Over the years, we’ve evolved along with our clients and our industry, and so has every facet of the technology we use – not just the hardware and software we use daily.
Case in point: In June 2023, we installed a new UPS (that’s Uninterrupted Power Supply, not the parcel service). This piece of technology provides consistent, clean power, no matter what happens with the larger power grid. It’s our third such machine.
Our first UPS – installed in 2003, when we moved to our current building – was small, used, and nothing fancy. But it did the job. Splice was editorial-centric, cutting great video for corporate and commercial clients. (It’s where we get our name.) And we were growing fast.
In less than three years, our needs had outgrown that small UPS. As Splice’s capabilities evolved into a full-service post-production house, our next UPS was bigger, too – about 5,000 lbs. – and it kept the electricity flowing through brownouts and even a couple of blackouts for 17 more years.
Those years saw us add to our post-production and media-management toolkit, with a particular focus on expanding our visual effects capabilities. Today, we’re at the cutting edge of VFX creativity and technology, and we’re proud to work with some of the most prominent visual storytellers in the world. And they expect us to provide secure, excellent and, yes, uninterrupted service.
Enter our third UPS. Installing the new one was the easy part; removing the old one was the challenge. The work started for Carl and Adam at 4:30am (thanks guys), when they took the whole facility offline for the shutdown and changeover. They used a Sawzall to dismantle and remove the old UPS (every bit of it was recycled) and figured out how to run an extra wire the entire length of the building to get the new UPS connected and operational.
Our new UPS is powerful and sleek, and weighs “only” 1,887 lbs. Still not exactly tiny – but installing the last one required removing an entire staircase, so it’s a significant improvement. We figure it’ll keep us working confidently for the next 15 years—or until the cloud replaces any need for it.