In this conceptual dissection of effective cloud collaboration strategies, Ashley talks about the “old way” of sharing and reviewing files (involving a back-and-forth workflow with apps like YouTube and Google Docs)—and contrasts it with the “new way” of working within the fully integrated application of Frame.io, which includes all necessary review tools right within the software.
- [Voiceover] If you've ever collaborated with and reviewed videos files with other people, then you know how potentially frustrating and time consuming it can be. Before discovering Frame.io, I'd usually receive the video file via YouTube or Vimio or Dropbox, and then any time I had a comment, I'd need to hit pause and then start taking notes, making sure to note the exact time code of every single comment, and then I'd almost always put these comments in a Google document so that my collaborators could see my feedback appear in the cloud in real time.
Now, some people use this basic workflow, but instead they email comments back and forth which is even less effective because then everything is a one-way street and you aren't able to dynamically connect on this ever-changing list of comments. But most people who do this a lot do use a cloud-based document, and then, that's how it goes. You go back and forth between the video and the Google document through the entire duration of their view process. Then, of course, the collaborator has to access the Google document, look at the time code, then find the exact moment in the video and try to decipher my feedback in this double system workflow.
And as a video tutorial author, I send and receive a lot of video content. So this was a workflow that I used all the time. I've gotten pretty good at it, but I still recognized it for the clunky process that it was. And then I discovered Frame.io. So, with Frame.io, all the steps that I was completing before between YouTube and Dropbox and Google docs is all brought into one application. And it's a lot easier to use. I'm able to upload a video file very quickly.
It'd actually be five times faster than Dropbox which is really helpful especially when I'm batch-uploading many different files. Once in Frame.io, I can share any file that I want in over 150 supported formats. So, I just invite my collaborators into the Frame.io project, and then everyone immediately has access to everything. And then once my collaborators are in the project, they not only have access to all of the video content, but they also have access to a really elegant commenting system.
They can rate videos, share feedback, reply to feedback,create task lists, sort all of this metadata and much more. And no more clunky pausing the video, writing down the time code and making those comments in another application. In Frame.io, you make comments right within the app. You just begin typing and then the video automatically pauses and then you can get your thoughts out without trying to navigate between two screens. And then, as soon as you submit your comment, the video begins playing again.
This feature alone has saved me an indescribable amount of time. And actually, the best part about this commenting system is that they are immediately accessible. I just click on a comment from the comments list, and it pops me straight to that point in the video. So, no more searching for locations. Everything it totally linked now. And, by the way, I can also annotate. So if I need to refer to a specific location within the frame, that's really easy too. So, like I said, these reasons alone are tremendous time savers and work flow improvements, but there are also other very cool things that you can do.
All of which we'll talk about in detail in this course. There's the ability to send out professional, external presentation pages for my videos where I can share videos with people that I can't or don't want to invite as collaborators within the Frame.io web environment. There is also versioning which allows me to organize different versions of videos together in version stacks and I can even compare them side by side. This lets me track what's changed between edits, see additional visual affects shots, color grades or anything else.
And finally, one of the most useful and innovative things is that the capabilities of this software have been elegantly integrated with major editing platforms as well. Including Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro 10. With Final Cut's elegant one-way workflow, and Premiere's dynamic two-way workflow. I can't wait to show you those later. All right, so that is just a brief taste of some of the powerful concepts of the Frame.io environment. Let's start now by exploring the stand-alone web app in chapter one, and then we'll spend chapters two and three learning about the integration with Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro 10.
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