Two year ago, over 3,000 people sang together in a performance unlike any the world had ever seen. At the time of the performance, members of the choir were located in 73 different countries. They were able to sing together at the 2013 TED conference, thanks to cloud computing technology.

Eric Whitacre, composer of the global choir, wrote about the process for TED Weekends. He described how each singer performed from a personal audiovisual recording device. Some of the videos were recorded beforehand and some performed live. Cloud computing solutions allowed for each of these performances to be synced into one beautiful performance. This is just one example of using the cloud to create artistic collaboration.

New tools
Recently, Fame.io released its new cloud-based platform for groups working on video projects. StudioDaily discussed how collaborators could use the new technology to upload video, edit content and add effects to a single file. Cloud-based software programs are perfect tools for creative people looking to contribute ideas without sharing a geographic location. Like most cloud programs, Fame.io is adaptable and works well with current company infrastructures. A company can implement additional cloud systems to boost processing power.

Many programs are making use of cloud processing power to offer artists tools that home hardware cannot. By using off-site hardware, a small commercial editor can render effects that require a good deal of memory. A variety of cloud software allows video editors to use animation programs and create their own cartoons. Progress can be saved online until the creative project is finished.

Business and personal
These tools are essential to making small artistic endeavors competitive with larger entertainment industries. If a film school graduate wished to break into commercial work and advertising, he or she could use cloud tools to work with a team to make the most professional looking product possible. Startups may not have offices but they need the ability to coordinate instantly, no matter where the team might be. It gives a young artists the creative edge they might need to stand out. While creative companies can profit from cloud technology financially, individuals can make use of it to express themselves for other motives.

High school garage bands can rehearse over the Internet. Art students can show their work to teachers after hours. Just last October, the Beaumont Enterprise reported on a story where several generations of students used cloud technology to make a tribute for a sick teacher. Using cloud tools, the ailing educator was able to see over 50 past students singing, dancing and wishing her well in a singular artistic expression of appreciation.