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MovieLabs, Hollywood studios outline future production tech requirements

Warns tech community needs to immediately work together on the future of software, hardware and new production workflows

A new report from non-profit technology research company MovieLabs and some of Hollywood’s biggest studios warns the tech community needs to immediately work together on the future of software, hardware and new production workflows.

The white paper looks at production technology requirements up to 2030 and lays out key principles:

1. All assets are created or ingested straight into the Cloud and do not need to be moved
2. Applications come to the media
3. Propagation and distribution of assets is a “publish” function
4. Archives are deep libraries with access policies matching speed, availability and security to the economics of the Cloud
5. Preservation of digital assets includes the future means to access and edit them
6. Every individual on a project is identified and verified, and their access permissions are efficiently and consistently managed
7. All media creation happens in a highly secure environment that adapts rapidly to changing threats
8. Individual media elements are referenced, accessed, tracked and interrelated using a universal linking system
9. Media workflows are non-destructive and dynamically created using common interfaces, underlying data formats and metadata
10. Workflows are designed around real-time iteration and feedback

Richard Berger, CEO MovieLabs, said: “While the next 10 years will bring significant opportunities, there are still major challenges and inherent inefficiencies in our production workflows that threaten to limit our future ability to innovate. We have been working closely with studio technology leaders and strategising how to integrate new technologies that empower filmmakers to create ever more compelling content with more speed and efficiency.

“By laying out these principles publicly, we hope to catalyse an industry dialogue and fuel innovation, encouraging companies and organisations to help us deliver on these ideas.”