Media Composer | Cloud VM vs. Media Composer | Cloud Remote: A Comparison Guide

Take a closer look at the advantages of each

Facility and studio closures as a result of COVID-19 have highlighted the need for “work from home” solutions, so that video editors can remain productive no matter where they are. Media Composer | Cloud VM and Media Composer | Cloud Remote both help address these challenges, with some essential differences. This comparison guide will help you determine which solution best fits your needs.

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Media Composer | Cloud VM Media Composer | Cloud Remote

What is it?

Media Composer | Cloud VM is a product license add-on option available for Media Composer | Ultimate—this option provides a virtualized version of Media Composer, enabling anyone in your facility to access the software remotely using a workstation, laptop, or zero client with a high-speed network connection.

Media Composer | Cloud Remote is a software option that works in concert with MediaCentral | Production Management and Media Composer software*. It enables Media Composer users—no matter where they’re located—to connect to your main facility or data center over a high-speed Internet connection to access, transcode, upload, check in, download, share, edit, and collaborate on projects and media remotely in real time.

It’s ideal for….

  • Editors with older computers who need remote access to Media Composer | Ultimate
  • Facilities who want to gain efficiency and reduce costs by virtualizing their post-production environment
  • On-premises or cloud network access to projects and media
  • Camera crews working in the field who need to upload locally shot media back to base
  • Crews in the field who want to edit together locally shot media with media from MediaCentral | Production Management in their timeline
  • Cloud network access to projects and media
  • Editors who need the full Media Composer | Ultimate toolset
  • Remote access to on-premises media


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Projects and media

  • Accessible on shared storage and/or a centralized server (no projects or media are stored or saved locally)
  • Locally shot media can be uploaded back to base
  • Work with local and remote media in the same timeline, while a background media delivery service syncs clips or sequences when desired
  • Files can be stored and saved locally or uploaded to centralized storage in the production facility

User benefits

  • Get access to Media Composer | Ultimate without needing a powerful computer or software installation
  • Edit and play back media from a shared source, without having to maintain local media
  • Access advanced workflows, including multicam editing, Edit While Capture functionality, and ancillary data (closed captions)
  • Connect into any production, regardless of location, and access projects and media from anywhere
  • Connect into any production and access projects and media from outside the facility
  • Enjoy smooth performance, as all media streams are bandwidth-optimized
  • Automate media transcoding, uploading, downloading, and check-in to any connected MediaCentral | Production Management system in the background—without disrupting your creative flow
  • Transfer assets while editing to turn around projects faster—even begin uploading media before a sequence is finished
  • Begin or continue working with local media even if you’re disconnected from the facility’s network

Business benefits

  • Extend production beyond the walls of your facility
  • Enable real-time collaboration with the most streamlined and seamless editorial workflow
  • Enable anyone in your facility to connect and start working from remote locations wherever there’s a network connection
  • Get significant cost savings, as low-cost zero clients and older computers and laptops can be used to access your virtualized Media Composer
  • Increase operational efficiency while reducing maintenance and resource costs, as the software can be easily deployed, managed, and updated from a single centralized server
  • Extend production beyond the walls of your facility
  • Enable real-time collaboration with the most streamlined and seamless editorial workflow
  • Accelerate production while reducing costs, as locally acquired media and finished projects can be uploaded to the facility immediately, putting an end to the media drive shuffle
  • Scale your editing resources up as needed without having to invest in additional Media Composer licenses

* Media Composer | Cloud Remote works with both Media Composer | Ultimate subscriptions and Media Composer perpetual licenses.

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