I suppose the generally slow and gradual manner in which this is happening is more than considerably justified, that of how pretty much every service in the consumer-end ICT (Information and Communications Technology) market is migrating to some off-site and remote location as the host for its core functionality. So in future you’d have something like your entire computer Operating System (OS) running online, most probably in the cloud.
The case for this migration being slow and gradual is reinforced by the fact that in many countries all over the world, access to the internet is still somewhat of a struggle. In some cases it’s a major struggle, so you can just imagine how frustrating it would be for someone who cannot access their cloud-hosted OS for example. They wouldn’t even be able to log in to their basic desktop environment to complete simple tasks such as word processing, video and image editing, and even just the viewing of their media such as their photos and the likes.
That said it’s great that we currently have a trend which sees us using somewhat of a hybrid system, where you can complete major tasks such as video creation, video editing, etc., online and then save them to your local hard drive. The latest versions of the Windows OS make for the perfect example of this hybrid system, because as much as the core codebase is natively stored on your local hard drive, in order for it to continue functioning properly you would need to connect to the internet, have automatic updates run, etc. You don’t even have a choice in the matter, as has been experienced by many Windows 10 users who have reported forced updates eventually taking effect, even when they’ve used their administrative privileges to disable auto-updates.
What we’re getting at though is the fact that hosted services of this nature, and those similar to it, will ultimately work out to account for the ultimate in savings.
If you as an individual, or in fact if your organisation utilises online video makers, then you amass big savings in so many different ways. Firstly there are direct cost-saving implications in that you don’t have to carry the inherent cost of maintaining your own IT infrastructure to run such applications. I.e. there is not much strain on your local hardware since something like one of the best online video editing platforms around would naturally run in your web browser, with the back-end, underlying processes operated in the cloud.
It doesn’t end there though. If you choose wisely, such as going with the likes of Renderforest then the actual service itself is free, which effectively makes for a double-saving.
As far as the features go, since a cloud-hosted platform would run on remotely operated hardware that was specifically built to handle all the performance requirements of tasks like creating and editing videos, there is absolutely no difference at all in performance between something like a browser-run application versus one which would have run on a gamers’ PC or a cryptocurrency miner’s system.
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