A group of filmmakers has launched Remote Filming, a new software solution billed as a simple and cheap way to remotely view live camera feeds with just a standard internet connection.

Founders Yanina Barry and Alex Seery claim the new solution works without expensive proprietary hardware and software or an experienced operator on set and with just a standard wi-fi connection.

Executive Producer, Owner of Good Films and Remote Filming Co-Founder, Yanina Barry said: “The idea originally came to us because we have spent years shooting commercials, feature films, entertainment and broadcast for overseas clients and we found it was becoming increasingly necessary for people to get feedback on the ongoing shoot from colleagues and clients back home. Despite the huge variety of software at our disposal, we realised there was nothing that could allow you to see a camera feed directly and securely with only a standard Wi-Fi connection and no expensive hardware or crew. Now that the production industry is facing its biggest remote-working challenge yet, we wanted to share our solution. The world we re-join will not be the same as the one we left. We anticipate the need for remote working will not subside in an environmentally-conscious future.”

Remote Filming works for multi-camera, location or studio shoots and can be viewed by unlimited authorised numbers of people across the world. In order to view Remote Filming, users are provided with encrypted access keys to log in through a private portal using their usual internet browser. Once logged in, the images and audio from set are transmitted live in real-time. Remote Filming has a latency of under 500 milliseconds.

Production company, advertising agency and clients can all log in remotely and from different locations to see what their camera sees. The only equipment needed to transmit is a dedicated on-set laptop, an inexpensive capture card and an internet connection.

Viewers of the live feed can communicate notes securely back through a text chat function incorporated into the page.

Digital Workflow Supervisor, Co-Owner of Hijack Post and Remote Filming Co-Founder Alex Seery, comments: “The faster we proceed into a digital age of information sharing, the whole production industry is facing increasingly tighter NDA restrictions from clients, studios, commissioners and advertisers. Our priority from the beginning was to ensure the software we created would be completely secure and that only approved viewers could access the feed via an encrypted peer to peer connection. Our second priority was to make it accessible and as easy to use as possible – without having to buy expensive hardware or get to grips with complicated software. We designed the system and interface to be simple, familiar and robust, fit for purpose in a way that wouldn’t interfere with on-set communication.”

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Jon Creamer