Based in the heart of Hollywood, Chainsaw is a post-production haven for nearly every type of project that comes out of the feature film and television industries. The company offers offline editorial, editorial finishing, and color grading services for studios and producers. Acclaimed dramas like Game of Thrones, reality series such as America’s Got Talent, award shows like The Oscars and movies such as The Boondock Saints have all relied on Chainsaw’s top-of-the-line post-production facilities.
With the quickly changing and demanding media landscape inherent to the industry,
Chainsaw’s legacy KVM system had reached its limitations, making it difficult to keep pace with the ever-growing demands of clients.
The first issue is with the network itself. The old system used a copper backbone. This traditional copper cabling required too much space, lacked the ability to accommodate cutting-edge applications and lacked the security television and feature-length movie producers rely on when creating their product.
The second issue was that the existing system had reached its limits in scalability and ability to adapt to evolving industry needs. It had been deployed for so long that it had end-of-life transmitters and receivers that couldn’t be expanded any further. It had gotten to the point where constant reconfiguration was the only solution to keep everything up and running. Users had to physically relocate bulky HDMI cables to cannibalize the materials they had to work with. It was very time intensive to constantly move and reconfigure equipment on the fly, depending on a client’s specific requirements.
In addition to the limitations of its current KVM technology, the scope of Chainsaw needs had to evolve to meet the requirements of a major change in its business landscape. Chainsaw was merging with SIM Digital, a camera and production gear rental company. As this new entity, Chainsaw, along with another sister company Bling Digital, was relocating to a new three-story 65,000-square-foot building at the historic Hollywood site where Eastman Kodak once had offices. The project scope transitioned from complex system upgrade to a complete greenfield technology build out in the new location.
“We lost one of our last receivers as we moved,” said Chainsaw’s chief engineer Jeff Sengpiehl. “It was like jumping off the bridge just before it falls down.”
After reviewing solutions from three different companies, Chainsaw selected Black Box as the trusted and go-to provider in the media and entertainment space. Not only did Black Box offer a cost-effective solution, it also brought a long and strong reputation of delivering the highest quality solutions, expert assistance in integration, and customer service. It was an easy decision for Chainsaw.
Black Box proposed specialized solutions to ensure Chainsaw’s IT infrastructure and KVM capabilities were optimized for current and future growth. As part of the integration, Black Box delivered a high-speed fiber-based high-performance KVM system in the new post-production facility.