Signiant Media Shuttle vs. MASV

Signiant is far and away the market leader in intelligent file transfer. More than 50,000 companies in nearly every country in the world use Media Shuttle every day, from smaller post-production and VFX houses to global brands like BBC, Disney, NBCU, and NHL. If your business needs to move large, high-value assets with speed, reliability and security, the choice is clear – it’s Signiant.

Why the industry chooses Media Shuttle over MASV

Signiant is well known for our ability to move any-size file, anywhere in the world with speed, reliability and security. While we’re most known for our blazing fast file transfers, there are many reasons why more than one million end users in the media and entertainment industry trust Media Shuttle to move their valuable assets and why Media Shuttle is the obvious choice over MASV. 

Predictable pricing

Predictable pricing

Services like MASV offer per GB pricing, which can be appealing at first – but beware. Today’s projects deal with huge files and distributed teams and those per GB charges will add up quickly. When you connect Signiant to your on-prem storage, your subscription includes unlimited transfers. If you’re moving very large files, Signiant pricing will be more economical and far more predictable.

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Any storage, always your storage

Any storage, always your storage

Unlike web apps such as MASV, Signiant never takes possession of your content. Files move directly into and out of your storage which can be on-prem storage, cloud storage or a mix. With MASV, assets always move into their storage first which has both cost and security implications. With Signiant, simply connect the platform to your storage, and users will have fast, seamless and secure access to content wherever they are located.

A screenshot of Media Shuttle storage locations and statuses.

Delegated administration

Delegated administration

Media Shuttle is used by smaller companies as well as many of the world’s largest media brands. As a SaaS product, you can start small and scale up no matter how fast you grow. With your subscription, you can set up as many custom-branded portals as you like and each portal can have its own administrator who can customize the portal, add and remove users and report on all activity.

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More than fast file transfers

More than fast file transfers

When it comes to mission-critical file transfer operations, Signiant makes that easy. But we’re so much more than that. Now with Media Engine, which is included in your subscription, your team can search across storage locations, preview a broad range of professional media formats, inspect metadata and mark in and out points to move just the selected clip.

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Media Shuttle by the numbers

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Why Signiant Media Shuttle is the superior choice Over MASV for large file transfers

Signiant is focused on the M&E industry and making working with media more efficient. That is what we do.

Our transport technology is proven and battle-tested and our solutions scale with your business. Signiant is far more cost-effective at scale with unlimited transfers when connected to your on-prem storage. MASV customers often complain about reliability issues when moving very large assets. When you deploy Media Shuttle, you’re on the Signiant Platform which opens the doors to other capabilities such as robust automation, search and preview and much more. Choose the solution that your customers and partners are already using – and that’s Signiant.

A Comparison of Key Capabilities

Signiant Media Shuttle


Proprietary transport technology that eliminates latency and packet loss, delivering speeds up to 100X faster than standard transfer tools

Rock-solid reliability with Checkpoint Restart

Unlimited, custom-branded Send, Share and Submit portals

Search media assets across storage locations

Delegated administration

Preview media files

Committed to storage independence

Pre-transfer delivery spec validation with CloudSpeX

Bandwidth management
TPN (Trusted Partner Network) Gold Shield Assessment 


Frequently Asked Questions

  • How does Signiant Media Shuttle pricing differ from MASV pricing?

    A subscription to a Signiant plan provides simple, no-surprises pricing. We make it easy to do business with and we work with companies of all sizes. When you connect Signiant to on-prem storage, you get unlimited transfers with no file-size limits. When using cloud storage, every subscription includes a substantial amount of cloud payload. Contact Sales for Pricing

    MASV pricing is based on a per GB transfer fee. That can be appealing for smaller projects or one-time use cases, but those fees add up quickly when working with large media assets and longer projects. Many MASV customers end up switching to Signiant once their volumes go up as the economics of Signiant are far better at scale. Now that most projects are being shot in 4K or 8K, are those per GB fees really the way to go?

  • How do Media Shuttle's enterprise capabilities compare to MASV's?

    Signiant’s software was designed from the ground up to scale with you as your business grows. Because our customers use our technology to move their most valuable assets, we take precautions to secure every layer involved in file movement. Our security technology and implementation regularly undergo extensive third-party reviews to ensure effective protection. Media Shuttle includes delegated administration. Each portal can have its own administrators who can easily add and remove users, customize portals and report on all activity. This makes the solution much easier to scale and manage across teams, projects and locations.

    MASV is often used by smaller shops that later switch to Signiant as they grow. MASV simply isn’t the choice if you’re a large enterprise or if you work with larger enterprises such as studios, broadcasters and sports leagues. Your customers and partners are already using Signiant because it was built with enterprise strength.

  • How does Signiant approach storage as compared to MASV?

    We believe you know best how to store your valuable assets, and we’re committed to storage independence. Wherever your assets are physically stored, on-prem or in the cloud, your content always remains 100% in your control with Signiant. We don’t bundle or resell storage and with Signiant you can connect to any number of storage endpoints at no additional charge, offering easy, secure access to assets across, anywhere. Simply connect your storage to the Signiant Platform and your team will have fast, secure and reliable access to media assets, anywhere.

    With MASV, files are, by default, moved into storage that is bundled and operated by MASV. This is not only a security concern, but it also means you can’t easily provide access to assets across storage locations. Most media companies have assets in multiple storage locations and want to keep assets in their storage and under their control. If you have any on-prem storage – and most do – you will want to provide fast, secure access to that storage. MASV does not support on-prem storage. The lack of storage independence alone makes Signiant the obvious choice.

  • Is support included?

    Every Signiant subscription includes our world-class customer support. Our support team works in the same location as the engineers who build the products, so they have direct contact with the teams if issues arise. Our awesome customer support is a key reason our customers renew and stay with us for years. 

  • Does Signiant do more than file transfers?

    Signiant is well known as the market leader in accelerated file transfers. After all, our software is used by thousands of companies to move petabytes of high-value content every single day. Further, when you purchase a subscription to any of our file transfer products, you join the Signiant Platform. That platform includes additional media management capabilities including multimedia search, preview of media assets and other actions such as transferring just a selected clip of a larger file. 

  • Can we try Signiant before we buy?

    Absolutely. We often do POCs with our customers before they buy so that your team can experience Signiant’s software in your environment with your data sets. Customers who do POCs often buy right away so let’s set up a quick call to get you started. 


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