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TIXstream MFT Manages File Transfers between ARRI Media Facilities


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ARRI Media, the postproduction branch company of the globally operating ARRI group, now
uses TIXEL’s transfer system at three facilities in Berlin and Munich for efficient file
exchange in multiple production workflows. Terabyte large directories with high-resolution
image sequences and video files of 100 GB and more need to be transferred between ARRI
Media locations on a daily basis. The workflow used up until now was based on standard
network file transfer and had difficulties meeting the continuously growing demands. In
particular, efficient and deterministic network utilization, automation and the
traceability of transfers were previously either highly complex or impossible to realize.

Now all kinds of files can be exchanged between facilities with TIXstream MFT. Job-based
processing makes it easy to assign the various production steps to projects and simplifies
the monitoring of file transfers. With TIXEL’s integrated high-speed transfer engine,
transfer times become predictable and configurable bandwidth limits, intelligent queuing,
and retry mechanisms make efficient and fair use of network, storage, and other system
resources. This also allows other processes to make optimal use of the same infrastructure
simultaneously.

TIXstream MFT’s decentralized system architecture enables direct transfer between source
and destination storage system at the involved sites — without having to go through
central instances. This completely avoids unnecessary transfers and copy processes. The
TIXEL Control Center is used as Web UI to control and monitor transfers. At the ARRI Media
facilities, TIXstream MFT runs on different Linux systems, which are connected to NAS and
SAN storage systems via NFS, CIFS, StorNext or FTP.

“We are excited that, with ARRI Media, another major player in the media production
industry is impressed by our turn-key solution TIXstream MFT,” says TIXEL CEO Ralf
Einhorn. “Due to its flexible software architecture, TIXstream MFT was easily configured
for ARRI Media’s workflow requirements,” adds TIXEL CTO Andreas Aust.

Connectivity to standard IT systems like MSSQL/MySQL database servers, LDAP/Active-
Directory servers, e-mail and HTTP based notifications, HA cluster support and a REST API
for integration with third-party software enables the use of TIXstream MFT in a wide
variety of system landscapes. The microservice based application stack provides the
foundation for future developments, while TIXEL attaches particular importance to backward
compatibility.

“With TIXEL’s software solution, we now have a transport layer for our high-volume file
transfers that can be quickly integrated into our system landscape and workflows,”
explains Martin Markert, IT Team Lead at ARRI Media. “After a short test phase, we were
able to use the TIXstream MFT systems and ever since then, we have benefited from an
efficient and consolidated file transfer process between our locations that smoothly
integrates into our workflows.”

About ARRI

Arnold & Richter Cine Technik (ARRI) is a global company within the motion picture media
industry, employing around 1,500 staff worldwide. The company was founded in 1917 in
Munich, Germany, where the headquarters is still located today. Other subsidiaries exist
in Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Australia.

The ARRI Group consists of five business units: Camera Systems, Lighting, Media, Rental,
and Medical. ARRI is a leading designer and manufacturer of camera and lighting systems
for the film and broadcast industry, with a worldwide distribution and service network. It
is also an integrated media service provider in the fields of film post- and coproduction,
international sales, as well as equipment rental, supplying camera, lighting, and grip
packages to professional productions. ARRI Medical focuses on the use of core imaging
technologies for surgical applications.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has recognized ARRI’s engineers and their
contributions to the industry with 19 Scientific and Technical Awards.
For locations and more information please visit www.arri.com.

About ARRI Media

Germany’s largest postproduction company with its head office in Munich and branches in
Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Halle, and Ludwigsburg, ARRI Media provides all creative and
technical services in the field of film production—from the screenplay phase and on-set
support through to the entire range of picture and sound postproduction and digital
distribution to movie theaters. At its [email protected] Film venue in the Geiselgasteig suburb
of Munich, ARRI Media offers the only Dolby Vision grading suite in Europe and produces
immersive audio in Dolby Atmos. Its International Sales & Productions department
distributes feature films, develops its own motion picture projects, and participates as a
co-producer in international movies.

For locations and more information please visit www.arrimedia.de.

About TIXEL

TIXEL is a Germany based software vendor creating solutions for high-speed data transfer
in wide area networks. TIXEL products are used to optimize data-intensive distributed
workflows primarily for cloud services, archives and media production.

With an international partner network, TIXEL software and services are distributed in
Europe, North America and Asia.

More about TIXEL on www.tixeltec.com.

Contact

Affonso Gavinha, Head of Marketing ARRI Media, [email protected]
Ralf Einhorn, TIXEL GmbH, [email protected]

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