Working from Home: What Technical Challenges Are you Facing or Concerned About?

We’ve been hearing that many studio admins are concerned about how to setup as you push towards remote working. While it’s not necessarily Shotgun related, we want to help support those conversations and connect you to one another. :woman_technologist: :man_technologist:

Have you found a solution that worked for your studio? Are you trying to figure out the best way to set up for your studio but want to bounce some ideas off others? Post below! Let’s hear what’s on your mind :brain:

If you’re interested in some best practices for actually getting work done while you’re home, check out our other thread Working from Home: How Do You Do It?

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Hello Tram,

Thank you for opening this thread. This is actually something I’m looking into right now. I haven’t done much research yet, so please excuse if it’s already available somewhere in the documentation.

I’m right now facing the challenge of facilitating remote file transfer. We are operating in a Windows environment and our artists directly read from and write to our central server. Now I want to change it so that whenever an artist opens or saves a work file, this file is copied from or to the remote server, and loaded from a local cache. Obviously the same would be necessary for published files.

I have a full design in my head, but I was wondering the following to cut some corners:

  • Are there any hooks in the Shotgun Toolkit for integrating a file transfer solution?
  • Can anyone recommend a open-source or commercial solution for initiating and monitoring file transfer jobs?

Any additional information on this topic is greatly appreciated. I will make sure to share my findings as well.

Thank you
Christian

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I’m starting to evaluate Resilio Connect (https://www.resilio.com/connect/) for handling the file transfer.

Does anyone have experience with this solution? Are there any recommendations for alternatives?

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Total self promotion, but us at Arch (archpt.io) have been helping our clients work remotely for a while now, if you are at a studio and are looking to pivot into the cloud to help people WFH we may be able to help.

We’re fairly early stage and just coming out of stealth now-ish but have several clients already, Netflix, Solstice Studios & TrackVFX to name a few.

Even if you aren’t interested in our product but just want to chat about AWS Cloud feel free to reach out and we can just hang out and nerd out about the cloud!

Thanks
-Alex

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As far as tech resource go, here’s a neat doc by the VES with resources, tips and best practices for setting up facilities:

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Hi everyone,

We now have a slowly growing list of posts that provides suggestions on how to set up a working pipeline from home.

See it here.

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