Remote cloud video editing with Amazon AWS just got a lot cheaper!

August, 25 2020

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Curator Arrival 3.0 saw a big change in the way Curator works with AWS cloud storage - and it's saving businesses up to 80% on their cloud storage costs!

Proxy stream editing on AWS S3: saving customers up to 80% on their storage costs

Thanks to significant improvements to Curator's architecture in our latest release (Curator Arrival 3.0), Curator can now stream frame-accurate 2% proxy copies directly from Amazon AWS S3 (object storage).

Previously, proxy streaming from Amazon's AWS storage was only possible on AWS EBS (Elastic Block Storage). This small change in architecture means Curator customers can migrate much of their storage needs from more costly AWS EBS block storage to the low-cost AWS S3 platform.

So how much money can you save?

The savings depend entirely on how much cloud storage is being used and how much can be transferred to AWS S3.

Based on AWS public pricing, one Curator customer - a major US broadcaster - has reduced their cloud storage costs from  $22,000 to $4,500 a month thanks to this update (a 79.5% reduction)!

Many Curator customers spend a fraction of that on their cloud services and the costs depend entirely on how much storage you need, but the ~80% savings apply regardless of how much you're spending! It's worth noting that Curator - and your cloud services - will easily scale with your business as your needs change.

Compared to most MAM providers who make you download the proxies/high-res files to edit on them, Curator was already saving AWS customers money every month thanks to our unique streaming proxy/high-res functionality, as only the specific frames needed for editing are streamed to your Premiere Pro/After Effects timeline, rather than the entire file. This ability to stream the files can save significant amounts on cloud egress charges (the costs associated with moving data from the cloud to other areas, e.g. your editing station).

This update to Curator's architecture, combined with the savings on egress charges, make Curator a very appealing proposition to any business looking for to utilize cloud services with a media asset management solution.

If you're a Curator customer using AWS services - or you've been considering using AWS services - get in touch to discuss upgrading to Curator Arrival 3.0 to benefit from these cost savings!

If you're not currently a Curator customer, arrange a demo today to see it in action!


What other AWS services can Curator utilize?

Curator integrates with a wide range of Amazon AWS cloud services, helping businesses to benefit from cloud/hybrid-cloud deployments, cost-effective live and archive storage, and AI services.

Cloud servers

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) servers can be used for cloud or hybrid-cloud Curator deployments, helping to provide a secure and scalable server platform for Curator.

Cloud storage: block storage (AWS EBS)

Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) offers high performance block storage designed for use with Amazon EC2, useful for throughput and transaction intensive workloads.

Cloud storage: object storage (AWS S3)

Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) is an object storage service offering incredible scalability, security, data availability, and performance for a low cost.

Cloud storage: archive storage (AWS S3 Glacier and AWS S3 Glacier Deep Archive)

Running on the S3 platform, Amazon S3 Glacier and S3 Glacier Deep Archive are a secure, durable, and extremely low-cost cloud storage option for data archiving and long-term backup. Working with AWS Glacier storage, Curator offers intelligent automated archive and retrieval of high-resolution assets. Editors can have instant access to all archive assets in the form of 2% proxy files stored on S3 and EBS storage, with Curator automatically retrieving the high-resolution assets only when needed for the conform from proxy to high-res.

Artificial Intelligence: AI speech-to-text transcription and object recognition
  • AWS Transcribe - Amazon's speech-to-text AI service - can automatically add closed captions as searchable metadata to your assets
  • AWS Object Rekognition automatically scans every frame of your asset(s) and adds their contents as searchable metadata

AI metadata generation can be a double-edge sword. On one hand, it's an amazing way to automatically generate metadata, saving countless hours of manual human work and enables you to quickly find the exact clips and subclips you need. On the other hand, it can result in data deluge - 1 hour of footage can give over 200,000 metadata entries - and potentially incorrect metadata (it's only artificial intelligence, after all).

Curator addresses the "data deluge" problem by enabling you to apply controlled vocabularies to your assets, which essentially tells Curator to only show you results based on things you're interested in seeing, rather than every single metadata entry for every single frame of footage.

Curator addresses the potentially incorrect metadata problem by enabling you to apply confidence filters to the metadata entries, which essentially lets you filter out entries with less than x% certainty (a figure provided by the AWS AI service).

Chat to us about using AWS cloud services with Curator

If you're a Curator customer using AWS services - or you've been considering using AWS services - get in touch to discuss upgrading to Curator Arrival 3.0 to benefit from these cost savings!

If you're not currently a Curator customer, arrange a quick chat and demo with Gabrielle using the form below!

 

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