We move LARGE files

Signiant specializes in the movement of the largest files over IP networks. What do we mean by LARGE files?

During the mid 2000s, as the Media & Entertainment industry shifted from videotape and film to file-based workflows, Signiant software was adopted for the long-distance transfer of digital content. Our software met this critical need not because it was specifically designed to move media, but because it could move extremely large files quickly and securely — and media files are some of the largest files around. An enormous amount of data is required to represent the essence of a moving image, and metadata files can be correspondingly large.

Today, media content is still the most common file type that runs up against the “too big to send” barrier. While that is changing as life sciences, satellite imagery, and other data-intensive industries grow, moving images still hold the biggest file size prize. And, even though film, advertising, and television have changed dramatically over the last decade, their need to send, share, and download very large files hasn’t. In fact, those files have only gotten larger along with advances in image resolution technologies and post-production techniques.

Just how big are the files our customers transfer?

Many of us often send short videos on our smartphones, maybe we’ve even hit the “too big to send” barrier just trying to share a goofy video of our kid. Imagine how much bigger those files are on the professional side of the media business, where resolutions are much higher and the output might be a full-length feature film with special effects.

To illustrate, let’s make some comparisons:

On average…

If 1 GB = 1000 MB …

That means you could fit 30,000 one-minute goofy videos of your kid in an average size TV show.