Mini Space takes to the seas

GB Labs storage has been selected by Sunset and Vine to produce HD content in the field for this year’s Volvo Ocean Race. The competition is one of the most extreme challenges on the planet, with teams enduring hurricane conditions while fighting through 40,000 nautical miles.

For the 2014-2015 race series, Sunset and Vine has invested in a portable shared storage from GB Labs. Mini Space replaces the production company’s existing rack-based systems yet still scores high in terms of capacity, security and speed. Supplied by British reseller Broadcast & Production Services (U.K.) Ltd, the storage is lightweight and rugged, ideal to travel with the crew from location to location.

Space Mini is used in the field to safely archive the rushes and for online location editing. The system is equipped with standard Ethernet networking connectivity enabling multiple technicians and editors to access the content and work collaboratively on projects.

With 7 competing teams, 39 half hour TV programmes and weekly video updates, the 8TB RAID storage now forms a key part of the operation in terms of file storage and location editing. Duncan Beattie, Global Product Manager with GB Labs, said:

“The Volvo Ocean Race makes for awe-inspiring television. The TV production crew needs a robust and fast storage system to create programming from locations around the world. Space Mini gives them the speed, reliability and versatility they need and we are delighted to be playing a role in this phenomenal competition.”

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