Avid’s Interplay Sphere is Editing in the Cloud
Promising to “break down the walls” for content creators, Avid today introduced Interplay Sphere, which it said will allow editors to work in real time from any Internet-connected location. The system uses cloud-based architecture and an intelligent uploading scheme to permit Media Composer and NewsCutter to work on footage remotely – and to upload new footage back to the bottom while the editor is operating.
The system is being aimed squarely at newsroom applications for now, with the model being a published journalist working within the field and cutting footage together from, say, a coffeehouse Wi-Fi hotspot. However, it isn’t hard to visualize that the technology can have implications for anyone who works remotely, say editing a TV program, feature, or documentary on location – and a few distance from the project’s post headquarters.
As always, the enemy of the cloud by way of editing is scarcity of bandwidth. (This very news report, as an instance, is being filed from a Las Vegas hotel’s “high-speed Internet connection” which can barely have the ability to upload an image of an HD camcorder, less transmit any quite broadcast-quality video.) Avid officials responded to questions on this by noting that it doesn’t take a large amount of bandwidth to keep a genuine-time editing experience, and that the compression technology adapts to line conditions in real time, knocking quality back if essential to make amends for a poor connection. (The ultimate product assembled on the studio would be full quality.)
Along with Interplay Sphere came news of latest capabilities at the storage front, with the ISIS 7000 enjoying big capacity gains. Storage have been increased by leaps and boundaries, and the upshot is that now 4.6 petabytes could be stored across three ISIS systems in one workgroup.
And the brand new ISIS 2000 is a nearline storage option designed to supply a pretty alternative to a tape archive. Combined, the systems can create a single storage pool with multiple tiers of storage under Interplay 2.6.
Avid also showed its new Multi Platform Distribution system, which streamlines workflow and delivery for organizations that distribute content across multiple distribution platforms, equivalent to TV, online, and mobile.