Taking the Frustration Out of Remote Production, Editing and Collaboration

10 Mar

Taking the Frustration Out of Remote Production, Editing and Collaboration

When businesses return from lockdown things won’t be the same, whether it’s through restructuring, reducing property overheads or redesigning systems.

Whether it’s because people choose to work remotely or are made to work remotely due to future lockdowns, companies now need to have a plan in place to ensure that the show can go on, wherever their workforce are based.

At the beginning of the massive shift to remote working in 2020 many people had to respond by using work arounds or compromise with what could easily be bought off the shelf. These solutions enabled people to patch together temporary workflows to get through lockdown, but after months of working from home these systems are now often unreliable, frustrating and inefficient. 

The good news is that the pandemic expedited change in the industry, with many technology companies using lockdown as an opportunity to completely rethink their products, creating bespoke solutions for remote production, editing and collaboration.

Boxer are a leading solutions provider and integrator for broadcast, post and proAV and have provided trusted advice to customers for thirty years. We are here to help you move forward from this difficult time and emerge from lockdown stronger than ever. We can arrange one to one online demos, plan and design flexible workflows and provide the tools you need to allow you to focus on the creative process, rather than the technology behind it.

Check out our top six tools for remote production, editing and collaboration:

 

TELESTREAM - GLIM

Designed for ingest QC, engineering, master control, news, post-production and more, Telestream’s GLIM enables media professionals to play full resolution, mezzanine grade media files from their centralised storage over the internet from a web browser.

Telestream believe a key component of sustainable remote workflows is not to move the media, if someone needs to QC a program master remotely, waiting two hours for it to download is costly and inefficient. GLIM Media Player allows stakeholders to play full resolution media files remotely from anywhere they have an internet connection. 

As the world makes the first steps to come out of lockdown, GLIM offers companies the ability to use flexible working models, saving money on travel expenses and allows creative teams to work from anywhere.

A low latency universal player that is a highly relevant and effective application for use in today's remote post-production environment, GLIM was built to solve well known remote work challenges where remote employees waste hours every day downloading mezzanine grade media files just so they can be played back. Many collaborative video production applications require transcoding prior to uploading to the site. GLIM allows users to play files immediately, from a browser interface, without any delays caused by transcoding and uploading. It supports playback, frame scrubbing & stepping and display of file properties and metadata. The GLIM playback experience is vastly superior to remote and virtual desktop techniques. 

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GB LABS - UNIFY HUB

Unify Hub is a platform designed to meet all the challenges of today’s media production environment. It applies intelligence to combine your existing on premise and cloud storage, empowering remote production while maintaining data integrity and security. It also provides a ‘unified’ approach to content and metadata - wherever your material is physically stored – allowing the content needed to appear as a single, secure and coherent source, ideal for high-efficiency, collaborative and remote working.

GB Labs is now able to offer customers greater functionality through partnerships with a range of media management platforms, such as Dropbox, AWS, Backblaze, Google Drive the Wasabi partner network. Wasabi is known for its Hot Cloud Storage, a disruptively simple storage technology that delivers speed, productivity and price benefits.

For Unify Hub users cloud services can be both linked to specific GB Labs cloud workspaces and mounted locally using standard network protocols. Which means users get all the great benefits of both local performance (with GB Labs unique Flash Cache acceleration technology) and cloud accessibility with scalability. 

Watch our recent Boxer Shorts webinar on Unify Hub, visit our GB Labs pages or call us for more information on 01582 466100.

 

SNS - EVO

SNS provide a simplified, all-in-one solution for in-house and remote video editing workflows.

Post-production teams need a way to share media, collaborate, and keep important work secure—this is critical even when everyone is in the same room, but it’s much more of a challenge when work must be done across multiple physical locations. We’ve learnt over the past year that it’s far too easy to take for granted how efficiently projects can be completed when people are physically together.

When projects need to be coordinated among remote users, major obstacles are in the way. Working on big editing projects from home—or sharing huge media assets with remote teams and freelancers—means dealing with security, internet speed and reliability, organisation, workflow issues, and communication challenges, which is where SNS’s multi-site / hybrid workflow solutions come in.

Pure creativity occurs when tools disappear into the flow and “just work,” leaving editors to collaborate friction-free on fast computers and high-speed shared storage.

Under the best conditions, you never have to bother uploading/downloading huge files outside your own network, but even without a pandemic, large production companies often have work going on in different buildings, cities, or even countries.

EVO from SNS is an easy-to-use video storage and media management server, built to make every post-production team more effective. EVO enables editors, colourists, and producers to live in harmony knowing their media and projects are easy to access, share and find. With EVO, all of your projects and media live together in one place, in a central location that everyone on your team (with authorisation) can access. Once your media and other project materials are on your EVO server they’re available to everyone, ready to be edited and reviewed by any connected user. Every EVO includes ShareBrowser and Nomad, two important applications that are tightly integrated into each EVO server, helping in-house and remote users organise media and work together more efficiently.

ShareBrowser MAM - ShareBrowser is easy-to-use media asset management software, which can be used by your team to tag, organise, find, comment, and review video, image, and audio files.
SNS Nomad - Nomad is used to gather source or proxy media (automatically created by EVO’s transcoder), which prepares editors to work virtually anywhere.

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COLORFRONT IN THE CLOUD

2020 created accelerated change in cloud-based workflows from many vendors. Colorfront seized the opportunity to re-imagine Transkoder and super-charged its performance at both ends of the pipeline with lightening fast processing for on-set dailies review and mastering IMF and DCP deliverables at incredibly high speeds. Colorfront Transkoder now also offers realtime streamed playback for client review from multiple high-bandwidth sources with 10bit, 4:4:4 reference quality video – even in PQ for HDR – with embedded AAC audio including 5.1, 7.1 surround and immersive 7.1.4.

How Colorfront has taken the Transkoder mastering system and super-charged it in the Cloud

  • Only pay for what you use hardware solution
  • All data stored in the cloud is nearly always stored in an encrypted form
  • Automated dailies audio sync from cloud storage and highly sophisticated Dolby Atmos mastering & monitoring capabilities.
  • Create, author, modify DCP/IMF deliverables directly from AWS S3 and Azure Cloud Blob Storage
  • Cloud management solution for resources provided with Colorfront Cloud solution.

Introducing Cloud Player for remote video streaming

  • High performance interactive Transkoder/QC Player running in AWS or Azure
  • Real-time playback of footage directly from S3 cloud storage supporting IMF, DCP, ProRes, OpenEXR, DPX, OCN: R3D, Sony Venice, ARRIRAW ARX
  • Professional quality secure virtual remote video output reference quality, color accurate 10-bit 444 UHD HDR video & multi-channel audio
  • AJA and Blackmagic professional video card output via SDI / HDMI including Dolby Vision tunnelling and Nexguard forensic watermarking

Find out more about Colorfront here, or call us on 01582 466100 for a demo.

 

MASSTECH - KUMULATE 2

Kumulate is a modular platform that creates your perfect object storage ecosystem, utilising asset management, workflow orchestration and transcode modules to ensure that your assets are always stored in the most efficient storage tier and delivered to the right location in the required format. With the recent release of Kumulate version 2, it now offers a more powerful, intuitive core, new modules, sleek new interface, flexible pricing models, and a suite of new functionality. 

Kumulate v2 is the latest generation of the multi-award winning video & content storage management platform. It builds on the same powerful and highly adaptable modular structure, adding new modules (including the recently released Kumulate Gateway & Kumulate Gallery), powerful functionality, and a next-generation, super-sleek interface. New subscription-based pricing models make Kumulate the most flexible, agile storage management solution for video-centric organisations. Kumulate 2 offers:

  • Enhanced storage locations - New interface & enhanced functionality for easier management of cloud and on-premise storage locations
  • Smart Reporting & Analytics - At a glance dashboards give overview of throughput, capacity, performance and failures, plus enhanced reporting functionality. 
  • Pricing that’s as flexible as the solution - Now available via subscription-based pricing
  • Support for new Avid environments - Integrates directly into all Avid environments, including Avid Media Central UX 
  • Enhanced security and file validation - Hash-checking to validate in-transit and at-rest files 
  • AI & machine learning workflows - Seamless integration of AI & ML services into your workflows 

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QUMULO

Qumulo understands storage at a granular level, detects bottlenecks and accelerates performance. Offering real-time visibility, analytics, scale and control of your data across on-prem and cloud. Qumulo is the first file system built to address hybrid cloud workflows whether you require burst computing capabilities, global data collaboration, or if your business is considering a migration to the public cloud.

Qumulo meets the diverse digital storage requirements of post-production workflows, providing reliable, high-performance data access to speed creativity and collaboration, as well as robust management, storage and protection for petabyte levels of HD, 4K and 8K content across on-prem, and public cloud environments. 

Qumulo’s file data platform provides multiple cloud options to media and entertainment, using AWS or GCP. Organisations can burst compute power to create render farms, or they can choose to spin up production environments in the cloud to enable multi-location production teams to access all the content they need to more rapidly collaborate, to meet project deadlines faster.

Delivering high-performance, no matter the size of the files or number of creative collaborators, while supporting asset management, archiving and distribution, on-prem and in cloud environments. Qumulo boosts productivity and lowers overall cost, helping creative organisations grow their business.

With Qumulo, media and entertainment organisations can utilise all-NVMe or flash-first platforms to deliver ultra-fast performance for exabyte levels of content. Qumulo delivers low latency and ultra fast performance to support concurrent users to accelerate collaboration, creativity, management, and delivery.

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