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Bethel Media seeks flexible collaboration

Bethel Media seeks flexible collaboration

Bethel Media seeks flexible collaboration


Bethel Media was established from the substantial crew of videographers and supporting staff that were initially hired by Bethel Church to capture Sunday services and additional outside content. As video content became a more substantial part of the church’s offerings, the decision was made to bring the crew in-house, creating a dedicated production and postproduction team. The crew has recently adopted a Facilis shared storage solution to support its demanding content creation workflows.

‘We started looking for new solutions that could serve all of our editors and stakeholders in different departments,’ recalled Jake Watkins, video editor at Bethel Media. ‘We wanted central storage that could be accessed by different teams over different types of connections, wherever they might be.’

The team discovered Facilis on a visit to the NAB trade show in Las Vegas. ‘What really impressed me was the flexibility of Facilis,’ said Darrell Hill, Bethel Media’s network administrator. ‘We didn’t need everyone on fibre and didn’t need everyone connected at 16Gb. With the Facilis system, we could also use ethernet and even have someone on a low-bandwidth Wi-Fi connection browsing media. This gave us much more flexibility for collaboration within the whole company. Now we can have producers on the system as well as our editors with everyone being managed at an appropriate level of connection and privileges.’

Key Code Media has helped Bethel with past installations. The systems integrator’s enterprise account manager, Shane Scarbrough, was on hand to assist Bethel Media as it took delivery of its new Facilis system, comprising a 256TB Hub Stack with dual 24EX servers.

‘We purposefully bought two raid chassis which can hold up to 32 drives, but we’ve only populated 16 drives in each for a total of 256TB currently,’ said Watkins. ‘It’s good to know we have room to grow.’

Until installing the Facilis solution, Bethel Media had been using a Quantum storage solution. The team had been happy with its reliability and speed, and wanted to integrate it with the new Facilis setup. ‘We didn’t want to trash our older drive arrays as they still had value,’ Hill noted. ‘Facilis was able integrate this storage into the Facilis Shared File system and make it accessible to the clients alongside the new storage.’

Bethel Media, along with its sister organisation Bethel Music, is busier than ever. Bethel Media has recently signed a contract with TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) to provide sermons and music worship content from its library, while also teaming up with Bethel Music to produce a movie called Bright Ones.

‘We typically have between 12-15 clients connected to Facilis with both Bethel Media and Bethel Music using different workflows,’ said Watkins. ‘Bethel Music’s creative team, only worked with local hard drives on their video editing systems for a long time, so working in a shared storage network is a new concept for their team which they’re very excited about. Bethel Music recently toured a new album and the creative team captured multiple performances on the road. They love having everything available online to pull from.’

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