PostOffice Films: A Case of Digital Movie Magic

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Article ImageCOMPANY: POSTOFFICE FILMS

PostOffice Films-based in Budapest, Hungary-offers postproduction services for film and television. Its services include editing, visual effects, sound, and grading. It works on movies throughout Europe; among its credits, according to IMDb, is the 2010 Polish film Essential Killing, starring Vincent Gallo.

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BUSINESS CHALLENGE

PostOffice Films needed a solution that would provide it with the ability to connect to anywhere in the world and transfer files quickly to partners and clients. Previous solutions-ranging from other file transfer programs to old-fashioned courier services such as FedEx-were impractical, says David Jancso, owner and film editor at PostOffice Films.

VENDOR OF CHOICE: SIGNIANT

The Burlington, Mass.-based Signiant offers software solutions designed to facilitate the movement of large media files between users, applications, and systems with ease and security-from preproduction content and mobile news to finished-format movies, trailers, and TV productions. The company says on its website it's used by "more of the world's top broadcasters, studios, media service providers, sports networks and game developers. ..."

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THE PROBLEM IN-DEPTH

Although it's based in central Europe, PostOffice Films has been involved with movies produced all over the world-mostly U.K. and U.S. productions, some German movies, and a lot of Scandinavian films. With clients across the globe, "we looked into options of how to send materials from our facility to whoever and wherever in the world," Jancso says.

Among those options was the somewhat old-fashioned-sounding method of shipping files via FedEx. Jancso says, "FedEx-ing the stuff back and forth was very costly and just didn't cut it."

"We needed a solution that wasn't something that would take a lot of time," he says. And while FTP may be a web designer's oldest and dearest friend, for PostOffice Films, it just didn't cut it. "FTP was the obvious solution [for] everybody else, except for us," Jancso says. "It's a fantastic thing for sharing small files, but we're talking about terabytes a day." Basically, Jancso says, PostOffice Films "needed a solution that was fast enough for us and whoever was on the receiving end." And, of course, an economical solution wouldn't be bad either.

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