rame.io has now officially launched its announced in February "Camera to Cloud" (C2C) initiative. C2C is designed to enable completely cloud-based workflows by automatically uploading H.264 proxies of camera and audio footage of each shot from the set using C2C-certified encoders directly to the cloud, where they can then be viewed in near real-time by editors and routed to a producer or editor - regardless of geographic location.
Camera to Cloud
C2C was developed by the team behind the collaboration tool Frame.io, along with several partners including Teradek, Sound Devices, Colorfront, and several major camera manufacturers such as Panavision, ARRI, and Sony - with more to follow.
The goal of the project is to enable both significantly faster and easier work, and not just in post-production. According to Frame.io, the entire process from camera recording to the editing room is to be redefined. It also aims to automate many steps with machine learning to save time and effort.
Also announced, but not implemented until later in the year, is the ability to stream live images from cameras on set to creative teams via C2C so they can follow along on their computers, iPhones or iPads to be "virtually" on set.
Camera to Cloud Workflow
Currently, the C2C workflow works with the following hardware for video and audio: the Teradek CUBE 655 (video) streaming encoder and the Sound Devices 888 and Sound Devices Scorpio recorders (both audio). A/V footage is automatically compressed by these upon completion and then timecode-accurate H.264 proxies with appropriate metadata are sent directly to Frame.io over an encrypted and secure connection via LTE, 5G or WiFi, making the footage available to off-site team members for quick triage and editing.
C2C features are included at no additional cost for Frame.io users with a paid account. With new monthly Enterprise plans, customers and studios can purchase the type of service they need for the duration of their production. Frame.io C2C is currently in beta, but will officially launch as early as March. Customers can apply to join the beta program on the Frame.io website.