As I start the first week of the unoffical summer season, I am prediciting that tapeless or filebased workflows are going to be on everyone's radar this year. I start the season perfecting the filebased acquisition and workflow for a big sporting event that is starting this week in Miami.
I have been contacted by no less than 6 productions that are moving to filebased connectivity for the very first time, and in every instance, those productions are all moving in that way solely because of the Tsunami destroying the HDCamSR tape facility that has been the backbone format for episodic and theatrical production in the US.
A quiet note on workflow.
Handle your data is like water, if you do not define where it can travel and how fast to move it, it will go where ever it wants leaving a wake of devastation in it's path. If you plan properly the where, how and the way that data is handled, most of your problems will be minor.
Ignore those basic rules and the torrent of data both on the camera or in post it will dislodge your senses, disrupt your routines and devastate your project.
So I had a day off over the weekend, and I was lucky enough to have an advance warning that the new HBOGO, iPad app was going to be available.
As an existing HBO customer, one of the things I hate is not being able to access shows like TrueBlood, Big Love, or the new Game of Thornes HBO series on the road without having to pay iTunes for the privilege. The newly released HBOGo app allows HBO subscribers to via there HBO content anywhere, over either wifi or 3G!
My home office has a hellva a pipe in it (20mbps up/ 50mbps down) so my biggest issues wi file downloads are the intermediate servers, not the pipe itself, I have to say having access to the entire HBO library is freakin' awesome!!!!!! All of the HBO content is there, even HBO's Late Night fare of Taxicab Confessions and Real Sex, along with every series HBO has a had on the air in the last 10 years, so even shows like DEADWOOD are available for streaming download
I will state that you will need to ID your cable service (my cable email login sufficed) to make sure you are a customer, bypassing any of the legal issues for delivery since you are already a paying HBO customer. I have to say the more and more of the iPad apps that allow for me to maintain my viewing habits but get me away from the set-top are getting better and better, with this offering from HBO by far the best personal viewing product I have had since the first video iPods.
Thanks Apple and HBO