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
woman frustrated with website

1999 Called: They Want Your Website Back

A quick primer for the non-technical readers: A Content Management System (CMS) is the technology used to make a website that marketing people can edit easily, without knowing how to code.
Joaquin Lippincott
September 3rd, 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
September 1st, 2020
Team Babu Frik

AWS Rekognition, Comprehend, and Transcribe

Babu Frik, an Anzellan droidsmith with a talent for bypassing droid security systems, erased C3PO's memory. He felt very sad about it. He decided to use AWS Media Services and Rekognition to reprogram C3PO with...
Tony Rost
August 28th, 2020
Digital Rights Management plus Cloud

Digital Rights Management (DRM) + Cloud

Executive Interview with Olga Kornienko, COO and co-founder of EZDRM, a cloud DRM-as-a-Service company. EZDRM’s innovative services provide a full spectrum of video security offerings in a cloud API-driven solution. Since…
Joaquin Lippincott
August 25th, 2020
"There is something for everyone in the AWS ecosystem"

Machine Learning - it's easier than you think!

10 years ago, a younger me interviewed a brilliant young man named Tony for a position as a programmer at Metal Toad.
Joaquin Lippincott
August 20th, 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
August 18th, 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.  
Joaquin Lippincott
August 14th, 2020
Media Supply Chain + Cloud

Media Supply Chain + Cloud

In this interview, I chat with Erik Åhlin, CEO and co-founder of Vidispine about media supply chains, how M&E companies can leverage the power of the cloud, and what he sees for the future of the industry. 
Joaquin Lippincott
August 1st, 2020
Joaquin Lippincott

The 5 Core Elements of Technical Advising

I recently had a conversation with someone who was looking for some advice on selecting a technical advisor for their team, and she had some great questions.
Joaquin Lippincott
June 26th, 2020
Carmen Editorial

The Impact of the Cloud on Higher Education

Carmen Lidz is the Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer at Los Angeles Community College District, where she shapes the technology vision and implements strategies, infrastructure, and enterprise systems and…
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.
Vaughn Hawk
May 29th, 2020

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