by Olaf von Voss | 12th April 2017
The folks behind the popular online video collaboration tool have just released Frame.io 2. This new version packs over 100 new features and a completely revamped and streamlined interface. Let’s dive into the changes and enhancements! Frame.io 2 re-designed review page. Frame.io 2 Overview If you’ve ever had to work on a project with collegues and clients sitting miles away in another city or even another country, then you know the usual problem: uploading videos, bouncing emails back and forth, endless phone calls, confusing timecode lists… it’s a mess. Two years ago, frame.io hit the market in order to solve exactly these kind of issues. A lot has happened since then, though, such as the integration with Adobe Premiere Pro (read about it HERE) and the introduction of their mobile app (full article HERE). They have now stepped up their game significantly with the introduction of Frame.io 2. The team has revamped the whole interface in order to improve the user experience and the efficiency of the app. They claim that a lot of the features are based on their customers’ feedback, which is always a good habit for multi-user products like this. Have a look at the video below to get an idea of the new features: Did that intro video already get you hooked? Here’s one that explains the new Review Pages in more detail. One of the best things is that the client doesn’t have to log in at all in order to get access to the full set of tools. You just have to provide them with a generated project link to Frame.io 2, and they’re all set. There’s even a short 1-minute video that explains the very basics, so your clients can get going fast once they’ve received the link to your project. Also new to Frame.io 2 is the ability to export assets or the whole timeline as proxies in different resolutions. Another cool improvement is the integrated and streamlined upload process to video platforms such as Vimeo. The list goes on and on… Detailed List of New Features You can read all about the new Frame.io 2 over at their website. Here’s a detailed list of the new features and improvements: The new dashboard view in frame.io 2. Dashboard Projects dashboard has been redesigned for speed and simplicity New breadcrumb bar makes it easier to navigate your folder structure New search bar to quickly find projects in the sidebar Collaborators now show up at the top of the page New collaborator pane simplifies the searching, inviting, and management of people to a project New list view with sort by name, uploaded date, and size capability “Mini scrub” enables hover scrubbing over video thumbnails in list view Drag and drop files between projects without taking up more storage space New join request panel allows collaborators to request team member permissions if they try to perform an action that is restricted New status badges show up in the thumbnail grid so you can quickly see the status of any clip New download options allow you to download proxy MP4 files with three resolution options The new player window. Player The Player page has been revamped for a better media viewing and commenting experience The new SMPTE-compliant source timecode display supports non-drop and drop frame timecode New asset slider allows navigation between assets without leaving the player page New comment heads on the player timeline help visualize who left a comment and where New labelling feature helps manage approval workflows by communicating and keeping track of a clips status Choose between Approved, In Progress, and Needs Review for your assets After changing a label you can choose whom to notify in a new email messaging pane Copy and paste comments (including replies) from one clip version to another Printable PDF for comments include asset thumbnails, timecode, comments, annotations, and completion status Introduction of the FIOXML file format for downloading comments. Comments are now also exportable as CSV and XML Export comments to Final Cut Pro X. Requires the free Desktop Companion App to parse the comments and import into FCP X Export comments to Avid Media Composer New loop feature helps you repeat playback of an entire clip Instantly publish to Vimeo (that’s faster than publishing on Vimeo.com) with full privacy controls Added metadata to info panel: Upload date/time, filename, and uploader Sharing New Review Pages to collect feedback and approvals from external clients (no login required) Review Pages are highly configurable: set passwords, expirations, download permissions, and approval permissions, as well as a custom name to identify each link New Review Page management to add or remove media from an existing link or update its permissions Added expiration option to Presentation Pages Accounts Page Redesigned account dashboard provides a summary of storage used, number of team members and collaborators, total project count, total file count, and total duration logged in Frame.io. New Users page makes it easy to manage team members: inviting users to your team, deleting users from your account, and changing a user between an admin or regular member role Admins can manage branding and billing Billing page now contains invoice history, the ability to upgrade plans and credit card information Easily log yourself out of other active sessions from other browsers or devices New Apps & Integrations page provides a list of all 3rd-party integrations. These include NLE applications: Adobe Premiere, After Effects, and Final Cut Pro X. They also include cloud integrations with Vimeo and Slack iOS Support for creating and managing new Review Pages Pricing The frame.io 2 collaboration framework works on a subscription-based model. There’s a free tier with 1 project and 2 GB worth of storage included. After that there are basically four different tiers: Starter: $15 per month – 3 projects and 10GB of storage. Pro: $25 per month – unlimited projects, 50GB of storage, 25 collaborators and 0 team members. Team: $50 per month – unlimited projects, 100GB of storage, 50 collaborators and 5 team members. Business: $150 per month – unlimited projects, 400GB of storage, unlimited collaborators and 15 team members. In this case, “Collaborators” are clients who have access to one given project only while team members share the whole list of projects with you. They can edit projects and permissions, invite others or create new projects. Conclusion Frame.io 2 seems to be a very decent evolution of their already decent video collaboration tool. There are others, of course, like wipster.io or Movidiam.com for example. You’ll have to find out for yourself which one better suits your needs in order to make an educated buying decision. source: Frame.io website. Do you use any kind of video collaboration tool already? Let us know in the comments below!Read more
by Olaf von Voss | 2nd June 2016
Modern times, people. Being online and available seems to be essential in the digital world. And never forget to collaborate, even while you’re having a cappuccino at your favorite coffee shop. Maybe that’s why Frame.io developed a brand new way to review video projects in the shape of their new Frame.io mobile app for iOS. New Frame.io Mobile App The way we collaborate has changed. With tools like Frame.io, wipster or Movidiam it has become very easy to review edits without the need of being present in the editing suite at all. That’s a good thing and takes the human error out of the process of sending download links and spreadsheets with annotations back and forth. Check out our reviews on Frame.io, wipster and Movidiam. The next level of collaboration? Frame.io iOS app Frame.io has introduced their newest addition to their lineup of collaboration tools, the Frame.io mobile app for iOS. So you don’t even need a laptop anymore in order to review some edits on the go. While this might be a neat thing, I actually wonder if this is the kind of work you really want to get done while sitting in a cab or while waiting for someone in the park. In any case, it’s nice to see some steady progress from such an innovative company, and in the end you’ll have to decide for yourself what’s best for your given workflow. Variety is definitely a nice thing to have! And if you are in need of reviewing an edit without having your laptop handy, you will appreciate this. iOS Features Check out the video below for a short run-through of the features: Modern technologies introduced with the iPhone 6, like peek and pop, are built right in and the app makes good use of these features, which is nice to see. The whole interface is pretty straightforward and fluid, and it looks like you can feel right at home with it. There was clearly a lot of thinking and developing going on behind the curtain. Each comment is accompanied by a 4-second loop of that part of the edit, and you can even paint some arrows and other annotation aids right into the video frame. Of course, existing features like auto-versioning and comment syncing are built in, too. With this, you won’t need to write a review email ever again, that’s for sure! What do you think? Is this something you’ve been waiting for or do you prefer sitting down at a desk, concentrating on the review process? Read all about all the features on Frame.io’s website.Read more
by Olaf von Voss | 27th March 2016
Frame.io just announced some exciting news: the video collaboration service will feature full integration with Premiere Pro, just ahead of this year’s NAB. When your project requires collusion, this collaboration service will have a huge impact on your workflow. A Collaboration Service within the NLE In 2015 when frame.io opened their doors for business, one of the first major announcements that they made was that the service was integrated with Final Cut Pro X. A year on and they’ve announced another milestone in their collaboration service’s history—full integration with Adobe Premiere Pro. The whole application has been rewritten to work within the native Premiere Pro panel structure. The new app is scheduled to go live within the next month. Check out the teaser clip: The web version of frame.io won’t be going anywhere, so a client who is just reviewing and commenting without ever touching an NLE won’t miss out. Within Premiere Pro, you will find a shared cloud bin which can be accessed by anyone on the team simultaneously. Other features include: One-click import and export of sequences, project files, and entire bins. Real-time comments directly in your Premiere timeline with no marker syncing Auto-versioning for rapid iteration on creative ideas Comment marker syncing for when you do not have an internet connection Sync’d playback in Frame.io and your Premiere timeline This is a huge step up in terms of active user base and therefore, a big opportunity for the company. But there is competition, too. Other companies, such as Movidiam or Wipster, which both offer their own collaboration service—and they are definitely worth a closer look. One tool to unite them all! It’s always the same. No tool perfect for every job, nor is every aspect of a given tool 100% perfect. Let’s break some of the tools down real quick, shall we?Movidiam.com is the jack-of-all-trades within the collaboration service market, providing everything from finding and gathering a talented team for your production to project management and, of course, post-production feedback and collaboration. You can even pay your hired team from within Movidiam! The service offers free profile accounts for working creatives, and several plans for producers and agencies, starting from $25/month. Check out our recent article on all the features of movidiam. Wipster.io is a true online collaboration service which enables you to gather feedback on your edit, within the video itself, after you have uploaded it. Each and every comment from clients or colleagues will be transformed into a to-do list. That’s a neat feature, as it is helping to make the traditional copy/paste process a thing of the past. The service starts at $15 per user per month. Just recently, they announced deep integration with vimeo for a streamlined reviewing and uploading process. The wipster + vimeo process And now, frame.io aims fully integrate with the NLE of your choice (Final Cut X and Premiere Pro, at least); allowing you to exchange thoughts on your edit while you’re actually editing the piece in question—and without ever leaving your NLE. The price ranges from free (2GB, 1 project, 5 collaborators), over $25/month (50GB, unlimited projects, 25 collaborators) all the way to $150/month (400GB, unlimited projects and collaborators, 15 team members). Which collaboration service will work best for you depends on a number of factors. You will have to find the right one for you on your own, luckily they all offer a free account or a trial period so that you can test their functionality vs. your requirements. Is it safe up there? There is one downside, though. It’s not a particular problem with one of the apps mentioned, it’s more of a systemic thing: Do you really want to have your precious and maybe sensitive projects fully connected and synced within some kind of online service whatsoever? Every company which offers cloud-based services claims to be secure, but history teaches us that there is no such thing as total data security. Well, you have to decide: hard drive and email vs. a state of the art collaboration tool. Exciting times, that’s for sure!Read more
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