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Reviving a Beloved Show Puts Storage at Center Stage

When host Alton Brown revived the hit TV show, “Good Eats,” Head of Post-Production / Editor Eric Bigman had to update deteriorating tape from 1999 and preserve new footage for posterity, but he found Amazon S3 unreliable and time-consuming to manage. He needed real-time backup and archiving workflows that didn’t require babysitting.

After a recommendation from trusted media systems integrator CineSys-Oceana, Bigman switched to Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage. During filming, Bigman backs up footage to Backblaze B2 as soon as it comes off camera, ensuring it’s safe and available for continuity checks with virtually zero upload failures. The incredible ease of use Backblaze provided Bigman even allowed him to seamlessly transition to working remotely.

Backblaze B2’s cost-effectiveness and reliability allows Bigman to keep every single working file, so that future production teams can bring episodes back to life in their entirety. With B2 Cloud Storage, Bigman estimates a 100x time savings in managing backups and archiving, meaning he can focus on his goal of making “Good Eats: The Return” the best-looking TV show on the Food Network.

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It was the biggest quality of life improvement I could have hoped for. The failure rate is basically zero.

- Eric Bigman, Head of Post-Production / Editor, "Good Eats: Reloaded" and "Good Eats: The Return"