One of the main reasons behind the time-consuming process of filmmaking is the fact that the video recording has to be transferred to the studios for production. This transfer process takes time and hence the post-production crew usually does not start work until the completion of a sizeable section of overall shooting.
Keeping this in mind the renowned Frame.io has come up with a new camera which has a built-in technology known as C2C (Camera to Cloud) as evident from the name, now filmmakers can record the videos and upload them to the cloud, where it could instantly be accessible to the post-production crew.
This is a revolutionary new camera and here is everything you need to know about it.
#1 First Testing
The C2C was tested for the first time officially while shooting the video of the ‘Songbird,’ it is also deployed in various other places; however, those names have been kept under the wraps for now.
Since it is still on the trial as of now, therefore only little is known to the public, however, it is expected that the camera will be unveiled officially in spring.
#2 Working of C2C
C2C is built on a simple principle which is to ensure that the post-production work could start parallel to the shooting. However, initially, only low-resolution footage would be uploaded to the Frame.io cloud. This footage would automatically be uploaded as soon as the camera stops rolling. However, the footage sent on the cloud would be of low resolution.
Since the upload would be done in run-time, therefore that pretty much explains the low-resolution footage. But, since it is the Beta version therefore it is expected that in the final release high resoluti0on footage would be uploaded.
With high-resolution upload, it is expected that the prost-production process would run parallel to the shooting process. This is truly a remarkable feat in terms of filmmaking as previously filmmakers have repeatedly complained about the communication gap and time lag between the shooting and post-production process.
#3 Future Prospects
The company also revealed that in upcoming years the shot scenes would be directly uploaded to the cloud, and it would not come as a surprise as the way the technology is progressing anything could be expected.
However, for now, let’s keep our attention and focus on the C2C technology, which is about to take the world of filmmaking by storm. Frame.io also plans to stream the live footage to an authorized computer, this would once again be a great bold step.
If this live shooting and streaming could take place, it would change the process of filmmaking altogether, it would no longer be a wait and watch the process, but it would become an instant process, with viewers getting to see the shooting process from their homes, and not only the footages but the real shooting scenes as they’re taking place.
#4 The initial reactions
According to the Songbird director, the process of using C2C for the first time was not only interesting but also empowering as the entire crew felt on board, moreover, the cloud upload also ensured that the post-production people were also part of the process.
He further added that the entire experience was rewarding and although it was his first time shooting a video like this, he did not felt alien. The system is specially built to cater to the diverse and ever-growing needs of the directors who like to play around with VFX.
It is expected that C2C would change the face of global cinemas, and earlier where people had to wait for days in order to get the post-production done, now it would be done instantly. There have also been whispers that live streaming could be launched for public use very soon. However, these are merely the rumors, nothing has been said officially so far on this front.
C2C is a big revolutionary step towards modern filmmaking and it would open new avenues of possibilities for all. The system is currently being used by several directors, however, their names are not yet disclosed. It would be interesting to know their take on the new technology.