Remote post-production has boomed in recent years. Driven by necessity through the COVID-19 pandemic, it's now firmly entrenched in the workflows of post houses and broadcasters alike.
Secure access to on-premises Avid systems for remote post-production was available before the pandemic, of course, helping to keep teams in action even when access to buildings and edit suites was restricted. Avid now has two solutions that extend the capabilities of working from anywhere: Avid | Edit On Demand and Avid NEXIS | EDGE.
Why multiple offerings? To provide options based on your preferred method of working remotely. Avid NEXIS | EDGE enables remote access to media stored at an on-premises facility or in a data center. Avid | Edit On Demand is a fully cloud-hosted post-production solution that enables SaaS-based editing with Avid Media Composer and Avid NEXIS storage.
While both solutions enable remote collaboration for post-production, one may be a better fit for your business. Let’s take a closer look at key areas that can help you determine which solution may work best for you, depending on your needs.
Avid NEXIS | EDGE
Avid NEXIS | EDGE enables remote access to media stored in an on-prem Avid NEXIS shared storage sytem. The storage is not running in the cloud; it’s located at your facility. Avid NEXIS | EDGE allows editors using Avid Media Composer or Adobe Premiere Pro to work from anywhere with the same media access, workflow, and user experience as if editing at the facility. With cutting-edge relinking technology, you can instantly switch from working on proxy files to high-res media—or vice-versa—letting you move from editing to finishing and review with less stress.
See what Avid NEXIS | EDGE can do for your remote workflow
In addition to editors working with Media Composer, the Avid NEXIS | EDGE web client gives team members the ability to find, organize, storyboard, do basic edits, and review content at the facility, at home, or on location. The flexibility to go from working at the facility to working at home with no headaches extends the limits of what’s possible in a remote workflow.
Learn more about Avid NEXIS | EDGE.
Avid | Edit On Demand
Avid | Edit On Demand is a fully cloud-hosted post-production solution. It runs in the Microsoft Azure cloud and provides ultimate flexibility. Workflows with Avid Media Composer craft editors and Avid NEXIS shared storage can be automatically deployed when needed, and then spun down when no longer required. Media Composer access is via PC-over-IP (PCoIP) technology, eliminating the requirement for high-powered workstations and enterprise-level networking; all you need is a minimum 25-Mbps Internet connection. Avid | Edit On Demand can be run on a laptop, Mac, PC or even through what is known as a Zero client. The Media Composer and Avid NEXIS shared storage interfaces are both there, enabling the use of familiar tools such as project sharing and bin locking.
See what Avid | Edit On Demand can do for your remote workflow
Avid | Edit On Demand is available as a subscription, and no specialized cloud knowledge is required. The solution comes with built-in accelerated upload and download tools to get media quickly into and out of cloud storage. It can be used for offline editing, with finishing work such as color grading and audio sweetening being completed back at the facility. Remote review and approval are also available using the built-in SRT tools in Media Composer.
Why not take Avid | Edit on Demand for a spin?
Making your choice
In the early days of the pandemic, working remotely meant connecting to physical, on-prem machines. Today you have more choices.
The desire to optimize existing infrastructure; accommodate fluctuations in your content pipeline; reduce costs – all are valid factors for determining the right remote workflow solution for your business. Putting solutions in place for remote working also gives you the potential to expand your pool of talent to locations around the globe and improve productivity through reductions in absenteeism. Benefits for staff include a better work-life balance allied to more flexible working hours, saving money and time by eliminating the commute to the office, and the opportunity to live in your place of choice regardless of where your work.
Both Avid | NEXIS EDGE and AVID | Edit On Demand open new workflow possibilities for post-production teams that want to take advantage of the benefits of remote working, and either (or both) could be appropriate for your business, depending on what you are looking to achieve. If you’re not sure which way to go, we’d love to talk with you about how Avid | Edit On Demand and Avid NEXIS | EDGE can boost flexibility and strengthen your workflow efficiency.