Filmtech Sweden is a content distribution and post-production company involved in the production of feature films, television series, and commercials. Projects have included the hit TV show “Welcome to Sweden”, the feature film “Cirkeln”, and the documentary “Trevligt Folk”. FilmTech takes part in many different steps in film production, from grading, editing and sound production, to mixing and mastering.
Today’s feature films are huge data files that usually exceed 100 GB, and the challenge has always been to get the finished film to the cinema or broadcaster in the fastest way possible. Traditionally, physical tapes or hard drives were sent by courier. Filmtech would place the Digital Cinema Package (DCP), which is a collection of digital files used to store and convey digital cinema audio, image, and data streams, onto a physical hard drive and ship it to an end location. Once the cinema or broadcaster received the tape or hard drive, they could show the final product. Issues arose when there was a problem with a delivery company; shipments can be delayed and there may be no way to get the movie to the sold-out cinema in time for its scheduled showing. Setbacks like this cost Filmtech and its customers time and money.
To increase the speed of delivery of digital content, Filmtech worked with FileCatalyst to find a solution to meet their needs of a fast, reliable, and cost effective method of transferring film directly to cinemas across Europe. First, a FileCatalyst Direct server was installed in Filmtech’s home location in Stockholm. Then, FileCatalyst HotFolder, a desktop application for the end-user’s machine allowing the creation of scheduled, automatic tasks, was installed on several of the cinemas’ machines.
Content is transferred quickly using FileCatalyst’s UDP-based accelerated file transfer technology. The end result is the cinemas will have the finished film ready for showing in a matter of minutes, rather than waiting days for a tape to be delivered. The files are also secure since data is sent using industry standard AES encryption, and delivery is guaranteed, even if there is an interruption in the transfer.
The results have been amazing. Through using FileCatalyst’s technology, Filmtech has already moved hundreds of 150 GB digital files to cinemas at the last minute. The company is also noticing a huge cost savings by sending files digitally instead of by courier. Cinema operators and broadcasters are also extremely happy with the results, many saying that this is the fastest they have ever seen digital files delivered.