Get rushes into the cloud instantly for viewing using Frame.io's new Camera to Cloud service.
Today Frame.io announced a new service, Camera to Cloud, a workflow that allows the uploading and streaming of rushes from set to anywhere in the world. This comes at a great time when productions working under Covid restrictions have to limit the numbers of crew on set.
The new 'C2C' service (which is free to existing Frame.io account holders), was announced during a presentation from Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. A good location as the service is targeted at film production.
“Frame.io C2C is disruptive technology that changes the traditionally linear filmmaking process, allowing both on-set production and remote post-production teams to work together at the same time,” said Michael Cioni, Global SVP of Innovation at Frame.io. “This level of collaboration brings creative teams together and allows them to work faster and more collaboratively than ever before.”
Instead of the traditional workflow of a DIT gathering all the footage during the day and then transcoding dailies for everyone to watch, Frame.io's C2C workflow means that it can all happen in real-time.
You'll still need a DIT for looking after the originals, but with the rushes being able to be viewed remotely, it opens up new workflow and production advantages.
- Instant off-set access to what is being filmed, from any location and any device (iPhone, iPad, etc.), as it’s being filmed.
- More time and budget for creativity eliminating typical turnaround times for feedback and editing.
- Enabling a hybrid or fully remote workforce, giving film sets access to the world’s best talent regardless of their location
“In today’s socially distanced world—where remote work has become the norm and the number of people on-set is limited—Frame.io C2C is a game changer,” said Emery Wells, CEO of Frame.io. “Camera to Cloud gives film, television, and commercial productions a seamless new way for creative teams to do their best work, no matter where they are.”
So what do you need to get C2C working through Frame.io?
At the moment, you'll need some custom Frame.io certified hardware to connect to your Arri, Red or Sony camera.
For the picture, A Teradek CUBE 655 encoder delivers live streams and camera proxy files directly into Frame.io. The latest 888 and Scorpio recorders from Sound Devices capture and transmit original audio files directly into Frame.io.
Colorfront's Express Dailies integration with Frame.io allows labs to instantly access the video and audio assets to create dailies.
Although the release and the product is squarely targeted at Hollywood and other high-end drama productions, it will be interesting when this technology trickles down to more modest users. One thing that sets Frame.io apart from other online video services is the 'usability' of the GUI. If film producers & directors get used to skimming clips in Frame.io, will they then see the limitations of their existing traditional NLEs? Surely we can't be far away from being able to edit with the dailies in the cloud as well.
Frame.io C2C is in beta, you can apply to join on the website. Live streaming will be available later this year.