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University of South Carolina’s Gamecock Productions to Rely on Archion Editstor

For storage and editorial of all live game video
This is a Press Release edited by on 2017.02.15

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Archion Technologies, Inc. announces that the University of Southern Carolina's (USC) Gamecock Productions has entrusted its EditStor for the heavy post production demands of all video content captured live across 21 different school sports teams.


Archion was founded nearly two decades ago in the heart of Hollywood and has been providing shared storage solutions for the film and television industries since that time. Over the last decade, the firm has seen even greater adoption of its products and services by additional industries, including corporate media, houses of worship, education and sports. Archion is involved with university athletic programs across the US, such as those at USC, Stanford, and others.

Archion's client at South Carolina is Paul Danna, director of USC's Gamecock Productions, the post production unit of South Carolina's Athletics department. A 10-plus year veteran with USC, he oversees this post unit, comprised of four full time employees and up to 18 student volunteers. Danna and his team spearhead the post-production of all of the live video coverage of the school's 21 different Gamecock sports teams. Gamecock Productions has won two Southeast Regional Emmy Awards, 7 SVG College Sports Media Awards, one National NBS Award, as well as an NBS Chapter of the Year Award and 7 Telly Awards.

Danna explains: "Our department's motto is 'to instill sights, sounds and emotions of Gamecock athletics in every fan with intimate and original videos'. And that's really what we're all about - we strive to capture the excitement of all of our school's various sports teams. In addition to our doing the post for all of these games, we also produce a weekly TV series that covers our teams. During football season, the show is called The Will Muschamp Show, and after football season, we do a show called The Gamecock Insider.'These shows are all 30 minutes long, and we produce 39 of them a year between late August and the following early June. That's a lot of content which requires a great deal of storage capacity."

Danna continues: "We first became familiar with Archion in 2008, when we acquired their Synergy product as an add on for our Avid server - this bumped us up to 16TB of storage. Then in 2012, we turned to Archion again and acquired an EditStor - in 2015, we expanded the system so it would hold up to 96TB of information. The EditStor is our lifeline for all of our sports teams' content. We have 11 workstations connected to it. Everything we record, live games, ENG's (Electronic News Gathering,) all goes through the EditStor."

Gamecocks Productions' work environment includes such tools as Adobe Creative Cloud. The team's EditStor is connected to a Telestream Pipeline (recording device) and then on to the CatDV logging system. Gamecock Productions also relies on a range of cameras including such 4K and 2K cameras as the Red Camera and Sony's FS7 and FS5 cameras, as well as the Sony A7S, the Cannon's 5D and 7D.

"All of our assets live on the Archion server - it's become a critical piece of equipment for every project we do here," says Danna.

"For the past 9 years, I have come to depend on Archion for reliability. Archion's products don't require any additional 'iddleware' to move files. Our EditStor unit is ideal for our current needs. There are so many other products out there, but in the end, for us, Archion's service is always reliable and their product is solid. Also, on the service side, they have always been very responsive to ensure any issues are resolved very quickly. They've never let us down," Danna concludes.

ClarkPowell, South Carolina's audio visual integrator, was key to the success of the EditStor install at USC.

Ron Edmonds, account manager, said: "Our company has been involved with USC's Athletics department for over 20 years now, and when they needed to expand their storage back in 2012, we demonstrated the Archion EditStor for them. The EditStor worked like a champ during the demo, and has continued working flawlessly ever since.

Adds ClarkPowell video production workflows specialist Warren Baker, "Paul Danna at USC connects not only his editing systems to the EditStor, but also his CatDV media management components, and his two Telestream Pipeline HD recorders. Archion's EditStor really ties everything together. It's a workhorse media hub."

Dan Stern, Archion's VP, business development, said: "Our relationship with USC, Paul Danna and the Gamecock Athletics department has meant a great deal to Archion over the years. Paul and his editorial team have such great responsibilities and do a tremendous job - nothing less than overseeing the video coverage of 21 sports teams, year round!  The fact that he and Gamecock Productions have won so many industry honors is a testament to their excellence. Paul's trust and confidence in our products and services solidifies our belief that Archion storage can accommodate the needs of any institute of higher learning, large or small."