A new file transfer service from MASV allows users to transfer files fast without size restrictions. No more 20GB limit! Great for rushes and completed programs.

As an editor, I'm always sending or receiving files from colleagues or clients. We have hammered WeTransfer, but even the subscription version won't allow users to send files over 20GB.

To illustrate why this is a problem, on average, 1080i ProRes 422 masters work out at about a gigabyte a minute. It's not hard to do the maths to calculate that a half hour programme isn't going to work on some of the existing file transfer services.

MASV Rush has launched today and is billed as a 'Pay-as-you-go massive file transfer service optimized for the professional video production industry.' On signup, the first 50G of transfer is free, then you will get charged $0.15 per GB after that.

I've had the opportunity to test out the service and thought I'd jump right in with trying to transfer a real-life hour long programme over the service.

Could I get 45 Gigs worth of a show to a client without problems? We can all transfer smaller files, so why not use up my free allowance all in one go!

Let's find out!

MASV Rush works from within your web browser. You need to register first, then log in to the MASV Rush section.

You will then be prompted to enter the name of the recipient/s and also navigate to the file you wish to send. 

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Clicking continue takes you to the next page where you can add a message which will be sent in an email.

You will also get an estimated cost, but as this is within the 50GB limit, it is showing $0. I couldn't get rid of the prompt on the RHS which was slightly annoying.

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Hitting send starts the file transfer. Important to note here that you have to leave the browser running for the process to finish. It is showing a rather optimistic 2 hours for the transfer!

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And that's it until your transfer is complete.

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You will then get an email saying that the file has been successfully sent. You will also get an email when the recipients access the file. No login or account creation needed by them which helps a lot. 

I'm pleased to report the file was sent and received successfully , it all worked exactly as it should have done. Download links will expire, this one had a life of 10 days.

There's a history page where you can lookup past transfers. It also gives an interesting insight to how long the file transfer actually took. Here you can see a much more realistic 10 hours posted and a price it would have cost.

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MASV kindly supplied this speed comparison table. My upload was on a 200 MB down, 25MB up cable service, so to get these types of speed you really need a faster internet connection.

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So the conclusion?

MASV Rush does exactly what it says on the tin. It has an easy to use interface, transfers files quickly without error and the end user gets presented with a professional way of accepting files. No goofy looking monster or adverts in a web browser to look at.

With file sizes of rushes and masters getting bigger, editors are going to grow out of the free 2GB and subscription based 20GB services. This is an ideal replacement service with no costs up front, just pay for what you transfer.

It would be good to get some experience of transfers on a faster internet connection, but I have no reason to doubt MASV's testing. Transferring an hour long programme overnight wasn't a problem and of course a lot easier and cheaper than a courier or driving it to its destination yourself!

I shall certainly be using MASV again.


peter wigginsPeter Wiggins is a broadcast freelance editor based in the UK although his work takes him around the world. An early adopter of FCP setting up pioneering broadcasts workflows, his weapon of choice is now Final Cut Pro X.

You can follow him on Twitter as @peterwiggins or as he runs the majority of this site, you can contact him here.


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I am the Editor-in-Chief of FCP.co and have run the website since its inception ten years ago.

I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

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