For years, Bittorent has widely been used by sweaty teenage kids trading the next Kanye West album back and forth. However, recently, Bittorent announced the beta testing for a new product Bittorent Sync. Marketed as the next Dropbox competitor, Bittorent Sync is a file sharing software that allows you to ‘store’ all of your files in the cloud (we say ‘store’ because you’re actually using your personal computer’s storage space, but giving Bittorent Sync access to these files remotely.) But here’s the best part, its all free. Unlike Dropbox that charges you for anything more than a few gigs of storage, currently Sync is free for any amount of data you want to upload.
So why do we care? Because its about to change the film industry. For years, being able to work collaboratively on a film was not even possible, with Dropbox’s data upload limits, slow internet and the massive size of high res video files. Just thinking about editing video collaboratively makes most editors cringe. Now the industry is changing, programs like Bittorent Sync allow any file size to be accessed from anywhere, so long as your internet pipeline can handle it. That means that a 2GB video file can be accessed from the other side of the world, in less time it takes to render the same video. By using the same P2P protocol that was originally made famous by music and movie file sharing, filmmakers can upload and access their footage on any device. Now dailies can be shown to distant producers by using a “secret” passcode that is randomly generated by the program, allowing them access to the file or folder. With apps for every device platform, you really can show that potential investor parts of your film using your iPhone, Android, or tablet device.
Like any new piece of technology that has surfaced, we have to ask the question, will this really make films better? The answer is no. Fortunately Sync will make the workflow faster, easier and a whole lot more accessible.