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Remote Workflow Solutions

During this time of uncertainty and rapidly changing business requirements, CineSys-Oceana and our partners are providing solutions to keep teams connected and working, no matter where they are. We are committed to help support the health and safety of our customers and we will work through these challenges together. Here are our suggested solutions for remote editing and finishing workflows.

Remote Editing

For editors and animators looking to work from home, we recommend SimpleCloud, which is a cloud-based platform for digital content management and creation. This platform, powered by IBM Cloud, allows for users to be connected to a virtual desk from anywhere, through any equipment, while keeping its own configuration and software. In SimpleCloud you can have at your disposal the systems architecture of an IBM data centre and pay only for the space you need, being able to expand it at any time according to your project needs. Thanks to the permission management model, it is also possible to limit the access of a collaborator exclusively to the data or project information relevant to the work to be developed. You can also limit access by downloading files, thus maintaining the security of your intellectual property.

For rendering, you can have the power you need by adding or removing nodes, as necessary. You can choose to use either separate render farms, or the shared farm, where jobs can be launched in a shared queue. Simple works with any of your usual graphics, modelling or editing programs, such as After Effects, Premiere, Photoshop, Autodesk Maya, Cinema 4D, AutoCAD, Nuke and many more. It is designed to connect remote teams and to help them scale up quickly and easily. All you need to connect to powerful virtual workstations with SimpleCloud is a thin client and Internet access.

ArtCenter students using virtual workstations with SimpleCloud
Lucky Post working remotely with SimpleCloud
GTB editing virtually with SimpleCloud

Remote Finishing and Color Grading

PC-over-IP (PCoIP) technology delivers a secure and highly responsive computing experience. It uses advanced display compression to provide end users with on-premise, or cloud-based virtual machines. This technology compresses, encrypts and transmits only pixels to a broad range of software clients, thin clients and stateless PCoIP Zero Clients, providing a highly secure enterprise environment. Because it is only in pixel form, no business information leaves your cloud or data centre.

For remote color grading and finishing workflows, we recommend using secure PCoIP technology. Our partner Amulet Hotkey create centralized computing and remote desktop solutions, optimized for mission and business-critical applications. Their products include DX Zero Clients, KVM extender hosts and remote workstation graphics cards that incorporate Teradici PCoIP Processors and NVIDIA or AMD professional GPUs.

Amulet Hotkey provides robust and compact quad display PCoIP zero clients with dual network ports for mission critical environments. A second network port can be used for network redundancy, or to connect an additional DXZ4 client for multi-display configurations.

The PCoIP remote workstation cards by Amulet are compact, low-profile solutions to provide remote access to your workstation. They can fit into small PCIe slots to conserve large PCIe slots for GPUs NVMe storage, or other cards. With support for quad display, they can be used with any GPU with digital outputs from consumer NVIDIA or AMD GPUs, to the highest performance professional NVIDIA Quadro or AMD FirePro cards.

With PCoIP technology in place, artists looking to work remotely on Autodesk Flame, Avid, or DaVinci Resolve, can connect and work as if they were at the office, while keeping the creative content secure. There are many options and configurations available. Please get in touch with us to discuss.

You may also want to consider Leostream for secure remote access with Teradici. The Leostream platform manages the connection of end users to their desktops and applications in on-premises data centers, in the cloud and across hybrid environments from a single-pane-of-glass admin console.

Remote Content Access

How do you access content if working away from the office, or if access to a building is blocked? Many customers these days are wanting fully automated and tightly integrated workflows, so that their creative teams can self-serve content from their archive. If the content is on multiple silos of storage, or on legacy archive technology, access requires a local person to retrieve the content for you. This is where automation can enable creative teams to self-serve. Modernizing your workflow can include everything from implementing an object storage based archive in front of your existing LTO infrastructure to replacing it with an object storage based private or hybrid cloud storage platform.

Our partner Object Matrix continues to help ensure creative professionals can self-serve even in the event of a local outage. They can help enable global collaboration, increased operational efficiency and empower creativity.

People need to be able to work from anywhere, especially if physical access to their building is restricted. Many organizations need to use people to get content from the LTO archive or disparate pools of disk storage, so the need for creative professionals to self-serve from anywhere, at anytime has never been stronger. MatrixStore object storage is a hybrid cloud storage platform supporting many workflows and can help businesses operate through periods such as this.

Nick Pearce, Co-Founder, Object Matrix

Whether you're looking for a virtual solution for your 3D team, remote workflow options for your VFX artists, or better access to your archived content, we're happy to walk you through a quick demo, or assist with any questions you may have. You can contact us via email, or on our toll free number at 1-866-905-2050.


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