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09/01/2009 - ILF Media Completes New Location

Following a year of contracting work mixed with quantities of do-it-yourself sweat equity, ILF Media is fully ensconced in their new premises at 540 W Cataldo. They have completely renovated the second and third floors of the former Spokane Art School building into yet another Spokane "baked Alaska building". The cool, circa 1900, building now has a white hot technology retrofitted core. "We process and store over fifty-five terabytes of data and growing," says Daro Walker, Principal/Programmer. They plan to lease space on the ground floor to other businesses.

Besides the main reception area, the top floor houses much of the technical needs of the media production company. Dead center is the equipment room with its special air conditioning, security, fire suppression, and emergency battery backup system. Although video tape has generally been left behind for High Definition (HD) and digital recording, transmission, and storage, they maintain a bit of "old fashioned" analog capability to serve the customer who needs it. "We're doing a lot of Blue Ray now," says Walker. They use all Intel Mac Pro platforms, and the servers are all Gigabit Ethernet.

ILF has three editing suites. The main editing suite has the capability to do all the editing and correction that were possible in the days of film. Color correction is an important consideration. One editing suite is used just to edit commercials to specifically fit the local area where the spot is to be aired. "We do at least thirty commercials per day, and then send them out digitally all over the United States. Edits include addresses, telephone numbers, or tag lines," says Walker.

The second floor is for the people who conduct the business 'producers, accounting staff, administration. It also houses the conference room, viewing room, and the archive room. The archives still contain a large number of video tapes. Most of the body of work done on video tape has been digitized and stored both in-house and off site, according to Walker. Walker custom created the archive retrieval system so that anyone can find the archived material with ease.

ILF is moving more heavily into the world of audio. They have always created quality audio for their video work 'music, voice over's, live action. Now they will be creating and producing audio-only work for the music industry.

Although the plan is to lease the first floor to others, ILF is now making use of the space to create sets as needed for filming. A corner may be turned into an %u2018office', or perhaps a setting at %u2018the lake', -- whatever is needed. "The new space is working really well," says Walker, "internal communications are much easier. We're never moving again."

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