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BitTorrent Sync New Version 1.4When BitTorrent’s file transfer app BitTorrent Sync hit the 1 million user mark earlier this year, we knew they would only continue to become a go-to way to transfer files. They are now at 10 million user installs and it’s one of the only ways of bypassing “the cloud” when transferring files over the internet. With version 1.4, they’ve brought us new sharing features and a redesigned user interface, saying, “No cloud means faster transfer speeds and that no third parties ever have your data; your data belongs to you.” More »

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light iron live play 3 cloud metadata dailies playback review wireless wifi ipad film filmmaking 4Our daily routines are based on connectivity, with instant access to everything on-demand. Why can’t more of the benefits of living in a digital world — the internet, the cloud, collaborative creative tools, and everything in real-time — extend to digital production as well? With Light Iron’s new Live Play app, that potential becomes a reality. Bringing iPad-based dailies playback to the cloud, the app now allows for remote access to clips as they are created with multi-dimensional sorting, searching, and metadata controls. What used to be a convenient tool for personal playback and tagging can now be a collaborative hub for an entire production. Say hello to Live Play 3. More »

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Red Giant UniverseBack in March, Red Giant Software announced the public beta of Universe, their innovative online post production platform/community — a potentially endless library of free tools, plugins, transitions, and effects.  Well, today is the big day — Red Giant has officially launched Universe with 50 tools, as well as the option to join their Premium Membership that will grant users paid access to premium content, which includes 12 effects and 7 transitions. Continue on to find out more about Universe’s official launch. More »

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google drive cloud storage syncing file sharing service desktop mobile appUntil recently, Google Drive didn’t necessarily have more going for it than similar services like Dropbox. Tight integration with Gmail makes permissions management a breeze, and the real-time collaboration abilities offered by Google Docs is arguably revolutionary. Drive’s desktop syncing app has always felt a little tacked-on, though, whereas Dropbox’s version has felt truly native since day one. In any case, Google recently made what may be the most convincing point of argument yet to use their cloud app by expanding its storage pricing system exponentially. In other words, the $10 I used to pay monthly for 200 GB now gets me 1 TB. In what TechCrunch calls cloud “storage wars,” that kind of upgrade is a pretty big deal. But as filmmakers, why do we care? More »

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aereo business model supreme courtOn Friday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case brought by ABC and other broadcasters against a subscription startup called Aereo that lets users stream live tv with a tiny antenna and Cloud DVR. If the outcome goes the way of the broadcasters, will growing cloud technology stop in its tracks? If it goes the other way, will original programming go down as cable operators that decide not to pay retransmission fees when they don’t have to? Hear the two sides, and weigh in on which way the sky will fall, below. More »

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Amazon StorybuilderOne of the best ways to get your screenplay under control and nicely organized is to outline it, and there are literally endless methods, tools, and materials that can get it done. One that might interest you is the just-launched Amazon Storybuilder (currently still in beta). This cloud-based digital corkboard was developed by Amazon Studios to help users virtually plan out and tack up notecards for their scripts for free. Continue on to find out more. More »

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sony_ciThere aren’t many things that I’m absolutely sure about, but the notion that Cloud-based computing and creative collaboration are the future seems almost indisputable at this point. There are a few options already in existence for creative collaboration through the cloud, Adobe’s Creative Cloud being the first one to come to mind. However, in terms of tools that are made with filmmakers in mind, the options are even more limited. However, Sony is looking to change all of that with their new interactive cloud-based creative collaboration platform, simply entitled “Ci”. Read on to see what it’s all about: More »

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FirstCutPro_StartupAlley (1)The process of working in teams on a single video across multiple states, countries, and even continents can be a frustrating endeavor — especially when clients get involved to review and comment on footage. A new service called First Cut Pro (not to be confused with that Apple product) aims to make collaboration between teams that much easier, by incorporating smarter ways to give feedback and bring that directly into whatever editing system you’re working with. Here’s the First Cut Pro team at the recent Techcrunch Disrupt event (with some shorter videos below): More »

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BitTorrent Sync LogoBitTorrent Sync, a decentralized file-syncing system spearheaded by the entrepreneurial minds at the BitTorrent Labs was released as an Alpha last April. Now it’s here in an updated Beta iteration with more features including mobile syncing and archiving. This could be big for filmmakers: the ability to quickly sync large files between multiple people or devices without the use of a central server. It’s free, unlimited, secure, and was designed for “fast file transfer: between users and machines; between editors and collaborators.” Hit the jump to learn more: More »

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Google Offline Disk ImportEver need to upload massive amounts of data to cloud based storage but can’t afford to commit the computing time? Don’t have the bandwidth? For $80 you can ship a hard drive to Google and they will upload it to the cloud for you. While currently the service is only available in a ‘limited preview’ in the United States, this could prove an interesting option for filmmakers needing to store large amounts of data. Hit the jump for more info on Google’s Offline Disk Import service. More »

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If I haven’t mentioned it yet, I basically live my life through Evernote. I discovered it in late 2011 and it changed my workflow for not only taking notes, but my entire writing process. Organizing ideas has become a whole different game, one that for me has increased my productivity tenfold. If you met me at party, Evernote and my advocation of its use would undoubtedly end up in our conversation. With Evernote’s recent security scare, it made me realize: I don’t actually even have files on my computer anymore — they’re all in the cloud. Well, what if the cloud goes down? I scrambled to find a solution to create a redundant backup of my Evernote files (i.e. all the notes on a screenplay I’m writing, audio interviews, photo references, etc) and I discovered cloudHQ. More »

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At the end of last year, Avid announced a free webinar exploring Bad Robot, the film and TV production company co-founded by J. J. Abrams — which, judging by the success of such projects as Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Lost, and Star Trek, is doing more than one thing very, very right. Don’t worry if you missed that webinar, though, because Avid has recently shared a 20-minute video breaking down Bad Robot’s studio space — and not only is it an enviable one for any independent because each step of the creative process is fostered there, but also because its Media Composer workflow of collaboration taps the future directly. More »

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Amazon has just announced a new service integrated into its powerful music sales tier called AutoRip, which grants CD buyers an immediately downloadable digital copy of that very album — or any CD purchased on Amazon for the last fifteen years (if it’s in the catalogue). Previously, you might have ripped the CD yourself when it came in the mail. AutoRip does the same thing, except, well… it’s automatic, and instant. Actually, the service sounds so obvious it’s almost a wonder no one thought of it sooner. In response, though, I have to ask: music and CDs are great, for sure — but why stop there? While you’re at it, Amazon, why not do the same for films too? More »

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Okay, so my title’s a little unfair: Adobe’s new “collaborative workflow platform” may not work literally everywhere, but it will work anywhere there’s WiFi or an ethernet hook-up. Whether you’re a long-time Adobe advocate or a latter-day convert to Premiere Pro, Adobe Anywhere could be making your life just that much easier down the line, especially if you’ve ever manually had to manage media over the internet and across several parties. Click through for details. More »

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In 2010 I directed a 30 minute short indie film. My crew and I made use of a domain-level install of Google Docs to manage our production documents from the convenience of the cloud. It was fantastic to have everything all in one place, and we loved that it was on another login separate from our personal emails. However, there were scary hiccups, including strange non-forwarding emails, un-downloadable attachments, and login issues. As wonderful as Google is, we felt Docs left something to be desired. Considering this experience, I’m very excited to share with you another platform that offers that same closed garden approach, with added security and functionality, tailored specifically to filmmakers. It’s called Scenios, and the well-made welcome video is available after the link: More »

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Most of us who are shooting on SD cards, CF cards, or some form of solid-state memory enjoy a number of benefits that being in a digital workflow provides. Some of the biggest Pros involve sheer convenience factors like the ease of making digital copies, and the ease of storage or backup. Some of the biggest Cons, however, involve the cost of storing those large amounts of data, the logistics, and the fact that hard drive media is a bit more fragile than tape-based backup. If you’re looking for a piece of mind solution, and download speed isn’t an issue, Amazon Glacier can provide what you need for an affordable cost. Hit the jump for more details, and an incredibly intricate graphic from yours truly: More »

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In addition to six new touch applications, Adobe this week also announced Creative Cloud, their new online storage/collaboration service. Think of it as an Adobe-centric Dropbox, which will be available starting next month with apps on Android and iOS “at an attractive monthly price,” according to the FAQ. Here’s the presentation of the services and community available in Creative Cloud (beyond simple file storage) from Adobe’s MAX conference: More »

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This is simultaneously really impressive and seemingly obvious. The Tube of You has rolled out a new tab that allows you to trim your videos right on the site — in the cloud — instead of doing it locally and (re)uploading. This tab, aptly named “Edit video,” should already be live for all global users and allows for trimming, soundtrack-swapping, camera stabilization (!), and a number of basic post-production effects. As far as I can tell, at present there are no NLE features, but who knows where it’s headed next. Here’s the official word and a brief demo: More »

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This past week Google integrated video editing functionality into YouTube. While basic, the toolset brings much needed capabilities like trimming and clip combining to the world’s most popular video sharing site. It also allows users to swap out background music using AudioSwap. More »

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Rumors are circulating that Apple will soon release a 1080p Apple TV running iPhone OS 4 for just $99. Though Apple was long at work on this upgrade before the announcement of Google TV, the two devices are similar in that they both run on mobile operating systems (Google TV will run on Android). More important than the pricing or OS of the rumored Apple TV refresh, however, is what this could mean for Apple’s strategy of selling and distributing content. More »