Case Studies

Sports Production Company Scales Workflow

Posted 9/16/2010

Location: Teton Village, WY
Industry: Film and television production
Working Environment: 12 workstations (six laptops and several new Intel-based Mac Pro’s), Final Cut

As one of the fastest growing brands in the action sports industry,(TGR) captures edge-of-your-seat HD and 3D footage exploring the physical and emotional limitations of world-class athletes. 


Often working on multiple television series for stations such as Showtime, NBC and Fox Sports, TGR needed a system that would enable the company to add additional workstations while allowing its editing teams to work on projects simultaneously without crippling the workflow.


Installing Small Tree’s complete GraniteSTOR ST-RAID Ethernet-based shared storage system enabled TGR to increase its editing capabilities by a factor of three, as the facility grew from four workstations prior to the installation to 12 workstations, including six laptops and a group of new Intel-based Mac Pro’s.
For TGR, what was most attractive about the ST-RAID system was its affordable scalability, as the company was able to increase its storage from 8 TBs to 20 TBs without having to completely overhaul its existing infrastructure. All they had to do was buy a box, plug it in and the editing team was provided the kind of accessibility required to maximize creativity and productivity.  Additionally, the GraniteSTOR solution allowed TGR to utilize an existing Mac Pro as its server, providing another cost saver for the company.


Small Tree is the Mac Networking Expert specializing in affordable Ethernet-based networking and shared storage products for the Media and Entertainment industry. Consisting of networking developers who have extensive experience in high performance computing, Small Tree’s team knows how to achieve the demanding application requirements of Mac customers.

Respected throughout the creative industry, Small Tree’s customers include many of the industry’s leading facilities, as well as a growing number of smaller production houses who require greater throughput while paying close attention to their bottom line. Additionally, a number of the industry’s giants, including Apple and Intel, often look to Small Tree to support their existing technology.

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