Believe it or not, Remote Filming was actually in development long before Coronavirus showed up giving budding filmmakers ample opportunity for empty streets B-reels but not much else as the world locked down. Now the timing of founders Yanina Barry and Alex Seery couldn't be better. Having worked in production for years, they already recognized the need for a more secure and intuitive solution to remote viewing, feedback and review on set. There are so many software solutions trying to tackle this issue, some that solve remote filming, some that solve remote communication, but none designed for the industry in mind from scratch with the intention of serving all the needs. Until now, that is.
Executive Producer, Owner of Good Films and Remote Filming Co-Founder, Yanina Barry comments: “The idea originally came to us because we have spent years shooting commercials, feature films, entertainment and broadcast for overseas clients and we found it was becoming increasingly necessary for people to get feedback on the ongoing shoot from colleagues and clients back home. Despite the huge variety of software at our disposal, we realised there was nothing that could allow you to see a camera feed directly and securely with only a standard Wi-Fi connection and no expensive hardware or crew. Now that the production industry is facing its biggest remote-working challenge yet, we wanted to share our solution. The world we re-join will not be the same as the one we left. We anticipate the need for remote working will not subside in an environmentally-conscious future.”
Remote Filming works for multi-camera, location or studio shoots and can be viewed by unlimited authorised numbers of people across the world. In order to view Remote Filming, users are simply provided with encrypted access keys to log in through a private portal using their usual internet browser. Once logged in, the images and audio from set are transmitted live in real-time. Remote Filming has a latency of under 500 milliseconds.
Remote Filming operates on any connection (4G, WiFi or 5Mbps+ upload bandwidth minimum), ensuring content can be viewed both quickly and securely. Both the shoot and the remote viewers can be anywhere in the world; the production company, advertising agency and clients can all log in remotely and from different locations to see what their camera sees. The only equipment needed to transmit is a dedicated on-set laptop, an inexpensive capture card and an internet connection.
Digital Workflow Supervisor, Co-Owner of Hijack Post and Remote Filming Co-Founder Alex Seery, comments: “The faster we proceed into a digital age of information sharing, the whole production industry is facing increasingly tighter NDA restrictions from clients, studios, commissioners and advertisers. Our priority from the beginning was to ensure the software we created would be completely secure and that only approved viewers could access the feed via an encrypted peer to peer connection. Our second priority was to make it accessible and as easy to use as possible - without having to buy expensive hardware or get to grips with complicated software. We designed the system and interface to be simple, familiar and robust, fit for purpose in a way that wouldn’t interfere with on-set communication.”