Slingshot transcoding and automations
Automatic media backups, transcoding, and file transfers for your collaborative video editing workflow.
Included with EVO
Save time and resources with the advanced automation capabilities of Slingshot, the transcoder and automations engine built into your EVO video editing server.
Slingshot is both powerful and easy to use, and it comes included with every EVO shared storage solution so you can create amazing content, faster, from anywhere.
Backup, sync, and transcode with Slingshot
With a few clicks, you can schedule backup, sync, replication, and transcoding jobs to automatically run whenever you want.
Automate your backups
Run scheduled or on-demand jobs to backup files and projects to another network server, USB device, or cloud services like Amazon S3 and Azure.
Sync & replicate
Automatically sync new content and file changes between multiple systems, whether they’re in the same office or around the globe.
Transcode upon ingest
Transcode source media into proxy files so you can preview clips in EVO’s built-in MAM and download proxy media for remote editing.
Save time with Slingshot’s automation task builder
With its simple point-and-click task builder, Slingshot manages a variety of automations for your media production workflow like copying, moving, deleting, transcoding, and emailing your files, folders, and shares. Here are some examples of how that might look for your creative team.
- Copy your entire media library to a backup location or sync newly finished projects to an FTP site for client delivery.
- Move files from a watched folder to cloud storage Saturdays at 2am.
- Delete scratch renders after 60 days.
- Transcode new video files into edit-ready proxies every evening at 7pm.
Automatic proxy generation
EVO is built to handle your highest resolution media and most demanding creative projects, but your video editors may not want to work at full resolution all the time.
In fact, there are many instances where high-resolution media can create a bottleneck in your workflow.
That’s where proxy files can make a big difference.
Slingshot automatically creates lightweight proxy files to speed up your workflow when you prefer to work with lower-res media, such as remote editing, previewing media, and working on offline projects.
These preview proxies are ultra lightweight and can also be used for offline or remote editing projects.
We call these proxies “edit-ready” because they feature an ideal balance of resolution and file size for remote editorial.
“The most helpful tool in the EVO Suite is proxy creation and indexing with Slingshot. It speeds up our workflow by a lot.”
Co-owner, Third Beacon Studios
Choose your destination
Backing up your files is a crucial component of creative media workflow. With Slingshot, your EVO shared storage server can sync, copy, and backup your shares, folders, and files to any of these destinations.
Cloud storage services
Automatically send files to cloud storage for backup before deep archive and for sharing files with clients and remote collaborators. Slingshot works with several cloud services including Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure, Dropbox, Wasabi, Backblaze, and Google Cloud Platform.
EVO and EVO Nearline servers
Slingshot can run automation tasks within a single EVO server, across multiple EVO systems, and to EVO Nearline servers as well. With a proper VPN setup, you can even transfer files to other EVO servers that you control anywhere in the world.
Other storage destinations on your network
You can use Slingshot to backup, copy, or sync files from EVO to other network-attached servers—including FTP systems—or to a USB device connected to EVO. EVO can transfer media to nearly any SMB or FTP system with the included Slingshot automations engine.
Multiple storage locations
Using the Slingshot API as an offload/transport engine, you can transfer files from one of these supported systems to any other supported system, even if none of those files are on EVO.
Customize your automation jobs
Slingshot’s filters and scheduling features let you automate what you want, when you want.
Start and stop times
To schedule automations during off-peak hours, Slingshot lets you select the start and pause/stop time for your automation tasks. You can also run jobs on-demand at any time.
Trigger your Slingshot automations based on a file’s name, type, age, or ShareBrowser bin—or a combination of these attributes.
Slingshot lets you schedule recurring automations at convenient time intervals that work with your schedule. This gives you the freedom to set an automation once and let it run exactly as planned.
Automate anything with EVO’s APIs
Developers and integrators, it’s time to get technical. Our RESTful APIs for Slingshot and ShareBrowser allow you to integrate your technologies and products into the EVO suite.
From offloading complex file transfers to integrating with advanced AI programs and other systems in your workflow, our APIs open a world of possibilities for software developers, product manufacturers, and systems integrators.
Access to our APIs is included free with EVO shared storage systems. We also offer custom development services for more complex API integrations.
For more information about our powerful APIs, check out this Knowledge Base article or contact us to learn more.
What people are saying
Our monitors will go out, the consoles will act up, Pro Tools can crash, this is all normal. But I never have to worry about the one thing that keeps things running smoothly–how we’re storing and accessing our files… We just want to focus on doing what we love, and EVO makes that possible.
90% of our freelance staff work on projects outside the office. We share files with them using Dropbox. EVO ensures they have the most up-to-date media files without manual intervention.
We have better processes in place because of EVO. It’s allowed us to sleep… without it, it would always be crunch time.
Slingshot saves time for production teams
Ask us how EVO and Slingshot can improve your team’s workflow and save time in your busy production schedule.