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“Opened up and just raring to go by Easter”, but what if this lasts until May?

The Professional Services team at T2 Computing has been working around the clock helping setup Remote Editing for Editors and Producers across the United States. We have currently completed over 600 Edit stations in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami, Chicago, Boston… the list goes on and on. The fact that our solution is cost effective and leverages the customers’ existing infrastructure is what makes our solution so popular.

Our team has reinvented the Non-Linear Editing workplace! We are providing frame and sound accurate experiences to customer homes. We are doing this for both PC and Mac users running Adobe or AVID. In addition, our team has been helping company’s setup their firewalls to support working from home by configuring Virtual Private Networks (VPN) for secure connections.

However, what should we be looking at if we need to work from home for 2 more weeks or a month? Editing is only one part of the puzzle that a typical production team does. What about the other tasks? Things like transcoding, rendering, backup, offloading, ingest and delivery...

Many teams in our industry have Media Managers, Editors, or Assistant Editors perform those other tasks throughout the production process. However, those tasks typically are very manual and time consuming.

What should we be thinking about longer term?

Fortunately, at T2 Computing we have been thinking about this for our customers and have solutions that can be implemented now. Technology exists today that can take away those administrative duties from the editors and assistant editors and allow them to be more efficient and effective with their time. For example, Telestream’s Vantage software. By implementing Vantage both locally or in the cloud, tasks like transcoding and ingest can be automated and streamlined.

Implementing an accelerated file transfer along with Vantage can allow for quick ingest and delivery of media from the field into the house systems. Imagine not needing to receive camera cards of hard drives any longer… of course how would you do that if you are stuck at home?

Another common task to look at is backups or offlining… How do we do this remotely now? Do we have enough tapes in the library to handle a month of media? Do we even have a tape library? So how do we offline media now that I am not in the office and can’t physically connect an external hard drive or single tape to my work PC? Of course, each production team will be different, however many solutions are currently available to solve these issues and create a lasting Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery plan that will meet today’s challenges and the unknown of tomorrow’s.

These are all stepping stones to a more comprehensive solution that a Media Asset Management (MAM) solution can bring to the table. For example, IPV’s Curator can be fully built in the cloud, and allow for remote editing along with what I will call: Business Orchestration. Everything from ingest to archive, approvals, proxies, metadata tagging, AI, delivery… it can streamline all of it!

For our AVID clients, many great options exist as well. With the recent technologies that AVID has introduced, such as, Editorial Management, Distributed Processing and Media Composer Enterprise, to just name a few, you can really open up the possibilities of what is feasible through a single Chrome browser.

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