There are three integrations of Frame.io: the standalone web application; the Premiere Pro Frame.io extension; and the FCP X Companion app. In this video, Ashley explains how to set up each instance with regard to the exercise files provided for the course—including not only the Frame.io component, but also appropriate file management and linking for each NLE.
- [Voiceover] If you're a premium member of the lynda.com online training library, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this title. Just log in, then go to the Download tab, and click on Exercise Files to download them to your system. You'll get a zip file and when you unzip it, you'll have a folder called Exercise Files. Inside of this folder are several additional folders. One is called Frame.io Media, another is called Final Cut Pro X Materials, and the third is called Premiere Pro Materials. Let's start with Frame.io Media.
Now, this is some of the media that you can use if you want to follow along with Chapter 1 in this course. Because of the login and password web-based nature of this section of the training, I'm not actually able to offer you an official test project with exercise files. But you can use the media inside of this folder to manually populate your Frame.io environment to follow along with me. I'll go through this again at the beginning of Chapter 1, but I'm going to briefly cover this now. You just need to go to Frame.io and there are a lot of different account options, which we'll touch on a bit later, but for now, you can just create a free account, which is basically fully functional up to two gigabytes of media.
In the exercise files, I've only provided you about 600 megabytes of media, so you can work with this no problem. So, I'll click on Sign Up Free, and I'm first going to be prompted for my email address, and Let's Go, and now my full name and password, and I'm just making up a password there, then I'll say Let's Go. Now here I am inside the Frame.io environment. As you can see, by default, it's been populated with a demo project.
We also have a little welcome here from Emery Wells, who's the co-founder of Frame.io, and you can watch a welcome video here. I'm going to close this for now, because I want to take a look at the interface. First of all, there is just a little notification saying to confirm your email address, so if I go to my email, you'll see that it's asking me to confirm my email address, which I can do quite easily, and it sends me back to Frame.io. Alright, so, again, I have this demo project and the folks at Frame.io have populated it with quite a few videos here, as well as collaborators that, again, are attached to this project only.
So, feel free to explore this on your own time. What we're going to do is actually set up a new project with the media that I provided in the exercise files. Okay, so I'm going to click on Add Project, and here, I'm just going to name this Frame.io Sandbox A. There are a bunch of settings here that you can choose, within this window, but just to make it easy, you can leave everything alone for now, and choose Create. Okay, so now, under My Projects, I have the demo project and the Frame.io Sandbox project.
So, now all I need to do is just drag and drop the files right here or I can select and grab them that way. So, I'll just grab all of my Frame.io Media files and choose Open. Alright, so here they come, and I'm going to let this populate in the background, because now I want to go to the Premiere Pro Materials, so that we can get that set up as well. Don't worry, we're going to get a big tour of what everything is inside the Frame.io environment at the beginning of Chapter 1, but for now, just creating a project and getting your media in is a great start.
Alright, so I'm going to minimize this. Because this course also covers the integration of Frame.io with Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X, let's also talk about how to set up those environments. So, first, I'll come over to Premiere Pro Materials, and if we climb inside there, we have two additional folders, Greyhound Media and Greyhound Project. To launch the Premiere Pro project, you're just going to double click on the Greyhounds project file, but before you do that, you want to make sure to install the Frame.io Premiere extension.
So, you just need to go to https://frame.io/premiere and then just download and install that Premiere Pro extension, making sure that you haven't launched Premiere Pro yet when you do. It's a very free and very intuitive and easy process. I've actually already done it here, so that we could move along, but it really is just a matter of downloading, and then double clicking to install, and then launching Premiere. So, once you have the plugin installed, it's time to set things up.
I am going to launch Premiere here. The first time that you start the project, you'll likely need to relink your files, which is an easy process. Here is a window telling you that your files are offline. This highlighted one right here is the one that it's looking for first. So, I know that all of my media is in Greyhounds Media, so I just need to tell Premiere Pro to look inside of the Greyhound Media folder. Before I go ahead and tell it to do that, I want to make sure that this box is checked, Relink Others Automatically, because when I tell it to look for the media in that folder, I want to make sure that once it's found this file here, it links everything else as well.
So, that is selected, and now I'm just going to click Locate. I want to go to my desktop, so navigate to your desktop, and then exercise files, and inside there, I have my Premiere Pro Materials, and the Greyhound Media folder. Here I found the exact folder where I know that media lives, so it's going to find it pretty quickly. If you find a parent folder, like the exercise files, and it will find it in there as well, but I tend to like to find the exact folder. So, I'm going to select Greyhound Media, and then search, and again, it's looking for this first file here, Barbara Throws Allie the Ball Slow Mo, and you can see here that it's found it, so I'll say OK, and because I chosen for all files to relink automatically, it's going to bring my media online, and I'm ready to go.
So, as long as I've installed that extension, I just come up to Window, Extensions, and here it is, Frame.io. I just log on and Let's Go, and I'll put in my password. Here are my files. Okay, if I want it to be a floating window, I'm already set up, but I usually like to dock it, so I'm just going to drag this up here, and place it here at the end. Okay, and you can see that all of my media has been uploaded to Frame.io, and it's accessible here in Premiere, so I'm all set up.
Let me hide Premiere, and lastly, I want to talk about the Final Cut Pro X environment. The Frame.io plugin for Final Cut is available for free via the app store, as you can see here. So, again, just get and install that, make sure that Final Cut is closed when you do that, and once this companion app is installed, you're ready to launch Final Cut Pro X. Now, in the exercise files, you can see that I just have a standalone library file called Chocolate. This is a self contained file and you shouldn't need to relink your media at all.
Just double click on the Chocolate library file and Final Cut Pro X will launch. Just so you know, the Frame.io instance isn't quite as front and center as in the Premiere Pro environment. Rather, you'll see it if you open up your share options. Okay, so I'll go ahead and just click on Share, and you can see that I have Frame.io H264, and Frame.io Source. Alright, so these two options in the list are populated once you install the Frame.io companion app, and this means that the connection from Final Cut to Frame.io is all set up and ready to go.
Okay, so we'll examine what these do and more in Chapter 3. Alright, so now that you're set up, we're ready to get started with the course. First though, in the final movie of this introductory chapter, we're going to get a good taste of the many things that Frame.io has to offer.
Staff author Ashley Kennedy begins by exploring the benefits of smart media collaboration—focusing on how Frame.io can redefine various cloud-based workflows and communications. She then delves into the main features of the standalone web application: setting up teams and collaborators, sharing projects and files, commenting and annotating projects, and understanding versioning and permissions. She also looks at the integration of Frame.io within two major nonlinear editing applications: Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X.
- What's special about Frame.io?
- Starting a Frame.io project
- Commenting, annotating, and collaborating
- Sharing projects
- Exploring versioning capabilities
- Using the Frame.io extension for Premiere Pro
- Looking at the Frame.io companion app for Final Cut Pro X