Four Tools for Remote Working in VFX

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Remote working is becoming more popular than ever and in some circumstances, essential. The good news is that we’re in a position where the tools exist to help support the practice. 

Four Tools for Remote Working in VFX

Whether you’re a freelancer, full time member of staff, or a business looking to recruit there are a number of powerful options available to you. From fully integrated cloud-based studios to remote access workstations and render, there’s a huge network at your fingertips. 

In a world where businesses are faced with increasingly large datasets and highly secure information that needs to be MPAA/TPN compliant, what are your options for moving away from the standard office-bound methodology? And getting access to a pool of talent from all four corners of the globe?

Here are the top three ways you can go remote.

Thin Clients and Zero Clients: Workstations

Arguably the simplest solution for remote working is to rack mount your workstations and provide staff with a portal to access them. This is where solutions like Teradici, HP RGS, and VMWare come into their own. By installing an access card into your machines and giving staff a desktop device not much bigger than a coffee cup you can enable them to work from anywhere, be that home, abroad, or somewhere else in the office.

In some cases you may not even need a desktop client. Where freelancers or staff already have access to laptops or Chromebooks they’re able to login to a machine using a secure software portal via the Web,.

The Cloud: Workstations, Storage, Render

Most comprehensive among all options is to move your infrastructure – or part of it – into the cloud. By using our Sherpa GUI or working with your own in-house teams businesses can migrate or hybridise their workflows. Staff can access workstations of almost limitless spec from anywhere in the world – including just down the road. You can even connect these systems to your on prem hardware, combining what you have with cloud resources for a best of both worlds solution.

Remote Access: Workstations

If you’re not highly hardware dependent you can always look into software such as Teamviewer to access your workstation while you’re off site. Simply install the Teamviewer application and grant yourself admin rights (or ask our engineering team to help).

Rentals: Workstations, Storage, Render, Software

For those times when all else fails Escape Technology has a pool of rental hardware available. From workstations to monitors, storage to render we’ve got almost everything you might need to setup a temporary studio offsite, onboard a freelancer, or increase your on prem capacity. We can even offer short term software licences that can be pre-installed should you need them.

If you’re looking at remote working solutions Escape Technology’s team of specialists can help. Simply email one of the team or fill in the form below.

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