BFI Adopts FileCatalyst Workflow Accelerated File Transfer

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FileCatalyst announces the selection of FileCatalyst Workflow by the British Film Institute.

FileCatalyst & The British Film Institute

The BFI is now able to transfer files securely, without risking compromised or leaked files during transit and it’s easy to add and manage multiple users.

Unlimi-Tech Software, the pioneer in accelerated file transfers and the creator of FileCatalyst, the world’s leading accelerated file transfer solution, is pleased to announce the selection of its software by the BFI (British Film Institute).

The BFI is the lead organisation for film in the UK. This internationally renowned organisation sends anything from a clip to a full length feature film as part of its daily routine whether working on film festivals, high profile film restorations, footage sales or internal presentations. The BFI’s technical team have chosen FileCatalyst Workflow as an ideal solution for accelerated file transfers.

The BFI publishes books and DVDs, distributes classic re-releases, owns and operates the cinemas of BFI Southbank and runs the BFI London Film Festival. The BFI also looks after the world’s largest and most important collection of British film and television, the BFI National Archive.Working with UK-based creative solutions provider, MediaPros, the BFI sought to optimise its content delivery across digital platforms, and was looking for an accelerated and managed file transfer solution which could handle all internal transfers from a single system.

“Our previous method of file transfer involved a combination of different delivery systems, and content delivery was not standardised. We knew we had to move to a solution with secure and simple workflows,” says Tim Everett, Head of Technical Delivery, BFI. Furthermore due to the large file sizes of these films, the BFI required a solution which both permitted higher speed transfers of its digital content, while at the same time securing the files during transit. The BFI needed a system that was easy and straightforward to use, as the organisation has many different users with different technical requirements.

With the assistance of MediaPros, a FileCatalyst partner, the BFI deployed FileCatalyst Workflow, which combines two powerful web-based, managed file transfer workflows: submission and distribution. The FileCatalyst Workflow solution has enabled the BFI to deliver and receive large format film files at high speed in transfers to and from film industry partners. The BFI was also able to transfer files securely with the FileCatalyst platform, serving FileCatalyst Workflow over HTTPS, and all file transfer connections to the FileCatalyst Server secured with SSL and AES.

“The biggest benefit to us has been the ability to send large file sizes quickly and allowing outside parties to send files to us, without the hassle of being limited to file size,” says Tim Everett, Head of Technical Delivery, BFI. “The BFI is now able to transfer files securely, without risking compromised or leaked files during transit and it’s easy to add and manage multiple users.”

“The BFI receives and sends out many large film files on a daily basis. When using a different tool, a single transfer of a feature film could take days. This is where FileCatalyst comes in,” says Dave McKeen, VP of Sales at Unlimi-Tech Software, Inc. “We are pleased to help the BFI achieve the high transfer rates it needed to speed up all transfers of feature films while also ensuring the secure movement of its film content.”

“We have been impressed by FileCatalyst’s performance, transferring our files at much faster speeds since we implemented the solution. On the basis of our initial trial we plan to continue to expand the system internally and develop more automation around it,” says Tim Everett, Head of Technical Delivery, BFI.

FileCatalyst will be demonstrating its accelerated and managed file transfers solution at the upcoming IBC2013 Exhibition at the RAI Amsterdam taking place from September 13 to 17 at stand 7.H40.

About Unlimi-Tech Software, Inc.
Located in Ottawa, Canada, Unlimi-Tech Software is the creator of FileCatalyst, the world's leading accelerated file transfer solution. Founded in 2000, the company has more than a thousand customers in media & entertainment, energy & mining, gaming and printing, including many Fortune 500 companies as well as military and government organizations. FileCatalyst is a software platform designed to accelerate and manage file transfers securely and reliably. FileCatalyst is immune to the effects that latency and packet loss have on traditional file transfer methods like FTP, HTTP or CIFS. Global organizations use FileCatalyst to solve issues related to file transfer, including content distribution, file sharing and offsite backups.

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About The BFI
The BFI was founded in 1933. We are a charity governed by a Royal Charter. We combine cultural, creative and industrial roles, bringing together the BFI National Archive and BFI Reuben Library, film distribution, exhibition and education at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX, publishing and festivals. We award Lottery funding to film production, distribution, education, audience development and market intelligence and research.

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