In this video, Ashley explains how to properly set up the Frame.io environment—discussing how to set up an account and a project, as well as how to upload and access media files. She also provides an in-depth tour of the interface and main tools at the project level, and explains various organizational, administrative and assessment strategies.
- [Voiceover] Ok, let's get started with learning all about the Frame.io stand-alone web application. Just so you know, I'm now at the point that I left off in the Using the Exercise Files movie where I've already created an account and I've created a project with the exercise files that I've provided you. So if you haven't done that yet, please go back and watch that movie and it will get you started and things will look just like I have them here. Before I get into the main parts of the interface, I wanna come up here to the upper left where it has a list of to-do items for new users and I'll just briefly take you through these right now.
The Watch the Getting Started Movie option is already crossed out because I closed that in the Using the Exercise Files movie but if you ever wanna pull that up again, you can always just come up to your name, and then go to Support FAQ and then it's right here, Frame.io Introduction Tutorial. But you're here taking this Lynda.com course so we'll hopefully be able to answer most of your questions. So I'll close that and we'll come back to the second item on the list, Upload Your Profile Image. So I'll click this, and I'm just going to select a picture of myself.
You can do the same. Go to Select, and Documents, Miscellaneous, there's my headshot. And ok, I'll click Next, and now I'm gonna provide a team name, now usually this is your company or organization, but in this case, let's just create a team name for this course, so I'm gonna call it the Frame.io Sandbox. And then Next. Here's where I add my team members. We're gonna talk about exactly what team members are a little bit later in this chapter, but for now I'm just going to stay solo.
Again, depending on my subscription plan, I can always add my team members later, so we'll put that on hold for now. Next again, and here I'm going to set my brand image, and this is just a picture or a logo that's going to be a part of every part of every project that I create. So I've created just a very simple gradient for my Frame.io Sandbox brand, and you can upload whatever logo you'd like, or you can leave it blank. So again, I'll select, and just grab my gradient, and I'm done with that.
Ok, so now I've done everything except add team members. We'll come back to that but you can see that I have my brand image here. I have my picture here. And now I'm much more set up in the Frame.io universe. So let's just continue on with learning about the interface. So here along the left are my projects. I just have two right now. I have the Demo project, which automatically comes as part of my Frame.io account, and then I also have the Frame.io Sandbox A project, which I created in the Using the Exercise Files movie.
And to see the files within the project, you just select it, and then here in this middle portion, are all of the videos associated with that. And then over here along the right, are the collaborators associated with the project. So in my Sandbox I have not added any collaborators yet. In the Demo project it does come with several outside collaborators. Just in case you are coming into this movie and you haven't set yourself up with the Sandbox project, or you just want a refresher, I'm just gonna briefly cover Creating a New Project one more time, and I'm gonna talk about a few additional things here.
So I'm going to select Add a Project, and again here quite a few settings that I can choose for how this project is set up. I'm gonna go into these more deeply in just a few minutes, but for now, I'm gonna leave them all on Yes, and then I'll just call this Frame.io Sandbox B, and I'll click Create. Up here, it's telling me that I've surpassed my one allowed project that I get as part of a free account. Of course, it doesn't count my Demo project within that one project limit.
It still allows me to create the second project for now, but I have six days to upgrade before that capability is taken away. Later in this course, I'm gonna switch to a higher-tier professional account, but in this introductory movie, I wanted to show you, not only the capabilities, but also some of the limitations that come as part of a free account. If I go to my email right now, I should have a message inviting me to upgrade, as I do here. So it's going to take me through the steps of upgrading if I'm interested in that.
Let me go back to Frame.io because I am going to just add some media to this second project so that we can see a few more things going on. When I populated my Sandbox A project, I just clicked on Select and then navigated to my files, but you can actually just drag and drop, which I'll do here in Sandbox B. So I'll grab my exercise files, and Frame.io media, and just drag and drop all of these files right onto there. Ok, so as those go, let's me talk about what's actually going on here.
As of this recording, the largest single file size that I can upload is 50 gigabytes, depending on what account you have, and upload speeds can be up to five times faster than Dropbox. Also, Frame.io is doing a few things right now. First, it's storing my original file, which it doesn't touch. It's also converting that file into three different resolutions for you to work with within Frame.io, most likely an HD flavor, either 1080p or 720p, depending on the original source file as well as 540p and 360p.
So you can view your files in HD but if you're in an area with low bandwidth, for example, it gives you those lower-res options so that you won't have any performance lag. We'll look at all of that a little later in this chapter when we dive into the player view. Also, one other thing. If you upload an unsupported file, like a zip file, for example, you can upload that to Frame.io. and Frame.io will store that, other people can download that, it just won't have a preview option, which I'm gonna show you over here when we go to Sandbox A.
So I'm gonna let these files upload in the background, on Sandbox B. By the way, if I wanted to pause or stop any of these uploads, you can see those controls right here. I'm gonna go back to Sandbox A where all of this media has already uploaded. And as you can see when you've already uploaded the files, each file gets a thumbnail, becomes previewable, and you can also hoverscrub, so as I'm hovering my cursor over each one of these, I can see what comprises each of these videos and then also as I hover I get a three-button menu, and if I click on this, I can either share, download, or delete this particular file.
Downloading is pretty self-explanatory, as is deleting and I'll get to sharing just a little later in this chapter, ok, so we'll get back to that. If I wanna play any of these movies, I just press Spacebar and it opens. (classical music) And Spacebar again will stop. That by the way is called the Quick Look feature. I can also use Quick Look going from movie to movie so if I have this selected and I press Spacebar, and then I press the Right Arrow key, it will play the next video.
(classical music) Ok, so Quick Look plus your Arrow Keys is a really nice way to navigate through your material here at the project level. If I wanna change the way these videos are displayed at the project level, I can. If I go to this menu here, I can change the sort order and if I go to Custom, I'm actually able to just drag and drop like so.
I can also go to this list and sort by various criteria. So I can sort by when they were uploaded, their name, their type, their size, and also star rating. So let's talk about rating for just a bit. To rate a clip at the project level, I just hover the clip and then I use the keyboard keys one through five to assign a star rating to it. So let's say that this one gets a five, this one here gets four. This interview didn't go so well, so I'll give it two.
And three, and so on and so forth. Then I can come up and sort by star rating. That means the highest-rated clips are listed first, and then it goes down the line and then the clips that don't have any star rating associated with them are last. Now just one thing about this, as of this recording, you can't actually view the start rating for an individual clip here at the project level, so sorting is still your best bet to rank your rated clips. Now the Frame.io folks have said that they are working on a good way to display ratings at the project level, so keep your eye out for that.
And then just one more thing about rating, just realize that when I set my rating at the project level, like I just did, that is my individual rating. Now because multiple people are often working with these files, again we'll talk about adding collaborators in the next movie. Right now I'm the only one but say I'm working with two, three, ten different collaborators. We might all have different opinions about how good this clip is. So keep that in mind because in a future movie in this chapter, when we actually open these videos up, in their player views, I'm gonna show you how to assign a baked-in rating to each clip that is a universal rating and doesn't take into account each individual user's rating.
Let's now talk a little bit more about organization. In my project view here, I can create a folder so I'll create a folder, and it's down here. I'll just call it chocolate and I can just drag and drop videos into that folder like so. And I can put as many files as I want inside of a folder, and I can also put folders inside of folders. And this interview was also for the chocolate project so let's make a new folder for it, call it interviews.
And we'll move our interview clip down into our interviews folder. And I'll put this folder inside of the chocolate folder. If I double-click, I can climb inside of this folder, and here are my two clips. Here is my folder, if I climb inside of there, I can see the video within. And if I want to back this out a folder level, I can click on my three-button menu and choose Move Up Folder, or I can select it and choose from this menu option, Move Up Folder.
Now if I go back through the folder hierarchy, you can see that it's moved back. And I can do that to multiple files at a time, I'll click and then Shift + click, multiple files, and then move all of these up a folder, and now we can go ahead and delete this folder. Yes, we'll do it. Go back to my project level, and now all of my videos are just at the project level and I can go ahead and delete this folder as well. Now there's just one last thing I wanna discuss about the Frame.io interface at the project level, and that comes back to settings, which I said that I would get to later.
The project settings are available in one of two places. When you're inside the project, you can come up to this gear here, and this should look familiar because we saw this when we actually started a project. And the other place that you can bring this up is right over here. So as you hover you get the three-button menu, and if I click that and go to Settings, here they are. So lets talk about this. The first three options here allow you to set up how much power you give your collaborators. Now again, we're gonna talk about collaborators in the next movie.
But for now, I'll just say each project has specific collaborators. So if I had 50 projects over here, and invited a collaborator into this Sandbox project, then that collaborator would only have access to this project, not to all of the rest of my projects. So with that said, you can determine whether or not your collaborators can download the files, whether they can invite other collaborators, or whether they can create share links. Again, we're gonna discuss sharing in a future movie, but basically creating share links are ways that you can share one or more videos with anyone in the world via a URL.
Down here, I have two tiers of controls to set my preferences regarding email notifications. So here, where it says me, those are my own preferences, and I can choose whether I get an email every time there is a new comment added to a video in this project, any time new media has been added to the project, and any time a new person joins. If I switch over to this tab over here, Everyone, this is the same group of settings, but it's the email preferences that I set up for everyone else that's a part of this project.
And these are the default settings, but each person can go in and change the way that they want this. So in this case, maybe I want to receive notifications across the board, but for my collaborators I don't wanna burden them with that so I just want them to receive an email every time there's a new comment, so I'll turn off notifications on New Media Added and New People Joining. And I'll just save that. And the last thing that I'll do is actually delete a project, so we'll get rid of our little warning up here. I'll go back to my Sandbox B, where all of the media is now in here, and I can either come up to this gear, and choose Delete Project, or again I can come to this menu here, and choose Delete.
And yes, we wanna do it, and now we just have our Sandbox A, and we no longer have that warning. Ok, so that's a bit of an introduction to setting up a project, and uploading and organizing your media at the project level. So far we haven't really haven't gone into the most powerful parts of the Frame.io workflow, which of course, involve the wonderful world of collaboration, but we'll cover that in the next movie.
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