Frame.io has made good on the promise to bring its camera-to-cloud functionality to RED cameras with the launch of V-Raptor and V-Raptor XL public beta today.
The Adobe company announced support for RED cameras in October, which coincided with the promise of support to come to Fujifilm cameras as well. While the latter is still waiting on its launch — the company originally planned to roll that out in the Spring of 2023 — Frame.io has brought the ability to send 8K Redcode RAW files directly from a V-Raptor camera to the cloud with no additional hardware required. The company says that all it takes is a subscription to either Frame.io or Adobe Creative Cloud and a high-bandwidth internet connection.
The RED V-Raptor and V-Raptor XL can now upload 8K REDCODE RAW files directly to Frame.io’s cloud service from the camera. This digital pipeline supports the automatic upload of 8K RAW R3D files, log files, ProRes, Proxy files, WAV audio, custom LUTs, and a log file associated with each video segment.
“Before we ever release new features, we test them extensively for ourselves,” Frame.io says. “During [the production of our latest announcement video], we sent the first-ever automatic transmission of an 8K RAW R3D file, a CDL, a ProRes proxy file, a WAV, and a custom LUT associated with each take directly to the cloud—4TB of 8K RAW right to Frame.io — without ever downloading a mag. To be clear, this requires internet speeds of 800 Mbps up, at a minimum.”
That speed requirement will be the major limiting factor for many productions that want to use the feature to its full extend and will basically make using camera-to-cloud a non-starter anywhere other than at studios in metro centers, at least for the time being.
That said, it is possible to go with a fully proxy workflow that will use significantly less data. A proxy-only delivery that includes metadata requires a minimum upload speed of 80 Mbps — that’s still fast, but far more attainable.
“Since first announcing Camera to Cloud in early 2021, we’ve grown from our two initial hardware partnerships to more than a dozen,” Frame.io says. “This in-camera integration is just the beginning of more such partnerships, and is the key to the media-less workflow of the future.”
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