CLASS Is Remote Cloud Working the New Norm


Bruce Devlin - new TV-Bay Magazine
Read ezine online
Download PDF
Download PDF

Mr MXF thinks… all the signs would tell me yes.

The Tuk-tuk driver has just dropped us off at the hotel in Jaipur. The guard has let us through the gates, past the dogs and the obligatory cow rummaging in the garbage. We wash our hands, head for the bar and before the first Kingfisher beer arrives, I am connected to the virtual Mr MXF compute kingdom where a million unread emails, Slack messages, requests for help with broken workflows and rejected files are waiting on a collection of virtual servers somewhere in cloud-land.

Although I am having a wonderful holiday in one of the most exciting countries of the world, I am still fully connected via my 4G phone, even though the hotel Wi-Fi is awful. Reading the news, Jaipur has 6 confirmed coronavirus cases from Italian visitors. My home town in the UK has announced the first confirmed cases of non-travellers contracting the virus. India has just closed its borders to tourists and America has just closed its borders to Europeans … except the UK which makes no virological sense to me. Maybe there is some politics there?

Work from home orders are now going out around the globe, NAB has been cancelled and there are some awesome statistics about the effectiveness of a Social Distancing policy available just a short Google search away (or you can cheat and look at my LinkedIn feed). You will probably be reading this a couple of weeks (or longer) after I am writing it, so I’ll make some predictions and you can judge how well I do.

My personal belief is that we will require over a month of Social Distancing before the CoVid-19 rates level off and then start to fall. Any sensible government will ensure the supply of medicines and food are stable before most other services. If you are lucky enough to live in a country with a sensible government, then I respect your choice! In the Media Supply chain, there are very few jobs where it is vital that we gather together in large groups – especially when large scale events are closed down around the world. This means that the need to get comfortable with remote working is now a new imperative.

Many people will be comfortable with simply connecting their laptops to domestic internet. The next phase is to have a more simplistic tablet or notebook connected to a powerful remote machine or machines. Although this might feel like a step back into the 1960s for some, the virtual environments that are available to be spun up and spun down at a minutes notice mean that desktop environments can be scaled to meet the needs of any particular session. For those that need low latency connectivity, there are new desktop remote technologies from the likes of Teradici that seem like magic when you used them. The remote editing experience is almost indistinguishable from having a decent server under your desk. My first impression was the lack of fan noise. My second impression was that there were no surprises of any kind. Lipsync and picture quality seemed just fine. Add into this the ability to pull together remote ad-hoc meetings via slack or teams with lightweight management tools like Trello or Restyaboard and bigger conferences using zoom, hangouts, GoToMeeting or any of the hundreds of choices and suddenly you can be fully connected 24/7 to all your global colleagues.

The final element to the mix is to remember the schedule your breaks. When you’re connected 24/7 the temptation is to respond to everything and push through the build-up of tasks! If this is your first spell of virtual, remote working good luck. If you’re a seasoned professional – remember to be kind to those who are struggling in their first few weeks!

Maybe normal service will be restored soon. Maybe this is the new normal for many. Until the next time – good luck folks!


Tags: iss142 | mrmxf | mr mxf | covid-19 | remote | gotomeeting | Bruce Devlin - new
Contributing Author Bruce Devlin - new

Read this article in the tv-bay digital magazine
Download PDF
Article Copyright tv-bay limited. All trademarks recognised.
Reproduction of the content strictly prohibited without written consent.

Related Interviews
  • New EnGo 260 from Dejero with industry leading RF for remote connectivity at IBC2019

    New EnGo 260 from Dejero with industry leading RF for remote connectivity at IBC2019

  • CamBall 4Ki 50/60p 18x Zoom waterproof 12g SDI PTZ camera from BR Remote at IBC 2019

    CamBall 4Ki 50/60p 18x Zoom waterproof 12g SDI PTZ camera from BR Remote at IBC 2019

  • Remote access-U-CPU enabling hybrid cloud computing from G&D at IBC 2019

    Remote access-U-CPU enabling hybrid cloud computing from G&D at IBC 2019

  • Full Spectrum Remote Phosphor Lights from Photon Beard at NAB 2018

    Full Spectrum Remote Phosphor Lights from Photon Beard at NAB 2018

  • Creating Broadcast Quality Live Streams for Social Media

    Creating Broadcast Quality Live Streams for Social Media

  • Calrec at BVE 2017

    Calrec at BVE 2017

  • Polecam Antelope Pico at IBC 2014

    Polecam Antelope Pico at IBC 2014

  • Photon Beard Photon Beam at IBC 2014

    Photon Beard Photon Beam at IBC 2014

  • Clear-Com: Tempest at NAB 2013

    Clear-Com: Tempest at NAB 2013

  • JVC GY-HM650 upgrade at NAB 2013

    JVC GY-HM650 upgrade at NAB 2013

  • Autocue at NAB 2013

    Autocue at NAB 2013

  • Camera Corps at IBC2011

    Camera Corps at IBC2011

  • Bradley at IBC2011

    Bradley at IBC2011


Related Shows
  • Content you want, when you want it: Recommendation Engines

    Content you want, when you want it: Recommendation Engines


Articles
An Argument for the Z Cam
Jake Ratcliffe Z Cam first dipped their toes into the cinema camera market back at NAB 2018 with the release of the E2 and since then they have proven themselves as one of the go-to camera manufacturers for affordable and unique camera solutions. Their family of cinema cameras has since evolved into a set of 6.
Tags: iss142 | cvp | cvpgroup | micro four thirds | e2c | zcam | full frame 6k | tilta | smallrig | 8sinn | zacuto | rvlvr | Jake Ratcliffe
Contributing Author Jake Ratcliffe Click to read or download PDF
CLASS Is Remote Cloud Working the New Norm
Bruce Devlin - new The Tuk-tuk driver has just dropped us off at the hotel in Jaipur. The guard has let us through the gates, past the dogs and the obligatory cow rummaging in the garbage. We wash our hands, head for the bar and before the first Kingfisher beer arrives, I am connected to the virtual Mr MXF compute kingdom where a million unread emails, Slack messages, requests for help with broken workflows and rejected files are waiting on a collection of virtual servers somewhere in cloud-land.
Tags: iss142 | mrmxf | mr mxf | covid-19 | remote | gotomeeting | Bruce Devlin - new
Contributing Author Bruce Devlin - new Click to read or download PDF
The Importance of Audio Production Systems
Tom Knowles Large-scale entertainment programming presents a unique set of challenges for broadcasters. Often extremely high-profile keystones of a broadcaster’s schedule and increasingly billed as live ‘event television’, as well as delivering the very best audio quality they demand a huge degree of flexibility and agility in terms of their production. With music being such a core component of their appeal to growing audiences, in both linear broadcast and online, nowhere is that more important than their audio production systems.
Tags: iss142 | ssl | solid state logic | system T | tempest engine | binaural encoder | Tom Knowles
Contributing Author Tom Knowles Click to read or download PDF
Working with Remote Workflows
Alex Macleod At the time of me writing this article there is literally no other subject of conversation going on at the moment. The creative industries are on the verge of a complete shutdown, and it’s a seriously scary prospect. The fear & uncertainty is very real.
Tags: iss142 | mediacity training | premier pro | nle | editing | motion templates | Alex Macleod
Contributing Author Alex Macleod Click to read or download PDF
The Business Case for Hybrid TV and AI
Oliver Botti Video on demand (VOD) and OTT live services have come a long way since their introduction and, rather than solely competing with traditional broadcasting, they are becoming more important than ever in helping to keep broadcast TV networks popular, in particular when combining TV broadcasting with online TV into Hybrid TV models, thanks to convergence standards such as HbbTV and Atsc3.0. In the UK, the average weekly OTT viewing minutes shot up from 60 in July 2015 to 152 in September 2018. Meanwhile, OTT TV and video revenues are expected to reach $6.8 billion by 2023 in the UK and $61 billion in the US.
Tags: iss142 | fincons | ott advertising | vod | ott | hybrid tv | augmented overlay | faang | Oliver Botti
Contributing Author Oliver Botti Click to read or download PDF