Vital upload skills for field crews working on deadline
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We’ve collected a few of the most common tasks for news reporters/photographers and field crews working on deadline.
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Sending an individual file from your laptop
Open the latakoo Flight app for desktop and log in with your email and password.
When the app opens, you’ll see an empty window. This is where you will drag and drop files that you want to upload(1). Or, use the “Add” button to locate the files from your computer and select them for upload.
Once your file is added to the Flight app window, a pop up menu will appear. Rename the file and click “Save” to apply (2). Note: Many organizations have specific naming conventions for their files.
The next option you have is the quality slider bar (3). This is customized for your organization, so it may not look exactly like this one. Because latakoo can simultaneously encode/compress the file with the file transfer, you can choose how much you compress the file at this stage. These settings correspond to specific bit rates.
A quick rule of thumb is sliding the bar to the left will provide a more compressed file and sliding it to the right will remove compression all together.
Sending a file with “No Compression” will not encode the file and it will be sent in its original wrapper and codec. Read more about how we encode files.
Select your network (4). Networks are like folders in latakoo, but they also have specific jobs. Sending to your home network, sometimes called “News”, will make those files available to your internal broadcast team. Other networks might sync with your CMS or automate download with latakoo HUB. Still others may be used for sharing. You can choose more than one network.
You will also notice that the app is testing your available Internet connection. (9) There are two speed gauges at the bottom of the app that are testing two different transfer technologies: UDP and TCP. The app uses these speeds, along with data about your computer, and the quality of compression selected (3)to calculate the approximate upload time for your file.
You don’t have to wait until the speed gauges lock in to send a file. As soon as the “Options” button is active, you can add a file to the Pilot window.
Clicking the Options button lets you select your Flight app defaults.
You will need to upload 20 files for the app to start estimating upload times.
At the top of the app, verify that the upload type is set to individual file upload. (8) Some organizations require a proxy setting (6) to access the Internet while inside their corporate network. Sleep system override (7) will process files even if the computer goes to sleep.
Press Start to begin the upload.
Sending files with your mobile device
Whether it’s the Android or iOS app, latakoo Flight Mobile combines Pilot and uploading features in one place.
- Log out.
- Choose your default upload network.
- Choose a default upload quality. There are four upload qualities for mobile devices: Rush, Standard, HQ, and SHQ. Like the desktop app, slider to the left = smaller file and slider to the right = larger file.
- Home networks is a way of filtering networks to display on Pilot.
- Set your SMS notification preference here for your uploads or networks.
- Decide whether you want to force shooting in horizontal aspect ratio in the app or allow video to be shot vertically.
- Version number of the app.
Sending Video from Mobile
Whether you shoot in the app with the camera setting or select a file from your library, the first stop is the trim window.
- Preview the full clip here.
- Rename your file.
- Clicking Edit will open a trim feature that allows you to trim the beginning or end of the video.
- Send takes you to the send options.
Uploading from the Mobile App
- Rename your file.
- Choose your upload quality. This will default to the settings you selected in the settings tab.
- Choose your upload network. This will default to your selection in settings, however, you can pick multiple networks in this window.
- Item Code assigns a unique number to your upload and can be read by certain asset managers.
- Add email addresses here of contacts you want alert the upload has started.
- Select Send to begin the upload.
You can view the files you upload under the Pilot setting or at latakoo.com. This is a custom feed of the networks you have access to.
- Filter networks that are visible in your Pilot feed.
- Search for specific files by keyword or uploader.
- Click on an entry to view the file and access controls such as copy, move, or download.
Check out our guide for producers and editors that covers Pilot on latakoo.com.
For mobile, we have guides for Android and iOS devices available.
If you need additional help, reach out to our support team.