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Point360 Installs Next-Generation Storage System From Media Distributors

Leading Post-Production and Visual Effects Company Installs Flexible RAID Solution for Use in Multi-Site Video Workflow Solution; Enables Flexible, Efficient Storage System


STUDIO CITY, CA – Media Distributors, a leading provider of services, systems, and products for professional audio and video production today announced that Point360, a leading post-production and visual effects firm, has installed the company’s next-generation Polaris RAID™ storage solution for use across Point360’s growing network of post-production sites. The Polaris RAID solution was introduced today at an event at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, California.

The result of several years of consultation and design implementation, the Media Distributors Polaris RAID system is the industry’s most affordable RAID storage solution.

Media Distributors’ Line 1 Media division will market the Polaris RAID to production customers that require large-scale storage for video and effects workflow. The system – at $11,999 – offers the most competitive price for its storage capacity.

Point360 has installed Polaris RAID as a second-tier storage solution for its company, which distributes rich media in electronic form worldwide, and provides editing, mastering, reformatting, and archiving solutions for its television and film production clients. The company uses the Media Distributors Constellation VCMâ„¢ workflow system to provide an enterprise-wide asset management and retrieval solution.

“We have created a storage operation, using an Archion SAN, that now has a solid back-up RAID system, thanks to the Polaris RAID product, and we have a high-powered, cost-efficient way to manage our operation as we grow,� said Brian Ehrlich, general manager of Point360’s Burbank, California facility. “The Polaris RAID system enables greater levels of security, control, and multi-site distribution for all departments of our operation.�

The Polaris RAID system consists of an array of 24 one Terabyte (TB) Hitachi Serial ATA drives. The 4 gigabit per second (Gb/s) fiber channel system combines a next-generation interface with superior protection characteristics and a dual controller that delivers fast and reliable performance. The Polaris RAID’s e-mail event notification feature requires no physical supervision, and is ideal for production environments.

“Point360 is an innovator in our industry; the company consistently delivers high-quality work and has defined the 21st-century video production environment. We have built the Polaris RAID system to serve a wide range of customers, and the Point360 team embodies an ideal large-scale facility implementation of the system,� said Steve Klein, CEO of Media Distributors. “The hybrid production and post-production facility requires an organic, cost-effective solution for video storage, and the Polaris RAID solution, combined with our Constellation VCM workflow solution, is a powerful tool for content creators.�


Point.360 (PTSX) is a value-add service organization specializing in content creation, manipulation and distribution processes integrating complex technologies to solve problems in the life cycle of Rich Media. With six locations in greater Los Angeles, Point.360 performs high and standard definition audio and video post production, creates virtual effects and archives and distributes physical and electronic Rich Media content worldwide. Point.360 provides the services necessary to edit, master, reformat and archive clients’ audio and video content, including television programming, feature films and movie trailers.

Point.360’s interconnected facilities provide service coverage to all major U.S. media centers. Clients include major motion pictures studios, independent producers, advertising agencies, non-profit organizations, governmental agencies and corporations.


Since 1998, Media Distributors has become the nation’s largest independent distributor of professional recording media products to the production, broadcast and entertainment industries. Supported by 85 full-time employees, it has earned this position by leveraging its numerous authorized dealer relationships to provide its customers with outstanding service, competitive pricing and a best in class branded product offering. The company offers a vast array of products, including professional videotape, motion picture film, data media, storage, video editing systems, rentals, software, disc duplication/publishing systems and media accessories. In addition, Media Distributors offers a number of value-added services, including product re-certification, recycling & disposal, custom barcoding, consultation and systems integration. Offices nationwide, including LA, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle and San Diego.

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