For Video Professionals, The Gig Economy Has Never Looked Sweeter

by | May 29, 2018 | Video Editing

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Much of a freelance video professional’s success depends on real-time, time-sensitive network applications. But those at the mercy of the public Internet have inevitably grown used to slow uploads, laggy Skype calls, and molasses-like video conferencing.

Indeed, as a member of the 34 per cent of the U.S. workforce involved the gig economy, you’re well aware of the unique technology challenges that your in-office counterparts simply don’t have to deal with. Slow and least-cost-routed Internet (which, let’s be honest, is sometimes your only connection to the outside world) is likely at the top of the list.

That’s partly because for video producers, editors, post production specialists and similarly tech-heavy remote workers, the amount and quality of digital tools available has never been more robust — or more heavily relied upon.

Indeed, in terms of digital tools on offer, there’s never been a better time to be a video professional in the gig economy:

  • Cloud video production platforms like 90 Seconds match brands needing video production services with video professionals all over the world, and work with brands like PayPal, Barclays and Microsoft;
  • Other digital platforms like BlackBox allow members to earn money contributing to video projects by shooting new video, contributing old video, editing, doing post production, or offering other value-add elements of the content creation process;
  • Freelance job matching sites like Fiverr now devote entire categories to gig-based video production jobs;
  • Browser-based productivity and communications software like SkypeSlackBasecampTrelloToggl and others help remote video professionals stay organized and communicate in real-time with clients and collaborators, even if they’re on the other side of the globe;
  • Pay-as-you-go, accelerated file transfer services like MASV allow video professionals to transfer enormous, high-resolution video files across the country (or the world) quickly, cheaply and reliably.

But the performance demands placed on the public Internet by these professionals in the age of VoIP, video conferences and real-time collaboration is massive. Dropped or muddled Skype calls because of slow Internet can lead to lost productivity, misunderstandings, and even lost business.

It’s an issue that’s growing by the day: consulting firm GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com says regular remote work in the U.S. has grown by 115 per cent since 2005, with nearly 4 million full-time employees indicating they work from home at least half the time. A recent study by Harvard and Princeton indicates that 60 per cent of the 10 million U.S. jobs created between 2005–2015 went to freelancers, contractors, and contract company workers. That’s a lot of stress on the public Internet from out-of-office workers.

The good news? As more companies and organizations rely on remote workers to attend Skype meetings or Google video Hangouts, there’s a growing recognition that the public Internet simply isn’t up to snuff.

At MASV, we’re building a virtual internet on top of the internet, one that’s routed based on highest quality paths or most available bandwidth. Today we use this virtual internet to power our file transfer service (masv.io), but in the future, we’ll be able to run many different services across this network for improving video streaming, VoIP, and more.

These types of high quality cloud-based networks are called Virtual Quality Networks (VQNs).

VQNs are gaining traction among organizations who either employ or deal frequently with remote workers. They provide the same high level of performance enjoyed by in-office workers, but can be accessed remotely and in the field.

Unlike the public Internet, where quality-of-experience takes a back seat to whichever route costs less for the ISP, VQNs offers managed long-haul connectivity from local points of presence. In plain English, this means VQNs offer better and more reliable performance than the public Internet, and far cheaper than the alternative of buying dedicated circuits with MPLS.

As telecom expert Martin Geddes wrote in 2017, “For… uploading large video files, the difference is a spectacular order of magnitude in performance.”

The most fundamental element of our service is the provision of fast and reliable network speeds globally. We’re investing in our network as a separate product, one that will soon help us provide more innovative products and streamline more elements of your production workflow.

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