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Shapeshifter Post employs Draco Tera Enterprise KVM matrix switch to manage post production workflow


Shapeshifter Post, founded in Hollywood 12 years ago offers custom-tailored edit solutions and workflows for any project; be it a commercial, promo, feature film, television show, or live event. Shapeshifter is a place of technical and creative excellence, with the goal of providing effective post production solutions in a relaxed, boutique environment; an objective that has been successful in forming a steady and loyal following of clients with a variety of project requirements: tapeless, HD, 3D, 2K and beyond.

When Shapeshifter needed a KVM solution to streamline their workflow, they turned to local specialist and distributor OOBAXS to help. Working with OOBAXS to design and deploy a solution using IHSE’s Draco tera KVM matrix switch, Shapeshifter Post was the first post-production facility in Hollywood to embrace the high speed technology. „The Draco series is the fastest core switching product on the market,“ said Alan M Frank, technology strategist and founder of OOBAXS. „IHSE‘s willingness to be a responsive partner with their end-users has led to the evolution of a product that is changing the way movies are made.“

„We had been researching KVM matrix switching/extension options for many months, and needed a robust solution that could support all our input devices without issue, including our Avid Symphony, DS, and Media Composer, as well as De Vinci Resolve, and Final Cut Pro workstations. The IHSE solution was by far the superior choice,“ said Russo Anastasio, president of Shapeshifter Post. „We knew that by installing the IHSE Draco, we would increase our productivity, but didn‘t realize the extent of that increase would be such a game changer!“
“It enabled us to leverage our existing copper wire infrastructure; the DVI displays are crystal clear and crisp, and switching is instantaneous and flawless. Our changeover took us less than an evening, and we have been running without issue ever since. The functionality and increased productivity that we have realized by installing IHSEs NEW high-speed HD product has truly been a game changer for Shapeshifter“.

Post-production tasks can be time consuming and draining on resources and typically depend on individual hardware and locations,“ added Frank. „An editor may have traditionally worked in one bay for picture editing, but then would need to move to a new location to add in special effects or color-time. With the Draco tera, an entire production house worth of resources becomes accessible at any single end-point.“

The Draco tera offers DVI video extenders over Cat X or fiber for „mission critical“ server and computer access, as well as, fiber-optic HD-KVM matrix switches. Manufactured by IHSE in Germany, with local support from IHSE USA in New Jersey, the Draco, featuring ZERO blocking, high speed switching, HD DVI to 1920x1200, and 4 HID, has already made its impact on Hollywood studios.

Shapeshifter Post : Case Study (pdf)

About Scene Double

Scene Double’s design and manufacturing experience and expertise in the professional KVM and video extension market stretches back over 20 years from its formation in 1991. Many products are manufactured under OEM relationships with some of the computer industry’s largest suppliers of computer systems and peripherals from Scene Double’s own state-of-the-art manufacturing facility capable of volume surface-mount and complete product assembly. Direct sales of KVM, DVI and video extension and switching devices are also undertaken from the headquarters site in Hertfordshire to major organisations throughout the world where they are renowned for their quality, innovation and reliability.

Scene Double has entered into a number of technology cross-licensing and marketing deals with other companies in similar markets. The company prides itself on a strong level of personal support, provided in most case by engineers responsible for original product design. This has culminated in the recent opening of a fully equipped and spacious training facility for all its own products, together with those of its partner companies. Scene Double also offers full system specification services to assist dealers and system integrators in specifying and using its KVM and DVI switching and extension product range.

About IHSE

IHSE GmbH was founded in 1984 in Friedrichshafen, near Lake Constanze, in Germany. In its early years, the company supplied software for industrial automation and technical data processing applications.
Today, the focus of IHSE’s business is KVM extenders, switches and video routers. KVM Extenders allow the remote location of computer consoles (monitor, keyboard and mouse) to be located at very long distances from the related computer. KVM crosspoint switches, enable different computers to be accessed through one or more consoles. IHSE’s high end DVI extension and switching solutions are unique in the market place and allow remote control over both copper and fibre optic media.