SEATTLE | 31 Jan 2017
StratusCore, a content production technology company, today announced the general availability of its cloud-based digital content production platform and suite of tools for the digital content industry. Film, television, gaming, advertising, virtual reality and other industries developing content for digital mediums can leverage StratusCore’s comprehensive offering of on-demand tools, services and community resources that eliminate the complexity and inefficiency often associated with the data-intensive content creation process. Through StratusCore’s platform, digital artists gain affordable access to popular content creation tools and a marketplace of projects to which they can submit their credentials. At the same time, productions and studios gain superior control and protection of all assets and resources.
Global media and entertainment organizations including Sony, Sony Interactive, Universal, DreamWorks and Netflix have used StratusCore’s cloud-based platform to access resources such as high-speed large file transfer, secure storage, cloud rendering, role-based services provisioning, and remote collaboration. More than 45,000 digital artists worldwide have Stratus IDs and are able to leverage StratusCore’s groundbreaking virtual workstation technology, with on-demand pay-as-you need access to content creation tools from companies like AutoDesk®, The Foundry™, NVIDIA® and Chaos Group.
StratusCore’s elegant cloud-based dashboard also provides:
Unprecedented visibility: Studios and productions can securely track a project’s assets from inception to delivery, orchestrate hundreds of freelance digital artists, and access rich data around people, assets and financial investments across global teams.
Substantial cost savings: On average, digital artists spend $30,000 in license and hardware fees for content creation and editing tools. StratusCore’s pay-as-you-go approach only requires that artists pay for the time they use the tools, removing the high cost of entry and bringing the average cost of entry to $1,500.
Secure collaboration: With content transferred via private networks and accessed securely through a virtual desktop, production managers and content owners retain superior control of assets with role-based access control. Project-specific email contains communication within a production and controls leaks. StratusCore’s platform is Motion Picture Association (MPA)-compliant, meeting the highest standards of security required by the industry.
With a surge in digital content consumption and subscription services such as Netflix, along with an increase in computer-generated content displacing on-location shoots, the digital content market is expected to reach $549 billion by 2019, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 13.73 percent over the forecast period. In tandem, cloud services represent a $148 billion industry projected to grow 25 percent annually. StratusCore is at the nexus of these two growth trends, marrying digital content production with secure and robust cloud services.
Moreover, according to Cisco, motion imagery will be responsible for 82 percent of all network traffic by 2020. Specifically, Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are projected to represent a combined $120 billion revenue industry by 2020 (VR: $30 billion and AR: $90 billion). Data-intensive industries, including film, television and gaming require quick sharing of massive files, heavy computation and petabytes of storage. To remain agile and competitive, access to turnkey cloud-based solutions that modernize the content creation processes will become increasingly critical.
Industry experts are enthusiastic about StratusCore’s platform:
Steve Arnold, co-founder and vice chairman of the board of directors of the George Lucas Educational Foundation, and StratusCore advisor shared, “I met Denise when was on the board of directors at a digital film production company in Vancouver, British Columbia. The animated feature I was working on needed a private rendering solution to reduce latency and maintain security, leading to the conception of StratusCore. For the last six years, the company has made tremendous progress as cloud applications evolve and the media and entertainment industry adopts StratusCore as the de facto operating system for digital production.”
Warren Carr, line producer and 30-year industry veteran added, "It is abundantly clear that we are facing a tsunami-sized wave of data and an unquenchable demand to store, protect, share and move it in massive volumes at greater speeds while being able to track and archive it almost at the particle level. StratusCore is tackling these issues head on with innovative solutions.”
Denise Muyco and David D'Andrea founded StratusCore in 2011 and have secured funding from angel investors. The company has invested in refining its platform to ensure ease of use and security. In addition, StratusCore has connected 22 Powered by StratusCore studios and facilities through laid fiber, enabling fast transfer between sound stages, production offices and post-production. The connected studios and facilities also provide artists with access to virtual workstations, enabling artists to immediately begin work using any StratusCore service.
StratusCore is a content production technology company that is moving digital content production into the cloud. StratusCore removes complexity and inefficiency from the data-intensive digital content creation process with on-demand tools, services and community connecting artists and productions. Digital artists gain affordable access to popular content creation tools and exposure to more jobs, while productions and studios gain superior control and protection of all assets and resources. Its suite of industry-compliant services includes content creation tools from companies like AutoDesk®, The Foundry™, NVIDIA®, and Chaos Group on a pay-as-you-go basis, virtual workstations, high-speed file transfer, secure storage, cloud render, remote collaboration, and role-based services provisioning.
StratusCore consolidates currently disjointed processes into an elegant online dashboard and allows productions and artists to collaborate in a secure private or public cloud environment. StratusCore’s community of more than 45,000 artists connects talent with productions at a moment’s notice. StratusCore’s clients include some of the world’s largest traditional studios like Sony and Universal, new OTT content providers like Netflix, gaming and post-production VR / VFX houses like Sony Interactive and educational institutions like NYU. For more information, please visit www.StratusCore.com.