There's now a way for Mac creative professionals to fully concentrate on their 3-D animations and high definition multi-media projects without worrying about how to most efficiently transmit those files between studios around the globe. FileCatalyst – a software-only solution from Unlimi-Tech Software Inc. – offers Mac creative pros maximum throughput and reliability for large point-to-point file transfers such as feature films, 3-D animations and geo-spatial images.
FileCatalyst can be remotely installed on a Mac in less than 20 minutes for fast, interactive collaboration on large datasets commonly found in media, advertising agency, government, military and enterprise Wide Area Network (WAN) settings.
Previous to FileCatalyst, Mac-based creative professionals relied on traditional software solutions for file transfers that were severely affected by degrading network conditions. These solutions provided no monitoring and automation for guaranteed file delivery. They also often required hardware installation and testing that took three to five days to physically set up for each end of a transmission, while offering inferior connection throughput.
"We can guarantee a FileCatalyst customer's connection throughput improvement before they even get our software, said Chris Bailey, Unlimi-Tech's CEO. "FileCatalyst delivers data up to 50 times faster than systems based on file transfer protocol (FTP)." Written in Java, FileCatalyst provides a cross-platform (Mac, Unix, Linux and Windows) file transfer solution that improves bandwidth utilization and file transfer reliability to save time and money."
Rain Network is a Brazilian company that has created a solution for the independent cinema market by interconnecting theatres in a digital network. With offices in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, New York and London, Rain Network uses FileCatalyst to transmit films in digital format, by satellite, cable and DSL to 130 South American, 23 U.S. and five U.K. movie venues.
The company routinely transmits more than 250 feature films a month, each around 15 to 20 gigabytes in size. A feature film may be transmitted several times to various locations depending on demand. Fernando Fortes, Technical Manager at Rain Network, said this amounts to at least one terabyte of data every month. Before adopting FileCatalyst, when network transmissions were disrupted, or a data packet lost, the company had to resend the whole file again. The system didn't allow for resending only the lost or delayed segment.
"We could be sending the same 20 gigabytes several times," said Fortes. "We're charged by the amount of data we transmit, and a troublesome connection means money down the drain. We paid nearly 10 times annually what we now pay for FileCatalyst."
About Unlimi-Tech Software Inc.
With facilities in Ottawa, Canada, Unlimi-Tech Software Inc. is a world leader in making complex file transfers as easy as possible for enterprise end users. Founded in 2000, the company has more than 500 satisfied customers, including Fortune 500 satellite users, media companies, government agencies, and educational institutions. For more information, visit http://www.unlimi-tech.com.