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Buying Gear The latest sales and installations. Navigation Films is now equipped with TerraBlock 24D for 2K and 4K post. Navigation Films adds TerraBlock to workflow DUBAI, UAE — Navigation Films co-owner and managing director Mike Charlton moved to Dubai in 2003 to launch a local facility for Atlas Television — a UK-based video kit rental house. Over the next seven years, an increasing demand for production and post in the region prompted him to launch sister company, Navigation Films. Since its debut in 2010, Navigation Films has handled projects for oil and gas companies, airlines, corporations, government agencies and documentary filmmakers. To help manage an influx of 4K projects, the company recently invested in Facilis' TerraBlock 24D (, which offers 24TBs of shared storage space. Charlton's team of editors worked with Wecom Global to find a suitable solution. It had to be reputable, future-proof and able to seamlessly handle 2K and 4K projects. "TerraBlock had a proven track record for being a solid system and we'd only heard great things about it," says Charlton. "It was also scalable, which would allow us to build upon it in the future. Additionally, a surge in 4K project inquiries made 4K compatibility a top priority for us. We knew TerraBlock could handle the massive volumes of high-res material that 4K requires." Since installing TerraBlock, the Navigation Films crew has come to rely extensively on the system. The team shoots on a variety of camera brands, including releases from Red, Arri, Sony, Canon and Blackmagic. Footage is ingested into a TerraBlock 24D that's connected via 1 Gbit Ethernet to two Mac Pro workstations running Avid Media Composer, Apple Final Cut Pro 7 and Adobe Creative Cloud. One of Navigation Films' latest projects was a corporate promo for Dnata, a large air travel service in the Middle East. The project was captured in HD and 4K using a Sony F55 camera. Tapping the speed and bandwidth of the TerraBlock, the crew was able to handle several hours of high-res material. 32 Post • January 2014

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