file transfer

File transfer is the process of transmitting files over a computer network. There are a number of different ways to transfer files and files can be sent to different types of networks. File transfers can take place via email, over a messaging service, using a peer-to-peer network, through a network file system, or using a dedicated file transfer service. Terms like upload, download, push and pull, local and remote, and to the cloud refer to specific aspects of file transfer.

FTP is one of the most well-known options for file transfer. However, managing FTP systems can be difficult to use. Most importantly, FTP is very slow when transmitting large files. Many companies today are looking at FTP alternatives for their file transfer needs, as there are a number of newer, more efficient options for file transfer.

Signiant offers cloud-based file sharing and system-to-system file movement with accelerated protocols and excellent security options. All of Signiant’s file transfer solutions are scalable, secure and designed to work with large media files.

Read a couple of these articles to learn why the world’s top studios, media service providers, broadcasters, game developers and sports networks use Signiant software for large file transfer.

Why many studios and broadcasters are banning FTP from their supply chain »

For decades, FTP (File Transfer Protocol) has been used in the Media & Entertainment (M&E) industry to move files between servers and for distributing them around the world. And for just as long, cybersecurity experts have been warning of its potential threat to network security, intellectual property and privacy. Nevertheless, FTP has persisted.

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File Transfer Horror Stories »

Some of the horrors companies experience when trying to move large video files during production and distribution might be scarier than Pennywise. From Frankenstein FTPs to Bandwidth Boogeymen, scroll through the many villains lurking in the dark corners of media file transfers.

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Three Ways Media Shuttle's Auto Delivery Streamlines Large-Scale File Transfers »

Auto Delivery allows unattended file delivery through a native application running on your computer. It removes the need to check for new content and adds the ability to configure folders for automatic upload or download.

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Post Office Films finds success with large file movement software »

Post Office Films is a post-production house based in Budapest, Hungary and works with hundreds of films and production houses spanning the globe. They are accustom to the challenges of trying to transfer large media files (as much as 2 TB of video files in a single day), and often juggle three or four productions at one time. They sorely needed an FTP replacement — it was slow and cumbersome — and had resorted to shipping physical media and flying in editors.

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OMNIMAGO GmbH Selects Signiant Media Shuttle™ for Accelerated Delivery of Television Series and Feature Films »

Signiant, the market leader in intelligent file movement software for media and entertainment, today announced that OMNIMAGO GmbH, a provider of production, post-production, testing and restoration of film services, is using its Media Shuttle™ hybrid SaaS file transfer solution to facilitate the transfer of full television series and feature films to its global customer base. Built for operations that demand fast, reliable delivery of massive files –sometimes several terabytes - Media Shuttle allowed OMNIMAGO to replace solutions that are ineffective for high-speed transfers and have limits on files sizes, and in turn OMNIMAGO saves money and time.

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Encompass Makes Signiant its Preferred Choice for Extreme File Sharing of Massive Digital Media Files »

Signiant, the market leader in intelligent file movement software for media and entertainment, today said that premier digital media services provider Encompass Digital Media has expanded its deployment of Signiant’s award-winning extreme file sharing and workflow automation technology worldwide, making Signiant its preferred file transport technology. Six of Encompass’ global broadcast facilities, serving over 800 television network channels worldwide, can now leverage Signiant's superior workflow management, secure, accelerated transfer and centralized management and reporting tools for file-based content movement, to and from clients as well as transfers within its global network.

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Hearst Television Makes Signiant the Centerpiece of Innovative New Solution to Speed Delivery of Local and National Ad Spots to U.S. Station Group »

Hearst Television has selected Signiant's Managers+Agents™ technology platform as the file transfer backbone for a new, ultra-efficient TV advertising spot delivery system. Already deployed at three of Hearst’s 29 U.S. stations for testing, the innovative solution paves the way for same-day ad delivery by centralizing, automating and accelerating the digital ingest, processing, management and distribution of local and national TV spots –demonstrating the promise of software-oriented architectures for streamlined ad delivery and faster time to revenue.

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A+E Networks™ UK Addresses Massive Content File Movement Challenge for End Users and IT with Signiant Media Shuttle™ »

A+E Networks UK joins a fast growing number of organizations worldwide that are adopting Media Shuttle to fill the gaps of online file sharing and FTP solutions. Media Shuttle, the newest addition to Signiant’s portfolio of accelerated file transfer solutions, provides an effective alternative to these technologies – but without associated file size constraints or security risks.

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LA-Based Venture 3D Uses Signiant Media Shuttle™ for Accelerated Delivery of Massive 3D Movie Files »

Known for its conversion work on “Titanic 3D” and “The Chronicle’s of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” Venture 3D is using Media Shuttle to deliver the film “Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons” directed by Stephen Chow of “Shaolin Soccer” and “Kung Fu Hustle” fame. Venture 3D’s business success on the project requires the ability to move massive files – sometimes 200-300 GB in a single transfer ­– to multiple entities across Asia. As such the company required a solution that would give their global partners access to large files without the administrative constraints of FTP.

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SVG | Winter X Games Live: ESPN Embarks on Global Expansion With Revamped Production Model »

Doubling the number of events has forced ESPN to drastically rethink how it produces and distributes the X Games — both in the U.S. and abroad. In that vein, the ESPN brain trust has developed a cookie-cutter–style production model that will be essentially duplicated at all six X Games this year. The new workflow reduces on-site staff and gear, while using ESPN’s Bristol, CT, broadcast center as a de facto IBC (International Broadcast Center) for graphics insertion, features editing, live-feed integration, global distribution, and more. The revamped production model debuts this week in Aspen.

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