Four Key Storage Requirements For Color Correction And More

Published on Jul 26, 2017 in Quantum

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C olor correction plays a critical role in post-production. Matching clips captured from multiple cameras, fixing problems that occurred while shooting, and applying artistic color grading to projects are essential for delivering high-quality content that engages audiences.

To meet tight deadlines and stay on budget, your colorists need to complete their work fast. Beyond providing them with the right software tools and controllers, you need to support them with storage that is optimized for their workflow. With the right storage environment, you can maximize your entire team’s productivity, enhance efficiency, accelerate processes, and increase the quality of work.

What should you look for when you’re evaluating storage solutions? The following four requirements should top the list.

Performance: To improve the precision of their work, colorists generally want to use the highest-resolution files available. That means your post-production studio needs storage performance to support 4K and even higher-resolution files without hiccups. Your storage environment should also be able to handle multiple concurrent streams of high-resolution video, so colorists can quickly move back and forth between clips or use multi-stream timelines provided by editors.

Scalability: The increasing use of 4K and higher-resolution video will require more and more storage capacity. Just working on a single 4K feature film could easily fill up tens of terabytes of storage. The best post-production storage platforms will let you scale capacity and performance independently, so you can accommodate larger projects without huge storage system upgrades.

Collaboration: Tight timelines require colorists to work collaboratively—and often in parallel—with editors. You need a storage solution that provides fast shared access to files. Colorists and editors should be able to start working with new files immediately after other team members complete their tasks. At the same time, your storage solution should make it easy to access those files no matter what applications and operating systems your team members are using.

Cost containment: Let’s face it, post-production has become a highly cost-competitive field. You need a storage environment that can help you keep costs in check, even as you expand to support more clients and larger higher-resolution projects. One of the keys to cost containment is adopting a storage platform that can intelligently and automatically migrate data among multiple tiers—enabling you to conserve the use of costly drives for only those tasks that truly require them.

Match Your Storage to Your Color Correction Workflow

To deliver high-quality work while meeting increasingly tight deadlines, colorists need a storage solution that can accommodate their specific workflow requirements. To learn more about those requirements and see how some studios are addressing storage challenges with Quantum solutions, download the eBook, “Grading The Right Storage Solution for Color Correction”.

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