Interface Media Group Migrates to Autodesk‘s Linux-based Editing and Visual Effects System

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Washington-based Interface Media Group (IMG) has recently transitioned all of their Autodesk advanced systems from SGI- to Linux-based workstations. The facility upgraded its Autodesk Inferno visual effects system, as well as its Autodesk Fire and two Autodesk Smoke editing systems to an Autodesk Flame 2007 2K system and three Autodesk Smoke 2007 2K systems.

“IMG has developed a strong relationship with Autodesk over the past decade,” explained Jeff Weingarten, vice president of Interface Media Group. “We felt that upgrading all of the systems simultaneously from SGI platforms to the new Linux platforms would enable us to maintain our leadership position and provide our clients with the very best software/hardware combination. Our work is extremely diverse and having go-to rooms with talented editors and artists that can handle anything we throw at them is key to our success. In the past month alone, we composited close to 200 effects shots for a two-hour HD documentary, edited and finished hundreds of commercials in both standard and high definition, titled and finished several broadcast shows and supported the needs of our 2D/3D design teams.”

The facility‘s purchase decision was reinforced by Autodesk‘s new subscription program. Designed to minimize disruption of the production environment, this program is built on a product development model that maximizes application stability and delivers new features more often. It also provides an improved return on investment and a better way to budget for upgrades and general maintenance spending.

Interface Media Group has been serving museums, government agencies, broadcasters, trade associations, non-profit organizations, advertising agencies and the professional communications community in the greater Washington, DC area since 1977. Interface has built a reputation for value, creative consultation and the finest product and service in film and video production and postproduction work in the region. IMG‘s services include studio, remote production and teleconferencing as well as standard and High Definition video and audio post-production and design, graphic design, computer animation and visual effects, satellite and fiber optic transmission, media duplication, distribution and world standards conversions, internet related services and the development of specialized software products and other new media.