For Immediate Release April 5th, 2022
CHESA Launches Acorn Cloud, New Platform for Video Team Collaboration
Enabling cloud workflows with Adobe Premiere Pro for creatives to collaborate from any location
April 5th, 2022 – Acorn Cloud by CHESA Lowers the Barriers to Creative Team Collaboration. Today, CHESA, a leading US-based systems integrator supporting media supply chain environments, announced Acorn Cloud, a software-as-a-service (SaaS)-based media asset management platform. Acorn Cloud is ideal for small and midsize creative teams to create, edit, and deliver video content. This fully managed service helps lower the barrier of entry for creative teams to access collaboration tools for their remote teams.
A Solution for Creative Team Collaboration
With Acorn Cloud, video editors will have the ability to collaborate remotely using their cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform. A turnkey solution, Acorn gives editors the ability to ingest, search, find, enrich and retain their assets, all within a work-in-progress platform for Adobe Premiere.
“As a recognized leader in systems integration serving the media supply chain market, we continuously innovate to fill the needs of client challenges. Our Acorn Cloud SaaS platform adds another option in CHESA’s portfolio to meet these market demands,” said Lance Hukill, CHESA’s Chief Commercial Officer,
Built for teams that need agility but lack information technology (IT) support, Acorn Cloud comes fully supported so creative teams can stay up and running, collaborate, and deliver on time. CHESA observed a need for a solution that could provide what most small to mid-size creative teams need, complete with turnkey support. Acorn Cloud sits on CHESA’s centralized control plane called Bones and is built on Amazon Web Services (AWS), LucidLink, and Quantum CatDV technologies. Entertainment companies, sports teams, the federal government, ad agencies, and corporate communications departments will have a viable alternative for their remote creative workforce.
“Quantum CatDV is increasingly deployed in the cloud thanks to our most recent round of cloud deployment features,” said Dave Clack, General Manager, Cloud Software and Analytics at Quantum. “CHESA has taken this a step further to build a high-touch, custom version of the platform for their customers that blends the power of the Quantum media asset management, collaboration, and orchestration platform with CHESA’s deep expertise to create this new service offering.”
Built for Creatives
Acorn Cloud enables video editorial teams and ensures technology doesn’t get in the way. Functionality includes:
- Ingest assets in bulk
- Drag and drop ingest with camera card support *terms and conditions apply
- Live edit
- Review and edit proxies
- Scrub proxies via web user integration (UI) without opening an asset
- Log notes about each scene as virtual clips
- Create deliverables quickly for distribution platforms
- Orchestrate your workflow
- Enrich your content with extended metadata
- Search and retrieve your archived content easily to repurpose content
- Highly resilient
Hosted and Managed
Creative teams have limited media IT support. They need a viable workflow that delivers the capabilities they need. Ease of use, various solutions working well together, and remaining operational are top priorities. Acorn Cloud is intuitive, fully hosted, and managed. Support features include:
- Comprehensive documentation and video library
- Intuitive user interface for rapid onboarding
- Setting up a new user is simple and easy
- Complete production asset management functionality
- Backed by industry-leading media supply chain experts
- Fully supported and monitored
- Support requests within the platform
“Our current and new clients have been looking for more solutions via SaaS to achieve faster implementation, minimized procurement and supply chain constraints, straightforward, fully managed services, and predictable cost structures,” says Jason Paquin, Chief Executive Officer at CHESA. “Acorn has come out of our team listening and responding to a growing need in the industry, and we are excited to bring more options to market in this space.”
Acorn Cloud Partners
CHESA has been serving creatives for over 30 years. The company has designed, installed, and supported media workflow systems for decades and has experience with every viable non-linear editing system (NLE), media workflow and asset management platform, and storage platform of substance. CHESA chose to collaborate with and integrate the best solutions in the market to create Acorn Cloud:
AWS allows this entire workflow to be in the cloud including compute, networking, storage, and other AWS services.
“It is inspiring to see CHESA fill an important gap in the media supply chain by creating a content management solution, Acorn Cloud, for AWS customers,” said Ian McPherson, Principal WW Business Development for Media and Entertainment. “From big to small organizations, content owners across the spectrum now have a scalable and usable MAM with integrated well-known AWS partners. Simplifying workflows and empowering creatives, while also removing the heavy lifting of operating and maintaining a MAM is what many organizations need right now.”
LucidLink enables Acorn Cloud to support rapid ingest of hi-res footage for immediate access anywhere. With LucidLink as part of our platform, video and audio post-production can immediately access, edit, and collaborate directly in the cloud in real-time.
“LucidLink is a standard in the Media industry enabling real-time, remote collaboration on large files by users and applications from anywhere worldwide. Running on any Amazon S3-compatible object storage makes LucidLink a natural fit for Chesa’s Acorn offering,” said Scott Miller, Director of Global Alliances & Channels. “We are excited to be a part of this unique and powerful solution for the companies that want a turn-key service managed by an SI that knows how to make all the technologies work well together.”
Quantum CatDV enables Acorn Cloud to be a powerful media asset management and workflow orchestration platform that provides automation and collaboration tools for large volumes of digital media. Acorn customizes CatDV for features creative teams need.
“We are pleased to partner with a market leader like CHESA to develop a solution that combines the best technology for creative teams that need to collaborate quickly and efficiently in a remote environment,” said James Mundle, Channel Chief at Quantum. “Quantum is happy to support CHESA under our first managed services agreement as we look to offer additional software assets under an MSP model.”
CHESA is a Systems Integrator and Support Provider. With their national team of media technology specialists, they are responsible for complete media workflow consultation, technology design and delivery for production, post-production, broadcast, and archives, and includes a Federal division. From consultation to design, installation to support, they assess media technology needs, prepare clients for future content demands, and develop systems that optimize workflow with future growth in mind.
To learn more about Acorn Cloud, go to www.acorncloud.io and request a demo and read the blog. CHESA will also be attending NAB and available to demo the platform. To book a meeting at NAB please contact email@example.com. Follow Acorn Cloud on Youtube, Instagram, Twitter, Linkedin, and Facebook
LucidLink offers an innovative cloud-native file service designed specifically for extensive data access over distance. LucidLink Filespaces provides best-in-class security and high-performance scalability to run file-based workloads on object storage for maximum efficiency and productivity. The service is compatible with Microsoft Azure Blob and any Amazon S3 compatible object storage provider that utilizes the cloud, on-prem, or hybrid storage. It supports all major operating systems, including Linux, Windows, and macOS. Investors include Baseline Ventures, Headline, Adobe, Bright Cap Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures, S28 Capital, and Fathom Capital. LucidLink is privately held and headquartered in San Francisco, California, with offices in Bulgaria, Europe, and Australia.
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