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2015-09-07

Aspera, Inc.: Digital Workshop Implements Aspera for Fast Upload and Delivery of Media Materials to South Africa's Broadcasters and Cinemas

Full-Service Post-Production Facility Speeds Delivery of Content With Aspera
Secure, High-Speed File Transfer and Automation Solutions

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| ARMONK, N.Y., Sept. 7, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced |
|thatDigital Workshop, one of South African's leading boutique full-service |
|film and television post-production facilities, has selected high-speed file |
|transfer and workflow automation software from Aspera, an IBM company, to |
|ingest, manage and distribute the hundreds of hours of diverse media content |
|it receives daily from global content owners. |
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|Digital Workshop receives up to five terabytes of DCP (Digital Cinema Package) |
|trailers, EPK (Electronic Press Kit) packages, artwork, television spots and |
|film trailers from global film studios, content distributers and business |
|partners each month. Packaging the media to the required file formats and |
|size, before distributing it to broadcasters and cinemas across South Africa, |
|was an inefficient and time-consuming tape-based process. |
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|With the growing volume of global content it was receiving and the gradual |
|change in the region from tape to file-based production, Digital Workshop was |
|encouraged to seek a more efficient way to manage its complex workflows for |
|processing hundreds of files in multiple formats, as well as a solution that |
|would allow them to distributes content faster and more reliably, despite |
|severe challenges with network latency in South Africa. |
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|To meet these needs, Digital Workshop selected theAspera FaspexTMServer |
|andAspera Orchestratorto quickly and securely distribute feature films and |
|high-definition assets digitally. Installed, customized and running within |
|just three hours, AsperaFaspex |
|provides an intuitive, user-friendly interface for individuals and groups to |
|transfer files and directories of any size at high speed. It also solved the |
|challenge of connectivity and bandwidth limitations in South Africa as it |
|offers an HTTP fall back for highly restrictive network environments and |
|automatic resumption of partial or failed transfers. |
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|With AsperaFaspex |
|, Digital Workshop is now able to receive, process and supply high-quality |
|content faster than ever, without delay, within hours. The result is an |
|expanded capacity to deliver media from 500 gigabytes to 3 terabytes per |
|month, including approximately 30 music videos and eight EPKs. |
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|Digital Workshop further improved their digital processing workflow by |
|deployingAspera Orchestrator. Offering a variety of plug-ins for transcoding |
|and quality control, Aspera Orchestrator automatically manages the end-to-end |
|processing of hundreds of diverse media files for Digital Workshop every |
|month. Any type of digital asset received from global content owners is |
|securely ingested, processed into the requested format, and distributed to a |
|number of media outlets, broadcasters and cinemas in a variety of |
|resolutions, bitrates and formats - all via high-speed Aspera transfer. |
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|"Our investment in Aspera solutions has enabled us to enormously simplify our |
|internal processes and save considerable time that was previously taken up |
|with manual tasks. Now we're able to receive, process and supply high-quality |
|content faster than ever, without delay, within hours. Our fast delivery and |
|reduced turnaround time positions us ahead of the competition in South |
|Africa." said David Rypstra, Managing Director at Digital Workshop. |
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|"For a full-service post-production companies like Digital Workshop that |
|require the fast turnaround and daily delivery of thousands of hours of |
|high-resolution digital content in varied formats, Aspera provides |
|unprecedented reliably, high-performance and security. By truly transforming |
|how they manage digital media with Aspera solutions, Digital Workshop now has |
|absolute automation and transparency of its internal workflow," said Bruce |
|Brewer, EMEA Sales Director at Aspera. |
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|Aspera will be demonstrating the full portfolio of high-speed file transfer |
|and sharing applications at IBC 2015 Hall 7 Stand B27. |
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|About Aspera |
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|Aspera, an IBM company, is the creator of next-generation transport |
|technologies that move the world's data at maximum speed regardless of file |
|size, transfer distance and network conditions. Part of IBM Cloud, Aspera |
|software is powered by the Emmy®award-winning FASP®protocol to deliver the |
|fastest, most predictable file-transfer, share and sync experience across |
|on-premises, cloud, and hybrid infrastructure. Aspera's core technology |
|delivers unprecedented control over bandwidth, complete security and |
|uncompromising reliability. Organizations across a variety of industries on |
|six continents rely on Aspera software for the business-critical transport of |
|their digital assets. Please visithttp://www.asperasoft.comand follow us on |
|Twitter@asperasoftfor more information.CONTACT: Americas/Asia: Kim Willsher, |
|(+1) 310 569 2603 |
| Europe: Louise Wells, +44 (0)20 7403 8878 |
| Red Lorry Yellow Lorry - Aspera's PR agency |
| aspera@rlyl.com |
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Source: Aspera, Inc. via Globenewswire

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