on this is a collaborator. I’d like to see a fourth level
of user that Frame.io currently doesn’t offer, beyond
the owner, a team member, and a collaborator (
people who are editing and need to upload data). The
fourth would be just a reviewer (aka the client), someone who’s only able watch the video and comment
on it and not do anything else. With only three levels,
Frame.io potentially gives clients/collaborators a bit
too much capability in the interface, unless you restrict it in other areas.
You can set it so clips cannot be downloaded. Then,
when the project is complete and you are paid, you
can release the clips. The key advantage here is that
when each video is opened up and the client goes to
download, he or she can download the source file you
uploaded. So in a big project with lots of videos, I don’t
have to re-upload 29 videos to “deliver” them to the client. In this project, the client was able to download the
videos once there were no more changes that needed to be made without requiring additional uploads
Another key thing to note is that Frame.io offers integrations with various apps. Not only can you look at
it on your phone, but it also interfaces with Final Cut
Pro X, Premiere Pro, and After Effects. This means the
comments can be loaded directly into the timeline of
the editing app, so that while you’re editing, you can
see the various notes, as opposed to jumping between
a web interface with the comments and then going into
your app. That’s very handy. My editor is using DaVinci
Resolve, which is not integrated at this time. But, it’s
not an unsurmountable problem to go back and forth
between web browser and editing app.
Another handy feature is that the Frame.io inter-
face works much like edit systems. You use a space-
bar to start and stop, and you can use the JKL keys to
go back and forth across video. If you’re an editor, this
online interface works as you would expect a video in-
terface to work.
I like the email integration as well. In the video that
accompanies the online version of this article (go2sm
.com/frameio), I show how, when my editor is working
with uploaded content, Frame.io sends me an email
notification even when my editor is clearly working
throughout the night. When I log on in the morning, I
can see everything that’s been going on, just by look-
ing in my email. I don’t have to hunt it down on the
Frame.io interface. I have timestamped notifications
of every comment, every upload.
Tech support has been good too. Whether fielding
questions, offering interface suggestions, and even
working out billing issues, I found the folks at Frame.io
This is my look at Frame.io as it has served me during
the past 2 months on this 29-video series. I hope I’ve
shown how you can leverage the tools in Frame.io to
smoothly manage projects—especially projects with
lots of clips.
Remember, I didn’t have just 29 videos in play; there
were multiple versions of each video (one before the client sees it and more during the revisions). There were
four to six versions of those 29 videos all being reviewed,
commented on, and revised, resulting in new comments,
revisions, etc. That’s a lot to keep track of. Frame.io has
proven itself to be a very worthwhile tool for managing
this project and worth the money I spent on it.
Anthony Burokas is a 20-plus-year broadcast TV video producer
currently based in Dallas. He has produced an extensive body of event,
corporate, special-interest, and broadcast TV. His website is IEBA.com.
His new studio space, Frisco Studios, makes the latest live-streaming
and VR technologies available to his clients.
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