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T2 Computing Helps Major Media Firms Remotely Edit Movies, Shows During Coronavirus Crisis

Necessity is the mother of invention, according to one solution provider that developed a solution to help media clients remotely edit movies and TV series during the coronavirus pandemic.

New York City-based solution provider T2 Computing/Tekserve knew that its entertainment clients, perhaps now more than ever, would need a way to edit and produce movies and TV series from home during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Enter the firm's professional services team, which has come to the rescue with a solution that lets clients edit content from home without the need to purchase any new hardware or perform massive media transfers, T2 Computing told CRN.

The coronavirus has forced many businesses to shut their doors while their employees work remotely, but it's not easy to edit a movie, TV show, or sports event from home. The process typically requires "significant hardware," said Dan DiSano, president and CEO of Axispoint, the parent company of T2 Computing/Tekserve.

"We were able to come up with an innovative solution and now have major media companies signing on with us to assist in this time of need," DiSano said.

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AxisPoint specializes in providing computing, storage, networking, and custom software for businesses. T2 Computing, a company born out of Apple reseller Tekserve, offers media production hardware and software, as well as managed services around its offerings.

T2 Computing wanted to come up with a way to help its producer clients using popular video and sound editing platforms Adobe Premiere and AVID to continue to do their jobs during the coronavirus outbreak. The editing solution had to easily scale and work across both PCs and Macs. The firm also wanted to allow editors to use their existing infrastructure.

"For the past few years, we had been offering technology on the Windows side, so we knew we had that covered, and that same technology was capable of supporting users on Linux, but we started to see an issue for Mac users and we have a lot of customers editing on Macs," said Walter Viegas, vice president of professional services for T2 Computing/Tekserve.

Supply chain issues are keeping customers from switching from their Macs to PCs, so Viegas and his team created a solution that essentially, "turned Macintoshes into Windows computers," using two pieces of software, he said. The idea was that clients could continue to use what they had on-hand and at a low cost.

The solution, which the firm wasn't convinced would work at first, has really taken off, Viegas said.

"Every thirty minutes for the past two weeks, we’ve been demoing this offering and we are telling customers exactly how we did what we did," he said. "We haven't been able to stop doing demos -- media companies are lining up at the door, so to speak."

T2 can sell the solution -- two pieces of software -- to their clients, and they are also offering a managed service to help clients with their remote editing and producing work, Viegas said.

In addition to editing, T2 can also help production teams complete other "administrative" producing tasks remotely, such as transcoding, rendering. Backup, offloading, and delivery, according to the firm.

T2's clients range from some of the largest media companies in the world, to small production houses.

"Everyone needs this service right now," Axispoint's DiSano said. "Now that everyone is sitting home and watching TV, it's even more important to be able to continue to produce content."

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