How a Video Agency Refocused on Creativity (After Traumatic Data Loss)

Executive producer at MLC TV shares his traumatic data loss experience

Martin Yeoh is constantly experimenting with unique and innovative ways to create brand narratives which speak to an international audience. Martin is a much sought-after, globetrotting fashion photographer and filmmaker, and is executive producer at MLC TV, a Singapore-based boutique video production agency.

They specialize in creating content, end-to-end, with live elements, which provides for compelling brand storytelling for their clients. MLC TV’s projects have brought Martin and the team to Mongolia, France, Maldives, Malaysia, America and beyond.

Martin knows that his team’s creative output is precious — and in its digital form through the myriad stages of production and as a final product, the survival of his team’s work is at stake.

Martin Yeoh is executive producer at MLC TV

In the video below, Martin shares why he’s now protecting that data with a Synology DS1618+ NAS solution, outfitted with Seagate IronWolf Pro NAS drives.

“Losing my data after a shoot was a really stressful period for us.”

Many years ago, the team had an incident during which they lost some data after a shoot.

“We tried different data recovery methods, and it did not work,” Martin remembers. “It was a really stressful period for us.”

“So, after that incident, I found what I thought was the best solution for us.”

The team went out and bought its first Synology NAS, and outfitted it with Seagate drives. That was 5 years ago. Since then, MLC TV has added more NAS systems to its collection.

MLC TV decides to deploy Seagate IronWolf Pro and Synology NAS

“One of our NAS systems is actually two identical NAS that are constantly mirroring each other,” says Martin. “If one of these NAS were to go down — touch wood — I always know that I have a backup.”

One big benefit of using NAS is that the team can create secure folders that are password protected and share them with external parties, which is especially useful for sharing and working with large files.

NAS makes things a lot easier, more reliable and secure

“It makes things a lot easier,” Martin enthuses. “Our clients can even assess the files using the app. They can watch the videos that we have done, leave comments and stuff like that.”

Using NAS has made the creative workflow much easier

Martin also says that because of some of the special reliability features Seagate’s IronWolf Pro hard drives offer, ever since since MLC TV integrated the system at the company, it’s provided greater peace of mind.

“The Seagate IronWolf Health Management feature actively monitors the health of my NAS, and the built-in Seagate Rescue Data Recovery services plan which comes with the IronWolf Pro NAS drives is a bonus,” says Martin. “It allows me to not worry about data loss, and focus my energies more on the creative work.”

Learn more about MLC TV and Martin at

Now watch the video to see Martin and the team’s story:


About the Author:

John Paulsen
John Paulsen is a "Data for Good" advocate, with more than 20 years in the data storage industry. He's helped launch many industry-firsts including HAMR technology, 10K-rpm and 15K-rpm hard drives, drives designed specifically for video and for gaming, Serial ATA drives, fluid dynamic HDD motors, 60TB SSDs, and MACH.2 multi-actuator technology.