How BeBop enables any size workforce to work remotely.

Here are 9 ways BeBop is enabling people to work remotely.

1.  User identity and access
It all starts with managing identities. BeBop can manage identity and network access for all users. Whether they are an employee, partner, or supplier, every user who needs to access the corporate network receives a primary account synced to a company BeBop Account.

2.  Multi-factor authentication (MFA)
MFA is required to access your BeBop account. When a user connects remotely using their BeBop credentials, MFA is almost transparent, but they have a safe and secure connection to the workstation and storage.

3.  Managing devices
The BeBop support team will customize your workstation with all the apps and extras you need and are responsible for keeping them up to date. Your workstations require no additional IT personnel to maintain software or hardware.

4.  Productivity applications
BeBop enables users to access resources and share files with post-production Apps like Adobe Creative Cloud and/or non production apps like Microsoft Office, storing their content in the cloud. Users save their files the same way they traditionally saved files to their C: drive; the cloud storage drives show up under “This PC” just like an attached hard drive sitting next to your computer.

BeBop users are also now able to do real-time co-authoring and commenting on documents in the cloud, which is extremely useful for a distributed workforce.

5.  Meetings and collaboration
Using OTS (Over The Shoulder), other team members can have secure encrypted 2-way video conferencing with the ability to see the desktop of another user.

6.  Service monitoring
With the increased load and usage from so many people working remotely, service monitoring has proven crucial to making sure everything is operating as it should. We carefully monitor application and network performance to ensure you have best possible experience.

7.  Culture and change management
Remote work can create challenges in maintaining a healthy work culture and managing change. Our systems are preconfigured for optimum performance to make the transition to remote work smooth and hassle-free. Using our Zero Client solution, your employees get a plug and play system that takes only minutes to set-up.
8.  Designing specialized workstations for specific roles
While BeBop is primarily designed as a remote post-production solution, it can also enable other types of workers to work remotely as well.  We can create different workstation builds that cater to different worker’s needs.

9.  Disaster Recovery (DR)
Using cloud storage as a primary data repository also serves as a backup system. If there is an interruption caused by a power failure, hardware failure or other events that precipitate the need to work away from a company’s workplace, your data, and workstations to use that data, can be accessed from anyplace that has qualifying internet access speed, which is most remote workspaces like WeWork or most residences.

BeBop serves as the single productivity hub for your employees and managers, connecting remote sites, incorporating digitizing workflows, and ensuring workers have real-time access to all your critical data at any time.

Enabling a team to work remotely is an ongoing challenge, and we get that this challenge is different for every organization. Contact for more information, schedule a demo or get a quote.

TaoTronics Active Noise Cancelling Headphones

I really love these noise cancelling headphones from TaoTronics.

Eclipse time-lapse from NY

I used my Canon 5D Mark III to video the solar eclipse today. I had to resist the urge to look at the sun but I didn’t have the special glasses so I headed the dire warnings (can’t think of any time when looking at the sun is recommended…). The sky never really got dark and there was intermittent clouds as well so it wasn’t really apparent that the sun was being blocked. The neighbors dog seemed to notice and was barking during the time when the sun was covered. The next one in 2024 will give us here on the east coast a different look so that will be fun!

Premiere Pro CC 2014

Depend_timelineI am really enjoying using Premiere Pro CC 2014. If you had told me 3 years ago that I would be singing the praises of Premiere, I would have laughed and said no way. However, after having fully made the switch and having edited a good number of projects with the CS6 and CC versions, I am a convert. It is now my preferred choice of NLE’s and the more I use it, the more I like it. I really like how it handles file based media like P2 and XDCAM natively and can even handle H.264 media. I recently worked on a project which I will elaborate on in a subsequent post, that had a very short turnaround time, and I don’t think I would have been able to complete it as quickly as I did with Avid or Final Cut Pro 7 (I am still not using FCP X). The footage was shot on multiple formats, including XDCAM, ProRes, and some footage I shot using my 5D Mark III. I did transcode the H.264 files but the rest was just imported natively and I was quickly able to start editing. The slowest part of the process was copying the files off the cards.

I also like the integration of the other CC programs like Photoshop and After Effects and I am learning how to use Audition for smoothing out the sound. Media Encoder has replaced Compressor for me – it’s great to cue up an output and keep working in Premiere and it also works well for transcoding batches of files and making multiple versions. I still like Handbrake but I’m using it less and less as I get more proficient with AME. While Davinci Resolve is my color correcting app of choice, I am also learning SpeedGrade so I can take advantage of its connection with the other programs.

Another plus of the CC bundle is that with the 2 seats I get with my subscription (which I really think is a great pricing model despite what others say), I have it on My Mac and on My Dell PC and my settings are always in sync. The Creative Cloud software has been a great upgrade for my Dell system, which has 2 NVIDIA cards and accelerates those programs with CUDA.

Premiere is also gaining reputation as a serious contender to Avid’s lock on feature films. David Fincer recently posted his film “Gone Girl” with Premiere. Here is a link to a Studio Daily article about some aspects of the workflow:
I’m sure we will hear about more projects using Adobe Creative Cloud.

“Tommy Collins’ Fashion Shots” Show #3

Tommy Collins gives his views on fashion, this time it’s the men’s turn: