Collaboration and Distribution of Major Films

EuropaCorp Taps IBM Aspera

EuropaCorp, a major film producer in France, is using IBM Aspera high-speed file transfer software throughout the production, editing and distribution of major motion pictures to speed collaboration and file exchange between offices and partners.

Founded by French filmmaker Luc Besson, EuropaCorp produces and distributes English and French-language feature films, including blockbuster franchises such as the Taken trilogy and the Transporter series.

The company is using Aspera Faspex to collaborate and exchange large files between its Paris headquarters, a satellite office in Los Angeles, and external vendors and film directors around the world. With an easy-to-use web interface and high-speed Aspera transport technology built in, Faspex simplifies and accelerates the transfer of visual effects (VFX) materials, digital cinema packages (DCPs), trailers and other large media files and metadata on a daily basis, shortening end-to-end production schedules and improving collaboration between globally dispersed creative teams.

Today with the new solution, EuropaCorp is able to send a DCP file (100 GB or more) from Paris to L.A. in two hours, a process that could take up to a week with traditional transfer protocols such as FTP.

In addition, EuropaCorp leveraged Aspera to replace its traditional means of transporting data across international borders. Until now, the company often relied on overnight mail services or sending employees with the material to personally deliver the files, however both options carried significant risk of theft, loss or damage. With Faspex, all content is secured with encryption over the wire and at rest, and all security options can be preset and enforced through security policies.

New Webinar on Orchestrator and Virtual Catcher

Furthermore, Aspera also announced a new webinar series on overcoming the challenges of moving big data at maximum speed continues with an in-depth look at the new features of Aspera Orchestrator and an introduction to Aspera Virtual Catcher.

On Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 8:00 am Pacific Time the company scheduled a webinar giving an overview of the Aspera Orchestrator, an enterprise class workflow engine that provides end-to-end file-based workflow automation and management. In the webinar, the speakers will show examples of fully automated workflows and workflows that include manual interventions. They will also discuss updates available in the latest release of Orchestrator. 

Also, in this webinar, the company is planning to introduce and demonstrate Aspera Virtual Catcher, a new application that allows broadcasters and service providers to convert traditional satellite pitcher/catcher workflows to low cost file transfers over commodity Internet WAN links using Aspera software.