Archion’s EditStor Storage Keeps Away ‘The Heat’ from Langley Productions’ Reality Series ‘Cops’
Archion Technologies, a leader in ultra-high-performance shared storage solutions for media workflows, has announced that its EditStor has been successfully performing as the post-production storage for the hit Langley Productions reality TV series Cops, as well as other Langley TV series, including Jail.
Best known as the production house behind the long-running reality program Cops, Langley Productions is one of the country’s premiere, independent non-fiction production companies. Now in its 29th season, Cops originally aired on FOX TV until season 26, when it moved to Spike TV. Langley’s Jail reality TV series has been on television for nine years, and also airs on Spike TV.
For many years, Langley Productions’ post-production team has relied on Avid editorial tools, including Avid Shared Storage. But like many other Avid based facilities, Langley had trusted Archion’s Synergy product attached to the Avid Unity. That trust continued when, mid-2015, the Langley team decided to upgrade their facility with Archion’s EditStor solution.
“We are delighted to be working with Langley Productions and their series Cops, a major success for nearly three decades,” said Reuben Lima, Archion’s CEO/Founder. “Our solid relationship with Langley serves as a testament to the performance, trust, and reliability of Archion’s EditStor storage solution.”
Mitsuo Goto, post producer at Langley Productions, and Abbey Wysocki, post-production supervisor, Langley Productions, add, “Replacing Avid Unity was a very big decision for us at Langley Productions last year. We chose Archion’s EditStor over Avid ISIS and other systems because of its high performance capabilities and vast experience with Avid workflow.”
Langley has more than 20 Avid editors connected with 10GigE to EditStor for their shows Cops and Jail, along with on-going development projects. James Tucci, Archion’s CTO, said, “It’s an amazing workflow that Goto has worked out to bring the Cops series to television. 10GigE is crucial in getting all the footage ingested, logged, and edited in time. That is what the Archion system gives our clients—the speed and the time.”
Continue Goto and Wysocki, “We have been extremely impressed with the speed, stability, and overall functionality of EditStor. Also, the customer support team at Archion is beyond excellent, adding one more safety net against our tight production schedule. Their CTO Jim Tucci is available to us if necessary, and his staff has always been very helpful. They even let us come into their office to try to break their system in their presence, but we couldn’t do it!”
Goto and Wysocki are currently upgrading Langley’s post unit to the newest version of Archion’s ShareConnector, so that the team can quickly and easily share data directly from its various television productions through the EditStor. ShareConnector provides that transparency between Archion and Avid Project Sharing. The latest version of ShareConnector, with its improved speed and ease of use, continues to make it a tool of choice for Media Composer.
Zeke Margolis, Los Angeles office manager for Cutting Edge, a leading technology reseller and integrator of editorial, broadcast, and related workflows, has more than 20 years of post-production storage—including Avid Shared Storage and 4K video storage—and media workflow experience. Margolis, the Archion reseller and integrator for Langley Productions, adds, “I’ve been an Archion reseller for over ten years, and was the liaison between Archion and Langley. Langley had had some previous exposure to Archion products—Archion’s storage expansion for their existing Avid Unity platform. When it was time for Langely to look for alternate creative storage systems in 2015—since they were in the market for a replacement—they looked at a few products and chose Archion’s EditStor. It was important as part of Langely’s decision to maintain the continuity of their Avid Unity experience with project sharing—something that Archion does very well.”
Margolis continues, “Archion offers probably the closest thing to replicating Avid Unity’s project sharing system, so that was attractive to Langley in their decision to add in the EditorStor EO. Also, because of the fact that Langley already had existing fiber optics cabling, they could transition their post department to a 10-Gig Ethernet system and recycle all of that cabling, saving them tens of thousands of dollars. Other storage solutions they might have selected would have required them to make a much more significant investment—but with Archion, they could seamlessly integrate the EditStor with a minimal amount of additional cost. Today, Langley has 20 Avid systems wired into the EditStor EO. Archion has been very accommodating, working closely with Langley’s switch hardware vendor to ensure that the testing and final installation worked out well. It’s all been working great, since Archion has always had a strong industry reputation for product stability and reliability.”