If you’re in the business of making video, you’re probably more familiar than most with the frustration of trying to share something with remote collaborators.
You could copy everything onto a drive, and have that drive delivered… but that’s still only ever going to be one viewer at a time. For each subsequent request, you’ve got to factor in another couple of days in transit and the cost of the courier. Time and cost – both can quickly add up.
You could try and upload your files onto an FTP server, and make them available for download. It’s become the norm, but it’s far from ideal. You’re often limited by the speed of the server itself, and only after a lengthy download process can you begin to review and comment on the media itself.
Here at Aframe, we’ve spent a long time looking at this problem – and we think we’ve come up with the best solution for sharing video assets around multiple locations.
On this note, we’re pleased to announce the launch of our new, easy-to-use, fast and effective in-built upload tool. It enables users to get the most out of their bandwidth and is designed to be robust enough to overcome some of the problems traditionally experienced by people trying to move vast quantities of data over an internet connection.
By default, our new uploader looks to use UDP to send and receive files. This makes for a faster transfer, with enhanced recovery capabilities designed to counteract any dropouts in connectivity.
If your local network settings are configured in a way that does not allow transfers by UDP, our new uploader has smart fall-back logic built in to ensure that you aren’t left in the dark.
If the preferred method of transfer isn’t enabled, the uploader will automatically revert to FTP. If FTP connections are disabled, the uploader will use HTTP. This means that if you can surf the inter-webs, you can get your media into Aframe.
Using the new uploader couldn’t be more easy. Clicking ‘Upload Media’ will launch a Java applet in a pop-out window. Browse your local machine in the left-hand panel, and add files or folders to the transfer queue by selecting them and clicking the arrow pointing from left to right. Once you’re happy you’ve got everything you need, click on the green button to begin transferring the files.
Realise you accidentally missed a file off the transfer queue before you clicked upload? No problem! Simply add your chosen file(s) to the queue, and the uploader will pick it up once it’s dealt with the rest. The whole process is designed to help you get the most out of your time, as well as your connection.
Visit our new ingest page to read more about the uploader and view a full step by step guide:
Here at Aframe, we don’t believe in making changes for the sake of it. We see this new feature as a major upgrade not just to our system, but also to the world of online video production as a whole. We’ve spent a considerable amount of time building, battle-testing and strengthening – and we’re proud to launch something we feel will make content producers’ lives easier.
Watch this space, ladies and gentlemen. In the coming months, Aframe will be announcing a number of similarly significant upgrades as we continue to grow. We’re straining at the leash to tell you more about them, but all will be revealed in time. This is just the beginning.