MASV is a pay-as-you-go file transfer service, geared towards photographers and videographers. They’ve come a long way since I last covered them.
Early last year, I wrote about MASV and how I didn’t like it’s industrial feel. I preferred how WeTransfer looked, and how I could make a company background for transfers. It seems like MASV has taken that feedback and run with it, allowing for not just a custom look for your own company, but also to the clients you send it to. Imagine sending clients a file transfer with a custom branded background? That’s a small update in MASV’s wide range of changes.
The Main Updates
Companies can now get multi-user accounts for entire teams to share footage. Part of me is surprised they didn’t allow this all along. The system is built for much bigger transfers than most services allow for, so it’s perfect for sending an entire day’s footage instead of mailing a hard drive thousands of miles away. Case and point – their free trial is a sizeable 400GBs. I’m sure a team would go through this pretty quickly though, and it could be perfect for productions sending out individual camera operators to different locations.
Secondly, files can now be password protected. I feel that’s an obvious feature but a lot of other services just opt for private links in interim of this, which I’m not certain is a decent alternative.
Can They Beat the Competition?
Yes and no. According to their stats, they’ve had x10 growth since moving to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform in late 2017. That’s all well and good but it doesn’t quite take note of who this product is for.
If you need to send a hard drive from New York to London, and have it arrive promptly, it will cost you. Then, MASV is the obvious choice for you – because it’s pay-as-you-go, and gets huge files across in double quick time. It’s the electronic alternative to mailing a hard drive. Their system also converts ZIP files to ensure they always work on Mac Os/Windows/Linux.
If you’re just sending final edits to a client, or other compressed and smaller files, then I can’t imagine MASV will be as efficient as others. If you signed up to their 400GB trial you’d probably spend months going through it! At that rate, maybe you’re better paying a small monthly fee for something less custom that will get you over the line.
As a result, this update makes a lot of sense. MASV’s best client is a company, not an individual freelancer. Production companies would surely love to have their teams integrated on the platform, and teams would surely love to have more control over how they’re sending files.