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World Wrestling Entertainment
New SAN Design for Final Cut Pro Editors
As part of their facility-wide HD modernization initiative, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) turned to Control Group for an all-out upgrade of their Final Cut production workflow and infrastructure. Moving WWE to an HD workflow meant reevaluating every element of the production infrastructure: from edit suite software and hardware, to networking, storage, and backup systems. WWE also needed a system that incorporated redundant storage and recovery in the event of accidental file deletion.
Control Group designed and implemented an integrated solution that involved simultaneous upgrades of all edit workstations and deploying a new SAN. Since WWE’s editors are always working on deadline, we worked closely with WWE’s production manager to design a schedule for the deployment to minimize downtime.
WWE’s new SAN is undoubtedly an improvement over the previous system, satisfying their need for increased storage capacity for HD workflow. The upgraded editing machines provide flexible and fast HD editing and have cut Final Cut Pro render times in half. The new system has provided WWE with improved HD editing capabilities, data redundancy, and room to grow in the future.