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.

Metal Toad Core Values

Why Core Values Transform a Tech Company

We’re all familiar with the basic corporate American experience. You clock into work, perform your required tasks, and leave at the end of the day. Maybe you talk to a few coworkers throughout the day, but it’s certainly not…
Irina Goldman
September 15th, 2020
Chris Manriquez Headshot

The Impact of the Cloud on Universities

An Executive Interview with Chris Manriquez, Vice President for Information Technology/CIO at California State University, Dominguez Hills I’ve been chatting (virtually) with some of the execs I admire—from across a range…
Joaquin Lippincott
August 28th, 2020
Digital Rights Management plus Cloud

Digital Rights Management (DRM) + Cloud

Executive Interview with Olga Kornienko, COO and co-founder of EZDRM 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
August 25th, 2020
Metal Toad Empty Office

How to Close an Office

On March 1, 2020, I handed in the keys to the Metal Toad office in Portland, Oregon — our corporate headquarters for the past five years — back to the building manager.  Metal Toad had gone remote-first back in October of…
Joaquin Lippincott
August 14th, 2020
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

The Impact of the Cloud on 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
cool tech graphics

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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