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TVBEurope 45 CloudFocus Interview


Stephen Streater: Ahead in the cloud


Forbidden Technologies launched its browser-based editing software, FORScene, in 2004, even before there was YouTube. The company’s CEO, Stephen Streater talked with Neal Romanekabout the state of cloud production and its future


We seem to be moving toward an IT-centric industry. How would you assess where we are now? I can summarise it by a quote an Italian friend of mine gave me, talking about the political situation in Italy. He said, “The trouble is, the system of disorder is breaking down.” The remarkable thing now is the pace of change. There has always been change in broadcast, but now it’s being overwhelmed by the pace of IT change. I was thinking about it in


terms of my mobile phone resolutions over the last decade.


“In post production we are moving more to using standard IT equipment, for logging and editing particularly”


Ten years ago, I was running what could be described as one quarter VHS quality, then a couple years later we were up to VHS resolution, then standard definition, then 1080p HD, and now I own something that shoots 30fps at 4K. Of course, people in broadcast say, “Well, it’s a rubbish lens, it can’t compete.” But in post production we are moving more and more to using standard IT equipment, for logging and editing particularly. Our FORScene clients use a standard PC, they use standard


internet connection and Ethernet cables connected to standard disk drives. A huge amount of post production technology runs on standard IT equipment. Of course there are bits that


aren’t standard equipment, like your Grade 1 monitors and your dedicated kit for finishing, but there are elements that are standard IT equipment. And the pace of IT change is henomenal.


And what do you think the next changes will be? The next change taking


place, is replacing the computers and the storage


Streater: “There’s no technical reason that you can’t do everything in the cloud”


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