Sydney Uni Chooses EditShare EFS Storage Solutions for Campus Materials

The University of Sydney in Australia recently partnered with EditShare to produce high-quality video content in 4K format.

The university, founded in 1850 is Australia’s leading educational institution. With more than 50,000 students each school year, the university needs to have excellent video materials for educational purposes. Given this demand, the learning media team decided to replace the existing direct attach storage (DAS) system.

Sydney Uni Chooses EditShare EFS Storage Solutions for Campus Materials

Switching to the EditShare XStream EFS 300 Node 96TB system, the learning media production were able to improve production workflow and integrate existing university systems. In addition to this, the new storage solution also includes 82TB usable space, 10GB Ethernet RJ45 switch and 10 licenses of media asset management.

Digistor, the official dealer of EditShare in Australia, was present on site and even facilitate the installation of the new storage system.

Team Lead of Research and Learning Media Production Tom Cavdarovski said in an interview with TM Broadcast International that this new system is efficient and helped streamline their production. “The team now works primarily in Creative Cloud and use common templates and branding assets for all projects. By using Flow media asset management (MAM), we now streamline our process on a daily basis,” said Cavdarovski.

Cavdarovski also mentioned that this new storage system saves their team time and money; it doesn’t require a full-time onsite technician to run the server.

“We have both a Mac and Windows environment and connect our seven client machines via a Thunderbolt converter and cat 6A cables, so the new EditShare XStream system had to be able to work seamlessly within this environment, which it did,” added Cavdarovski.

Sydney Uni learning media production shoots with Blakmagic URSA, studio cameras, Sony F27, Mavic drones, Panasonic GH4 and other DSLR cameras. Main input includes footages from these devices, podcast audio files and 4K videos from YouTube and Coursera.

With a robust system, the process in editing files and other administrative tasks are smoothened out, without experiencing any significant lag or compromise in quality. Team head Cavdarovski also mentioned that they can easily adjust proxies and use it to preview 4K quality in the early stages of editing video content.

Now that the new storage system was installed, the team was able to increase output significantly. They were also able to deliver large video projects on time, without production bottlenecks. The team also said that this upgrade is a great investment in producing quality videos to meet the needs of the university.