Atomos Cloud Studio
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Atomos has launched Cloud Studio, its suite of cloud-based video production services.

Atomos Cloud Studio

Atomos Cloud Studio comprises Atomos Capture to Cloud and Atomos Stream. It also includes Atomos Live Production, but this service is currently still a beta version. Cloud Studio works with CONNECT network-enabled monitor-recorder devices, namely the ATOMOS CONNECT for Ninja V and Ninja V+ and the Shogun CONNECT. In addition, Atomos says that the Zato CONNECT supports Atomos Capture to Cloud and Atomos Stream. Atomos is also launching a Pro Camera iOS app. This is a 4K video capture app that turns the Apple iPhone into an alternative live production source.

Free and subscription options

With the free version of Atomos Cloud Studio, you get basic camera-to-cloud functionality and 720P proxy quality. However, you can add features by purchasing a subscription plan. These start from $5 or €5 per month. This basic paid-for plan allows you to register up to 5 devices, all capable of uploading 1080P proxy files while recording. The upload uses Atomos’ progressive file transfer technology.

Four subscription tiers

Atomos Cloud Studio offers four levels of subscription. The higher-priced subscriptions extend into live production with ‘on-air’ time credits. You can purchase these as part of a monthly plan or add them as top-ups when you need them. Trevor Elbourne, CEO of Atomos, says: “Think of it as similar to a phone SIM tariff. You choose a plan that best suits your needs, but if you find that you need more live production hours you can easily scale up or, for quieter periods, scale down.”

Live Production

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Although Atomos Live Production is still in beta, all of its features are enabled. It gives you three types of live production shows: Basic, Standard and Advanced. The Basic option is suitable for a live webcast with up to four locked-off cameras streaming to a single social media platform. The Standard show option also gives you intercom talkback, transitions and picture-in-picture, making it great for live event coverage. Finally, the Advanced show adds a four-input video switcher, sound mixer, video transition effects, still graphics and animated graphics. You also get tally lights to show which cameras are live.

Capture to Cloud

Atomos Cloud Studio’s Capture to Cloud gives you offers direct integration with Adobe Camera to Cloud, powered by Frame.io. Capture to Cloud means that you can share content from a camera with remote team members immediately after it is shot. This means that an editor of a VFX team can start working on a project immediately.

Stream

Atomos Stream looks to make sharing live videos to online platforms simple and straightforward. It’s an all-in-one solution to stream to Facebook Live, Twitch, YouTube and custom RTMP/S destinations. You can also use it with Atomos network-enabled devices, including Zato CONNECT, any Ninja V or Ninja V+ fitted with an ATOMOS CONNECT module or the all-in-one Shogun CONNECT.

What we think

The pace of development in the live streaming and cloud-to-camera market has accelerated rapidly in the last 12 months. With the launch of Cloud Studio, Atomos is ensuring that the users of its hardware can be at the forefront of these advances in technology. In addition, by using the cloud, Atomos has taken a lot of the heavy lifting off users’ own computers, which makes the technology more accessible. It also means that you can collaborate with production teams from anywhere in the world. Even better, there’s a free version of Cloud Studio, so anyone with the relevant Atomos kit can test it out. You won’t get access to the more advanced features, but you can test drive it without having to commit to a subscription plan.

Pete Tomkies is a freelance cinematographer and camera operator from Manchester, UK. He also produces and directs short films as Duck66 Films. Pete's latest short Once Bitten... won 15 awards and was selected for 105 film festivals around the world.