IBM announced that Aspera has been selected as an Official Supplier for the 65th Berlin International Film Festival, taking place on 5 – 15 February 2015.
This year’s festival will see various iconic films screened in 4K resolution — including Goldfinger (1964) and In Cold Blood (1967) — requiring a high-speed transport solution capable of moving large amounts of data.
The need to efficiently and securely handle the increased digital file sizes of 4K films significantly contributed to the festival organizers choosing Aspera Shares, IBM officials said.
The solution enables high-speed, file-based delivery of feature-length films from participants directly to the Berlinale data centre in Berlin.
With film files of up to 250GB each, the growing demand to ingest and share large files digitally from multiple locations across the globe drove the need for faster transfer speeds, improved reliability, and a streamlined digital workflow.
With Aspera Shares, the organizers can use their full 10GB fiber connection to receive digital cinema package (DCP) files, regardless of distance and network conditions.
In previous years Berlinale had used various methods including physical delivery and FTP, which were typically slow, costly and difficult to manage. By standardizing file-based film delivery on Aspera Shares, content from contributors can be easily gathered and managed.
Aspera Console also provides complete visibility and real-time control over transfers, while the Aspera Connect Server allows the large number of participants to exchange their files over the wide area network.
“With Aspera, we can now receive all digital cinema content including 4K at high-speed, securely, and reliably,” explained Ove Sander, technical manager Digital Cinema, Berlinale.
“The power and flexibility of Aspera’s FASP technology dramatically shortens transfer times regardless of the size of the files, the distance or the network conditions, so producers can meet our tight show deadlines,” Sander added.