Cloud Virtual Studio, Simplified


lucky post,a full-service post-production studio in Dallas and Austin, Texas, which combines creative editorial, color, VFX, finishing, motion graphics and sound design, has found itself in the unenviable position of many post facilities in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis. She had to find a way to keep her employees working from home. That’s when media system integrators CineSys-Oceana introduced them to SimpleCloud, a cloud-based platform for digital content focused on animation, architecture, editorial, game development and… visual effects. SimpleCloud provides management and configuration of a virtual studio in the cloud, allowing users to be connected to a virtual workstation from anywhere, via any thin client or HTML5 compatible browser.

Here, Tim Nagle, Senior Flame Artist at Lucky Post, discusses his team’s experience integrating and using SimpleCloud for remote work.

What initial challenges did you encounter?

The most obvious is how to provide our customers with a seamless experience and empower artists to collaborate like they did every day before. How are we supposed to start or finish a job and focus on creativity, when we are removed from our infrastructure?

Some of the main requirements we had were collaboration for artists, speed and efficiency with tools, and success for our customers while we are all in 16 remote locations.

Did SimpleCloud meet these needs?

We’ve found SimpleCloud, combined with our streaming solution Evercast, to be the most effective way to move forward with active projects and launch new projects in a virtual environment. We arrived at this solution with Jason Starne of CineSys-Oceana. We have a long relationship with CineSys, and we know and trust Jason to step in and help us find a solution whenever we need it.

We haven’t tried other products before SimpleCloud. When we saw its power, scalability, and compatibility with our workflow, it was the obvious solution.

What does your workflow look like?

We have four editors, five assistant editors, a graphic designer, two sound designers, a colorist and two Autodesk Flame artists. With SimpleCloud, we are able to mirror our typical workflow in a remote environment. We use shared storage to take work offline to completion, just like we would in our physical studio.

And the results?

It was an incredible experience. We were able to add some customizations to workstations to take advantage of Evercast and rely solely on the data center network connection, while clients logged in to monitor. In these times, you can imagine the stress on local network nodes with everyone working from home; this solution alleviated local download speed issues from artists’ homes.

What apps do you use in SimpleCloud?

We use the Adobe suite, Maxon’s Cinema 4D, along with some customizations we’ve requested to solve our streaming needs.

How has it worked so far?

It has been amazing for us to be able to serve our customers seamlessly, as if we physically own the infrastructure of our establishment.

How was your experience with CineSys?

CineSys-Oceana has been integral to our success in this transition. We rely on them to help solve problems in creative and sustainable ways.

Do you have any advice for other companies that want to work remotely?

We suggest anyone trying to meet the challenges of remote work while still giving your customers the same experience, consider SimpleCloud and don’t be afraid to customize where necessary.


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