infrastructure by installing a unified routing platform that could route any signal, anywhere in the building.
"With the Snell solution, we're now able to share resources and more effectively utilize our equipment to serve all three companies. This means we can now offer our clients the full spectrum of post-production services under one roof, with efficiencies that simply were not possible with the isolated operations we had before," said Bob Wilson, director of engineering at The Post Group. "Snell was able to offer us a complete package that covers every level of our routing requirements including SD, HD, timecode, reference, AES audio, and more. Also, the control touch-screen interface is very easy to use and Snell tailored it exactly to our needs. Our employees were able to get up and running very quickly with the new system, which helped make the transition very seamless."
The Post Group's new Snell routing and control infrastructure includes an Aurora control system configured for 14 levels of router control, a Cygnus 576x576 video router, a Sirius 512x512 router for handling AES signals, five smaller-scale Freeway routers for providing machine control and routing sync signals and timecodes, and a control and monitoring server with 20 client stations to provide router control throughout the facility.
"When The Post Group made the move to its new facility, there was intense pressure for the three companies to transfer operations efficiently without any downtime. We're pleased that our design team and engineers were able to tailor a solution that enabled them to do this smoothly and without any disruption in client projects," said Jonathan Goldstein, president for the Americas at Snell. "The Post Group has shown the versatility of our control and monitoring by building customized software control panels tailored to their specific workflow needs, which allow engineers to control and monitor the routers from their PCs anywhere in the building."
About The Post Group
The Post Group is a leading post-production facility based in Hollywood, Calif. Since 1974, The Post Group has provided the entertainment community with exceptional talent, state-of-the-art technology, and unparalleled service to achieve creative excellence. Working with its sister companies in the Post Start 2 Finish family, the Post Group offers the full range of post-production film and television needs including telecine dailies, editing systems, color correction, and editing.The Post Group
Snell is a leading innovator in digital media technology and provides broadcasters and global media companies with a comprehensive range of solutions to create, better manage, and streamline the distribution of content for today's multi-screen world. Snell provides the tools necessary to transition seamlessly and cost-effectively to HDTV, stereoscopic 3D, and 3Gbps operations. Headquartered in the U.K., Snell serves more than 2,000 broadcasters, post facilities, and global media companies in more than 100 countries through its worldwide team of sales and support personnel.Snell