Frame.io is launching Camera to Cloud (C2C), a secure camera-to-cloud workflow that lets customers instantly upload and stream images from on-set cameras to creative post-production teams anywhere in the world. Frame.io C2C represents a significant change in film, television, news, and commercial production workflows and a major new dimension to digital film production.
Frame.io has become a key component of online collaborative film making. It’s online management and review workflow has made the company a huge success story for its’ filmmaker focus and streamlining of productions. While the C2C pipeline is very impressive, it is not the end of the company’s plans in this area. C2C does not rely on 5G or edge computing and thus it is immediately a viable solution for productions anywhere in the world. But as these newer technologies become more commonplace, it is expected that Frame.io will expand its innovative offerings further. In addition to this current implementation, it is easy to see that major productions with guaranteed higher bandwidth would embrace even more advanced versions of this secure distributed process.
SongBird, by the English director Adam Mason, was the first major feature to use the new service. The film is set in 2024 as an even worse pandemic ravages the world and its cities. This new film used C2C as the movie centers on a handful of storylines of people navigating a range of dire obstacles: disease, martial law, quarantine, and vigilantes. This film was shot on the Red Komodo Camera in 6K. It was graded and mastered in 2K at Company3. The film was shot between July and August in Los Angeles.
Any customers can immediately sign up with Frame.io for the beta of the new service. C2C is launching fully this spring to all customers at no additional cost.
Frame.io C2C provides two key services. First, C2C enables instant proxy uploads the moment cameras stop rolling, so editorial can begin within seconds of calling “cut.” In addition, Frame.io C2C can live stream footage to an authorized user’s device on or offset, allowing customers to watch production as it’s happening. This is ideal for productions working during COVID, as it greatly reduces the number of people needed on set. Frame.io C2C lets editorial and other traditionally linear parts of the creative process happen in parallel while footage is still being shot. The full camera takes can be later easily be swapped into the edit, replacing the proxies for a full-resolution workflow.
Previously, getting footage from a camera into post-production has been a time-consuming process that requires backing up files, transferring them to a hard drive, and shipping them to another facility. Frame.io C2C eliminates that, letting customers simultaneously view a live stream of footage as it is being shot, while automatically capturing and uploading proxies as soon as the camera stops rolling. Importantly, the system provides all the correct meta-data and clip info needed to manage a project.
The camera-to-cloud workflow requires a Frame.io C2C-certified device connected to compatible cameras from Arri, RED and Sony. Once authenticated, certified devices such as the Teradek CUBE 655 and Sound Devices 888 or Scorpio recorders will record, encode, and send timecode-accurate H.264 proxy files with matching filename metadata directly to Frame.io via an encrypted and secure connection using LTE, 5G or WiFi. This allows for near real-time delivery of editable proxy files to a producer, dailies facility, or editor anywhere in the world.
“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.”
In addition, Frame.io users with proper authentication credentials can view a live stream of footage while it’s being shot from the comfort of their computer, iPhone, or iPad—whether they are on set or halfway around the world. This lets collaborators instantly share ideas to help bring their creative vision to life, while everyone who needs to track production progress can stay informed.
“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.” Frame.io C2C features best-in-class security with full TPN and SOC 2 Type 2 compliance. Created by the MPAA and CDSA, TPN is the global, industry-wide initiative that defines requirements and best practices for protecting content. Combined with rigorous access controls, Frame.io C2C is an incredibly safe way to share media with authorized viewers and collaborators.
Also introduced was the new Frame.io Cloud Devices API and C2C certification program that enables hardware and software manufacturers to create their own C2C compatible products. Frame.io C2C is launching with three partner integrations from Teradek, Sound Devices, and Colorfront, making it compatible with more than a dozen professional camera systems from RED, Arri, and Sony.