About Cutting Edge

About Cutting Edge, a division of ALT Systems

Cutting Edge, a Division of ALT Systems, is a media systems integrator providing technology solutions, professional services, and support to content creators nationwide.  With offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, our clients include some of the most recognizable brands in media and entertainment, Fortune 500 corporations, and world-class sports organizations. 

In 2019, Cutting Edge founders Sig Knapstad and Brian Botel announced an exciting merger with ALT Systems, a premier systems provider, integrating superior compositing, DI, networking, and storage solutions for the Media and Entertainment Industry.  ALT Systems is based in Burbank and provides each customer a unique solution customized to meet their specific need by offering extensive demonstrations and evaluations, straightforward pricing, and flexible financing.

Cutting Edge is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and specializes is workflow solutions that include asset management, media storage, editing, and audio post-production products – and the essential Professional Services that go into successful deployment and support of teleproduction systems.

Learn more about the merger here

Together, Cutting Edge and ALT Systems offer value-engineered audio and video production solutions for:

  • Media & Entertainment
  • Production
  • Post-Production
  • Sports
  • Broadcast TV
  • Online Media
  • Film
  • Education
  • Corporate Media
  • Medical
  • Government
  • Houses of Worship

Cutting Edge: Past, Present & Future


Our story begins 25 years ago when co-founders Brian Botel, Sig Knapstad, Jeff Briss, and Tom Richardson launched Cutting Edge in an attic in San Francisco.  The cramped quarters soon gave way to a downtown office where the company offered standalone audio and video products to Bay Area content creators.

Clients soon realized the company’s commitment to quality, value, and customer success.  The Bay Area office moved to San Bruno, and a Burbank office was added to serve Hollywood and Los Angeles.  But even as Cutting Edge expanded to become a leading file-based media systems integrator, the company remained committed to putting our customers first, offering the right solutions at competitive prices, and building community through collaboration. 

Today, Cutting Edge offers technology solutions for TV and film studios, post-production houses, corporate media, sports teams, houses of worship, and independent content creators.  Even though we’ve grown, we still pride ourselves in providing highly personalized service – a key reason why our customers tell us “there’s only one Cutting Edge.”