Ci now automatically creates web viewable proxies for Sony RAW formats and X-OCN files!

If you’re thinking ‘Ci already supports RAW formats?’ you are correct. For years, Ci has supported upload of RAW file formats but the biggest difference is we now create web-previewable proxies so you can begin collaborating on files to start the editorial process even faster!

Exploring a RAW workflow with Ci

RAW formats come in a variety of flavors but they share one thing in common – HUGE file sizes. Uploading, transferring, ingesting or transcoding these large files can be a daunting yet critical step in production workflows. By uploading your content to Ci, you can transform your post-production workflow by combining backup, transcode and preview into a single action. Here’s a shortlist on how Ci will make it worth your while.

1. Kickstart your editorial flow faster

Automated proxy creation

When a RAW video file is uploaded to Ci, we automatically create a minimum of three frame-accurate proxies behind the scenes (480p, 640p, and 960p). For Company Network customers, Ci can also create additional premium HD, 2K and 2K+ proxies – automatically, or should we say, automagically

In addition to the preview proxies, Ci also generates an AVC intermediate file that matches source resolution at a lower bitrate so your editors can grab the file and get to work.

Have a specific house format you like to edit in?  No problem, tell us what it is and Ci will create it immediately upon upload. This automated proxy generation enables your editors to see footage sooner and start editing faster. 

Automated Download

While some teams have already moved to a full cloud-based editorial workflow, most are still editing locally. Ci can automatically download the files you need (source or proxies) to a location of your choosing so editing can happen when and where it needs to.

Premiere Pro panel integration

Adobe Premiere Pro users can install the Ci Workspace panel to access content stored in Ci directly from Premiere. The panel integration also enables Premiere users to directly import files stored in Ci into project bins as well as upload bins and sequences back to Ci when it’s time to share.

Ci RoughCut for storyboarding

You can quickly create storyboards or sequences with Ci’s RoughCut application. Select the files you want to sub-clip, trim and arrange the clips and render a rough cut or export the EDL to your favorite editing tool.

2. Simplify sharing and collaboration

Ci MediaBox for sharing

Securely send content for preview or download to anybody anywhere with a MediaBox. Ci’s built-in transfer acceleration ensures that recipients can download RAW files or proxies quickly and reliably. And since Ci automatically creates streaming-optimized proxies, recipients can view the content from anywhere on any device. For users with strict security requirements, Ci also enables dynamic burned in watermarking to allow sharing with peace of mind.  

Ci VideoReview for review and approve

Collaborating with Ci’s VideoReview app enables a ‘review and approve’ workflow from any browser. Comments and on-frame annotations can be exported as markers in your favorite NLE or as an easy-to-read PDF. For a true ‘screening-room-in-the-cloud” experience, launch a VideoReview LiveSession and collaborate in real time with your peers from anywhere in the world!

3. Secure backup and cloud archive

Access and reliability
When you upload your RAW footage to Ci, your content is stored securely while making them instantly viewable over a web browser! Since Ci’s built-in tools and apps leverage proxies, you can rest assured that your original content is safe. Having a cloud-based archive automatically means you have an offsite backup where every file is stored in multiple geo-diverse data centers.

Cost-effective cloud storage
While RAW files are larger in file size, Ci makes managing cloud storage costs simple and easy with our storage management policies. Leverage our archive, trash or delete policy to automatically move content between different storage tiers to keep costs consistently low. Contact the Ci Success team for a quote today. 

Long-term archive and searchability

Ci’s metadata enrichment combined with our powerful search functionality guarantees you will always find (and be able to preview) your archived content. Then, restore archived files in just a few mouse clicks. For the ultimate cost savings, you can pair Ci’s expedited restore feature with an aggressive Archive policy. Learn how Ci’s archive solutions could benefit your organization

By transferring your media workflow from on-premise to a cloud solution, you can help expedite the editorial workflow, encourage creative collaboration while retaining backup in a remote location. To further optimizes your media workflow, Ci offers built-in automation and integrations to help boost production turnaround. Our simple yet secure collaboration tools and apps ensure that everyone is on the same page to get to the final cut. After the project is delivered, Ci’s powerful data enrichment and search make sure that every clip and file is tagged and search-ready.

X-OCN: The perfect balance for HDR workflows

In addition to our expanded support for RAW files, we’re thrilled to announce that Ci now also supports preview proxies for all three variations of Sony’s X-OCN (eXtended tonal range Original Camera Negative) format. 

X-OCN enables recording at significantly reduced file size without sacrificing image quality. Supported by the popular Sony PMW-F55 and F5 cameras as well as the AXS-R7 portable memory recorder, XOCN is a format that was developed to optimize 4K and HDR production workflows.

“X-OCN’s capability of being able to retain high fidelity images while being able to save so much in storage and reduce the cost of ownership, our customers can spend more money on creativity whether it’s more lights on set or more time in the grade.”

Tom Mitchell, Technical Director, Mission

To learn more about the benefits of using the X-OCN format, check out these four reasons to choose X-OCN.

Coming soon to Ci: Custom LUTs and …?

When a RAW file is uploaded to Ci, we automatically apply a generic LUT to create the preview proxy. The Ci team is working on the ability to allow users to apply custom LUTs to allow project-specific looks to be applied so creative intent is carried through every step of the way. 

Enabling workflows with RAW files was a feature requested by Ci customers and a natural next step in the evolution and growth of the Ci platform. We want you to know your voice matters a lot to us and we love hearing from you! Let us know what other features or functionality you’d like to see in Ci in the future.

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The Ci Team