We have completed our internal networking upgrades, and are now working with a 1 gig router, 1 gig switchers, and a 1 gig File Server. This means all of our computers are running and communicating at top speeds with each other.
In keeping with the subject of the unglamorous aspects of video production, when you are thinking about which company to use, do you consider their equipment and contingency plans? For instance, what if their computer fails? Will they have a back up solution so that your project isn't on hold until they get things back up? Athens Video has multiple workstations with the same production software on it, so if one computer goes, we just move to the next station and keep working. And when a computer does go down, we have the resources to get it back up within a day, providing the parts are easily obtained.
This may not be the most glamorous topic when it comes to video production, but do you ever think about how your project is stored? We have just implemented some upgrades in our current system. All projects that come in are shot on tape or cards. That footage is digitized to either a portable hard drive, or our new 10 TB central server, depending on the size of the project. All of the project files for each project are backed up to another hard drive, so that if there is a hard drive failure, your project can be put together quickly. When the project is done, we archive the final DVD (If there is one) and we back up all the video and project files to large capacity Blu Ray discs, in case your project ever needs to be revisited. There is no extra charge to you for these services.
We've just added a new web page about some the Biographical and Historical videos we have done. you can see some of them here. Biographical Videos. We are working on a few right now that will be done shortly.