It’s quickly becoming evident that the theme of this year’s NAB is Camera to Cloud. Just about every film production entity is looking for a way to integrate Frame.IOs web-based collaboration utility and make it ubiquitous during principal photography.
Using a third-party wireless encoder that can connect via Wi-Fi, LTE, or 5G, the cameras will then be able to upload footage in real-time to Frame.IOs cloud servers and make them available to team members all over the world.
“The new firmware will enable these cameras to be Frame.io Camera to Cloud (C2C) compatible devices,” the Canon press release states. “This cutting edge workflow can save valuable time, allowing a collaborative cloud-based workflow in a variety of production environments from scripted motion picture and television production to reality TV, documentary, commercial, and more.”
By leveraging the Camera to Cloud workflow, Canon cameras will be able to eliminate the time-consuming tasks of transferring video footage from the camera to a backup drive or forcing the post-production teams to wait for a hard drive to be shipped to them to ingest the footage into the network.
Camera to Cloud will downsample the original footage from the C300 Mk III or C500 Mk. II and create either H.264 proxies or 4K 10bit 4:2:2 H.265 HEVC files with uncompressed audio files.
That’s where a third-party wireless encoder will take over and connect to Frame.IO in the cloud and upload it over a secure, low bandwidth wireless connection. Moreover, the proxies will be given the same file name and will include a matching timecode.
The Camera 2 Cloud service will be free to all paid Frame.IO customers or subscribers to Adobe’s Creative Cloud.
Other products Canon is showcasing at NAB include:
- UHD-DIGISUPER 122 AF – New zoom lens with autofocus (AF) for 2/3-inch sensor 4K broadcast cameras that features the world’s widest angle, longest focal length, and largest zoom
- Flex Zoom Lens Series of EF Cinema Lenses with wide T2.4 aperture – The CN-E20-50mm T2.4 L F/FP wide-angle zoom lens and the CN-E45-135mm T2.4 L F/FP telephoto zoom lens
- Firmware updates for the DP-V1830 Professional 4K/HDR reference display – Free firmware update and paid upgrade for 4K/HDR (high dynamic range) video checking
- Firmware update to support SRT Protocol and FreeD Protocol – Free firmware update for two of Canon’s 4K PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) models, the CR-N500 and the CR-N300 Webcam Driver software for 4K PTZ cameras – Free software for Windows™ that allows three models of Canon 4K PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) cameras to be used as webcams
Canon will be demonstrating the new Camera 2 Cloud feature at NAB booth #C4432, and the firmware updates will be available in May of 2022.
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