Loren Simons
Loren Simons

Loren Simons started his adventures into the depths of the technical world while as a middle school student in Southern California. Today, he is a Canon Hollywood Professional Technology and Support Center Senior Product and Sales Trainer.

Remotely uploading video files: EOS C100 Mark II to Google Drive

March 31, 2015

Imagine this: a world where, by the time you have packed up your camera, your editor across the country has already built a general assembly with the footage you just shot. No, this world does not involve some new super-fast service from FedEx or even a laptop. Instead, it relies solely on the technology inside of the EOS C100 Mark II.

The EOS C100 Mark II is the first camera in the Cinema EOS product line to integrate advanced network functionality. These network functionalities allow us to do a few unique things while shooting. The first is giving us the ability to control primary camera functions from any device, such as a laptop or a cellphone. This is critical when the camera is mounted on an inaccessible place like a crane or car. But the network function that has won both my heart as well as its very own post is the ability to upload video files to an FTP (file transfer protocol) server or Google Drive (Google’s simple and user-friendly cloud storage service), directly from the camera.

By the end of this post, you are going to be able to beam clips directly from your camera to your desktop from anywhere in the world. Utilizing the EOS C100 Mark II’s ability to record low-resolution proxies, alongside its full 1920x1080 clips, is at the heart of what really makes this process work. By simultaneously creating small lightweight copies of your footage, we can quickly upload them from anywhere in the world without hogging huge amounts of data bandwidth. The uploaded proxies share the same time code as the full resolution clips, so editing those proxies and then relinking to the full resolution clips at a later time becomes seamless.

With a free 15GB account from Google and a one-time payment of $59.99 to a hosting site, in-the-field uploading has never been easier.

Follow these steps to connect your camera to Google Drive.

 

Process Overview
  1. Create a Google Drive account
  2. Create a Storage Made Easy account
  3. Configure EOS C100 Mark II connection settings
  4. Configure EOS C100 Mark II FTP settings
  5. Upload clips from the EOS C100 Mark II

Total cost: $59.99 for 15GB of storage (continued)

1. Creating a Google Drive account
  • Navigate to google.com/drive and click "Go to Google Drive"
  • If you do not have a Google account, click "Create an Account" and follow the instructions provided. If you already have an account, simply log in.
  • Once you have created a Google account, remember your username and password, which will be referred to as "Username 1" and "Password 1" (respectively) from here on out.

Please note that Google Drive offers 15GB of storage at no cost. Larger storage capacities can be purchased later on.

 

2. Creating a Storage Made Easy account
  • Navigate to storagemadeeasy.com/personal and purchase the Personal Cloud option for a one-time payment of $59.99
  • Set up your Personal Cloud account and remember your username and password, which will be referred to as "Username 2" and "Password 2"
  • Once logged in, on the homepage, click "Add a Cloud Provider"
  • Select "Google Drive" from the dropdown menu and select "Add Provider"
  • On the following page, click "Authorize Google Drive access" and follow the instructions

 

3. Configure EOS C100 Mark II connection settings
  • Turn the camera into Media Mode on the power switch
  • Under the "Other Functions" menu, select "Network Settings > Connection Settings > Set Up New"
  • Choose "Infrastructure" and assure you are within range of your intended router or wireless hotspot device
  • Select "Search for Access Points" and select your network from the list, using the camera's joystick
  • Input the proper encryption key, if applicable
  • Lastly, input a name to save this setting. For example, "Home" or "Hotspot," if connecting to a cellular network's hotspot device
4. Configure EOS C100 Mark II FTP settings
  • Under network settings, select "FTP Server Settings"
  • For FTP server, input "StorageMadeEasy.com"
  • For username, input your "Username 2"
  • For password, input your "Password 2"
  • For the Destination folder, put in "/My Google Drive files/," followed by the desired folder on your Google Drive
  • Choose 21 for your Port No., if not already selected
  • Turn on Passive Mode
  • Save the Network Configuration

 

5. Upload clips from the EOS C100 Mark II
  • With the camera in Media Mode, you have two ways to send clips over to your Google Drive
  • Method A: Navigate to the clip you wish to send in the Index Screen and center-press the joystick. From the menu, select "FTP Transfer"
  • Method B: Enter the Menu System and navigate to "Other Functions > Clips > FTP Transfer" and choose whether you'd like to upload "Select Clips" or "All Clips"
  • The EOS C100 Mark II will automatically connect to your default network and start the transfer. Initialization can take 20-40 seconds and then the files will begin transferring

 

Other important notes
  • Install the Google Drive Desktop Application to automatically have uploaded footage pushed to your desktop
  • Over 4G LTE, initial processing will take around 20-40 seconds and each minute of 4Mbps MP4 footage will take ~30 seconds thereafter, depending on internet strength
  • Clips should be available on your Google Drive immediately after the camera indicates the process has finished

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