Weta Digital

Enabling global digital visual effects workflows

Aspera transforms digital workflows for four-time Academy Award® winning visual effects facility

 

Weta Digital Ltd. selected Aspera's high-speed file transfer software to power the digital media transfers in the making of King Kong, 2006 Oscar winner for Best Visual Effects. Weta deployed Aspera Enterprise Servers to securely exchange high-resolution trailers and promotional clips between New Zealand and Los Angeles. Big Primate Pictures, the production company for King Kong, utilized Aspera's advanced desktop transfer client – Aspera Point-to-Point. Although each organization deployed on a different operating system ( Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows ) the Aspera transfers were seamless among them.

“We were able to fully utilize our bandwidth while protecting other critical applications using the same link. We ran Aspera transfers twelve or more hours each day, transferring an average of 20 gigabytes per day, and achieved a speed improvement of about 20 times over FTP. The fact that the Aspera products are interoperable across Mac, Windows, and Linux, and are cost-effective software-only applications, was an added plus,” said Adam Shand, Digital Operations Manager of Weta.

"We needed a fast and reliable file transfer solution that would allow bi-directional transfer of high-resolution content between our offices in New Zealand and a partner facility in Los Angeles, and Aspera's product delivered on its claims," says Weta's digital operations manager Adam Shand. "Our Aspera Enterprise Linux Server typically ran two concurrent transfers, using adaptive rate transfer policy with a minimum rate setting of 20 Mbps on each transfer. We were able to fully utilize our bandwidth while protecting other critical applications using the same link. We ran Aspera transfers twelve or more hours each day, transferring an average of 20 gigabytes per day, and achieved a speed improvement of about 20 times over FTP. The fact that the Aspera products are interoperable across Mac, Windows, and Linux, and are cost-effective software-only applications, was an added plus." Weta transferred simultaneously with both a studio partner and Big Primate, using Aspera's management tools to adjust delivery priorities in real-time, monitor ongoing transfers, and log all transactions to a common database for audit and billing reports.

Aspera's Hollywood studio and post-production customers require secure file transfer solutions that can deliver at arbitrarily high speeds on commodity hardware, fully utilize available bandwidth, and guarantee finishing on time, no matter what. In addition, their multi-platform workflows demand interoperable file transfers with equal high performance, regardless of operating system, and end-to-end audit quality reporting. The King Kong workflow took full advantage of what Aspera's fasp™ transport has to offer.

Weta Digital has recently completed work on highly-anticipated projects such James Cameron's Avatar, Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones and Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn.

 

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"We ran Aspera transfers twelve or more hours each day, transferring an average of 20 gigabytes per day, and achieved a speed improvement of about 20 times over FTP." Adam Shand, Digital Operations Manager