ATOMOS Capture to Cloud provides a powerful, flexible, and immediate way to share clips from a camera or device to remote team members using services like Frame.io Camera to Cloud (C2C).
Using Frame.io Camera to Cloud (C2C)
When it is paired with an ATOMOS CONNECT, your NINJA V/V+ can become a Frame.io C2C Connected Device that connects directly into the Frame.io Camera to Cloud ecosystem. This ecosystem connects Frame.io to the production set, by uploading video and audio from your camera on set to Frame.io between each take.
Selecting Frame.io as a destination in Atomos Cloud Studio allows you to use Frame.io Camera to Cloud to upload proxy files directly into your Frame.io project. Having the proxy files uploaded to Frame.io whilst you are recording them, means that an editor can access these files from anywhere in the world, and begin editing immediately. For more information on Frame.io Camera to Cloud, refer to https://frame.io/c2c/ or watch the Frame.io Training Series at https://frame.io/c2c-training/
The dual record feature of the NINJA V/V+, creates matching “hero” clips (at up to 4Kp30 ) in either Avid DNxHR/HD, Apple ProRes RAW* or Apple ProRes, and 'proxy' 1080p HEVC (H.265) files so that a clip can be shared and securely backed-up even as it’s being recorded. Once the edit is completed in your NLE, you can easily relink to the high quality 'hero' files for final color grading, visual effects or other post-production steps.
* This feature is coming soon to NINJA V+
Setting up your Frame.io account
Before selecting Frame.io Camera to Cloud as a destination in Atomos Cloud Studio, you need to have a Frame.io account already set up. Visit https://frame.io/ and follow the prompts to create a Frame.io account.
You also need to have created a project that you can select as a media destination, and ensure that in the settings for the project you have enabled C2C Connections. This allows your NINJA V/V+ to connect directly into the Frame.io C2C ecosystem and upload proxy files directly into your Frame.io project.
To enable C2C Connections, click the toggle switch at C2C Connections to ON when creating a new project from the web app, mobile web, or in the Frame.io iOS app.
You can also enable C2C Connections on an existing project by clicking on the three dots in the top right corner and selecting Project Settings.
An Edit Project dialog box will open, where you can click to toggle the switch at C2C Connections to ON.
Once you have enabled C2C Connections for your project, you can follow the steps below to set Frame.io Camera to Cloud as a destination in your Atomos Cloud account.
To select Frame.io – Camera to Cloud (C2C) as a destination in ATOMOS Cloud Studio, AtomOS 10.81.00 or later must be installed
Atomos devices cannot be paired from within Frame.io by using the 6 digit code method. Your Atomos device MUST be paired to Frame.io via ATOMOS Cloud Studio.
Setting Frame.io Camera to Cloud as a destination in Atomos Cloud Studio
Follow the steps in Connect Menu to pair your device to the Atomos Cloud. Once paired, click on Add Destination in the device box.
Select Frame.io from the options.
You will then be returned to the Devices tab whilst your Atomos Cloud Studio account pairs with Frame.io. Once paired, you will be able to select a Frame.io project to be used as a media destination for your device. Your personal Frame.io projects will be displayed, along with any projects that you have been invited to work on. Click on a project to select it as the media destination and then click on Done.
Your Frame.io account and project need to be already set up in Frame.io before you can select it. The project also needs to have the C2C Setting enabled.
The security settings associated with your Frame.io account will dictate the projects that you are permitted to select.
Frame.io will now appear at the bottom of the device box with a toggle switch to enable/disable the Frame.io destination for this device. Click to toggle the switch to On.
Toggling a destination On, will disable other destinations if they are enabled.
Only one destination can be selected at a time.
Click on the C2C Connections tab to view the Frame.io Camera to Cloud C2C Connections. These are hardware devices and apps that connect directly into the Frame.io C2C ecosystem. Atomos connected devices will appear here, and will have a green dot on a device when the device is currently connected to Frame.io.
By default, the name of the device will be 'Atomos-Cloud' with an alpha numeric sequence. Clicking on the three dots on the right hand side of the connection box will display a menu that allows you to rename the connection. You may wish to use the same name that you used in Atomos Cloud Studio, so that the device has the same name on Frame.io. The other settings here allow you to pause, forget or set an expiration for the connection.
A green circle will also appear in the top left of your NINJA V/V+ display, to indicate that your device is currently connected to the cloud, and that the connection is idle. The text next to the icon will confirm the status of the connection and if there are any remaining files to be uploaded.
Tapping on the status icon will toggle the visibility of the status text On or Off. This can be toggled whilst idle and also whilst files are uploading.
Uploading Proxy files to Frame.io
Now that you are connected to a Frame.io project, pressing the REC button will record a clip as usual to the inserted media, as well as generate a 1080p, H.265 (HEVC) proxy file that is saved to a PROXY folder on the inserted media. This proxy file will also be automatically uploaded to the Frame.io project you selected.
After you stop recording, a green arrow will appear in the top left of your NINJA V/V+ display, which indicates that the file is being uploaded to Frame.io. The text next to the icon provides details on the progress of the upload and how many files are remaining.
Full-resolution “hero” clips (at up to 4Kp30 ) can be recorded in either Avid DNxHR/HD, Apple ProRes, and Apple ProRes RAW*, whilst Proxies will be recorded at 1080p resolution in H.265.
* This feature is coming soon to NINJA V+
To view the proxy file upload status queue, switch to playback mode and tap on the folder icon to browse recorded files. Then tap on the shortcut to the PROXY folder at the bottom of the screen to open the PROXY folder.
Note that the files will not continue to upload to your Frame.io project whilst in playback mode.
In the Proxy folder, the proxy files displayed will have an icon to the right of each file to indicate the status of the file.
This icon indicates that the file has been successfully uploaded to your Frame.io project.
This icon indicates that the clip is queued for upload to your Frame.io project.
This icon indicates that the proxy clip is a broken video file that has been recovered, and will not be automatically uploaded to your Frame.io project. These clips must be manually uploaded.
Once uploading has completed, your NINJA V/V+ will display the green circle icon again, to indicate that the connection is idle.
If your device loses the connection with the network, the white circle icon is displayed with the text Device Offline.
In the event that your device loses connection with the network whilst shooting, the proxy clips will continue to be generated and saved to the Proxy folder on inserted media. These proxy clips will be queued for upload, and begin uploading to Frame.io when the network connection is restored.
Viewing uploaded clips in your Frame.io project
Uploaded clips will appear in a fixed folder structure organized by date in the media tab inside your Frame.io project. Within a folder called Cloud Devices, media that has been written on different dates will upload to the folder that corresponds with the date of upload. The folder structure is as follows:
Cloud_Devices > Date > Device Type > Device
Now that the files from your NINJA V/V+ have uploaded to Frame.io, they can be moved, copied, or shared like any other asset in your Frame.io project.
Adjusting settings for a Frame.io destination
Clicking on the three dots next to the Frame.io destination for the device, allows you to change the settings for your Frame.io destination or to remove the Frame.io destination.