Metal Toad Blog

Learn more about the latest Media & Entertainment industry and AWS trends from the Metal Toad blog. If you prefer to browse by category, all of our posts are organized under the help section.

Team Babu Frik

AWS Rekognition, Comprehend, and Transcribe

For the Metal Toad 2020 Hackathon, our teams were tasked with creating a fully functional video platform using AWS Media Services. Team Babu Frik (Tony Rost, Julie Scott, Brent Logan, and Ron Shafii) walk us through their…
Tony Rost
July 10th, 2020
Media Supply Chain + Cloud

Media Supply Chain + Cloud

Executive Interview With Erik Åhlin, CEO and co-founder of Vidispine While in-person events have been curtailed by COVID-19, innovation continues to advance in both tech and media and entertainment. I’ve been sitting down (…
Joaquin Lippincott
June 8th, 2020
DJI Park

Live Stream From Drone To AWS With S3 Backup

Drones are awesome, and a lot of fun. But what happens if your drone gets lost along with all its footage? Or, what if you want other people around the world to be able to tune in to what the drone sees — in real time — as …
Tyler Roberts
June 1st, 2020
Carmen Editorial

Cloud + Higher Education

An Executive Interview with Carmen V. Lidz, CIO of Los Angeles Community College District I’ve been chatting with some of the execs I admire—from across a range of industries—to get insights on how they’re using cloud…
Joaquin Lippincott
June 1st, 2020
Drone Flying

Remote live streaming to AWS Media Services from a DJI Spark drone

I’m Vaughn Hawk, a Cloud Engineer for Metal Toad for over 3 years. This project idea came about from my love and fascination with drones, video editing, and photography, and one thing I’ve noticed is that other than…
Vaughn Hawk
May 29th, 2020
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Hackathon Collaboration with Live Share on Visual Studio

One of the challenges of participating remotely in a Hackathon is the ability to cooperate with your team in anything like being there in person. No looking over someone's shoulder. No borrowing the keyboard to fill in a bit…
Michael Ellis
May 15th, 2020
Hackathon team

AWS MediaLive + Drones = Hackathon Fun

Hackathons!  Weeeeeee!!!!!  Am I right? I work in tech and I love it!  I do not come from a technical background.  Nope.  I have decades of business management experience under my belt which helps me navigate the people…
Ali Meechoovet
May 14th, 2020
YouToad Blog

Project YouToad: AWS Media Services + AWS Amplify

Introduction For the first Metal Toad hackathon of 2020, our goal was to build a web based social media platform for on demand video using AWS Media Services and AWS Amplify. Amplify allows users to store media in s3…
Joe Matthies
May 12th, 2020
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Metal Toad & AWS Media Services: What We Hacked

Wednesday, May 6th at 9:00 am: Toads are poised at the starting line. Metal Toad’s AWS Media Services hackathon is about to begin!   48 hours later, three teams of tired-yet-triumphant Toads submit their completed projects.…
Corinna Gelster-Borgardt
May 12th, 2020
cloud downloading into an ipad

How Cloud became the most important buzzword in business

I talk a lot about the Cloud.  In fact if I were doing shots every time I mentioned the word, I'd probably be facedown on my desk by 9AM.  Like many buzzwords in the C-Suite there's a lot of excitement and confusion around…
Joaquin Lippincott
May 9th, 2020
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Lambda: javascript vs python

For this hackathon we created a product, YouToad, using Amplify (S3, React, Lambda) and AWS Elemental MediaConvert. Since we were using React and I wanted to learn JavaScript. We opted to use JavaScript for AWS Lambda as…
Nathan Wilkerson
May 8th, 2020
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Metal Toad Hackathon - A unique (non-technical) experience

Have you ever felt happy, nervous, motivated and excited in just 48 hours? If your answer is no you have never participated in a hackathon before! I’m so happy I was able to experience joining a hackathon team, and to be…
Marilia Bedoya
May 8th, 2020

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