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
It’s been 1.5 years since Movidiam, the project management and networking platform for filmmakers was first introduced (see our post here). There have been many platforms attempting something similar but Movidiam seems to be one of the few that could be able to pull it off on a large scale, it was an ambitious project at the time and it still is now. One and a half days down the road we have had Movidiam CEO George Olver as a guest of our ON THE COUCH talk show series where he updated us on the progress – and now, in early 2016, the platform has already been running for months and has garnered loads of users from the filmmaking community. They seem to be doing a great job at community building and are breathing life into the platform with a lot of high-end filmmakers and agencies using the platform already, growing steadily. Time to check in with George on the status quo of the functionality of the platform. I met him in London at BVE last week and he gave me a run-through of the key functions of the platform, including profile pages, video revisions (a seriously cool feature that could revolutionize how we run video projects by clients), crew search and much more. And in case you missed them, check out an ON THE COUCH episode with George below.Read more
Watch previous episodes of ON THE COUCH & ON THE GO by clicking here! Visit our Vimeo and YouTube playlists, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! Watch part 1 and part 2 of episode 20 by clicking here – in case you missed it! In the 3rd and final part of episode 20 of ON THE COUCH, I talked with pro photographers Kamil Tamiola, Tom Barnes and Lucas Gilman about the sheer amounts of data we have to deal with in photography and filmmaking these days, and how to deal with these amounts. Kamil mentioned that he is shooting a lot for Phase One with their own cameras, producing 50 or 80 Megapixels per frame – in 16 bits. After layering changes onto his files in post production, he ends up with photos which are 5 to 6 Gigabytes easily. Tom talks about how he is almost exclusively shooting tethered on his photo shoots – even going so far that his clients get iPad Mini’s into their hands to check out the shots and rate them right after he took them, which of course speeds up his selection and post production process tremendously. On the stresses of photographing new prototype cars for JEEP, Kamil said how he can see Wifi connected cameras are the future especially when you have fast turn around shoots with little time to mess stuff up – clients can get an idea of what’s being shot while they are there, which also keeps them off your back as a shooter. Additionally, an assistant can already do temporary image processing for previews. Finally, Tom showed off his incredibly portable location workstation, a custom built Pelican 1510 Case which houses a MacBook with a large external battery that can power it three or four times over a normal charge, plus a couple of tethered G-Technology G-Drive ev SSDs for instant backups when shooting tethered with a DSLR. For details, head over to Tom’s blog post about his location workstation. In the next episode of ON THE COUCH, we will have representatives from ZEISS, Samyang and SLR Magic talking about their different – and similar – approaches when it comes to lens development, as well as their new products. Tune back in next Friday! Watch all other episodes of ON THE COUCH so far by clicking here! Please visit our sponsors’ websites to keep new episodes of ON THE COUCH coming! Thanks to G-Technology, Røde Microphones, Movidiam, FilmConvert & F&V.Read more
Watch previous episodes of ON THE COUCH & ON THE GO by clicking here! Visit our Vimeo and YouTube playlists, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! To see part 1 of episode 19, click here. To see part 2 of episode 19, click here. To see part 3 of episode 19, click here. In the 4th and final part of episode 19 of ON THE COUCH, we talk about the future of filmmaking with Philip Bloom, George Olver and Ryan Burke. We briefly touched on George’s history and how he got into making Movidiam a reality. Then we moved on to Philip’s workshops and how he thinks workshop audiences and levels have changed over the past years – while we have moved on from DSLRs to more professional bigger cameras again recently, a lot people in different countries are still just starting out to shoot on DSLRs. The owner-operator conundrum, “should I buy the latest camera / piece of gear”? was our next topic, and the question if it actually pays off to buy gear in this fast-changing environment. Philip mentioned the Panasonic camera phone with a removable lens that we reported about in this post. Last but not least we also talked about the amazing high frame rate / slow motion capability of the iPhone 6 (Plus), and how we will end up with slow motion footage of the most boring stuff alongside surely amazingly unexpected content shot by the average Joe on YouTube. Watch out for an entirely new ON THE COUCH episode next week, when I will welcome pro photographers Kamil Tamiola, Tom Barnes and Lucas Gilman to our talk show format!Read more
Watch previous episodes of ON THE COUCH & ON THE GO by clicking here! Visit our Vimeo and YouTube playlists, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! To see part 1 of episode 19, click here. This is the second out of 4 parts of episode 19 of ON THE COUCH, with Philip Bloom, George Olver (Movidiam.com) and Ryan Burke (Røde Microphones) as guests.Read more
Watch previous episodes of ON THE COUCH & ON THE GO by clicking here! Visit our Vimeo and YouTube playlists, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! We are happy to start a new season of ON THE COUCH! Following feedback from our audience, we have decided to divide the episodes of our talk show series ON THE COUCH in the future into several segments from now on. That means we will release each episode in several more digestible shorter parts, released around once a week on a regular basis. There will also be a podcast link for both audio and video version added later this week, which will also include all past episodes. On episode 19, recorded at IBC 2014, we were happy to welcome my friend Philip Bloom, George Olver, the CEO of Movidiam, a great new platform for filmmakers, and Ryan Burke from Røde Microphones. In this first part of this 4-part episode, we talked about the new Sony PXW-FS7 camera and how Sony is disrupting the market once again with this announcement. Click here to see our exclusive hands on video with the camera in case you missed it. Philip talks about the CNN documentary series he is currently working on, mentioning that he is shooting on up to 5 different cameras – the F55, the A7s and the C300. We also talked to George Olver about his website Movidiam.com, a new web platform made for filmmakers. Here’s a detailed post about what Movidiam actually is, but it is great to hear the thought process behind a tool that will help many filmmakers with their preproduction and production workflow. They are currently accepting pre-signups via their website and will roll out the full feature set soon. In part 2 of this episode, which will be released early next week, George tells us more about the development of Movidiam.com, Ryan Burke talks about the new Røde Stereo VideoMic X (post here) and the importance of using the right microphone for the right purpose – something that is often neglected by filmmakers.Read more
There is a new online platform called Movidiam which aims to be a creative network that allows brands, agencies and filmmakers to connect, collaborate and work together on films and projects. It is designed as an online tool that may help filmmakers streamline production processes and bring film project management into a more visual, flexible and social realm.Read more
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