IBM today announced that EuropaCorp, a major film producer in France, is using IBM Aspera high-speed file transfer software throughout the production, editing and distribution of major motion pictures to speed collaboration and file exchange between offices and partners.
Founded by French filmmaker Luc Besson, EuropaCorp produces and distributes English and French-language feature films, including blockbuster franchises such as the Taken trilogy and the Transporter series.
The company is using Aspera Faspex™ to collaborate and exchange large files between its Paris headquarters, a satellite office in Los Angeles, and external vendors and film directors around the world. With an easy-to-use web interface and high-speed Aspera transport technology built-in, Faspex simplifies and accelerates the transfer of visual effects (VFX) materials, digital cinema packages (DCPs), trailers and other large media files and metadata on a daily basis, shortening end-to-end production schedules and improving collaboration between globally dispersed creative teams.
Today with the Aspera solution, EuropaCorp is able to send a DCP file (100 GB or more) from Paris to L.A. in two hours, a process that could take up to a week with traditional transfer protocols such as FTP.
“When we set out to find a transfer solution that could meet our requirements for speed and security, there were no comparable options no one else can do what Aspera does,” said Agnès Berger Sébenne, head of postproduction at EuropaCorp. “Other options simply aren’t good enough.”
In addition, EuropaCorp leveraged Aspera to replace its traditional means of transporting the data across international borders. Up till now, the company often relied on overnight mail services or sending employees with the material to personally deliver the files, however both options carried significant risk of theft, loss or damage. With Faspex, all content is secured with encryption over the wire and at rest, and all security options can be preset and enforced through security policies.
“EuropaCorp required a fast, secure and dependable file transfer solution to shorten production schedules and keep valuable content safe from loss or theft, which can be very costly and damaging to the company’s revenues and brand,” said Bruce Brewer, European sales director at Aspera. “For EuropaCorp, Aspera was the obvious choice because of its unmatched speed, reliability and extensive security features that keep content safe throughout the transfer process.”
Aspera (asperasoft.com), an IBM company, is the creator of next-generation transport technologies that move the world's data at maximum speed regardless of file size, transfer distance and network conditions. Part of IBM Cloud, Aspera software is powered by the Emmy® award-winning FASP® protocol to deliver the fastest, most predictable file-transfer, share and sync experience across on-premises, cloud, and hybrid infrastructure. Aspera's core technology delivers unprecedented control over bandwidth, complete security and uncompromising reliability. Organizations across a variety of industries on six continents rely on Aspera software for the business-critical transport of their digital assets.
The EuropaCorp group (europacorp-corporate.com) produces and distributes films for the French and international markets. Structured around the vertically integrated studio concept, its strategy aims to control each stage of the production-distribution cycle of its ambitious and varied films. Since its foundation in 1999, EuropaCorp has produced or coproduced feature films for release in cinema. EuropaCorp is one of Europe's leading independent film studios.