This week at NAB, Atomos is working overtime in order to let their clients know that connecting their film projects in the cloud is not only achievable but it can be done live and on a budget.
Witness their new Atomos Cloud Studio streaming services, offering a pair of live streaming and collaboration tools for sharing and collaboration on popular platforms like Facebook Live, Twitch, YouTube, and more.
The heart of Atomos Cloud Studio is both Atomos Connect and Shogun Connect, a pair of modules that attach to the Atomos Ninja V/V+ and Shogun external monitor recorders directly.
Designed also to work with Frame.IO’s Camera to Cloud service, the Connect modules will enable any ATOMOS network-enabled device to not only upload film takes in real-time for online collaboration, but also to broadcast a live stream of events online.
The two services that will work in concert to bring a live broadcast to the internet are Atomos Stream and Atomos Capture to Cloud.
Developed in partnership with Mavis, these two services also will soon work together with MAVIS’ new 4K video camera app called Mavis Pro Camera.
The app supports 10-bit, 4K, HDR video capture, and a host of professional camera features including waveforms, false color, anamorphic conversion, and frame guides.
Pro Camera also supports ATOMOS AirGlu technology which enables direct communication between devices and provides a wireless timecode lock. Mavis Pro Camera is available as a free download from the iOS App Store.
Atomos Capture to Cloud handles the back end of sending live video streams wirelessly to the cloud without the need for transferring the footage from the recording medium to a third-party option.
By reducing this one step, dailies can be reviewed and approved almost instantly, and editing can begin days or even weeks sooner since the post-production team won’t have to wait for a special delivery or for footage to be ingested into the network.
Furthermore, AirGlu doesn’t just work with cinema cameras, either, with support for mirrorless or DLSR cameras, and even iOS devices which can share this information through Bluetooth LE.
Capture to Cloud also uses a dual record scheme to create lower-resolution H.265 HEVC proxies with which to upload to the cloud, making sharing of video faster and more resilient.
Each proxy will have matching filenames, timecode, and metadata as the original footage shot in ProRes 422 or ProRes RAW (for the Atomos Ninja V+ or Shogun).
Atomos Stream, by contrast, is the technology that handles live video streaming. Initially, this service will stream live to a single service such as Facebook or YouTube Live, but with a future firmware update, “restreaming” will be available to multiple streams simultaneously. And the system will be encrypted so that no unauthorized eyes will be able to hack into the content.
Atomos will also be showcasing what they are calling ATOMOS Live Production, a complete, cloud-based control room for live video and remote collaboration.
The virtual control room has a fully-featured virtual video switcher and sound mixer, video effects and graphics, and talkback with cameras on location. And all for a fraction of the cost.
The ATOMOS Cloud Studio will be starting in June of 2022 and will be completely free for an initial promotional period of three months. Then, in September, ATOMOS will introduce subscription plans, starting with a free tier and other options priced below $10 per month.
If you’re at NAB, the company will be previewing the service at the ATOMOS booth #C9526 in the Central Hall during the NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Swing by and see it happen.
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