How do Cloud workflows… work?
Almost everything that involves the internet is a cloud workflow. Even if you’re only sending a big file from point A to point B, the chances are that there’s a cloud company providing the service of speeding up the file transfer and keeping it secure via a friendly interface. But what exactly is a cloud editing workflow
Cloud editing involves sending a tiny proxy version of the captured video over the internet to a remote workstation in a physical location like a post-production facility or to a “cloud” workstation, which is a computer in a data center somewhere.
Both of these setups operate in the same way: receiving video proxy files over the internet for an editor to work on. With the cloud-based workstation, the sender or an editor based somewhere else – anywhere in the world – would remote-control the workstation, seeing its screen on their local computer, but with all the processing taking place remotely.
But what happens when the edit’s finished?
The editor still needs to replace the proxy files with the original camera files (or something like a ProRes version of them), and they’re typically too big to send over the public internet unless you’re prepared to wait for a day or so. When the files arrive – by courier or taxi – they’re often on a hard drive. The editor (or an assistant) copies the files to the editing machine – or the local network storage – and replaces the proxy files with the full-resolution files in a process called “conforming”.
This typical cloud workflow is definitely beneficial. Editing while waiting for the original camera files is a substantial improvement.
The next option is C2C or camera to cloud. It’s a technique where an editor receives proxies either at the same time as a shoot or just after. It’s fully automatic: once it’s set up, it “just works”. It’s a simple process with Atomos Connect and a supported Atomos monitor-recorder. Seeing clips arrive on the timeline only seconds after they’re shot is an impressive demonstration of today’s technology.
There’s one final setup: Cloud editing. With Atomos Edit, you don’t even need a remote (or cloud) workstation. Your browser becomes your workstation instead. Modern browsers do much more than display web pages. They’re also virtual computers – and quite powerful ones. Your browser does much more behind the scenes than you probably know about. Like playing a myriad of video and audio formats or performing security checks while you’re looking at your online banking.
Atomos Edit taps into that power and lets you edit proxy files (including Atomos’ high-quality ones) inside a browser. So when you finish your edit, since your media is already in the cloud, you can publish directly to cloud-based social media and make your work available to news and other media organizations immediately. With no need for lengthy rendering or uploading the final high-bitrate product, you can have your edit in front of viewers worldwide within minutes, not hours. Without resorting to hyperbole, it is a game-changer.